Outdoor Kitchen Drawers

Outdoor kitchen drawers are more than storage. Drawers for the outdoors offer protection from the elements and save space by housing everything from accessories to appliances.
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Outdoor kitchen drawers are different from standard drawers in a number of ways. Drawers made for outdoor kitchens are made from materials that stand up to varying climates. They can also house appliances and hide unsightly yet necessary electrical equipment.

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When you're looking for drawers made for an outdoor kitchen, look for brands that offer weather-tight rain gutters. This will protect from rain and humidity better than standard drawers. Pay attention to the weight a drawer is meant to handle, and think about what you want to store in your outdoor kitchen.

Outdoor kitchen drawers are sold with a variety of options and can serve many functions. Most drawers or drawer kits come with a drawer, handle, slides, gutters and an enclosure for mounting the drawer. Handles can typically be changed to match the style of your outdoor kitchen, but consult with the manufacturer to make sure you're not compromising the integrity of the drawer by switching hardware.

Outdoor kitchen drawers go well beyond everyday kitchen storage. Many drawers are made to hide and protect things like propane tanks, trashcans, coolers, ice, warming trays and even paper towel rods. Drawers can even be hidden behind cabinet doors for extra flexibility and style. The benefit of a drawer versus a cabinet is being able to pull the contents toward you rather than reaching in to access what you need.

Some retailers offer complete drawer kits for outdoor kitchens. Some have several packages from basic 4-drawer island storage to premium packages complete with all of the drawers, cabinets, and appliances you'll need to set up your outdoor kitchen.

The most common material you'll find in outdoor kitchen drawers is stainless steel. The popularity of stainless steel is due to its classic, professional kitchen look. It also boasts a long life span and is easy to keep clean. The popularity of stainless steel makes finding drawers, sinks, cabinets and matching accessories easy and budget-friendly.

Lack of storage space is a common complaint with kitchens of all kinds. Consider a mix of deep and shallow drawers for a variety of uses. This will help you avoid unused space or areas where things could get lost.

Designing an outdoor kitchen requires a bit of planning. Choose drawers that fit with the style and performance of cabinets and appliances. Always think about the basics like space, budget, and the best material for your climate first. Base your style choices on the basics to maximize the functionality of your outdoor entertaining space.

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