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
- 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.