Kitchen Design Ideas: Peninsula or Island?

February 13, 20122 comments

How do we decide between a kitchen peninsula and an island? It all comes down to space and flow in the kitchen design. Here are some considerations to help you decide.

Moving kitchen peninsula. Designed by Barbara Schmidt, bstyle, inc. CliqStudios kitchen cabinets.

Extendable, moving Peninsula designed by Barbara Schmidt, bstyle, inc.

1) Are you short on space? If you are, then consider a peninsula to add storage, display, and possibly bar seating. This is the most effective way to add functionality in a small area.

2) Too tight for a permanent peninsula? Try a moving or retractable surface for prep and eating. Design a surface that can roll away during kitchen prep or pull out when you need extra seating.

3) Have room for either a peninsula or a free standing table? Here’s a revolutionary idea — the movable peninsula (see pictured). We designed a movable peninsula for an apartment application that didn’t have space for both a table and a peninsula. The apartment had an awesome view and we wanted to take advantage of the it for dining. The peninsula slides out from the other kitchen cabinets for more prep space and provides seating for two to four people.

4) Have lots of space? If this is the case, then we always opt for an island. Why? Because it gives the chef room to roam and a gallery for spectators. Our favorite kitchen designs open to the family or living room with a convertible table or island for gatherings. Build it in permanently or as a furniture piece, these islands or farm tables become well-loved and well-used over the life of the home.


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