How to Build a Deck Rail Umbrella Holder

A deck can be a great place to spend an afternoon. But if your deck is exposed to the sun, a summer afternoon can be too hot for you to enjoy the outdoors.Here's an easy way to add an umbrella mount to your deck that won't take up any extra space.

Build a Deck Rail Umbrella Holder

Step 1

Determine where you want to place the umbrella.Find a spot on the outside rail of the deck. Measure the vertical height of the deck rail vertical support at that point.

Step 2

Cut a piece of PVC tube to match the length you measured. The tube should be slightly wider than the umbrella's center pole.


Drill three to four holes in the PVC pipe. Space them evenly and put them in a straight line. At the bottom of the tube, put the nut and bolt through the tube at right angles--this prevents the bottom of the umbrella pole from sliding all the way through the tube.


Place the pipe against the rail, with the holes on the outside. Using the holes for access, attach the pipe to the deck rail vertical support with wood screws. Tighten the screws so they are flush.

Step 5

Insert your umbrella into the tube. You've got shade!