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Design an Outdoor Kitchen with an Island

In both indoor and outdoor kitchens, an island is a highly sought after feature. An island offers space to prep food and drinks, as well as entertain guests with bar seating. Some islands also include cooking appliances, fridges and sinks.

Islands are especially versatile in outdoor kitchen projects, as outdoor spaces typically have more freedom with placement and setup. Most outdoor kitchen layouts can accommodate one as a separate bartending center or as a BBQ island.

Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens‘ product offering gives you the tools to create a beautiful and functional stainless steel island. You can easily include one in your outdoor kitchen plans as an asset to your design.

Stainless Steel Cabinetry

Over the years, we have perfected our use of stainless steel for outdoor kitchens. Our 304 and 316 grade stainless steel outdoor cabinetry is available in hundreds of sizes in 3” increments. We engineer our cabinetry in a variety of styles to house virtually every appliance and amenity on the market. These options allow for seemingly endless configurations and flexibility with the features in your kitchen.

To add beauty and reduce maintenance of your stainless steel cabinetry, you can choose from dozens of powder coat colors. Our crafted door styles are a great way to express your personal style. For a fully finished result on all sides, we offer finished back and side panels to match your chosen color and door style.

Outdoor Kitchen Island Benefits

With the design flexbility of our cabinetry, adding an island to your plans is easy. An outdoor kitchen island offers an abundance of beneficial features, like extra counter space and storage. Islands also add a separate seating area for socializing.

If you have space restrictions, an island is a great way to add counter and storage area without increasing the length of your kitchen. Best of all, you can add one to a variety of kitchen layouts – even a U-shape, if your space is large enough!

Extra Counter Space

Islands provide extra counter space for cooking and prepping meals or drinks. This benefit is crucial if you have multiple people working in the kitchen with a sink, cooking appliance, and fridge. With this setup, everyone can spread out and have room to prep, cook, and socialize.

Extra Storage

Drawers and shelves offer extra storage opportunities for cooking utensils and more. Islands increase storage space without extending your cabinetry run. Plenty of storage reduces clutter in your outdoor kitchen too.

Focal Point

An island can easily become an eye-catching focal point in your outdoor living space. To make a bold statement, we recommend designing your island with a bright color to make it stand out. You may also want to consider a color that contrasts with the rest of your kitchen and décor.


Some outdoor spaces include an island with casual bar seating that is separate from a formal dining area. Bar seating is an attractive feature when hosting family and friends. Add fun amenities like a wine cooler, fridge, and kegerator for the ultimate bartending center.

Setting Boundaries                  

In larger outdoor spaces, an island can help to set a clear boundary between the kitchen and the rest of the living space. This application can help to define different areas (kitchen, seating) and make a visually appealing, cohesive space.

Outdoor Kitchen Island Features

For an island with seating options, we have solutions to support both counter height and bar height applications. We offer countertop support for counter height, with raised countertop support piers for bar height. Our extended back panels support bar height seating and a backsplash application.

You can design your island in a way that works for you, depending on the functionality that you need. For storage, we offer a variety of configurations for base cabinets, including door/drawer and multi-drawer.

Your island can also include a grill or other cooking appliances with our grill and appliance cabinets. To improve the functionality of your island, include other amenities like a sink, pull out trash, and fridge. These features are versatile, offering benefits for a bartending station or a cooking/prepping station.                                                                                                 

If your island is mainly for workspace, our Post and Panel System (PPS) is a solution that does not offer storage. PPS is a skeletal system with spacers, supports, and panels on all four sides. You can also integrate PPS in your layout with our traditional cabinetry boxes and appliances.

Outdoor spaces with limited space can benefit from using our Cosmopolitan Tables or Buffets as an island. The tables are available in four versions: Cook, Prep, Store, and Eat. The buffet is available in Cook and Store. Depending on your needs, the tables can support a variety of applications and also have the option for wheels.      

Why Choose Danver for Your Outdoor Kitchen Island?

Project by Homestead Structures.

Project by Homestead Structures.

For an outdoor kitchen island that is as beautiful and functional as an indoor kitchen, Danver is the top choice on the market. We offer:

  • 304 and 316 grade stainless steel cabinetry
  • A variety of solutions, like traditional cabinetry, Post and Panel System (PPS), and Cosmopolitan Tables
  • An extensive palette of powder coat finishes and a selection of door styles
  • Functional cabinetry styles like base, grill, appliance, sink, and trash
  • Multiple door/drawer configurations for storage and organization
  • Seemingly endless layouts and configurations to create a cohesive space
  • Finished end and back panels for a seamless look on all sides
  • Solutions for bar height and counter height seating
  • An extensive lineup of ADA compliant cabinetry and solutions

With Danver, you can design a functional and beautiful island as an asset to your outdoor kitchen. Islands offer plenty of benefits, like enhancing the social value of your space and adding extra workspace and storage. The design flexibility of our cabinetry gives you the freedom to easily add an island to your design. The beauty and durability of stainless steel guarantees you will enjoy your outdoor kitchen for years to come.

Ready to experience the benefits of a stainless steel outdoor kitchen and island? Contact us today!

This article is based on industry knowledge and research by outdoor kitchen design professionals, including our in-house experts and engineers with decades of experience.Our goal at Danver is to provide factual information on relevant topics to help readers make informed decisions about their outdoor living spaces.

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