If you're dreaming of a kitchen island but you don't have the space to accommodate one, you can opt for a peninsula instead. Which is much the same as a kitchen island, but it's connected to a wall on one end.
Peninsula kitchens offer all the same benefits of an island – extra workspace, storage and a place to socialise – but the difference is a peninsula can scale to fit into kitchens of many sizes.
By learning how to incorporate a peninsula into your kitchen, you can get a taste of the 'island life', no matter what your layout is.
In kitchen terms, a peninsula is similar to an island in that it's a unit with a worktop, but instead of standing free in the middle of your kitchen, one end is attached to the wall. A peninsula is accessible from three sides (unlike an island's four) and serves as an extension of your kitchen layout, and can help separate spaces in an open plan kitchen.
A peninsula-style kitchen differs from an L or U-shaped kitchen because the peninsula must protrude from the wall, leaving three sides exposed, whereas some L or U-shaped kitchens have most sides flush against the wall, leaving only one side exposed.
A peninsula-style kitchen brings a lot of potential to your layout, especially if you have a small kitchen:
Depending on your kitchen layout, the positioning, size and function of the peninsula will vary. Here are just a few ways you can integrate a peninsula into your kitchen layout:
A peninsula can create opportunities for storage, efficiency and socialising in your kitchen. An ideal solution for island-lovers who may not have a kitchen large enough for a standalone island, you can implement one to give yourself more space and bring a sense of personality to your room. Check out our design tips for more ways you can make the most of your layout.