The island has become a fundamental part of the modern kitchen, but size limitations mean some kitchens cannot accommodate one. When an island isn’t feasible, a peninsula can be a great alternative.
While peninsulas limit access to a kitchen as compared to islands that have circular flow, peninsulas can be attractive and functional. Floorplan variations are many, but here are few especially helpful layouts.
Parallel counters. This small kitchen has a peninsula directly across from and parallel to a wall full of cabinets, coming from one of the perpendicular walls. Across the peninsula counter from the sink are bar stools pulled up to the counter-bar.
The U-shaped kitchen. This kitchen has a long counter, cabinets and stove top along one wall, and another counter, sink and dishwasher on the opposite wall. The peninsula comes off of one end of either counter, creating a third side to the kitchen, partially enclosing it, but with an opening for access.
Seating at a peninsula. Peninsulas are a great place to serve food from the kitchen to satellite eating areas via the counter. Opposite the kitchen side of the peninsula counter is a common place to have bar stools for eating. You might even have a two-tiered counter and bar.
A big no-no. Resist the urge to add “floating” cabinets above a peninsula to solve storage problems in a small kitchen. While gaining cabinet space, you also create a closed-in feel to the kitchen.
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