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What is a good size for an outdoor kitchen?

What is a good size for an outdoor kitchen? - Proline Range Hoods

When building an outdoor kitchen, one of the first things to consider is the size. You might be wondering: what is a good size for an outdoor kitchen?

The size of your outdoor kitchen depends on many factors: the amount of space you have, how many guests you’ll typically have, and your budget, to name a few. Other factors include how many appliances you want, if you can expand existing structures, and if your guests can easily navigate the outdoor kitchen.

Most outdoor kitchens are typically between 100 and 400 square feet. That’s 10x10 to 20x20 feet. But people build outdoor kitchens of all sizes; the design possibilities are endless. Rather than sticking to this average, you should consider what works best for you based on your needs and home design.

Keep reading to learn more about seven things to consider when deciding on the size of your outdoor kitchen.

How to Determine the Size of Your Outdoor Kitchen - 7 Things to Consider

How much space do you have?

You’re limited by the amount of space you have in your patio area. You don’t want your kitchen so large that it’s impractical to cook and move around. But you also don’t want it so small that it’s cramped.

If you already have a patio, you can use that as a starting point to size your outdoor kitchen.

Do you want the kitchen to be a cooking space, entertaining space, or both?

What purpose will your outdoor kitchen serve? Is it mainly to cook meals or are you more interested in inviting friends and family for a nice barbecue? Or are you looking to strike a balance? Most outdoor kitchens have a food prep space and an entertaining space where guests can chat and have a good time.

Large enclosed kitchen - what is a good size for an outdoor kitchen?

Your entertaining space could be a large, dedicated area with tables, chairs, or other furniture. Check out the picture above.

Or it could be just a bar with some seating.

Hood over grill under outdoor cover

Some outdoor kitchens will forgo entertainment altogether but have a nice functional cooking space. If you’re not interested in hosting guests often and you don’t have much space, this could be a good option for you.

Hood and grill with stainless steel backsplash

If you have room for guests, you might consider building an enclosed kitchen that connects to your house. You have countless options for your outdoor kitchen layout but the most important thing is that it meets your needs.

What is your budget?

As with all remodeling projects, you’re limited by your budget. Larger kitchens often mean you’ll need more materials, appliances, and consequently more money.

If your goal is a larger kitchen but you’re on a limited budget, seek out less expensive materials. Not necessarily low quality, but you don’t have to break the bank if you’re designing a 25 linear foot outdoor space.

How many guests will you typically have in your outdoor kitchen?

The more guests you expect to have, the more space you need. You don’t necessarily need a dedicated area for guests in your outdoor kitchen – particularly if you have another space for them. But if you consistently host social events with several guests, having that space may be practical.

The last thing you want is for people to complain about the cramped space. Or squeeze between you and the wall as you’re trying to prepare food for a crowd.

How many appliances do you want?

The number of appliances is up to your personal preference, but there are a few essentials that most homeowners love to have.

  • Outdoor grill
  • Outdoor range hood
  • Sink

You might also consider a mini-fridge, freezer, a pizza oven, an extra griddle, burner, or even a second grill.

Keep in mind that the more appliances you have, the more space you’ll need. That could mean counter or cabinet space if you’re looking to add extra burners or warming drawers. Or you might just need some extra square footage so the space doesn’t get too crowded.

Two hood setup over two grills

Can you use or expand existing structures?

If you can expand your deck or patio, this will make the most out of your space. Maybe you have a deck and make a section for a seating area. Or an elevated deck, so you can use the space under it for guests or a cooking area. Some people set up an awning on the side of their house and make an enclosure around the awning. You could even extend a roof from the side of your house, like in the photo below.

Enclosed kitchen - extension of the house

Expanding existing structures is ideal because it saves you money and time. It uses what’s already in the home so the extension should look natural. It won’t be out of place.

Can you and your guests move around freely?

For some, having an outdoor kitchen is as much about the food as it is about enjoying time with friends and family. If you have guests over, you’ll of course want an inviting space that’s roomy but functional. If there’s a lot of traffic as people pass through the cooking area and walk around, it won’t be a pleasant experience.

To build a comfortable space that entertains guests, you have a few options.

  1. You can increase the size of the cooking prep area slightly. You want to make it easy enough for one, maybe two other people to walk by or move in and out if needed.
  2. You can build the cooking area more out of the way of any entrances, exits, or any necessities like the trash can.
  3. Increase the size of the guest space. If you have a few extra over for a weekend party, no problem. The more, the merrier!

Is an outdoor kitchen a good investment?

An outdoor kitchen is a valuable investment, especially if you plan to use your outdoor space often. It’s a functional space that can be used for entertainment, too. Not only that but if you want to sell your home, it’ll be attractive to prospective buyers who love to grill!

Hopefully you found a good answer to “What is a good size for an outdoor kitchen?” Remember that there’s not one size that fits all when it comes to outdoor kitchens. It’s vital to think through what you want out of your outdoor space before deciding on its size.

Good luck with your project! For more outdoor content, check out the articles below.

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What is a good size for an outdoor kitchen?

Most outdoor kitchens are typically between 100 and 400 square feet. That’s 10x10 to 20x20 feet. But people build outdoor kitchens of all sizes; the design possibilities are endless. Rather than sticking to this average, you should consider what works best for you based on your needs and home design.

Is an outdoor kitchen a good investment?

An outdoor kitchen is a valuable investment, especially if you plan to use your outdoor space often. It’s a functional space that can be used for entertainment, too. Not only that but if you want to sell your home, it’ll be attractive to prospective buyers who love to grill!
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