Outdoor Kitchen Island Options and Ideas

Take the dining room outdoors with these ideas for designing an outdoor kitchen island.
Traditional Outdoor Kitchen With Bar

Traditional Outdoor Kitchen With Bar

A stacked stone wall and wood plank ceiling make this outdoor kitchen cozy and inviting. The bar area makes this the perfect spot for outdoor entertaining.

From: Laura Suglia-Isgro

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Backyard entertaining is not only fun, but it brings an element to dining that cannot be achieved indoors. If you have access to a patio or deck area, then chances are likely that your outdoor furniture and grill are already in place. But the addition of an outdoor kitchen island can add an element that allows for food preparation and even a seating area.

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Many pre-built outdoor kitchen islands come hand-in-hand with a complete barbecue station, including a grill, workspace and stovetop cooking area. Cabinets and storage areas are also typically included in these designs.

If, however, you plan to construct an outdoor kitchen island, then it is important to make a list of the features that matter most to your design. If you already have a grill, then perhaps what you need is an area for food preparation. Stainless steel, granite and slate countertops all work well in an outdoor space and will hold up well in various conditions.

Other features, like lighting and storage, are important to consider when designing an outdoor kitchen island. Adequate lighting is especially important to food preparation and cooking during get-togethers that occur at night.

If extra seating is a viable option with your outdoor kitchen island, then be sure to pick stools that are made from weather-resistant materials.

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