A pensinsula layout is essentially a kitchen island that is attached to one wall of your kitchen. Peninsulas are ideal for smaller kitchens and easier to incorporate into the kitchen design, especially when working with an existing space. Peninsula’s can be just as versatile as an island without the added space requirements needed to accommodate an island.
Advantages of a peninsula include:
- Perfect for a small kitchen. This is the ideal solution for smaller spaces or for long narrow kitchens that cannot accommodate the space needed for an island. They take up less room and can be valuable in a tight space.
- A peninsula can create a clear distinction between two areas of a home while still maintaining an open concept feel.
- Peninsulas provide continuous benchtop which equals more work surface. It offers a more usable working benchtop than having a separate island.
- Peninsulas are easier and less expensive to remodel. Gas, electricity, water and drainage lines are all easier and less costly to install when they can be run through existing cabinetry rather than through the floor.
Disadvantages of a peninsula include:
- It can be challenging to access the corner storage areas in both the base and upper cabinetry. A good solution would be to utilise a lazy susan or blind corner pullout for those hard-to-reach areas.
- Traffic jams are another drawback of a peninsula, especially if there is only one way in or out.
- Another disadvantage of a peninsula is style limitation. Typically, because the peninsula is a continuous part of the main kitchen cabinetry, the colour and style of both the cabinetry and benchtops will remain the same. This creates a unifying and more open feel in a smaller space but also limits creativity when it comes to colour and finishes.
Even though your design preferences play a considerable part in your decision, ultimately is comes down to the size of your physical space. If you have a large kitchen area with ample space to maintain flow on all sides, the island may be the perfect choice. If you have a small kitchen where trying to accommodate an island takes up more space and gives you less of a work surface, the peninsula offers the perfect solution.