Enhancing Your UK Outdoor Kitchen With Composite Boards, A Practical Guide

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Do you want to beautify your outdoor living space? An effective way to do this is through the installation of an outdoor kitchen on your decking board. With an outdoor kitchen, you can broaden your outdoor decor possibilities in enjoyable, interesting ways. It can provide the right ambience for meditation, relaxation, dinner with friends and loved ones, and partying. 

To set up an outdoor kitchen in your garden area, you have to factor in several things. Outdoor dining and meal preparation will strain your deck in a lot of ways, so ensure you opt for sturdy, low-maintenance and durable decking materials. 

As you plan to set up your desired outdoor kitchen, note that the deck is of utmost importance. Here are some tips to help you…

Go for decking materials with enough strength for your outdoor kitchen

It is important to ensure that your decking has enough strength to bolster the weight of your outdoor kitchen. You can use a strong deck frame, such as the one engineered with steel, to serve as structure support and frame. This is crucial for the structure of your outdoor kitchen. And for the surface area of your deck, it is always a smart choice to combine your steel frame with composite decking. 

Composite decking boards are sturdy and firm. This means they are perfect to withstand the rigours and strenuous activities of your alfresco area.

They are also a low-maintenance replacement for traditional wood decking. They are resistant to scratches and moisture, implying that they are resilient in withstanding the wear and usage that is associated with outdoor activities.

Ensure your decking is low-maintenance, hazard-free and long-lasting

After setting up a strong frame for your outdoor kitchen, you would have to ensure that it was a seamless experience. ue to the weight and strength of the frame, you need to ensure that you select decking that encourages fun while ensuring hassle-free maintenance. 

While timber decking is highly popular, it is known for its expensive and demanding maintenance. Since it is susceptible to pest attack, moisture, and staining, you will be investing time and resources in caring for your deck board instead of enjoying it. 

Composite decking can offer your outdoor space the elegant appearance of hardwood without the heavy maintenance demands that timber is known for. This means you will spend less time painting, sealing, and cleaning, and you can go about meal preparation and relaxation without worrying. 

You also have to ensure that your outdoor kitchen surface is anti-slip. Many composite decking brands in the UK are known for their quality non-slip ratings. Thus, you can be sure of a family-friendly, safe, and practical space for your outdoor entertainment activities. 

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Withstand food spills

Composite decking boards are not only known for their high performance and low maintenance, but they are also spill-resistant. They do not absorb moisture, oil, or food items, meaning that they will easily resist spills from food, a common occurrence in al fresco dining.

Compared to wood decking that can get indelibly stained by a food spill, composite decking boards will retain their original colour after cleaning with soap and water. 

Now that you will be dining on your deck, you need to be certain that your outdoor kitchen area is in sanitary condition. While timber decking is susceptible to mould, mildew, and pest invasion, composite decking offers a surface that is free of mould and pests.

Furthermore, you wouldn’t have to use chemicals and toxicants to clean your composite decking as you would with its wooden counterpart. 

Other Accessories for a sleek and beautiful outdoor kitchen

Outdoor Grill

An outdoor kitchen without a grill is no fun. 

It can serve as the centrepiece of an outdoor kitchen space. It is an elegant feature that elevates your home’s exterior. 

There are lots of outdoor grills you can opt for. The popular types include charcoal grills, gas grills, and pellet grills. 

Whatever choice of outdoor grill you make, it is a piece of mandatory equipment for your outdoor kitchen. 

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Outdoor Refrigerator

You would need chilled refreshments for your friends and guests. What’s the fun when you have a hot meal without a cold beverage?

And regardless of whatever you want to drink, it’s not nice to take a swig of something hot on a scorching summer afternoon. 

And you wouldn’t want to skip in and out of your home’s interior to ensure everyone is served refreshments. An outdoor refrigerator is a smart way to make your outdoor kitchen more convenient. 

Outdoor sink

Think about this for a while. You are cooking something delicious, slicing onions and beef in your outdoor kitchen. And your guest requests a chilled glass of wine. 

Now, that’s simple. You can stretch your arm towards the fridge. But hold on!

You have got onions, ketchup, and beef stains on your hands. Now, before you perform the role of a good host, you need to sprint inside and get your hands cleansed. 

But how about things changing for the better? This is why you need an outdoor kitchen sink.  You can easily get your hands cleaned during meal preparation. Also, you can ensure your dishes are properly rinsed and washed. 

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For your outdoor kitchen to become a reality, you need strong and resilient building options. This is why you should get a composite decking board and steel framing.

They are sturdy enough to stand up to the rigours and strain of a kitchen setting. They are also low-maintenance and durable. 

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Nicole Sage

Nicole Sage is the founder of Sleek-chic Interiors and is a highly experienced interiors writer and skilled home renovator who has a passion for all things design. She has been featured as an authority at Pinterest, Ideal Home, Daily Mail and in countless other interviews. For 8 years, Nicole has written, observed key interior trends, renovated and undertaken interior short courses at the renown KLC school where she has gained her grounding interior design principles. With a keen eye for detail and a love of creativity, she shares her expertise on the latest interior trends, practical DIY tutorials, and styling inspiration to help others transform their homes into stunning spaces. With a commitment to delivering informative and engaging content, Nicole inspires and empowers readers to explore their own unique sense of style and create beautiful, personalised interiors. Contact her at hello@sleek-chic.co.uk for interiors advice, colour questions and any commentary.

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