The Pros & Cons of Peninsula Kitchen Layouts
Whether you live in London, East Anglia or the wider South-East, Total Tops can install your preferred kitchen layout for you with high-quality materials and stunning design features. Among the more popular layouts that we are accustomed to installing these days is the so-called peninsula kitchen.
You may well find that this design aesthetic is suited to your home and it certainly has plenty of advantages, not least from the point of view of your kitchen lifestyle. That said, there are some considerations to take into account, too. Read on to discover the benefits and potential downsides of peninsula kitchen layouts.
What is a Peninsula Kitchen?
To begin with, it is probably worth explaining exactly what a peninsula layout is in a kitchen. Essentially, it means that one of your work surfaces will stick out from the wall, usually at a right angle, so that it can be accessed from three sides, the back, the front and one end.
You can think of this as similar to an island unit. They come in all shapes and sizes and are floor-standing. The difference between a traditional island layout and a kitchen peninsula is that the wall of the kitchen is physically connected to the peninsula whereas an island unit is fully accessible from all sides.
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The Plus Points of Peninsula Kitchen Layouts
- This is a good option if you want the kitchen island look in your home but your kitchen is a little too small to accommodate one.
- Compared to an island layout, a peninsula kitchen means obtaining more worktop space, ideal if you need room to prepare food or stack dishes. This is because it can extend all the way to the wall, of course.
- Peninsulas don’t need to be long to work. This means that they will suit almost all kitchens whether they are large or small so long as they are suitably proportioned to the available space.
- There will be more room for storage, too. Because the peninsula sticks out into the room, there is extra space for kitchen units, drawers and even appliances beneath it.
- Adding an L-shape to your kitchen design means everything is not pushed back against the wall. This gives many kitchens a more dynamic personality.
- A peninsula can be used to add extra seating, for example, by creating a breakfast bar that faces into the kitchen rather than a wall.
Cons Associated With Peninsula Kitchens
- Smaller kitchens can feel a bit cut off if the room to pass by the open side of the peninsula is only just wide enough for one person to get through.
- In very large kitchens, peninsula layouts have to be thought through carefully or they can look like a gimmick rather than something that provides functional space.
- Kitchen peninsulas may cut out light from outside. If you have one that extends across the kitchen in front of a seating area overlooking a set of patio doors, for example, then the space on the other side can look gloomy as a result.