outdoor kitchen is the ultimate dream for a lot of people who enjoy
backyard entertaining. Imagine gathering your friends or family together
for a summertime barbecue or a cozy winter cocktail party in the
comfort of your own garden. Here are some great tips for designing your
killer outdoor kitchen.
1. Design Ideas
is a great resource to find design inspiration and to compile your
plans. Simply go to pinterest.com, register an account, and type in
“outdoor kitchen ideas”. There is a multitude of design options out
there. Take a look at some of these tips!
Concrete or rich colored woods are a great way to create a
modern design aesthetic. Most classic or traditional kitchens use
white-washed or light colored wood to create the look so go the opposite
way for modern! Minimal furniture and features also help to create a
modern feel. This also helps with maintenance and clean-up too. Check
out these images for inspiration.
White wood, blue accents, and exposed stone are a great
way to give your outdoor kitchen rustic, classic appeal. Flowers and
plants growing up the sides of walls or arbors are great for creating
softness and a traditional appeal as well. Think of white-washed
cabinets, pale-wood benches, and large rustic dining tables.
many grilling options! There are 6 major types of grills to consider
for your outdoor kitchen. Think about what you most enjoy cooking and
what you can get the most use out of before choosing your grill.
This is the simplest set up of all grills. It consists of
a metal or stone box with a heating element (wood, charcoal, gas) and a
metal grate over the top of the box directly over the fire. Open grills
are best for direct grilling over high heat and are best suited for
quick cooking foods like kebabs, thin steaks and chops, and fish.
Add a cover to the open grill and it allows you to add
smoking and indirect grilling features to your outdoor grill. Covered
grills are best for thicker steaks, rack-of-ribs, or whole chickens and
ducks. You can also add different types of wood to your grill, close the
lid, and let the meat slowly absorb the aroma of the wood.
Ceramic grills are made of thick walls that allows heat
to radiate off the side of the walls for even cooking. Ceramic grills
are usually much deeper than typical grills and are generally used to
cook bread (like flatbreads or India’s naan) directly on the side walls.
The grill portion of ceramic grills are best suited for thin sliced
meat, kebabs, fish, or veggies.
A rotisserie grill adds a rotating spit to the grill to
allow for even cooking of thick slabs of meat or whole animals. Food is
cooked slowly over several hours that results in crispy skins on the
outside and tender, moist meat on the inside. Rotisserie grills are best
suited for thick steaks, fatty meats, or whole animals like chickens,
ducks, or even whole pigs (if your grill is big enough).
A smoker grill cooks meat on low heat for several hours
over aromatic wood chips for flavorful and tender meat. The most common
woods used for smokers include maple, hickory, mesquite, oak, and pecan.
Smokers are best suited for tough cuts of meat that it slowly
tenderizes while in the smoker. Meats like briskets and ribs are perfect
A firepit grill allows your whole family to feel like
you’re camping out right in your backyard! Firepit grills are just like
campfires but with a metal grate positioned above the fire to cook food.
The grates for the grills are height adjustable so that the food raised
or lowered to be closer or farther from the fire. This makes firepit
grills extremely versatile and can handle delicate foods like fish,
veggies, and S’mores to thick cuts of beef and whole animals.
Take a browse through these links for some ideas for your appliance purchases.
Here is an affordable, moveable outdoor pizza oven.
This is a comprehensive, versatile grill designed especially for outdoor use.
This is a great option for those who really want to entertain! Store your drinks and drink accessories in a sleek design.
4. Furnishing Ideas
are so many options to consider when it comes to furnishing. Will you
go for a table and chair configuration, or a bench and stool set-up?
Consider what kinds of gatherings you will use your kitchen for to help
you decide which is best.
Color: try to think about what color scheme you will
like and enjoy throughout the years. You don’t want to choose a bold,
crazy color palette that you end up tiring of after one season. If you
want a bold, bright touch, use interchangeable pillows, cushions, and
throws. You can choose, bright appliances or flowers to add color too.
That way, your base palette remains neutral while adding add splashes
color that are easy to change out.
Fabric: Obviously, you need to choose a
weather-resistant fabric for your outdoor furnishings, especially if
there is a minimal overhead cover. Treated canvas and Olefin fiber are
good choices for outdoor furniture.
Shade Sails and Covers: It is important to protect your
appliances and furniture from the weather and potentially harsh
elements. If you live in an extreme climate, consider the kind of
protection you want to use for your outdoor kitchen. You can build
awnings to shade the patio area or you can build a structure, like an
arbor or pergola. Basically, this has a sturdy roof and side pillars.
You can also install weather-resistant curtains to the side pillars that
you can pull closed to act as walls if you’d like some privacy in your
Finishing Touches: once the heavy appliances and
furniture pieces are installed, take a step back and think of what else
space needs. Here are some ideas for finishing touches:
– Small side-tables
– Decorative trays and bowls
– Vases and good-quality fake flowers
– Water-resistant throws and blankets for winter months
5. Money-Saving DIY Options
don’t need to rely on the expertise of others for every aspect of your
outdoor kitchen needs. You can handle some of it yourself if you’re up
Use recycled wood and old furniture/benches from second-hand stores or
yard sales. Upcycle it yourself and get to work making your chairs,
benches, or shade sails.
Go out and find weather-resistant fabrics from fabric stores or
furniture sales. You can re-upholster your outdoor furniture to suit
your own personal aesthetic.