Remember when most new homes in the 70’s came complete with a kitchen peninsula? Today they’re being replaced with kitchen islands, but the peninsula has features and benefits that might make you think twice before tearing it out and replacing it with an island.
Kitchen peninsulas are connected to a wall or piece of furnishing, while a kitchen island is free standing. While the island is popular with today’s home buyers, kitchen peninsulas don’t have to look dated. Update them with a new counter treatment to bring it up to today’s standards.
The main benefit of a kitchen peninsula over an island, is that its footprint takes up less floor space. There’s only one end that needs good traffic flow.
A kitchen island requires good traffic patterns around all sides, therefore a larger space is needed.
Modernize your kitchen peninsula with a waterfall counter top. It looks so chic and offers ample counter space.
The waterfall peninsula offers space on one side for meal prep, with plenty of dining space on the far side. Add attractive pendant lighting over the peninsula and you’ve got an instant update to your cooking space.
Update your kitchen peninsula with a step-up solution. Here, the raised counter top for eating keeps diners from getting burned from stray grease from the stove.
In addition, a step-up peninsula helps hide some of the counter mess in the kitchen from guests who gather in the adjoining family room.
An industrial urban kitchen lends a creative twist on the kitchen peninsula. An elevated sheet of tempered glass creates a bar-height surface for dining. This concept could be applied to your existing peninsula for a fresh look.
Seating is added to the short end of this kitchen peninsula. The long end facing the living room has shelves carved out for holding books and collectibles.
This small kitchen creatively keeps dogs corralled beneath the peninsula during meal preparation.
If you were building a new house, which would you choose? A kitchen island, or a peninsula?
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