building outdoor kitchen cabinets

For years of return on your outdoor kitchen investment, it is important to choose durable, long-lasting materials to build your outdoor kitchen cabinets. While there are several material choices available for an outdoor kitchen design, powder coated stainless steel has been hailed as the most popular and the most durable. Trex® Outdoor Kitchens™ is the optimal choice for stainless steel outdoor kitchen cabinetry, as our expertise will ensure a high-quality finish for your outdoor living space.

Benefits of Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets

Outdoor kitchen cabinets provide many benefits due to the options for customization and layout choices. To suit your personal aesthetic, options for colors, door styles, and handles provide the benefit of styling your outdoor kitchen. Along with styling, it is crucial to have a functional layout that provides adequate workspace, storage, and other features and amenities when using an outdoor cooking area in the outdoors. Outdoor kitchen base, wall, appliance, and corner base cabinets can provide all these necessary functions. In addition, the options for outdoor kitchen layout shapes allow for an efficient workflow when preparing and cooking food.

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Outdoor kitchen cabinets also provide entertainment and financial value when you can house functional amenities in your outdoor space. Including features like an outdoor grill, bar, refrigerator, and sink means you can have all the modern conveniences of an indoor kitchen for your outdoor kitchen. You can easily host outdoor parties and barbecues with loved ones and have everything within reach. This unparalleled convenience and entertainment value will be reflected positively in the resale value of your home, as homes that have outdoor kitchens tend to sell for more than homes without outdoor kitchens.

Outdoor Kitchen Cabinet Materials     

When contemplating how to build outdoor kitchen cabinets, make sure you understand the types of materials you can use. Outdoor kitchen cabinets can be made from a variety of materials that range in durability and longevity for the outdoors. Understanding the pros and cons of each material will help when choosing a material and brand for your outdoor kitchen design.

Concrete, brick, or stone

These natural materials are affordable and durable for weather conditions and heat, and they can also be customized with paint or colored tiles. Cabinets made with these outdoor kitchen materials require professional and lengthy installation, may need repair over time, and they can be difficult to clean – especially when food is involved.


As a natural material, wood is the most popular option for indoor kitchen cabinets. It can also be used for outdoor kitchens, but it does require plenty of upkeep and maintenance. If exposed directly to the weather, it can rot over time. In addition, any painted wood will need to be repainted regularly. Using pressure treated wood is the most durable option for building wooden outdoor kitchen cabinets, but it still requires maintenance when used in a backyard kitchen.

High density polyethylene (HDPE) and other plastics

Plastic is a popular material for outdoor furniture, since it will not rust, corrode, or rot. It is also used for other applications, such as bottles and cutting boards. Although it is available in many colors, the color will fade from exposure to the sun without UV protection. This material will also swell, crack, and warp from environmental changes in an outdoor space and will melt when exposed to high heat. 


Aluminum does not rust, but it can corrode in the outdoors. It can be powder coated to reduce maintenance. It has a lower melting point than other metals and is a good conductor of heat, meaning it is not the best choice near hot cooking appliances. It is also soft and lightweight, so it is susceptible to damage.

Stainless steel

Unlike aluminum, bare stainless steel can rust when placed outdoors without regular maintenance. 304 and 316 grade stainless steel are the most popular grades for building outdoor kitchen cabinets. 316 is common in marine environments, because it holds up well when exposed to chemicals and saltwater. Stainless steel can be powder coated a variety of colors, which reduces maintenance to a minimum. It is highly durable, strong, and it can handle heat.

Why Choose Trex Outdoor Kitchens?

  • Cabinets are manufactured in the USA with durable stainless steel (304 or 316 grade)
  • Cabinets are long-lasting in virtually any climate
  • A variety of cabinet types (base, wall, corner, grill, trash) in hundreds of sizes
  • Plenty of options for storage and organization
  • Appliance cabinets will house nearly every outdoor appliance
  • Attractive and UV resistant powder coat finishes minimize maintenance
  • Seemingly endless layout options – from a straight run to a G shape and everything in between
  • Semi-customizable with exclusive door styles and handles
  • Expert consultation ensures a high-quality finish

Outdoor kitchen cabinets offer plenty of benefits, from convenience to customization. While you can choose from various brands and materials for your outdoor kitchen cabinets, being mindful of the pros and cons will aid in your selection. Trex Outdoor Kitchens offers beautiful and durable powder coated stainless steel cabinets in seemingly endless layout shapes, an extensive powder coat color palette, crafted door styles, and an abundance of convenience for outdoor food preparation, cooking, and entertaining.

Ready to invest in beautiful and durable stainless steel outdoor cabinets? Give Trex Outdoor Kitchens a call today!