29 June 2020
Peninsula kitchens are a great kitchen design alternative, especially if you’re dreaming of a kitchen with an island but don’t have the required space. Read on for a detailed list of peninsula kitchen design tips!
A peninsula kitchen offers an additional work surface, increased storage and a place to eat and socialise. Furthermore, a peninsula kitchen is really adaptable, meaning the design can be scaled to fit an array of kitchen spaces in varying shapes and sizes.
A peninsula kitchen is likened to a kitchen with an island because it offers an additional surface. However, this surface is not free-standing - instead, one end is attached to the wall.
Whereas you can access an island from all four sides, a peninsula kitchen is accessible from three sides, but still serves to extend your kitchen layout.
It’s also different from a U-shaped or L-Shaped kitchen design, as with these popular kitchen layouts three out of the four sides to a surface are flush to a wall, therefore only accessible from one side.
Opting for this design brings many added benefits. A handful of our favourite kitchen peninsula ideas and design uses include:
> Creating an additional workspace
> Offering a place to eat and socialise
> Increasing the amount of available storage
> Helping to define an ‘open plan’ kitchen layout
Using a peninsula in your kitchen creates an additional workspace and incorporates the ‘golden triangle’ of kitchen design in a more efficient manner. This is something we covered in our blog on L-Shaped kitchen design tips, but let’s refresh our memories on the ‘golden triangle’!
The main principle behind the triangle concept refers to the ideal locations to store (fridge), cook (oven and hob) and clean (sink) in an efficient rotational manner. The reason it’s called the triangle is that the positioning of such appliances means that a line can be drawn from one to another creating a triangle shape.
Incorporating an additional workspace in the form of a peninsula means you get an extra place to house any of the three core kitchen appliances as detailed above.
A popular kitchen peninsula idea, especially where space is limited, is to use the additional area as a place to eat and socialise in a less formal manner. A kitchen peninsula with seating is probably the most modern use of the peninsula design, lending itself perfectly to young professionals and families that are always on the go.
As well as providing an additional work surface for your kitchen, the base of a peninsula can be used to increase the amount of storage by offering an area to incorporate further built-in kitchen storage in the form of cupboards and drawers.
Finally, one of our favourite kitchen peninsula ideas is to use the additional surface to define an open plan space. Although the kitchen in theory is still ‘open’ to other areas of the home, the peninsula acts as a clear divide between the two, offering some degree of separation.
Whatever your reasons for wanting to incorporate a peninsula kitchen, whether for workspace, storage, definition or seating and socialising space, it’s important you carefully consider the ‘golden triangle’ rule of kitchen design.
As mentioned earlier, the main principle behind the triangle concept refers to the ideal locations to store (fridge), cook (oven and hob) and clean (sink) in an efficient rotational manner.
The reason it’s called the triangle is that the layout of such appliances means that a line can be drawn from one to another, creating a triangle shape.
Sticking to the golden triangle concept, we’ve offered our thoughts on best practice peninsula kitchen layout options. For illustration purposes, the green lines on the drawings below have been used to highlight the kitchen peninsula.
If your goal when incorporating a peninsula kitchen layout into your kitchen design is to create an additional workspace then we propose using the peninsula to house an under-counter fridge. Doing so will offer the best rotational flow for the golden triangle while creating a clear kitchen worktop or surface to work on.
Similarly, if your goal is to increase the amount of storage in your peninsula kitchen design then we would propose installing your sink within the work surface. Again, doing so will optimise the rotational flow of the design and allow you to use the base of the peninsula to house under-counter built-in kitchen storage.
If you’re wanting to use your peninsula to create an informal breakfast bar type eatery or a place to socialise, either as a family or when friends visit, then a slight layout change is required with regards to the golden triangle and your core appliances.
Although this peninsula kitchen layout doesn’t lend itself as well as the others in terms of offering an optimal rotational flow, the golden triangle can be worked into the design to offer a more than practical peninsula kitchen design:
As you can see in all of the above illustrations, any of the presented peninsula kitchen layouts lend themselves really well to helping to define an open plan kitchen concept.
Similarly, you can mix and match a combination of our favourite kitchen peninsula ideas to get a ‘best of both worlds’ design. For example, you could comfortably incorporate additional storage and a breakfast bar within your peninsula. There’s also no reason why you couldn’t also increase the available work surface whilst adding additional storage, by adapting the rotational flow of the golden triangle to work with your kitchen design requirements.
At More Kitchens we’re experts in all aspects of kitchen design and installation. Managing the entire project from start to finish, if you’re wanting to make a peninsula kitchen the heart of your home, then call a friendly member of our team today or book a design appointment online.