Bringing the Inside Out: Outdoor Kitchen Cabinetry – 6 week summer series

Aug 4, 2015

In week 4 of my 6 week summer series, about interior design and decorating for the outdoors,  I will cover outdoor cabinetry.  There are 3 main options in outdoor kitchen cabinetry: stainless steel, wood and polyethylene.

Probably the most vulnerable to the elements is wood for outdoor kitchen cabinets. It’s important to select a wood that can hold it’s own against mother nature – woods like teak, ipe, cypress, thermally-treated poplar and mahogany. While wood has a wonderful warm feel it does require regular care and maintenance.

A popular choice, if you chose this route look for commercial grade 20-gauge stainless steel. Stainless steel is one of the safest surfaces for food preparation because it has no pits, pores or cracks for bacteria to get trapped in. While resistant to most common foods you should watch out for salt and vinegar – left on the surface for a period of time can cause staining. Bleach and chlorine products can also cause pitting and corrode stainless.

Newer materials such as polyethylene are coming on the market and are proving to hold up under natures torment. Polyethylene is a UV resistant, marine-grade polymer that has been used for years in the boating industry. It stands up to the sun and rain without fading, staining or yellowing. This material can be cleaned with common house hold cleaners including diluted bleach. It can even be pressure washed without damage.

Stainless Steel Outdoor Cabinets

Contemporary and Durable Stainless Steel Outdoor Cabinets

outdoor kitchen

stainless steel and wood look combo in this outdoor kitchen

outdoor cabinets by Brown Jordan

outdoor stainless steel cabinets with faux sea glass insert – image by Brown Jordan