Choosing Between Kitchen Island and Peninsula, Part 1

Those considering a kitchen remodel may have several major choices to make, and one common decision facing those who are looking for additional countertop and storage space is well-known: To install a kitchen island or a kitchen peninsula? These two additions are similar in many ways, but also have a few stark differences that separate them, both in terms of practical use and the sorts of kitchens they’re often installed in.

At Pine Tree Construction, we’re proud to offer fantastic kitchen remodeling and renovation services for a wide variety of needs, including those considering a kitchen island or peninsula as part of their upgrade. How do you decide which to go with? There are several factors that play a role, and we’ll go over each of them in this two-part blog series.  

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Basic Differences

First and foremost, let’s define both these kitchen additions. They can be separated as follows:

  • Kitchen island: A free-standing counter surface that is open on all four sides, standing on its own in the middle of a kitchen space. It may contain various drawers or cabinets for storage.
  • Kitchen peninsula: A counter surface with three open sides plus one end attached to a wall or cabinet. Peninsulas are generally considered a kitchen extension, while islands are stand-alone items.

Peninsulas may have hit their peak popularity during the 1970s, when they were used to demarcate kitchens from separate dining areas. And while islands have replaced them in some situations, they still offer several potential benefits for homeowners today.

Layout and Size Themes

Likely the most important factors to consider when it comes to this choice are the layout and size of your kitchen remodel. Do you work in a work triangle that prioritizes the sink, stove and refrigerator as main axis points, or a work zones system that’s a bit more free-flowing? These are questions our team will work with you to answer.

Generally speaking, islands do very well in larger kitchens. This is partially because they require some space on all four sides for movement, plus even more area if a dishwasher or oven opens toward them. Peninsulas, on the other hand, take up less open space and may work better for smaller kitchen areas. Both can double as casual dining areas or mini-bars, however.

Cost Factors

Another important factor for any kitchen remodel is budget. The average peninsula installation tends to be a bit less expensive than the average island, but there are ways to limit your costs in either area to fit them within your budget in many cases. This area generally comes down to speaking with your home contractor about the most cost-effective choice based on your needs.

For more on choosing between an island and a peninsula during your kitchen remodel, or for information on any of our home remodeling or general contractor services, speak to the staff at Pine Tree Construction today.