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The Peninsula-Shaped Kitchen Layout

What You Need to Know About the Peninsula-Shaped Kitchen Layout


The Peninsula Kitchen Layout

The Peninsula Kitchen Layout

Chris Adams, Copyright 2008, Licensed to About.com
The Peninsula-shaped kitchen layout is one of the basic kitchen layouts that decades of ergonomic research developed. The Peninsula-shaped kitchen layout is a useful and versatile layout for a small, medium or large kitchen in an open concept floor plan.

The Peninsula-shaped kitchen layout resembles a two wall galley kitchen layout minus a wall. The Peninsula-shaped kitchen layout consists of a work space on one wall with a second, free standing workspace running parallel to it. There is a single traffic lane between them. There is an opening on one or both ends.

The Peninsula-shaped kitchen layout gets its name from the free standing work surface jutting out from the side wall and surrounded by space on three sides. However, a similarly functional kitchen layout can be achieved with a long island.

A Peninsula-shaped kitchen can be as long as you want. You will just need to divide the kitchen into different work sites. The best width for Peninsula-shaped kitchen with two parallel work surfaces is 7 to 12 feet. Kitchens over 10-feet wide can utilize a merging of the U-shaped and Peninsula-shaped kitchen layouts.

Peninsula-Shaped Kitchen Benefits

  • Ideal for open floor plans
  • Great for rectangular space
  • Efficient for a small kitchen space
  • Can adjust to any length
  • Can easily divide the kitchen into multiple work sites
Peninsula-Shaped Kitchen Drawbacks
  • Through traffic can cause congestion
  • Not efficient for large kitchens
  • Not good for multiple cooks

Placing the Work Triangle

The basic kitchen work triangle can be placed anywhere along the length of the Peninsula-shaped kitchen provided you keep the elements grouped together. An equilateral triangle works best with two elements on one wall and the third centered between them on the opposite wall.

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