In the fall of 2015 my husband and I made the huge decision to change the path of our family. We decided to homeschool all 3 of our boys and truly embrace a simpler life. Which has equated to a lot slower pace of life and a lot more time outside.
And as a mom of 3 boys, they love it! So we spend as many days as possible enjoying our lunch time outside. And we also do our lessons outside on gorgeous days.
But you know what completes our lessons and picnics? An amazing picnic table that is functional for almost any gathering.
So I’ve got over 40 picnic table plans that are absolutely free to share with you.
And whether you want a picnic table as a place to enjoy an outdoor lunch, host a family gathering, or even to have school on a pretty day these plans are sure to put you one step closer to creating that ideal space.
1. The Farm Picnic Table
This picnic table is a traditional style table. It has two benches and a farm style table. Though it is a basic style, it is still very gorgeous in appearance.
And it would also easily fit into any style of outdoor home décor. Plus, it would be an easy build because of its simple design.
2. The Woodfather Table
This picnic table is another traditional style. It reminds me of the kinds of picnic tables that you see at the local park.
And basically, the difference between this style of table and the last is that the benches are attached and stationary. So if you don’t want to worry about your benches being moved around then this might be a nice option for that.
3. The Easy Step-In Picnic Table
This picnic table is absolutely gorgeous. I love the wide plank design to it. And I also love the traditional style to the build as well.
But what makes this table so amazing is that the benches can’t be moved around on you. Yet, they give you a wider opening so you don’t trip over yourself trying to get in and out of this picnic table. I see it being easier on small children and senior citizens alike.
4. The Mini Connected Picnic Table
This picnic table is another version where the benches are physically connected to the table. Again, this is a great design for an open area where you don’t have space limitations. As well as, so you don’t have to worry about your benches being moved around.
But this one is really cute because it is simply a smaller version of the original design. So if you are needing a smaller table for a child’s space this would be a great solution.
5. Picnic Table With Planter
This picnic table rocks! No other words will do it justice I’m afraid. It is made out of reclaimed wood and has a space in the middle that will hold either ice or flowers.
So if the idea of having this charming little picnic table in your backyard isn’t enough, then imagine it also being a spot for some beautiful flowers. Those flowers could certainly add a splash of color while this table boasts rustic charm.
6. The Picnic Table Plus Seating Area
This picnic table is another one that is absolutely fascinating. As mentioned, picnic tables are great spaces for your yard. They provide a space to eat and even chat with coffee on occasion.
But what if you didn’t need that bulky table all of the time? Instead, sometimes, you just wanted a sitting area. Well, this table is dual purpose and can provide both
7. The Kids Picnic Table
If you have children then you know that they love to have their own space. When my middle son was younger he loved this one little café in town simply because it has stools that were ‘just his size’, as he put it.
Well, that is the same reason that small children would love this picnic table as well. It is beautiful but also the perfect size for a space for small children to gather, play, and eat.
8. Children’s Picnic Table
This is another classic version of a picnic table that has been downsized to be a perfect feature for any child’s play area.
So try to imagine what a perfect table this would be during an outdoor barbecue or even for small children to host a tea party. It would be extra special with this neat table because it is made especially for them.
9. The Bench To Picnic Table Conversion Set
This picnic table can be either a bench or a picnic table. It is very unique in its design, though. Basically, you can have a simple bench meant to hold 2-3 people.
Or you can flip it down and have a table with only one bench for a sitting area. It might be a little smaller but is very functional. And truly a great idea.
10. The Cedar Picnic Table
This table is absolutely gorgeous. And it is so beautiful to look at because it is built from cedar. This isn’t the usual when looking at DIY picnic tables. But is definitely a nice addition to the backyard.
So this table is larger and has two benches meant to hold 4-6 people. But the color of the cedar wood just adds a classic rustic touch that would make any backyard pop with character.
11. A Tiny Toddler Picnic Table
This picnic table is meant for very small children. But it is absolutely adorable. It looks like the wooden version of one of the plastic picnic tables that you can purchase at the store for toddlers.
However, it has to be mentioned that this one is obviously a great DIY option, it appears sturdier than plastic, and it also can be customized to suit your child. Plus, I think it adds a great bit of charm to your outdoor play area.
12. DIY Children’s Picnic Table
This children’s picnic table is very charming but doesn’t appear to be very complicated to build at all. So if you are someone that is new to the world of carpentry, this task doesn’t look to be overwhelming.
But because it's simple, it also appears that it would easily fit into any backyard setting. So regardless of your taste, this little beauty should fit right in.
13. Picnic Table That Converts To Benches
If you have a smaller yard then this table could be a good solution for you. This table can either be a normal sized picnic table. Or it can be closed and converted to two separate benches.
So if you are short on space and don’t have room for a picnic area and a sitting area then opt for this table. Then you could easily have both.
14. The Composite Toddler Picnic Table
This table is another one that is meant for a small child. But it is really neat in its design. They actually used composite decking boards to build this little table.
And it is beautiful to boot. So if you have a small child that would love to have a picnic table then take this one into consideration.
