How to design a peninsula-style kitchen

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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.

What is a peninsula kitchen?

What is a peninsula kitchen?

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.

What is a peninsula kitchen?

What are the benefits of a peninsula?

A peninsula-style kitchen brings a lot of potential to your layout, especially if you have a small kitchen:

  • More counter space: Even compared to a kitchen island, a peninsula offers more worktop real estate. An island needs a pathway all around it, while a peninsula can sit in the same place and connect to a wall – so what would be a small patch of walkway becomes an additional worktop area instead.
  • More storage: A peninsula can include extra cupboards and drawers.
  • Suitable for small kitchens: Unlike an island, which would need to be of a certain size to be worthwhile, peninsulas can be short or long, and so fit into small kitchens as well as big ones.
What are the benefits of a peninsula?

Where can I put a peninsula in my 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:

  • To define a room: A peninsula can act as a half-wall between the kitchen area and the rest of the house in an open plan room, helping to define zones without completely separating them.
  • For a place to eat: By leaving an overhang on one side of the peninsula, you can position stools to create a breakfast bar-style dining area.
  • To create an L-shaped kitchen surface: Depending on your existing layout, you can add a peninsula to a single walled kitchen to give it the worktop layout of an L-shape kitchen.
  • To create a U-shaped kitchen surface: Similarly, you can add a peninsula to an existing L-shaped kitchen to create the surface layout of a U-shape. The peninsula doesn't have to be the same length as the side it runs parallel to – a short peninsula can still add a lot to your kitchen.
  • To create a bespoke workspace: A peninsula doesn't have to be particularly long – consider fitting a short unit and installing integrated appliances to create a personalised prep space.
Where can I put a peninsula in my kitchen?

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.