How to Build a Patio Cooler Stand Using Leftover Decking
Looking to put your leftover decking materials to good use? A patio cooler stand makes a great weekend DIY project. The number of boards you’ll need will depend on the desired size and height of your cooler. We used Zuri® Premium Decking by Royal® and included the measurements below for easy reference.
- Styrofoam cooler
- Leftover decking boards (slats and L-shaped pieces)*
- 1 set of 2 1/2″ zinc narrow hinges
- 1.5” nails
- Zinc handle
*We used 5.5”x1”x96” slats of Zuri as a baseline for all of the below materials. Keep in mind that board sizes vary and can expand or contract due to varying climates.
|ZURI SECTION LENGTH/TYPE
|22”/5.5” Slat Zuri board
|Front and back panels for cooler body
|17”/5.5” Slat Zuri board
|Side panels for cooler body
|20”/5.5” Slat Zuri board
|Lid and bottom of cooler body
|38” L-shaped Zuri board
|14” L-shaped Zuri board
|Brace for lid interior
Measure and cut the wood that will surround the cooler. Measure and pre-drill pilot holes for connecting your boards together.
Build a rectangular box using the wood you measured for the front, side and bottom panels. Insert 1.5” screws into pre-drilled pilot holes. Repeat process for the other two cooler body segments. Build the bottom of the cooler on one of the boxes.
Align your three boxes. Pre-drill one hole in each of the side panels to align with desired leg placement.
Line up L-shaped decking pieces so the edges are flush with the top of the cooler body. Using a Phillips head screwdriver or drill attachment, carefully connect the L-shaped legs to the cooler body using 1.5” screws.
Align the slats needed to form the lid of the cooler holder. Use smaller pieces to create cross braces to connect your lid pieces.
On the topmost front panel, measure down 1” and install a lid stopper using a 4” section of decking.
Screw hinges into the body of the cooler.
Screw the handle to the lid.
Drop in your cooler, fill with ice and your favorite summer beverages. Enjoy!