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Cooking in the garden: How to build your own outdoor kitchen

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A large outdoor kitchen with an integrated barbeque is built on a roof terrace.
It goes without saying that you can design and build your outdoor kitchen in any way you like – you can add a barbeque, for example.
  • Difficulty
    medium
  • Costs
    150-200 €
  • Duration
    1 d

Introduction

Is there anything nicer than enjoying a delicious meal al fresco? Yes, there is – if you can prepare everything outside, too! An outdoor kitchen allows you to bake your cake and eat it – all in the open air. We’ll show you how to build your own outdoor kitchen.

In the following steps, we are going to show you how to build an individual module for your garden kitchen. This is because every garden or patio is different, so you should adapt your outdoor kitchen to fit your specific circumstances. Once you know how to build a module, you can follow the same principle to build other modules (in different sizes) and expand your kitchen module-by-module.

It should go without saying that your safety is paramount throughout every step of the project, so make sure you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself. You can find an overview of the correct protective clothing you need when using each type of tool here:

What you need

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Additional items
  • Pocket rule
  • G-clamps
  • Pencil
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Material list
  • Supports made from Douglas fir wood (70 x 45 mm) in the following lengths: 4 supports (900 mm each) | 5 supports (460 mm each) | 1 support (220 mm) | 2 supports (450 mm each) | 2 wooden boards (800 x 320 x 18 mm each) | 1 wooden board (460 x 360 x 18 mm) | 1 wooden board (450 x 730 x 18 mm) | Torx screws (5 x 80 mm) | Torx screws (3.5 x 50 mm) | Weatherproof wood paint
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's start - step by step

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Saw the supports and beams

A wooden beam is being measured with a laser measure.
A piece of a wooden beam is being sawn off with a jigsaw.
The edge of a wooden beam is being sanded.

What you need: cordless jigsaw, Jigsaw blade (T 308 BF), laser measure, Cordless multi-sander, Sanding sheet for multi-sander G120, G-clamps, Pencil, Pocket rule, Supports made from Douglas fir wood (70 x 45 mm) in the following lengths: 4 supports (900 mm each) | 5 supports (460 mm each) | 1 support (220 mm) | 2 supports (450 mm each)

In the first step, you’ll need all of the supports and beams for the outdoor kitchen module. Start by measuring out the corresponding pieces of wood (picture one) and saw them to the lengths specified above (picture two).
Then, sand all of the sawn edges (picture three).

When you’re finished, you should have all the supports and beams with the measurements specified in the list of materials in front of you.

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Build the sides

A hole for a screw is being pre-drilled into a wooden beam.
Two wooden beams are being connected together at a corner with a screw.

What you need: Cordless drill/driver, wood drill bit: 4mm, G-clamps, The wooden supportsyou have already sawn in the following lengths: 4 supports (900 mm each) | 2 supports (460 mm each) | 8 Torx screws (5 x 80 mm)

It’s now time to take care of the sides of your kitchen module.
To do this, you first need to join two long supports (900 mm) together using a shorter beam (450 mm).
Do this by drilling two holes on each side (picture one) and then screwing the pieces of wood together (picture two).

Repeat this step again so you have two identical sides.

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Connect the sides

A wooden beam is being positioned between two other constructions made from wooden beams.
A hole is being drilled into a wooden beam using a cordless drill.
A wooden beam is being screwed to a wooden construction.

What you need: Cordless drill/driver, wood drill bit: 4mm, G-clamps, Two sides | The wooden supportsyou have already sawn in the following lengths: 2 supports (460 mm each) | 4 Torx screws (5 x 80 mm)

Now, take the two completed sides and stand them upright on your work surface.
You’ll need two additional wooden beams from step 1 with a length of 460 mm to connect them and form a frame. Position them between the two sides (picture one).
Then, drill holes on the inside of all four corners (picture two) before screwing everything together to form a frame (picture three).

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Tip

You should use an angle screw adapter for your cordless drill to make it easier to drill and screw into the inside of the wooden beam.

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Attach the lower supports

A measurement is being made on a wooden beam with a laser measure.
A wooden beam is clamped between two other beams to form a cross brace and a hole is being drilled into it.
A wooden beam is being screwed into two other beams to form a cross brace.

What you need: laser measure, wood drill bit: 4mm, Cordless drill/driver, G-clamps, The wooden supportsyou have already sawn in the following lengths: 2 beams (460 mm each) | 4 Torx screws (5 x 80 mm)

You now need to attach two additional beams to the module to give it some stability. Do this by measuring 100 mm from the lower end of the four supports (picture one). Attach the beams in the correct position so they act as cross braces and drill holes through the middle of each to the beam beneath (picture two). Now, screw everything together (picture three).

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Insert the side wall

A wooden board is clamped to a frame made from wooden beams and a hole is being drilled into it.
A wooden panel is being screwed down.

