Starting your own DIY BBQ island project is one of the best ways to make sure that your barbecue setup is perfectly tailored to your preferences.
Here are some of the best BBQ island ideas to help you get your project off the ground.
Upcycled pallet outdoor frill
Pallets are great for turning into everyday house items. They’re cheap and pretty easy to get a hold of.
We have a repurposed pallet coffee tables, and I’ve seen plenty of seats, TV tables and patios made from repurposing the wood.
But they really come into their own with a pallet BBQ island.
The pallets make it easy to create the main structure of your island, and are arranged around corrugated tin for a strong skeleton.
DIY backyard barbecue
If you want to go more full-scale with purpose-made materials then this cement-based island should inspire some ideas.
Just be sure to plan drainage, gas piping and electricity. Oh, and plan to be busy for a few weekends!
DIY portable outdoor kitchen
This takes the pallet aesthetic and cleans it up a bit to produce a tidy, portable BBQ island that even offers a sink.
Go all-in on the amenities
At the completely other end of the scale sits this upscale outdoor BBQ kitchen island.
Built on the side of a pool house and under a roof, this island is shielded from the elements so it can be used year-round.
City cooking space
If you’re stuck in the city with limited space, there’s still a lot that you can accomplish.
With a narrow design that’s positioned to make the absolute most out of the little space on offer, this grill sits in front of a fence for privacy.
Its wood finish matches the brick of the city’s buildings, but has a stainless steel countertop to hold up to the weather.
Cinder block island on wheels
This design leaves space for the grill door, so you have easy access to the propane tank.
This one does away with wood for safety concerns, and instead goes with cinder block as its core material.
More robust, more weather-proof, and much safer.
Subtle repurposed wood
There’s nothing wrong with being functional. This stripped-down kitchen island is made with recycled wood that allows the real star of th show to stand out: Your BBQ grill.
Full-scale grilling counter
If you’re going to make your own island, then you might as well go all in.
This BBQ island does exactly that by fitting in both a built-in propane grill and a charcoal smoker.
And why stop there? They’ve thrown in a sink, a refrigerator, and gas-powered cooktop.
Maximum economy of space, all in one unit.
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