Peninsula Kitchens

Homeowners who don't have space for an island should consider a peninsula layout, which offers work space and storage attached to a wall, rather than a detached island.
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November 25, 2014

Photo By: Scott Mayoral ©Design by Christopher J. Grubb.

Photo By: Designer, Gladys Schanstra

Photo By: Designer, Daniel Bodenmiller

Photo By: Designer, Jennifer Duneier

Photo By: Designer, Marie Burgos

Room Divider

A peninsula is basically a connected island, converting an L-shaped kitchen layout into a horseshoe or U-shape. In many kitchens that have this layout, the peninsula serves as a room divider that separates the kitchen from a dining or living room area, as seen in this design.

Office Area

In addition to adding counter space for the kitchen, this peninsula has built-in drawers next to the seating area, turning it into potential office space. Design by Christopher J. Grubb.

Creative Space Planning

In this narrow kitchen in a Victorian row house, a peninsula separates the main sink from the bar sink, creating much-needed counter space. The peninsula also conceals a pull-out freezer drawer system. Design by Rebekah Zaveloff.

A Blend of Materials

In this layout, the peninsula converts an L-shaped kitchen into a G-shaped design, adding more space to prepare food and entertain family and guests. The design also serves an aesthetic purpose. The organically shaped butcher block bar works well with the tumbled slate backsplash, giving this kitchen a modern country feel. Design by Judith Balis.

Kitchen Entertaining

The peninsula in this horseshoe, or U-shaped, kitchen creates a small sitting area for entertaining guests. Design by Gladys Schanstra.

More Space to Work With

This peninsula offers additional counter space, cabinet storage and bar seating. Design by Daniel Bodenmiller.

Make Room

This peninsula functions as a room divider and additional work space. The original layout had peninsula cabinets suspended from the ceiling, which were replaced with decorative lights to create a more open layout. Design by Mary Broerman. Photo by Greg Epstein.
From: Mary Broerman

Incorporate the Triangle

In this kitchen, the primary sink is designed into a peninsula, making it an important part of the work triangle and converting an L-shape layout to a U shape. Design by Jennifer Duneier.

Create Counter Space

For this small kitchen, a peninsula provides much-needed counter space and a location for the primary sink. Design by Marie Burgos.

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