15. The Simple Kid’s Picnic Table
This is another project that would be great for those that are just starting out with carpentry. So if you are in the market for a kid’s picnic table and looking for one that has a simple design then you might have just strolled upon it.
And though this table has a simple design, it is still a pretty table. It definitely has a lot of charm in a tiny package. And would be something that most small children would love.
16. A ‘Big Kid’s’ Picnic Table
So you have children, but they aren’t babies anymore. Yet, they still would like to have their own table in the picnic area. I get it. I really do.
Well, if this is your situation then pay close attention to these plans. It is a design for a picnic table that isn’t quite full size but isn’t toddler size either. It is great for that in between stage.
17. Folding Picnic Table
This is another neat design for a folding picnic table. The design isn’t for half a picnic table. And it isn’t two benches that are placed together to make one whole picnic table.
Instead, this is actually one bench that folds out into a full-size picnic table with two benches on either side. It may be compact but it definitely holds two great needs in one little package.
18. The Preschool Picnic Table
This picnic table is another mini version of a full-sized picnic table. But this table is meant for a preschool aged child. The design is simple enough that most could figure out how to build it.
And I’d say that most children would absolutely enjoy this table. It is a great DIY project that is sure to make your little one’s day.
19. The Adult Picnic Table
Ana White created a picnic table for each member of the family. This design is meant for the adults. It is a gorgeous picnic table. And I love her paint colors.
But it is also simple enough that most could figure out how to build it. So if you’d like to create a picnic area with a table suited for everyone then give this design a glance.
20. An Outdoor Kid’s Picnic Table
This picnic table is an adorable space for any child. If you think back to your childhood you’ll probably remember how exciting it was when all the kids got to sit by themselves and have their own space.
And the conversations and memories made during that time are so special, especially as you grew older. So why not create a little table and give your kids a chance to create similar memories?
21. The Picnic Table With Attached Benches
This picnic table is a classic design. It is what most will see when they go visit local parks. And probably what some people still have in their backyards for family gatherings.
So if you love the idea of having a table that is big enough for the family to gather around. And also has benches that no one can carry off then you’ll probably love this table.
22. Two Benches, One Table
This design is great for having both a picnic area and a sitting area. So if you have limited yard space then you might want to look at this design very closely.
And basically what it is, is two benches that the backside of the bench will actually prop up to form a half table. Then the sitting part of the bench is still the area where you sit at the picnic table as well.
23. The 10 Foot Picnic Table
I love this picnic table. It has the classic design of a table with attached benches. But it could hold a ton of people around it.
And in case you haven’t gathered by now, I have a large family. So we need large picnic tables when we have our family gatherings. It appears that this one just might do the trick.
24. Child Size Picnic Table Plans
This is another design for a child sized picnic table. And if you are someone that is new to carpentry or just a very visual person (as I am) then you’ll really like these plans. The details in them are wonderful.
And they contain great pictures to help along the way as well. So if you’d feel better taking on a project with very thorough directions then this project appears to have them for you.
25. A Patio Table And Benches
This is a beautiful table. The benches are not connected which is a nice feature if you’d like to have the flexibility to move them around a little bit.
But what sets this table apart is the gorgeous design. And the beautiful white paint. It would certainly be eye-catching on any patio.
26. The DIY Picnic Table
This is a design for a basic picnic table. The benches are attached and it appears to be easy enough of a DIY project.
But what sets this table apart are the plans. They are very detailed and offer great illustrations to help you along your way.
27. The Sonoma Picnic Table
This picnic table would be a gorgeous addition to any backyard or deck. And the best news is it doesn’t look overly difficult to build.
So if you are in the market for a traditional style picnic table with detached benches then you might just love this one. And the plans are super helpful too.
28. The Pirate Picnic Table
This is a child’s picnic table. But what makes it so unique is that it is meant to resemble a pirate ship. I feel certain my youngest would absolutely adore this table.
So if you have a child that loves pirate shows then give this table a look. According to the plans, it should be simple enough for most anyone to build. And should be completed in a couple of days.
29. The Little Red Picnic Table
This picnic table is a miniature version of a full-sized adult picnic table. The design is super simple as it is a table with the attached benches.
But this design would be very suitable for a toddler. And the fact that they painted it such a bright red color really makes it pop.
30. The 12 Foot Picnic Table
This is a super long picnic table. The design is still simple as it is a table with the attached benches. But what I love so much about it is the size.
So if you are like me and have a large family where you would easily use a larger picnic table then you should give this design a glance.
31. 6 Foot 4x4 Truss Picnic Table
I really like this picnic table. It may not have bells and whistles on it but that doesn’t matter to me. I like the look of it.
And you can probably guess it is because of the rustic appeal that this table offers. If you want your rustic taste to carry over into your backyard, then consider this table.
32. Picnic Table With Detached Benches
This is another basic picnic table design. Yet, the benches with this design are detached. This is a nice feature if you’d like the flexibility to be able to move them around after you are done eating.
And this would come in handy if you are having a family gathering and will need chairs around a fire pit after you get done eating. So having the movable benches is actually a great feature.
