01 of 09
Solving the Corner Cabinet Problem
Corner kitchen cabinets are the loneliest, darkest, and most remote space in your kitchen.
It's not where you find the much-used, much-appreciated coffee cups or china. Rather, it's where you find castaway items from decades ago.
It's the dreaded blind cabinet corner. It's found in both kitchens or bathrooms--anywhere with cabinets--but mostly in kitchens because that's where you'll find cabinets that meet at corners.
Why They Are The Scourge of the Kitchen
Kitchen cabinet... corners, whether we're talking about bases (lower) or walls (upper), are deep, dark, and inaccessible. It's what happens when simple geometry meets up with most homes' scarcity of space.
The etymology is simple: it's called a blind corner because, when reaching into it, you reach blindly:
- Deep: Corners can be close to 50% deeper than cabinets on either side. For example, base cabinets tend to be 24" deep. But at corners, they are 34" deep.
- Dark: Where the light don't shine? You bet. Light is scarce in corner wall cabinets, worse in corner bases.
- Inaccessible: Reach is hard. If you're not trying to reach straight into the corner (a long distance), you're reaching into the sides (where you can't see).
Pictured is one way to solve the problem of blind kitchen corner cabinets. Instead of trying to use the corner as a storage area--which entails daily usage and continual reaching far back in the cabinet for items--you eliminate the idea of a cabinet altogether.
Installing a wall oven in the corner is an inspired idea because all of that hard-to-access deep corner area is occupied by the oven's electrical parts.Continue to 2 of 9 below.
02 of 09
Taking Cabinet Blind Corner Access Beyond The Lazy Susan
Sabine Schoenberg, a successful kitchen designer and author of Kitchen Magic: Secrets to Successful Kitchens, says that "[c]orners in base cabinets are always tricky. Circular Lazy Susans used to be the only option. But fortunately today, there are great, so-called 'blind corner pullouts.'"
Blind corner pullouts are available from most major kitchen cabinet manufacturers at the time of installation. Alternatively, if you already have cabinets in place, companies like Rev-a-Shelf... offer remodel solutions.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
03 of 09
Swing Out Cabinet Base Is Like a Smarter Lazy Susan
Cabinet manufacturer Merillat devised a base cabinet swing-out that solves many problems. The two drawers on the right: they don't reside there. They slid over from the right-hand side, from deep in the corner. See the drawer tracks?
That's how the swing-out shelf is able to pivot and fit into the cabinet. Neat!Continue to 4 of 9 below.
04 of 09
The Much-Evolved Cabinet Lazy Susan Swings and Pulls Out
Many lazy susans don't work. Most tellingly of their failure: round pegs don't fit into square holes. A lazy susan is the round peg that fits into the square hole only by shrinking it down so far. What about all of that wasted corner space?
Merillat put its collective cabinet-designing brainpower to the task with its two-tier lazy susan for bases. It does two things:
Continue to 5 of 9 below.
- First, it swings within the cabinet itself; then,
- It pulls out of the cabinet for easy reach.
05 of 09
Classic Kitchen Lazy Susan Still Works
It's the one you've been waiting for, the friend of blind corners since Day One: the lazy susan.
This type works a bit better than the old-school kind because it's essentially a big circle--bigger than the base cabinet itself. But it has a 90-degree "pizza slice" cut out of it, to make it fit into the cabinet corner.Continue to 6 of 9 below.
06 of 09
Blind Corners Partially Solved with Diagonal Cabinet
Obvious to some people but not obvious to others--which is why I'm featuring it here--is the corner wall cabinet. It is a staple of good kitchen remodeling practice and it goes a long ways toward solving blind corner problems.
You can still couple these types of cabinets with a classic, round lazy susan to increase access.
But one notable pitfall of these cabinets is that their doors are smaller than the interior space.Continue to 7 of 9 below.
07 of 09
Staggered Wall Cabinets Help With Blind Corners
This is a bit of a funky way to deal with blind corners: stagger, or alternate, the cabinets as they go up the wall.
Really, you're not buying yourself much more storage space this way. But it looks better than many other options.
These cabinets from KraftMaid are in their Saratoga series.Continue to 8 of 9 below.
08 of 09
Counter Corner Space is a Waste; Drawer Pull-Outs the Solution?
We forget about how much kitchen countertop space is wasted above those base cabinet blind corners and below wall cabinets (I have a dark counter corner that harbors unseen cookbooks and a knife block). What to do?
Leave it that way. Or add angled drawers under the diagonal wall cabinet.
You'll note some wasted space to the left and right of the angled drawers, dead zones built into the drawer in order to create 90-degree angles with the adjoining counters.
But if you can live with those two... triangles of hollow space, these angled drawers help fill in an otherwise forgotten corner.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Curved Cabinets Banish Blind Corners Because There Are No Corners
This is an inventive solution from StyleCraft: just do away with the corners entirely.
These curved wall and base cabinets are a sweet, high-end solution to dark blind corners. Note, too, that it allows you to place your kitchen sink in that problem corner.
Curved cabinets are still not common, so expect to pay substantially higher prices for them.