The island is probably the most common accent piece for a kitchen but it’s usually something that only large kitchens can accommodate. Islands go well with open floor plans so if you have the room then should definitely take advantage of it. However, the island is not the only option. A kitchen peninsula is an interesting and practical alternative for smaller spaces or for certain types of layouts.
A kitchen peninsula can sometimes prove to be a better option than an island. It provides circulation on three sides while one side is usually attached to a wall and this can offer some nice advantages.
A peninsula can be an extension for your kitchen cabinetry or even for a kitchen island. It can be lower than the counter and it can be used as a comfortable dining table or a breakfast nook.
A peninsula is pretty similar to an island but since it’s attached on one side to a wall it doesn’t need a solid base. It can look something like this, with just a solid top and a side panel for support.
Peninsulas are more suitable for small kitchens. They can extend the counter space and offer additional storage space if needed. Other possibilities include using the peninsula as a bar or as a prep area.
In a way, a peninsula is just a table attached on one side to a wall or an existing piece of furniture. Peninsulas don’t necessarily include storage underneath their tops although that too can be an option.
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