A portable outdoor kitchen is designed to be an impermanent fixture on your porch, patio or in your backyard. These convenient little kitchens can feature cabinets, a wash basin or maybe even a grill surface.
While a fully installed outdoor kitchen can be an expensive home improvement upgrade, portable outdoor kitchens provide an affordable option for homeowners on a budget who love entertaining (and hosting dinners!) outdoors.
Crafty homeowners can design and build their own portable outdoor kitchen; for individuals who might not be so DIY-inclined, choose premade portable kitchens that can be purchased at home stores or online.
Get cooking outdoors, and check out these portable outdoor kitchen models and design ideas.
A Simple Wood Portable Outdoor Kitchen
Craft a portable kitchen using a simplistic wood frame and include a sink and a small grill area. Homeowners can select their choice of countertop and wood finish. Goods Home Design provides a photo tutorial of the building process. A full detailed ‘how-to’ explanation for creating the kitchen also can be found over at Instructables, where it’s noted that the price for the entire project is about $600.
A Portable Bar Kitchen
Some homeowners are happy with just a grill for cooking, but maybe they want a little extra storage or prep space for summer cocktails. The solution? Create a portable bar kitchen. This bar on wheels may include a small sink and perhaps a wine rack or extra storage cabinet for spirits. This portable bar features a space for a massive cooler!
A Minimalist Portable Outdoor Kitchen Design
Go basic and create a streamlined portable outdoor kitchen design. Frame a table structure out of wood and add a stainless steel sink. You might even include some storage shelves below.
The site Decoratorist also featured a portable kitchen that is really just a simple shelf design. The structure can be moved anywhere and used for storage for grilling utensils, spices and other cooking necessities.
Designs for a portable outdoor kitchen don’t have to be fancy or complicated, but they should meet the cooking needs of homeowners. Not everyone needs a portable kitchen that includes a grill or sink.
Create an Ornate Design
Homeowners who have the gift of design or DIY may incorporate more ornate features in their portable kitchens. Some may design a kitchen with a brick or stone foundation and include granite countertops, a stainless steel sink and even a grill surface.
When designing a portable kitchen, though, remember that the structure should be moveable. That is, the structure should feature wheels or be constructed with a lightweight frame that makes it easy to move around the space…or take to a different home if you move!
Forget DIY…Buy A Portable Outdoor Kitchen!
Some homeowners may have no idea how to build their own portable outdoor kitchen. That’s ok. Not everyone is comfortable with DIY, and creating some of these designs takes time…and patience. There are many who love to build and design their own projects, so creating a portable kitchen may be just another weekend project.
If you don’t feel comfortable with taking on a DIY project to create an outdoor kitchen, buy one instead. Portable outdoor kitchens come in many price points and can be as basic or decked-out as homeowners desire. Find models with cooking surfaces or choose simpler designs that feature a folding rack-like composition.
Homeowners may find affordable portable outdoor kitchens at home improvement stores or via online retail sites. Choose a model that fits the budget…and cooking/entertainment needs.
Portable Kids Outdoor Kitchen
Children love to play pretend. Families might want a portable kitchen for outdoor imaginative play. Sometimes a portable kid’s outdoor kitchen is known as a ‘mud kitchen’ and may include a sink and storage space.
In this creative kitchen, kids can pretend to make mud pies or play house. These small kitchens might not include any working features. That is, cooking surfaces can be painted on as decoration. A sink may simply be an inset bowl that kids can fill for water play.
Again, parents or homeowners with DIY know-how may design and build their own mud kitchen for kids. However, there are many mud kitchen models for purchase at stores or online.
Talk with kids to see what features they would like in their creative space. And don’t forget to include space for storage–no homeowner wants little pots and pans cluttering the yard!
Portable outdoor kitchens provide homeowners with a convenient cooking space, ensuring that hosts aren’t running inside and back outside while creating their culinary (barbecue!) masterpieces. Kitchens can include sinks, grill spaces and extra storage to meet the entertainment needs of homeowners, and these portable designs can be built as a DIY project or purchased at retail and home stores.
Homeowners should be cognizant of the design structure, though, to ensure that it is indeed portable. The key feature of the portable outdoor kitchen is its impermanence; they can be relocated anywhere and are not incorporated into the design of a porch, patio…or the home itself. Like a grill, these kitchens can be packed up and taken to a new home and enjoyed for many years…or decades!