Many kitchens are plagued with a space in their kitchen that is far from functional. Some may refer to this area as the dead corner, the reach-in corner, the occasional-use-item-storage-corner, or for many frustrated homeowners, the store-your-things-that-you-never-want-to-see-again-corner. In the kitchen and bath industry, this space is known as the blind corner. A blind corner cabinet is the area where two rows of cabinets meet; it's often a large space, but some of it is not as accessible because it's blocked by the adjacent wall cabinet.
For years this area of the kitchen was nothing more than a giant dark cave, but today there are many solutions on the market to help you optimize the use of corner storage cabinets in your kitchen.
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LeMans Corner Pull-Out
The LeMans unit from Kessebohmer was named after the race track in France for its shape. Its inherited name around the design office is the "Peanut" or "Bean."
Its pull-out swivel motion rolls out like butter along the tracks. The rounded shape of the shelves allows for various types of storage from mixing bowls, pots, and pans to food. It also has slip-resistant shelves with a side railing so items don't slide or fall off the edges.
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Half Lazy Susan Shelves
Many cabinet manufacturers have units available to fit a blind corner cabinet. Rev-A-Shelf is one of the major manufacturers who makes this unit. It can be made of wood or plastic with two half-moon or half circles that glide along a side pole. Most shelves operate individually and can be pulled halfway or all the way out. Some also swivel out toward the user. These are nice units and are, in most cases, the least costly option.
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Finally tupperware can actually stay organized and out of sight. This exact model is known as "The Cloud" from Rev-A-Shelf, and its funky shape (that looks a bit like a cloud) allows the shelf to fit seamlessly in a blind corner cabinet to maximize space. The edge around the side keeps things from toppling into the corner (never to be seen again) and these are easy to pull in and out.
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If you're lucky enough to have a custom built-in inside your blind corner cabinet, (like in this stunning kitchen designed by Interiors by J. Curry) then take advantage of all the dark, dry space and use the cabinet as storage for garlic, onions, and other alliums which do best stored in a room temperature dark space. The shelf below is used for pots and pans making this a great cooking area that's near the stove.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Blind Corner Drawers
These custom made cabinets from @golancustommade are not only stunning, but they're also super clever. Instead of lost blind corner cabinet space, this blind corner has custom drawers that are a funny shape (sort of like an open book) but they're perfect for storing spices, kitchen utensils, and other smaller items.
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A Half Moon Shelf
Another great option from Rev-A-Shelf this half moon blind cabinet organizer that functions like a lazy Susan, allowing you to easily access items in the back of the cabinet. It first pivots out, then slides all the way out so you never have to blindly reach in hoping to find what you need.
How to Choose?
Talk to your cabinet professional about what is available and what will fit within your plan. There are some major cost differences between these models, so be realistic about what you are willing to spend.
If you are retrofitting in an existing cabinet, take careful dimensions of the unit you are interested in to see if it will work for you. Find the specs and installation instructions online. Installing these is not an easy task, so find a patient installer.
If you don't want the expense of retrofitting your cabinet, there are other quick solutions to make the space more functional, such as:
- Organizing items in storage containers or trays
- Adding a stand-alone lazy Susan
- Install a plate organizer
- Putting in a small tap/touch puck light on the inside of the cabinet
- Store small appliances there that aren't frequently used
Now have a glass of wine for a cabinet that will never again be a dumping ground for unwanted appliances or holiday ware. Use those corners to your organizational advantage.