Outdoor Kitchen Standard Heights & Sizes

Outdoor kitchens are an extension to your entertaining space. There are many different styles and materials that can be used to build your outdoor grilling island.
Here are some standard outdoor kitchens heights & sizes for countertop and bar tops.
  • Countertop standard height is 36″ tall. Depending on some appliances you might need to raise heights to 38″to accommodate a fridge.
  • Comfortable range for most is 36-38″. Always design your counters lower than the distance of your client’s bent elbow to the ground.
  • Outdoor martini bar counter height varies from 42″-46″ tall. If you plan to use bar stools, select them ahead of time and let the height of the seat dictate your final bar counter height.
  • Bar stools are typically 28″ tall, but there is much variance depending on styling and manufacturer. We bought ours at wayfair
  • Cantilever a minimum of 10 to 12 inches to allow room for knees on any type of counter.
  • Tabletop height standard is 30 inches tall.

Measurements to Keep in Mind as You Plan

  • Workspace counter area on left and right of grill or pizza oven: 12″ on one side and 24″ on the other
  • Workspace counter area on left and right sides of sink: 18″
  • Workspace counter area above undercounter refrigerator: 15″ of clear space and can be shared with the sink or cooking area
  • Minimum work space: 36″ w x 24″ d
  • Storage: minimum of 21″ linear storage (for 10’ kitchen)
  • Always forgotten: landing space on each side of major appliance or element, like sink