Social distancing at home? Here’s some outdoor kitchen ideas to help you enjoy summer 2021

by John Griffith

Can you believe that June is almost over. Throughout all this chaos somehow time went by and all of a sudden we are right in the smack middle of summer. It is already very hot outside, the days are super long and here we are.. social distancing at home! Don’t let the blues get you, though! If you are one of the lucky people who have a beautiful backyard, you should get inspired and start making it your little oasis. Although landscaping is important, having a pool or a lounge area is even better. And, trust us, there is nothing better than being able to cook and eat outside. Which is why, today we have gathered more than 60 outdoor kitchen ideas. So, get inspiration from our extensive photo gallery, get your tools and start building!

Having an outdoor kitchen is great for the hot summer evenings

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Outdoor kitchen ideas for every yard

Lots of people think that in order to have an outdoor kitchen you need lots of space. That isn’t necessarily always the case, though. Even if you have a small backyard, a cooking station and grill on wheels can turn it into the best place for dining. Add a foldable table and a few foldable chairs and you are all set.

On the other hand, if you are one of those lucky people and have a huge back yard, you are full of options. You can decide to designate a specific area and build an entire lounge area. Another option is to go for the small kitchen under a pergola. Either way you will still have so much space to spend your free time.

Even if you don’t have lots of space, you can still create a special little haven for your family

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How to build an outdoor kitchen?

The first thing you need to consider is, of course, the space. It will be more helpful if your outdoor kitchen is located close to the actual house. That way you won’t have to walk a mile every time you need something from inside the house. Naturally, if you have enough space, make sure that you also have enough dining furniture outside to accommodate everyone.

Secondly, you need a sink and a grill. These two commodities are probably the biggest must-haves in any outdoor kitchen. If you are looking to have a full-blown kitchen, a mini fridge is also a good idea.

When it comes to materials if the kitchen is covered you can use wood. Wood is, of course, the most used material in any contemporary home. Another good material to use is stone. Especially, if your kitchen doesn’t have any cover. Stone floor, stone kitchen island, or even just the countertops – it is one of the strongest, long-lasting materials out there. Bricks are another super modern option.

Wood is one of the most preferred materials in modern interiors

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Stone and stainless steel are great for outdoors, because of their longevity

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This floor is so creative and interesting

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White is the color of summer, therefore is perfect for your outdoor kitchen

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You can add some color with nice chair cushions

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This stone and wood combination brings such a medieval feeling

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Here’s a practical idea if you don’t have enough space

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If you have a balcony with a view like this one, you should definitely utilize the space accordingly

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Who says an all-white modern decor can be just for the inside

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If you want to turn your lounge area into a space that can be used year-round, then this is a perfect idea

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Add an outdoor kitchen next to the pool for the perfect summer experience

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Don’t despair if you live in an apartment, the rooftop, or your balcony can still be turned into a little oasis

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Outdoor kitchen ideas

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You can even add an outdoor fireplace, just in case you get chilly

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Strings of lights can turn your space into a romantic and luxurious one

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Backyard kitchen ideas

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Outdoor cooking station

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You can even connect your indoor and outdoor kitchens

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Outdoor kitchen ideas

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Stainless steel is often preferred because of its longevity and easy upkeep

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Covered outdoor kitchen, which you can close once the weather starts getting colder

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Kitchen islands, made of stone, can look outdated but they are actually super modern and trendy

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Outdoor grill station

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John Griffith

John Griffith is a young, passionate journalist. Writing has been John’s hobby ever since he was a boy. He has worked in some of the UK’s most successful news portals over the course of his professional career but found his forever home at Archzine.