Make a DIY drink trough for your picnic table to keep beverages cold and easy to reach

With many swim clubs closed and beaches upholding capacity limitations, our backyards have become the ideal way to enjoy the outdoors during the summer months. And why not? Thanks to inflatable pools, sprinkler systems and a few well-placed lounge chairs and umbrellas, our backyards are an awesome way to get outside and enjoy some fresh air while remaining close to home.

And if you have a picnic table, you can upgrade that backyard oasis even further. Just check out this tutorial from “Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford,” which shows you how to build a drink trough into your table. This DIY project is perfect for when you want to keep your beverages cold and easy to reach during all those backyard barbecues you’re sure to have.

The whole DIY project should take just an hour or two of your time, but the enjoyment you get from this fun feature will last for years to come. Before you get started, just make sure you have the needed tools and materials, including screws, cleats, a drill, a rain gutter and a saw.

Check¬† out how to execute the built-in picnic table trough in this YouTube video from “Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford”:

As you can see, the finished trough can hold several bottles and cans, depending on the size of your table. How cool!

If you’re not really the DIY type, you can still enjoy a picnic table with built-in storage. This model available from Montogmery Ward is marked down to just $199.99 from an original price of $229.99.

Montgomery Ward

Use it to store, condiments, paper plates, plastic cups and other picnic essentials.

This picnic table with built-in storage available on Etsy can also function as a planter, making for a pretty, natural look that marries form and function. The listing promises that it’s “impervious to weather” and that “bugs do not like it.” It’s hand-crafted and ready to ship within one to two weeks.


Will you add one of these picnic tables to your backyard oasis?