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Outdoor Kitchen With TV: Benefits & 6 Awe-Inspiring Ideas

By Jayme Muller

December 7, 2023

In recent years, the concept of outdoor living has been hugely in-vogue.

And for good reason!

Backyard living rooms beautifully mesh indoor comforts with the peace and tranquility of the outdoors…. Creating the perfect entertainment space just steps outside the backdoor.

Covered patios and comfy seating areas are a few ways to furnish an outdoor living room of your own…

But if you truly want to make the most of your backyard… You’ll need an outdoor kitchen with TV.

outdoor bar island with refrigerator and tv above

It’s the pinnacle of outdoor entertainment… A merging of leisure, relaxation, and practicality.

In this article, we’ll go into more detail on why a backyard kitchen and TV setup is a great idea… Share some tips and tricks… And end with inspiring TV and outdoor kitchen ideas.

Let’s get to it!

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Benefits Of An Outdoor Kitchen With A TV

On the fence about an outdoor kitchen with a TV?

Here are a few reasons why this pairing is a match made in heaven.

Your Patio Will Be Transformed Into A Full Outdoor Entertainment Center

outdoor tv mounted about outdoor kitchen

An outdoor kitchen with a TV will transform your backyard into a hosting hotspot… And here’s how.

A grill island will allow you to keep your guests’ hunger sated and their thirst quenched… With no need to run inside to keep the party going. (And effectively eliminating any FOMO!)

That’s because today, BBQ islands can be customized to rival the functionality of your indoor kitchen.

Of course, built-in grills will bring on the cooking power… But you can also include smokers, griddles, pizza ovens, side burners, and so much more.

You can also accessorize with outdoor refrigerators, sinks, and storage… To create a full outdoor prep station.

And let’s not forget about outdoor bar islands. These provide the perfect spot to sit, relax, and dine al fresco.

And when you pair all of that with an outdoor TV… There’ll never be a dull moment!

You can watch your favorite show, movie, or catch a game… All while cooking, enjoying food hot off the grill, and sipping on cool beverages from an outdoor mini fridge or kegerator.

Sure, you could always just eat in front of your indoor TV… But who wants to watch through a window as beautiful summer days pass you by?

The warm sun and fresh air will heighten everyone’s mood… And your guests won’t be able to resist coming back for more.

And we’re not just saying that! This next point will show you what we mean.

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An Outdoor Kitchen With A TV Can Lower Stress

l shaped outdoor kitchen with bar and refreshment center with tv to entertain

Did you know that the average American spends about three hours every day watching TV?

That’s a good chunk of time… So it’s no surprise that over 70% of individuals also report eating meals in front of a screen.

We hate to bore you with more stats… But bear with us for a moment.

Research shows that spending just a couple hours outside every week can significantly lower stress.

See where we’re going?

We’re not saying you shouldn’t eat in front of the TV (we all do it!)… We’re merely implying that an outdoor kitchen with a TV will allow you to reap the benefits brought on by the fresh air while doing so.

Really, it’s a win-win.

Considerations For Your Outdoor Kitchen And TV Area

Now that we’ve covered a couple advantages… You may be all for an outdoor kitchen and TV area of your own.

But before you dive in headfirst… You’ll want to keep these considerations in mind.

Let’s discuss.

Opt For An Outdoor Rated TV

bar seating and dining table with seating on deck and umbrella with outdoor tv mounted on wall

First things first, you can’t pair just any old TV with your outdoor kitchen.

Extreme temperatures, precipitation, wind, dirt, debris, and exposure to UV-rays can all negatively affect your display… If it’s not specially designed for outdoor use.

Luckily, most outdoor-rated TVs are built to combat these risk factors… And will be much more heavy duty than your standard indoor screen.

So, it’s important to be on the lookout for outdoor TVs, specifically.

Thankfully, these models will be clearly labeled as such… Though keep in mind that they will cost quite a bit more than the average indoor TV (most models average $2,000 and above).

If you want even more protection for your investment… You could also pair your new TV with a weatherproof enclosure or cabinet, to keep it fully encapsulated and out of harm’s way.

And if you want even more peace of mind…

Consider Keeping Your TV & Kitchen Area Under Cover

outdoor kitchen under roof with outdoor lighting

An outdoor kitchen with a TV is great, for the most part… But there are some uncontrollable factors that can mess with snack-and-movie time.

