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Should I Choose a Straight, L-Shaped, or U-Shaped Grill Island?

When deciding on a style of grill island, you may feel overwhelmed with choices. But there is a style and a size for every back yard. Here are some of the most common styles of grill island, and the advantages each one offers.

Straight islands are the simplest style available. They consist of one long straight bar, encompassing the grill and a few other tools. For small back yards, and for conservative budgets, straight islands are an excellent choice. They can easily be worked into other back yard features, like pools or patios.
Simple accessories are best for this type of grill island. A bar fridge will allow you to make the most of your countertop space, while still giving you a needed feature. Extra drawers will give you needed storage space and the ability to customize your space to your own tastes.

L-shaped islands are the next step up. More counter space and more gadgets come with the extra space. And L shaped islands can fit in with existing yard features, without crowding friends and family.  In many ways this style of islands is the best of both worlds. And its construction is great for those whose budgets are higher, but who don’t want to splurge on a big ticket renovation.
Adding an extra side burner or two will provide room to stretch out. Adding trash bins will allow for easy clean up. And with the extra space, more beverage accessories can be added. Consider an ice bin for your beverages, or a beverage center with this type of island.

U-Shaped islands are the granddaddy of them all. They allow you to have any number of accessories, as well as the best option for counter space. This format turns your new island into a full extended room outside of the house. Larger back yards will fit this style better, as they need plenty of room to spread out. A serious budget is needed to properly equip an island of this size. Only serious renovators should consider this style.
Because you have plenty of space, you should consider some specialty accessories like an outdoor searing station. If your get-togethers are large enough, you may want to invest in a PowerChef Hot Dog Cooker. Or, for larger crowd, check out the heavy duty accessories like the Rotisserie with Half Chicken Baskets or Rotisserie with Flat Baskets.