The kitchen is an area where you cook your meals or store your food. It is also an area where your family members can gather to eat or to cook together. In designing your kitchen, you have the option of installing either a kitchen peninsula or a kitchen island, either of which can be used not just to store kitchen equipment and food (in addition to your kitchen cabinets and cupboards, of course) but also as a dining table where your family can have informal meals or snacks. A kitchen island is different from a kitchen peninsula. A kitchen island, as in a real island, “floats” in the middle of the “sea” called your kitchen space. It is usually located right in the middle of the kitchen. A kitchen peninsula, on the other hand, is similar to a real peninsula—it protrudes from the kitchen boundaries (e.g., a wall or a row of cabinets) and sometimes acts as a kitchen boundary itself, in which case it will box your kitchen in. In this article, you will learn some handy tips on how to design a peninsula in a kitchen.
- Measure your kitchen. The general idea is to find out how much space is in your kitchen. Take the height from the floor to the ceiling of your kitchen. Measure the floor area, as well as the perimeter of your kitchen. Also get to know the general shape of your kitchen: whether it is square, rectangular, or irregular four-sided space.
- Compute how much space your kitchen furniture occupies. Especially immovable cabinets, calculating how much volume is consumed by such furniture as cabinets, stoves, sinks, countertops, etc. already existing in your kitchen can help you plan out exactly how much space your kitchen peninsula can consume before it can reasonably be considered uncomfortable.
- Note the location of the sink, stove, and refrigerator. These three are the most frequently visited destinations in your kitchen, and you will want your kitchen peninsula to not impede your round-trips around these three destinations. While you’re at it, note also the location of the windows and doors in your kitchen.
- Visualize the layout of your kitchen. To help you do this, draw a scaled-down two-dimensional model of your kitchen. Using this model, you can play around with ideas on where to place your kitchen peninsula or where (if at all) you can move your non-fixed kitchen furniture and equipment.
- Remember the work triangle. As you brainstorm, keep in mind your work triangle: sink, stove, and refrigerator. Many designers suggest that you begin by deciding on where to situate the sink first; ideally, as many would advise, it should be underneath a window. Thereafter, from the sink as starting point, create a triangle, the two other corners of which will be the stove and the refrigerator. If you brainstorm in this manner, you are ensuring that your kitchen peninsula will not get in the way of your work triangle.
Regardless of how you rearrange your kitchen to accommodate a kitchen peninsula, always make sure that movement into and out of the kitchen should be safe and comfortable.