The bright sun overhead can cast a blinding glare on the screen for the better portion of an afternoon…

Not to mention, working or sitting at a summer kitchen in the blazing hot sun can be downright unbearable.

Then, there’s the rain to deal with… Which can quickly cut your backyard parties short.

These annoyances are obviously less than ideal… So how can you keep them at bay?

We’d suggest covering your TV and outdoor kitchen design with a roof!

Not only will this give your outdoor kitchen with TV extra protection from the elements… It’ll also make your space usable rain or shine.

Pergolas, awnings, and canopies offer great shade coverings… While full-covering pavilions and gazebos will keep your entire area comfy and dry.

Depending on the size of your layout… You may even benefit from including multiple roof structures in your design. (We’ll share some visual examples shortly!)

What’s The Best Outdoor Kitchen And TV Layout?

watching the football game on outdoor tv

We’ll cut straight to the chase. There’s no one-size-fits-all blueprint to achieve the perfect outdoor kitchen and TV layout.

Everyone’s backyard space is unique, and everyone has a different vision for their ideal outdoor entertainment center.

So as you plan your TV and kitchen layout… Consider why you want an outdoor TV in your design.

Perhaps you enjoy following tutorials from your favorite TV chef as you cook… In which case you’ll want the screen to be visible from your grill island.

For this scenario, we’d suggest wall-mount TVs. Unlike bulky TV cabinets… These will make for easy viewing, without overcrowding your cooking area.

Alternatively, you might want the TV to be visible as you sit and dine on fresh-grilled food… Or even as you lounge in a comfy outdoor seating area post-dinner.

In these instances, consider the size of your outdoor space, as well as its general layout.

Think of where your dining or seating area will be… And save some nearby room on your patio for a TV cabinet.

Or if there’s an exterior or retaining wall across the way… Preserve some real estate on your patio by opting for a wall-mount display.

Want the best of both worlds? Consider swiveling wall-mount TVs that can be viewed both when cooking and dining.

In any case, your main goal is keep your TV visible without inhibiting your cooking or entertainment area.

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Outdoor Kitchen With TV Design Ideas

Struggling to picture your ideal outdoor kitchen with TV design?

Allow these ideas to inspire your imagination.

TV And Grill Island With Outdoor Dining Area

Open your backdoor, breathe in the fresh air… And immediately step foot into an elegant outdoor cooking and dining area under cover.

Snug against this home’s exterior wall is a U-shaped outdoor kitchen with a TV, complete with a dining table and outdoor seating.

The kitchen itself features a massive built-in gas grill… Plenty of cabinetry and countertop space… Pull-out trash/recycling… Plus a sink and refreshment center for all of your outdoor hosting needs.

The large wall-mount TV is situated at an angle above the sink and refreshment center… And the full roof covering prevents too much screen-glare from the sun.

TV and grill island with outdoor dining area

When cooking in this setup… The TV will certainly be easy to see.

And in the dining area… The large bench would be the ideal place to catch a show as you eat.

We also love the use of greenery as a natural backsplash in this design… Adding both a pop of color and some additional privacy to this indoor outdoor entertainment space.

Outdoor Kitchen TV Oasis

outdoor kitchen TV oasis with pergola and seating

This expansive outdoor living room has it all!

Below the pergola, there’s an extra-long outdoor kitchen bar island complete with seating

Beside the umbrella, you’ll find a full dining table and chairs set for eating meals outdoors…

And rounding out the design is an arrangement of comfy outdoor furniture under cover… Directly facing the wall-mounted outdoor TV!

After cooking dinner in the outdoor kitchen and dining in the open-air… All that’s left to do is retire to the outdoor lounge and flip on the TV.

And don’t be afraid to keep the watch-party going well into the night!

String lighting hung around the entertainment area gives the space a warm ambiance, even after sundown.

Covered Outdoor Living Space With TV

Here’s yet another TV and outdoor kitchen design under-cover.

This one showcases a stunning linear island, filled to the brim with cooking conveniences.

With plenty of outdoor kitchen storage on deck… Your favorite grill accessories will always be within reach as you smoke meats on the Big Green Egg or whip up whatever your heart desires on the flat top

And all the while, you won’t have to crane your neck to see the outdoor TV… Which is conveniently hung above the island!

