But what a peninsula lacks in flexibility it more than makes up for in function. As with an island, the base can be used for extra storage, and the surface can be used for cooking prep or as a casual place to sit around. It’s therefore a terrific alternative in a kitchen where an island simply isn’t an option.
By putting the seating area on the outer edge of the peninsula, away from the work zone, your kids or guests can sit nearby and visit with you while you work, but not be underfoot or in the way of any cabinets you need to access.
I’ve worked in less space than this, but be aware that if you go less than 10 inches, it can start to get uncomfortable to sit for long periods of time.
This is another advantage of a peninsula, as it can be a challenge to feed electrical or plumbing lines into a stand-alone island.
This is an option that would probably work in even the tiniest kitchens. If yours is a very tight space, try putting the extending piece of countertop on a hinge so that you can lower it out of the way when it’s not in use.