33. The Classic Cedar Picnic Table
I am a huge fan of cedar wood. I think the coloring is gorgeous of the wood and it really makes items that it is built out of stand out.
So this picnic table caught my eye immediately because of its classic style and the fact that it is built from cedar wood. There is nothing wrong with choosing a traditional style but the cedar wood will certainly help it to pop in your backyard.
34. The DIY Picnic Table
If you are a fan of the classic picnic table then you’ll want to check this one out. It is the basic table with attached benches.
But it has great plans to go along with it. Hopefully, they will help you to have an easy and successful build while completing this project.
35. The Octagon Picnic Table
I’m a huge fan of this picnic table. I love it because it is traditional while different simultaneously. I remember seeing picnic tables like this as a kid. They were just less common.
So if you need a picnic table that can hold lots of people and also have a traditional feel to it then give this design a glance.
36. The All In One Picnic Table
This picnic table is an all in one deal. It is a table with the attached benches. And that is great for a designated picnic area.
So if you are wanting to create a picnic space then consider this table. It is super simple in the design and is an all in one package.
37. The Picnic Shelter
Having a picnic table is great. But have you considered building a picnic shelter to go over your tables? This way you could enjoy your picnic area whether it be raining or sunshine.
So if you like the idea of being able to utilize your picnic space regardless of weather then give this plan a glance.
38. The Modern Picnic Table
I like this picnic table though I’m usually a fan of the more ‘old school’ designs. This design is the table and detached benches.
But it also has an area to hold an umbrella. And I like the subtle design of the benches and tables. Plus, the cushions obviously make it stand out as well.
39. The Ace Picnic Table
This design for a picnic table is also the table with the attached benches. But I love the plans that go along with this design.
And the reason is that the website literally talks you through the process. So if you are a little skittish of taking on a project of this magnitude then give this design a chance. You might find the site helpful.
40. The Picnic Table Plans
This site has multiple pages that help you to build the traditional picnic table. It is very helpful as there are in depth directions and illustrations to help you along as well.
But this table is also a great choice because of its classic design. It has obviously stood the test of time. And is as functional today as it was years and years ago.
41. The Full-Size Picnic Table
This picnic table is another design that has the attached benches to the table. But the plans are so thorough that it should help even the inexperienced builder to build this project successfully.
And the illustrations are very helpful as well. So if you are needing something simple as you gain building experience then consider these plans.
42. The 12 Foot Picnic Table With Roof
So you need a big picnic table. But you also want a space that can be utilized when the weather is ideal. Or even when it isn’t.
Well, then you definitely need to check out this picnic table. You won’t have to build a separate structure with this one. Instead, the structure is actually attached to the larger picnic table.
43. The Folding Picnic Table
Having a picnic table when you need one is great. But not everyone has the space or even the desire to have a picnic table sitting around all of the time.
And that is when this picnic table comes into play. When you need it, you can easily fold it out. When you don’t, you easily fold it back up. It’s that easy.
44. The Traditional Country Picnic Table
This picnic table is gorgeous. And the picture shows it sitting in what appears a country setting. Which it looks right at home in.
So if you like the country charm of some décor then consider this table. It is simple and the white paint just makes it shine. And it certainly appears inviting for most any guest.
45. The Really Bright Kids’ Table
This is a picnic table designed for smaller children. It has the attached benches which is a great safety feature actually. This would keep children from knocking detached benches over.
But what makes this design so great is the rounded edges. Again, that is another safety feature so children won’t get caught on sharp edges. And they painted the table so brightly which would draw any child’s attention.
46. The Simple, Sturdy Picnic Table
This site shows you how to build an easy picnic table. That not only is easy to build but also won’t cost you a bundle of money in the process.
But the author makes a good point that these tables are great for eating and entertaining. However, they also have a ton of other uses too. So build one to figure out what all you might use it for that you aren’t envisioning now.
47. The 6 Foot Picnic Table
This is another set of plans to build a traditional 6-foot picnic table. This person not only gives you a detailed materials list.
But they also show you actual pictures from their build. That might be helpful in the process of building it and hopefully make it a little easier on you.
48. Picnic Table For Two
I instantly fell in love with this little picnic table. The reason is that it is built for only two. That makes it more petite and easier to fit into smaller yards.
But I could also imagine it to be a great place to slip away for a cup of coffee. Or even have a nice space to go on a date at home.
49. Traditional Picnic Table
This picnic table is the traditional style. Which means that it is a table with attached benches. This is a great style for a designated picnic space.
And it is also great to have set up in your backyard or on your deck. It makes for a cozy setting to host a family gathering or even a child’s birthday party.
50. The Traditional 6 Foot Picnic Table
Our final table is another set of plans to build a traditional style picnic table that is 6 foot long. It is what you probably think of when you think of the basic picnic table.
So if you’d like to have that style in your backyard then consider checking out these plans. They are very detailed and will hopefully be a lot of help you.
Well, those are the 50 DIY picnic table plans I have for you. Hopefully, you found a plan that will help you to build what you would like to have in your personal picnic space.
What is your favorite picnic table design? And where do you think they look the best? In the backyard, on the deck, or even to be used as a kitchen table?