Tips for Designing Compact Outdoor Kitchens

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Here At All Seasons Outdoor Spaces, a common phrase we hear from customers is, “I love outdoor kitchens, but there’s just not enough space on my property.” While a sprawling outdoor kitchen is great if you have the room for it, limited space isn’t a dealbreaker. With careful consideration and the right features, outdoor kitchens are possible in even the tightest of spaces. In this article, we’ll review a few key aspects of making an outdoor kitchen work in a small area.

Tips for Designing Compact Outdoor Kitchens

As with any small space, the layout of outdoor kitchens is critical. A good rule is to design things in a U or L shape and position your sink, refrigerator, and stove in a triangle to maximize your workspace flow. You should also take advantage of any vertical space that is available; tall cabinets are a small kitchen’s best friend, whether the kitchen is indoors or out.

We also suggest incorporating as many multifunctional spaces as possible. You can have all the appliances and features in the world, but if using them is an unpleasant hassle in cramped conditions, it defeats the point of outdoor kitchens. For instance, choose bars that can double as prep space, sink or stove covers that can be used as cutting boards, or grills with side burners for cooking and warming food. The size of your appliances is also a major factor, so carefully consider if you really need a double basin sink and a stone pizza oven, or just a small gas grill.

With the right planning, outdoor kitchens are possible in tiny spaces. If you’d like to learn more about planning an outdoor kitchen for a small area, we encourage you to reach out to our team for a consultation.