What you need: Cordless drill/driver, wood drill bit 3mm, G-clamps, 2 wooden boards (800 x 320 x 18 mm each) | 8 Torx screws (3.5 x 50 mm)

For the next step, you’ll need a thin wooden board measuring 800 x 320 18 mm. You can cut this to size yourself or you can get one that has already been sawn to length at your local DIY store.

Now, insert the board into one side between the supports and clamp it in place.
Then, drill holes through just the board (picture one) and screw it to the beams behind in the four corners (picture two).

Repeat this step on the opposite side to form the second side wall.

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Insert the bottom panel

  • A wooden board is being inserted into a frame to form a bottom.
    First, insert the bottom panel into the frame…
  • A wooden board is being screwed into a frame to form a bottom.
    …and then screw it firmly in place.

What you need: Cordless drill/driver, wood drill bit 3mm, G-clamps, Wooden board (460 x 360 x 18 mm) | 4 Torx screws (3.5 x 50 mm)

You can’t have an outdoor kitchen module without a bottom panel.
As in the previous step, you can also get this wooden board already sawn to length (460 x 360 x 18 mm) from your local DIY store.

Insert the panel so that it is resting on the lower beam. Drill the appropriate holes and screw it down tightly in all four corners.

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Attach the back wall

A frame made from wood is being turned over and laid on its side on a work surface.
A wooden board is being screwed to a frame made from wood.

What you need: Cordless drill/driver, wood drill bit 3mm, G-clamps, Wooden board (450 x 730 x 18 mm) | 4 Torx screws (3.5 x 50 mm)

Now, attach a back wall to the kitchen module.
Make this easier by first turning the frame you’ve already built on its side so that the back side is facing up (picture one).

Now, place the corresponding wooden board on to the frame, drill holes in the four corners and screw the back wall on tightly (picture two) – just like you did before in the previous steps.

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Spray with paint

A wooden frame is being painted brown with a paint spray system.
A paint spray system allows you to paint your kitchen module in whichever colour you like in just a few minutes.

What you need: paint spray system, Weatherproof wood paint

You can add the finishing touch to your kitchen module by giving it a splash of colour. Seeing as you’ll probably want to use it in the garden or on the patio, you should definitely use weatherproof wood paint.

A paint spray system is best-suited for adding some colour. It goes without saying that it’s entirely up to you how to decorate your module.

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Attach doors

Close-up of an open door that is fixed to an outdoor kitchen module with a hinge.
Make sure you pay attention to the size of the doors in case you want to integrate a barbeque into your kitchen.

What you need: Two hinges with the appropriate screws | An appropriate wooden board

You can also cover up the front of the module with doors – as we have in our picture – depending on your taste and how you’re going to use your outdoor kitchen. To do this, you’ll need the right-sized wooden boards – it’s up to you if they’re painted or not – and the appropriate hinges.

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Adapt the module to suit your needs

A brown outdoor kitchen with an integrated barbeque is standing on wooden decking.
An outdoor kitchen is generally made up of several structurally identical modules that only differ in terms of their size.

What you need: Planning skills and patience

In the previous steps, we have shown you how you can build a small module for your outdoor kitchen yourself in just a few simple steps (far right in the picture).
Of course, it’s up to you to decide exactly how you want your weatherproof kitchenette to look and how big you want it to be, as well as how you want to adapt it to the circumstances in your garden or on your patio.

The process for building larger modules is always exactly the same. Once you’ve decided on a size and built a frame, simply attach a suitable worktop to finish things off. In our case, we chose to use a wooden board made from oak.

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Install a sink

A measurement is being made on a worktop with a laser measure.
A hole is being sawn into a worktop with the plunge cut technology of a jigsaw.
A squared surface is being sawn out of a worktop with a jigsaw.
A black sink is being inserted into a worktop.

What you need: cordless jigsaw, Jigsaw blade (T 308 BF), laser measure, Pencil, Pocket rule, Worktop made from oak in a size of your choice

To install one, you’ll need to measure out the right-sized hole in your worktop (picture one) and saw it out. It’s best to make use of plunge cut technology to do this (picture two). Our expert, Dino, will show you exactly how this works here [in German].
All that’s left to do now is insert the basin (picture three).

You can often find outdoor sinks that come in a set with taps at your local DIY store. In our case, installing the tap (requires the appropriate hole to be drilled) also fastens the basin in place. There are, of course, different sizes of sinks and taps. Get some advice from your local DIY store as to what’s best for your outdoor kitchen.

As you can see, the instructions for personalising your outdoor kitchen are not meticulous. This is where you can take over the planning yourself and unleash your creative side to adapt the modules as you see fit.

The end result will definitely be worth it – and you can enjoy lots of delicious meals and barbeque evenings with family and friends.


Legal notice

Bosch does not accept any responsibility for the instructions stored here. Bosch would also like to point out that you follow these instructions at your own risk. For your own safety, please take all the necessary precautions.