Outdoor Kitchen on Deck IdeasBy Dave Kile
From what I’m seeing in the industry, the popularity of outdoor kitchens remains strong, so it’s no surprise that our customers continue to add these features to their home decks. I believe an outdoor kitchen is a great way for homeowners to enhance their decks’ use, value, and enjoyment.
With the growing interest in outdoor kitchens, homeowners have a wide range of design options to fit any style, budget, and space.
How Much Space is Needed for an Outdoor Kitchen on a Deck?
In my years of business, I’ve seen that most outdoor kitchens can fit in a space between 100 and 400 square feet. You can add a kitchen to a deck, whether it’s on the ground level or elevated. I recommend checking with your professional builder, though, to ensure your elevated deck can withstand the weight load of your preferred outdoor kitchen. While an outdoor kitchen can be added to a deck made of any material, Trex® composite decking is a better option over wooden decks due to its durability, heat resistance, and higher level of combustibility.
After confirming safety and the right space, your deck is ready to transform into the outdoor kitchen of your dreams.
These 20 design ideas that are the most popular with our customers will give you all the inspiration you need to create your outdoor kitchen space.
Outdoor Kitchen Deck Ideas for Small Spaces
Don’t worry if you have limited space to create an outdoor kitchen. You don’t have to compromise on function or style with these space-saving design ideas.
1. Simple & Clean
Straight, clean lines and simple design and décor can help your small outdoor kitchen seem bigger and more spacious. A linear layout is a great option for small spaces. Everything you need – a grill and prep and storage space – can be positioned all in one line. This keeps everything together in one small area while maximizing space and flow.
2. The Essentials
A grill and prep space are the key elements of any outdoor kitchen. Technically, that’s all you need for an outdoor kitchen to be functional. You can achieve the prep space with cabinetry or a fire-resistant table or cart near your grill or cooktop.
3. The Grill Station
Whether a standalone or a built-in grill as part of your counter and cabinetry, you’ll have many options that suit varying price points and functionality. Electric, charcoal, propane, and natural gas grills are the most popular types. Set up your grilling station to have storage and prep space on either side, and consider whether you want additional features such as side burners, a flat top, or a smoker.
4. Vertical Gardens and Herb Walls
Making use of vertical space can help maximize your small outdoor kitchen while adding visual interest and functionality. With lattice, screens, or repurposed wood pallets, I’ve seen our customers create a living wall with succulents, herbs, and other plants. Select plants based on sun exposure, climate, and interest in tending to their upkeep.
Kitchen Deck Ideas for Luxury
Maybe your home is one of luxury and elegance and you want your outdoor kitchen to match that vibe. Or perhaps an outdoor kitchen is just the right spot to introduce some luxury to your home. Regardless of your motivation, let’s bring your outdoor kitchen design into the lap of luxury with these ideas.
5. Smart Technology Integration
You can create a higher-end outdoor kitchen with smart grills and other smart appliances, such as a refrigerator. Use tech-enabled features to control lights, a ceiling fan, and surround sound for playing music or watching your outdoor smart television.
6. Romantic Hideaway
Outdoor kitchens with a romantic flair feature soft, comfortable seating, mood lighting, and a fireplace or firepit, of course. Draperies or screens can provide privacy and seclusion.
7. Waterfall or Cascade
Bring the luxury of your indoor kitchen outside with a waterfall countertop edge on your outdoor kitchen island. Incorporating an island in your outdoor kitchen design provides additional counter and entertaining space.
8. French Riviera Elegance
Transport yourself to the French Riviera with stacked stone on your walls or kitchen island and with light-colored upholstery and textures.
9. Artful Modernism
I’m not very artistic, but a modern outdoor kitchen with an artistic flair is easy even for me to achieve by mixing colors, textures and metals. Countertops with marble or granite in simple, sleek earth tones and stainless steel appliances serve as a modern, natural backdrop for colorful light fixtures, artwork, décor, and rug.
Kitchen Deck Ideas for a Rustic and Cozy Feel
Design choices that highlight, emphasize, and take advantage of the great outdoors are the best way to make your outdoor living space rustic and cozy, like a home away from home. With styles inspired by nature and textures, your outdoor deck can be warm and inviting while you dine al fresco.
10. Rusty Cabin Retreat
Wood cabinets, wood or composite decking, butcher-block countertops, and wood-frame furniture with thick, durable upholstery reflect the look most commonly found in rustic cabins. Layer in throw pillows and blankets to add a cozy feel.
11. Mountain Lodge Inspired Deck
Whether your home is in the mountains or not, your outdoor kitchen can make you feel like the mountains are calling. Build your kitchen using stone and earth tones. Add in a fireplace or wood-fired pizza oven if space and budget allow it.
12. Bar Style
Adding a bar area to your outdoor kitchen gives your guests a place to sit and gather while you whip up their favorite snacks. Bar stools not only provide bar seating but also can be moved around your deck to provide seating in other areas. Personally, I love an outdoor television, which allows you to watch the latest game without going inside.
13. Vintage Deck
Decorate your outdoor kitchen with furniture, cabinetry, décor, and materials found in thrift or secondhand stores. Don’t be afraid to mix styles and colors to create a look that is all your own. A pergola provides an additional structure to decorate with string lights, plants, and draperies.
Kitchen Deck Ideas for a Modern and Sleek Look
If there is one place that homeowners really like a modern, clean, and sleek look, it’s often in their indoor kitchen. Homeowners like preparing food and feeding their family and friends in a space that feels fresh and new. You can achieve this same look in your outdoor kitchen.
14. Concrete Jungle
Homeowners in the city can take advantage of outdoor kitchens. Provided your decks have enough space and can withstand the weight load, you, too, can create a fun space to escape and entertain. You can even emphasize elements of city living by having concrete countertops or artificial greenery.
15. Futuristic Elements
From the latest technology integrations to metals to the latest innovations in composite decking, your outdoor kitchen can look like a peek into the future. Floating cabinets and shelves or cabinets with feet offer a sleeker, more modern appeal.
16. Black and Timber Contrast
Mixing natural wood cabinets with black appliances or countertops offers an attractive design contrast. This is a good choice, especially for homeowners who design their home exterior in the same style.
17. Reflective Surfaces
The best ways to create an outdoor kitchen that reflects light are stainless steel mirrored backsplashes or polished stone countertops.
Kitchen Deck Ideas for Asian Zen
One of the top reasons our customers want a backyard kitchen is for a relaxing space to host their families and friends. Asian-inspired design elements lend themselves to relaxation.
18. Bamboo Oasis Kitchen
Bamboo cabinets, along with bamboo furniture, light fixtures, wall screens, and rugs, can add a natural and calming look to your outdoor kitchen. Use bamboo placemats on your outdoor dining table, and light candles to set the mood.
19. Thai Tropical Retreat Kitchen
Thai designs are known for rich and bold tapestries and colors such as red, orange, gold, and green. Select décor of statues, lush plants, and stones to complete your design.
20. Yin and Yang Harmony Kitchen
Balance and symmetry are key elements in a yin and yang design. When creating an outdoor kitchen with this design principle, our customers opt for a symmetrical layout such as a galley-style or U-shaped kitchen. Our customers also use complementary materials and finishes, mixing soft with sleek, dark tones with light tones, and old with new.
I know that you can bring to life the kitchen area you imagine with a little creativity and planning by using these 20 outdoor kitchen on deck ideas for inspiration.