Kitchen Peninsula Ideas

Discover how adding a kitchen peninsula can create more room for food preparation or entertaining guests.

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As seen on HGTV's PROFESSIONAL GRADE, in addition to the peninsula, a wine fridge and storage was added to the kitchen

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Adding a kitchen peninsula to your layout can be useful for a kitchen remodel that requires removing a wall or adding a casual dining area with pub-style seating.

Peninsula Kitchens

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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.

Works Like an Island

Peninsulas function much like islands but offer more clearance in kitchens that may not be able to accommodate a true island. This bungalow kitchen is long and narrow, so rather than an island, it has a peninsula with enough seating for three. Design by Rebekah Zaveloff.

Photo By: Designer, Rebekah Zaveloff

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.

Photo By: Scott Mayoral ©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.

Photo By: Designer, Gladys Schanstra

More Space to Work With

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

Photo By: Designer, 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.

Photo By: Designer, 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.

Photo By: Designer, Marie Burgos

A kitchen peninsula is basically an island that has been connected to a wall. This layout can convert an L-shaped kitchen into a horseshoe or add an additional food preparation or seating area to a U-shaped kitchen design. Peninsulas are ideal in kitchens that require the functionality of an island but cannot afford to lose floor space.

If you are completely remodeling your small kitchen space in order to create a more open floor plan, then you may want to consider a peninsula. For example, imagine if your kitchen is closed in with three walls and you are planning on removing one wall to create more freedom in the kitchen. You may want to consider implementing a peninsula in the place of that wall to add counter space and perhaps provide seating for guests or feeding the kids an after-school snack.

The peninsula can also be a useful addition for providing additional storage or shelving underneath the top surface.

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