Base Corner Cabinets: Maximizing This Tricky Space

There’s no way around it, corner cabinets are tricky to work into your kitchen design without wasted space. The problem is that when you have 2 perpendicular walls of cabinets meeting in a corner, you get stuck with a tricky “box” of space that is tough to access. With base cabinets at 24″ deep, there is a 24″ x 24″ box of space that, when not well planned, ends up being a wasted void of cabinet space.

Thus, the invention of the “Lazy Susan” …the round plastic shelves, rotating on a center post allowing homeowners to rotate items at the back of the round shelf to the cabinet door. Amazing…or was it? It did not take long for the realization that when a circle is placed inside of a square, there is alot of wasted space! Not only that, but items could fall off of the shelf at the back of the cabinet! Still, for many years no new ideas or designs furthered the use of the base corner cabinet. The makers of Lazy Susans did improve upon the design by making a “pie shape” at the front of the circular shelves, making as wide a circle as can fit into a square corner.

In recent years, ideas have been developed to address this tricky space. Some designers have simply angled the corner cabinet for easier access or to incorporate a bank of drawers

As efficient as a drawer is to bring stored items from the back to the front, in a corner application you still end up wasting space on either side of the drawers.

The lastest innovation that has taken off for corner storage is the “Magic Corner” or “Blind Corner Pullout” With this concept, instead of making the corner cabinet an “L shape” as required for a Lazy Susan, the cabinet is rectangular, with a single, wider door for access. In an of itself, the Blind Corner Cabinet is even trickier to access, as you literally have to reach around where you can no longer view the corner (hence the name “blind corner”) However, with this new pullout system, the shelves are divided into two parts, and are attached to the door so that when you pull the door open, the shelves pull out with the door. Very clevor but they are a bit pricey.

Whichever direction you decide to go with your corner cabinet, consider what you will store there. The space does lend itself to larger bulkier items that are not used daily (ie specialty appliances or large pots) I encourage clients to plan their storage by placing items used daily in the most accessible space, and store the items used less frequently in the harder to access spaces. In some instances though, that corner must be used for items required daily…and the Magic Corner pullout may be the perfect solution in that case!

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