For obvious reasons, BBQs sold out in record speeds last year.

As it turns out, they are expected to retain their popularity again. With social meetups somewhat up in the air, an increasing number of us are taking matters into our own hands and creating a dedicated BBQ area in the garden.

We’re not talking about the type of space which can house a disposable BBQ from the local supermarket. No, we’re talking about an all-singing, all-dancing section that is ready to entertain guests.

Unsurprisingly, there’s quite a lot to think about with such an idea. This is the reason behind today’s article; we will now take a look at some of the key thoughts that you need to consider if you are thinking about joining the legions of households who are creating these fashionable BBQ spaces in their back gardens.

Location, location, location

Apologies in advance; we’ve thrown the infamous location phrase in there. However, once again, it could not be truer when it comes to the position of your BBQ.

Like it or not, there needs to be some coherence with your kitchen. You need to be able to make the short walk from your kitchen, to your outdoor BBQ space. If it’s placed at the opposite end of your garden, you’ll be clocking up the steps.

For those of you who have more outdoor kitchen facilities this might not be a concern but for everyone else, try and keep it in mind.

Every BBQ needs a great seating area

Standing around a BBQ is a bit of a social affair in the first couple of hours, but as time goes on and the burgers and beer start to settle, seating is required.

This is where we would always recommend combining your BBQ space with pleasant seating. Again, location is key – you don’t want to be leaving the host to cook alone while everyone chit-chats at the opposite end of the garden. Something like a rattan dining set can allow you to all relax as one, while the rattan-factor means that it’s a really durable piece of furniture to have where food is involved.

Find the shade

It sounds bizarre, right? We wait all-yearlong for the summer and suddenly, we’re jumping into the shade.

Well, here’s a newsflash, BBQs emit a lot of heat. They also require a lot of attention so when it comes to the peak of summer, standing in front of one isn’t many people’s idea of a luxury.

Instead, pop it somewhere in the shade, and it will prove to be a much more comfortable experience.

Protect you (and the BBQ)

On the most part, BBQs are not small-time investments. The BBQ itself isn’t cheap, and that’s without all of the seating and other items that tend to surround it.

As such, they need protecting. A pergola or awning is an excellent way to achieve this; it allows you and your BBQ to enjoy the surroundings, rain or shine.