Even as you cook the day away… You’ll never miss a moment.

Outdoor Kitchen Bar And TV

galley outdoor kitchen with bar seating and a tv

Perhaps your ideal backyard entertainment oasis involves a full outdoor kitchen bar and refreshment center… 

In that case, you’ll want to take notes on this stunning setup. 

The galley kitchen features a kegerator, mini fridge, and outdoor sink on one island… So fresh, chilled brews will always be flowing. 

There’s also a built-in gas grill, so you don’t have to worry about drinking on an empty stomach. 

The other island provides plenty of room for bar seating… Directly across from the large flat screen. Viewing conditions will be ideal from this vantage point! 

Finally, tucked in the corner is a matching dining table and chairs set. Though not the best location to see the screen… This final feature is truly the cherry on top of this backyard bar design. 

Grill Island & Cozy Outdoor TV Lounge

outdoor seating area next to outdoor kitchen with outdoor tv

When we think of an outdoor living room… This is what we picture. 

This grill island and TV design makes it easy to grab a snack from the nearby kitchen… And cozy up for a film beside a beautiful outdoor fireplace. 

Though on the smaller side, the kitchen itself still features a built-in grill, side burner, access doors and drawers, and outdoor refrigeration. 

And as you walk into the nearby lounging area, you’ll find plush outdoor seating facing the fireplace and flat screen. 

Though spaced apart, both the cooking and lounging areas are tucked under full roof coverage… Creating a comfortable outdoor space to escape to, rain or shine. 

What better way to spend your free time? 

Indoor Outdoor Room With Kitchen And TV

u shaped outdoor kitchen with vent hood and stone backsplash

To wrap up our list of outdoor kitchen ideas with TVs… Let’s have a look at this homey indoor outdoor entertainment space.

Within this room, you’ll find a fully functional U-shaped kitchen, complete with storage, access doors, refrigeration, and a refreshment center… Plus a built-in gas grill and side burner.

And did you catch the outdoor TV making an appearance in the corner?

Guests will easily be able to view the screen from the outdoor bar seating area, conveniently located across the way.

As with a few of the other ideas we discussed… You’ll be able to relax in this room well after dark, thanks to recessed and string lighting illuminating the area.

And honestly, we couldn’t think of a better place to enjoy dinner, drinks, and a great show.

Bring Your Outdoor Kitchen With TV Design Dreams To Life

people sitting at outdoor table with outdoor tv on wall

Now that you’ve seen a few shots of what’s possible… Are you sold on an outdoor kitchen with a TV yet?

If the answer is yes… Then why wait to start building your dream outdoor oasis?

While we’ve given you some tips on the TV itself… You’re likely wondering how to set yourself up with a summer kitchen.

And we have a great suggestion!

Here at RTA, we make it easy to get started on your custom kitchen island design.

In fact, our free online design tool allows you to get your project rolling in just a matter of minutes!

With this tool, you’ll be able to select the ideal layout and dimensions to fit your unique outdoor entertainment space.

Whether it be a simple linear island or a full BBQ station and outdoor bar… We’ve got you covered!

For all of your cooking needs… You’ll also be granted full access to Coyote Outdoor Living’s premium, 304 stainless steel appliance and accessory line.

Built-in grills, griddles, side burners, kitchen cabinets, outdoor refrigeration and more are at your fingertips. (You’ll also have your choice of Italian handcrafted pizza ovens from Alfa!)

Once appliances are selected and your design is squared away… You’ll be connected one-on-one with a Design Expert, to ensure your vision is perfectly brought to life.

Then comes assembly. But don’t worry! This is also a breeze.

With a few sets of hands, installing an RTA kitchen can be DIY-ed within a span of hours, no experience required.

Not crazy about putting in the elbow grease? That’s okay! We’re also happy to put you in touch with one of our Pro-Installers.

Then, it’s onto the final step: Enjoying your new entertainment center for a lifetime.

And when we say a lifetime, we mean it! That’s how long our durable, high performance concrete kitchens last.

Want more details? Check out our Learning Hub to dig deeper on all things outdoor living.

And when you’re ready… We look forward to helping you bring your outdoor kitchen with a TV design to life!

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