Outdoor kitchens are built to make it easier for one to do cooking and entertaining at the same time. But do you always have to trudge back into your main kitchen to bring the plates and utensils? How about the various knives, spatula, tongs and other cookware? Having proper storage in your outdoor kitchen will save you time and effort when cooking outdoors.
And to ensure your outdoor kitchen storage will not only keep your kitchen ware but will also stand the test of being outdoors, here are 3 considerations for a well-functioning outdoor kitchen storage.
Installed in the open, your outdoor storage will take more battering than your indoor cupboards and kitchen closets. Make sure the material used for your outdoor cabinets can withstand the constant change in weather, be it bright sunlight, harsh winds, or continuous rains.
- Heat-resistant and fireproof
Outdoor storage is usually near your cooking area for convenience, if not directly below it. Stainless steel storage is the most common type but since it can easily heat up, most are advised to install it at least 6 feet away to avoid heating up the storage unity. Unless you want your storage to become a hot oven and find melted plastic dinnerware or broken glassware.
- Sealed against dust and bugs
Being outdoors, it’s not only the weather elements you need to be aware of. Bugs and insects will always be looking for a cozy spot to set up their nests or webs and call it home. So make sure your storage also closes tightly and is sealed from both the outside and inside against these small invaders. To further keep bugs away, you may spray some bug repellant or keep pest-repellant plants nearby.
With these 3 features, your outdoor cooking will certainly be a breeze with everything you need at arms’ length, courtesy of your safe and sturdy storage!