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If you’re worried about a rusty grill, consider these covered outdoor kitchen ideas. Cooking outside is a joy for many reasons. For one, you’re not cooped up indoors (great for summer) so you can take advantage of the scenic backyard views and extra ventilation.
Second, more grilling space means family and friends can watch you show off your culinary skills at your best grill. So, outdoor covered kitchen ideas are the perfect way to add a bit of theater and make mealtime more exciting.
A sheltered outdoor kitchen means a bit of rain or the odd blustery wind won’t spoil your time together. With this overhead protection you can also protect your best garden furniture and cooking equipment from rust.
1. Budget outdoor kitchen ideas don’t have to look cheap
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At first glance, the cost of an outdoor kitchen seems unprofitable. But if you’re looking for covered outdoor kitchen ideas, check out this budget-friendly design. This shaded garden alcove is the perfect spot to fire up your gas BBQ and shelter from the scorching sun.
2. Match your indoor and outdoor floor
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Create the illusion of a seamless space by choosing tiles similar to those you have in your interior design. Laying outdoor tiles is easier than you think, and this way you can quickly achieve a coordinated aesthetic, inside and out.
3. Emphasize the street food vibe with lighting
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Part Love Island luxe, part street food vibes, this fun covered outdoor kitchen area screams backyard party idea. The key ingredient in this space is plenty of garden lighting ideas, from festival style garlands to statement neon slogan decor.
Light up your space cheaply with Lights4Fun products available on Amazon (opens in new tab).
4. Mimic your inner personality
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It’s (almost) impossible to believe that this kitchen setup is outdoors…but trust us, it is. The warm wooden elements and the leather-look bar stools make it look like you are sitting inside in a luxurious kitchenette.
To replicate this look, choose chairs made from weatherproof materials. And if you want to soften the seat or add extra support, why not opt for some outdoor cushions as well?
And don’t forget to treat yourself to some new tools. Just like you would get a new set of kitchen knives, upgrade those trusty old tongs for fancy BBQ tools and accessories.
5. Create a beach bar vibe with a pool setting
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No vacation in sight this year? Make your home a place to be by creating a covered outdoor kitchen next to your swimming pool.
This open pool deck idea is perfect for entertaining and you can watch the kids splash around while enjoying a glass of wine (straight from your wine fridge) and some adult company.
6. Consider a covered structure
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Don’t let the weather spoil your desire to grill. If you’re blessed with a large outdoor area, this U-shaped kitchen layout is what you need. This setup from Grillo (opens in new tab)features a built in bar, camouflage sink and both gas and charcoal grills. The Iroko wood inlays and brick walls add character and interest to your cooking station.
7. Make it luxe with a marble background
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This luxurious, Scandinavian-inspired space is dreamy – don’t you think? If clean lines and neutrality are your thing, this white and taupe color scheme is modern and minimalist. We particularly like the 2 sink setup, which means you can have a raw and cooked meat section…great for safe food preparation and the ability to shop for the best kitchen fixtures to make your space shine bring.
Real marble can be very expensive, so look out for cheaper alternatives like removable vinyl contact paper. There are many affordable options on eBay (opens in new tab).
8. Go for a grill that can be rolled up or stored inside
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Meals on Wheels takes on a whole new meaning with this grill. If you don’t want to commit to a large covered outdoor kitchen design, consider a setup that can be wheeled in and out of the garage and used under a roof. Or, if you’re a knack for DIY, upgrade your existing Barbie to add some caster wheels (opens in new tab).
Another option is to invest in a lightweight portable grill that can be stored in a backyard building after use. Whichever option you choose, don’t be afraid to clean your cooking grate. Out of sight, out of mind will only make you fret about the job if you use it again.
Can you grill under a covered patio?
“When people are cooking on fireplaces in a covered space, we recommend that the area be well ventilated to allow for good air circulation and to eliminate strong cooking odors,” says Tim Pennell, sales manager, Bramblecrest (opens in new tab).
“If you are sitting around, we also recommend that the cushions for garden furniture are LOFA insured (opens in new tab) and comply with current fire retardant regulations. Please ensure that the flame is at a safe distance from the underside of the roof covering.’
“If the covering is fabric or similar then the material used must be fire retardant under UK regulations. Please do not leave an open flame unattended.’