How to design an epic outdoor kitchen


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If you’re looking to upgrade your outdoor dining game, transforming your basic barbecue area into a sleek outdoor kitchen can be just the ticket! Whether you consider yourself a meat smoking master or are dreaming of woodfired pizzas at your fingertips, an outdoor kitchen is a great way to spend more time outside and provides a space to gather with family and friends. So, if you’re ready to create the epic outdoor kitchen you’ve always dreamed of, keep reading for some hot tips!

Before you throw out the old BBQ, make a plan for your new outdoor kitchen 

Spending a bit of time planning your dream outdoor kitchen before you start designing the space will help you strike the perfect balance between function and style. Before you start designing your kitchen make sure you:

  1. Consider how you want to use your outdoor kitchen

The first thing to consider before you start designing your kitchen is your goals for upgrading the space. Do you envision a few friends gathering on the deck for casual drinks? Are you an avid foodie who loves to cook restaurant-quality meals for a whole tribe? Having a clear vision of how you will use your kitchen will give you a better idea of what kind of appliances you will need and how to best prioritise the limited space. 

2. Nail the functional layout

Once you have decided on what your grand plans for your kitchen are (and have ideally run them by your significant other) it’s time to map out the basic layout of the area. Consider the relationship between your      indoor and outdoor kitchens when designing the layout and position of your appliances accordingly. Will your outdoor kitchen be fully equipped with a range of appliances? Or will you need easy access to your kitchen appliances indoors? Keep in mind that your prep benches, fridge, and barbecue should be in close proximity so you can easily prepare your meals.

Design a kitchen for all seasons

To avoid wild weather ruining your outdoor dinner party, ensure that your kitchen is positioned to be protected from the elements. Whether you need to invest in a canopy or have a sheltered spot in mind, you’ll be grateful that you designed your kitchen to be protected from the wind, rain or scorching summer sun. 

Complete the look beautiful outdoor furniture

More than just a place to grill meat, your new kitchen should be a feature of your home that feels comfortable and inviting. Finishing touches such as furniture and homewares are the key to creating the right ambiance in your outdoor kitchen. From a large dining table that you can gather the whole family around, such as our Teak Tapered Leg Table, or some stylish homewares to add a pop of colour. Whatever you plan to use your outdoor kitchen for, the furnishings you choose can tie the whole space together. 

Whether you’re designing a new luxury kitchen on your deck or are simply looking to refresh your outdoor spaces, Daydream Leisure Furniture is your one-stop-shop for all things outdoor furniture. Visit us in store at our Warana or Noosaville showrooms or contact us through our website.