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Peninsula Kitchen Plans

Peninsula kitchenWhen an island is anchored to a wall or line of cabinets, this is called a peninsula kitchen plan. The peninsula may be used as a breakfast bar, seating area or just extra counter top and storage space. The peninsula adds extra cabinetry without adding a wall and it’s a good solution when you have plenty of floor space but a shortage of walls.

The peninsula can act as a room divider that diverts traffic away from the classic kitchen triangle giving the cook plenty of room to work. Another advantage to the peninsula design is that it functions particularly well with an open plan kitchen.

It is important to follow the triangle system for proper placement of the major kitchen appliances. Placing two appliances next to each other not only throws your kitchen design out of balance, it makes functioning around them much more difficult.

Take care not to place a side-by-side refrigerator next to a wall without leaving several inches of clearance to open the door. Failure to do so will make accessing the contents much more difficult. (Note: Many refrigerator doors may be switched around to open from the opposite side.) It’s crucial to plan plenty of counter space around both the sink and the stove and ideally, at least one countertop next to the side of the refrigerator that opens.

The peninsula kitchen offers the versatility of island but requires less space. As with an island plan, the peninsula kitchen plan gives the cook a view into another room rather than a wall. After meal preparation, a peninsula can double as a serving buffet or bar and is the ideal place to leave dishes after the meal is over.

The peninsula kitchen is also a good design for larger kitchens. Similar to the u-shaped kitchen, it provides a generous expanse of counter space, good access to work areas and enough space for two cooks.

Interested in installing a kitchen island but don’t have the layout to make it work? You might want to consider adding a peninsula instead. A peninsula kitchen is simply an island anchored to a wall or line of cabinets. It may be used as a breakfast bar, seating area or just extra countertop and storage space. The peninsula gives you more cabinetry without adding a wall, and it’s a good solution for kitchens that lack extra wall space but have the square footage to spare.


As with any other kitchen layout, the cost of creating a peninsula kitchen depends entirely on the materials used, size of the job, and cost of labor. Do you want to add a stovetop to your peninsula addition? That’ll cost more as well. Consult a kitchen contractor for exact figures.


Acts as a divider between rooms, diverting foot traffic while still giving the chef a view into the adjacent room.

Good design for larger kitchens, as it provides extra countertop space and room enough for two cooks.

Like the traditional kitchen island, the peninsula offers a large amount of additional cabinet storage space.


The peninsula doesn’t work for just any kitchen and is best suited for spaces with a large, open layout.

As with many open kitchen designs, the peninsula can mean fewer overhead cabinets.

Common Questions and Answers

What works better - a center island or kitchen peninsula?

An island works better in a U or L-shaped kitchen layout with ample space between the surrounding walls. A peninsula works best in kitchens that lack wall space but have floor space to spare.

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