Those who recently remodeled their new kitchen design will likely know that no one mentions one dirty secret. Blind kitchen corners! This problem is quite common among homeowners who replace old kitchen cabinets. By connecting two cabinets at a corner, you have created a blind kitchen corner, creating an awkwardly shaped space where cabinets meet. Soon, you find homeowners struggling to find creative ideas to resolve a dead corner but there are many corner cabinet options.
As a result of their irregular shape, you may find yourself ignoring corner cabinets with double doors. A blind cabinet is a great way to help you efficiently utilize these spaces by creating quick access and open shelving that does not waste any space.
- What is a Blind Corner Kitchen Cabinet
- The Lazy Susan
- The Magic Corner
- The Spinout and Pull-out Shelf
- The Variable Storage Space
- The Diagonal Corner Cabinet
- Advanced Pull-out Systems
- The Corner Sink
- The Half-Moon / Half Susan Shelves
- Rounded Cabinetry
- Corner Gallery Cabinets
- The Corner Desk
- Empty Corners
- Advantages of a Blind Corner Kitchen Cabinet
- How to Choose a Blind Corner Kitchen Cabinet
What is a Blind Corner Kitchen Cabinet
When researching kitchen cabinet design and corner drawers, you will likely see the term “blind corner cabinet.” The intersection of two perpendicular cabinets forms the blind corner. These unused spaces are commonly left inaccessible or “dead” in more traditional cabinet designs. To make great use of this space, a blind corner cabinet is installed and extends beyond the corner.
Blind corner cabinets have the disadvantage that items at the back are hard to access because there is no door to the back of the cabinet. I tend to joke about the need for longer arms and a bit of crouching to grab what you need. Open shelves may help! When my family had a blind kitchen corner cabinet, there was a lot of clutter from cooking utensils to small dishes, and they regularly stored many less-used items at the back. Having this storage space was better than not having it, but it wasn’t beneficial. I also found some examples in other homes where there was overwhelming clutter with kitchen utensils. In some examples, it felt like an appliance garage.
This article will discuss corner kitchen cabinet storage ideas that can be used more effectively instead of as a bare blind corner cupboard or simply left unused. I will cover the type of cabinet, which can solve the most basic challenges found with regular cabinets. For example, as a child, my family were huge fans of the accordion cabinet which allowed us to access items without much fuss using foldable doors and our home had an awkward kitchen layout.
The Lazy Susan
Installing a lazy Susan, often called a “lazy-susan,” is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to deal with blind corners. You may not realize it, but this simple gadget can help you take advantage of your corner cabinet and remains a great idea for many homeowners. You can also choose from a variety of Lazy Susan’s, but they all have rotating platforms. As with any lazy Susan, a cabinet carousel has a central pole. Within the cabinet, the Lazy Susan sits atop shelves providing extra storage. The Lazy Susan is the ideal solution for your corner cabinet dilemma if you prefer a no-frills kitchen with full access.
In addition, the base corner cabinet at the dead space usually has very little height because of the lack of accessibility. It is possible to resolve this problem by using the lower corner cabinet drawers to store large items.
You can also install a pull-out trash and recycling drawer for this space since most people prefer to keep their trash out of sight.
Although the arrangement above will accomplish the task, it is not optimal since the pull-out trash drawer is attached to the perpendicular wall. A lazy Susan system meant for that purpose is an excellent option for storing trash and recycling bins in the corner of the kitchen.
The Magic Corner
With a shiny chrome finish and an industrial/contemporary look, the magic corner is popular and attractive with most homeowners today. This is a great option to display and access kitchen items such as small appliances. An open section of the cabinet is accessible through an interior shelf attached to swinging pullouts and a door. It is a unique design inside of the cabinet that does more than open up a bit of space. Actually, it creates ample space for pots or pans or dish soap, and other cleaning items. A magic corner is common in older homes even if there is a standard cabinet or wall cabinets.
The best part is that recent updates to the design have included soft-closing capabilities. The truth is, though this feature helps reduce noise, all-metal organizers still make clanking noise when they’re full.
The Spinout and Pull-out Shelf
This spinout shelf is a mild variation of the Lazy Susan concept. It provides more shelf space at once by rotating out of the cabinet (rather than just spinning within the cabinet). Using the cheese-wheel shape, you can still use a central rotating mechanism to allow parts of the shelves to rotate out
However, most modern systems allow the shelves to extend out of the cabinet, with each shelf moving independently, so the top doesn’t cover the bottom one.
It is possible to smoothly swing shelves like this out of the cabinet since their odd shapes allow them to avoid bumping into corners or sides. The reduction in shelf space means that pulling out medium-size appliances such as blenders and mixers is easier. Creative ways to solve your kitchen challenges!
The Variable Storage Space
You can use the entire wall from floor to ceiling to get the most out of this corner space using wire shelves between adjacent walls. You can adjust this space to fit your needs, and it doesn’t have to include the same cabinets or shelves. Among other things, consider storing pots and pans in the drawers at the bottom of the cabinet. Consider adding open corner shelves (cubbies) above the counter top to provide a variety of storage options. Small microwave ovens often fit into this size, while the open cubbies can help store cookbooks. Using this floor-to-ceiling solution, you can have more storage space and achieve a more consistent visual appearance.
The Diagonal Corner Cabinet
Another option when dealing with blind corners is diagonal cabinets at 90-degree angles. However, the cabinet door fits diagonally between the two corners of the large hollow area. Design tricks like this have the effect of hiding the problem from sight, taking away the corner. In addition to hiding corners with diagonal cabinets, they have one drawback: the cabinet door is typically smaller than the cabinet body itself.
I did not find it surprising that most homeowners combine diagonal cabinets with Lazy Susans. Homeowners, contractors, and interior designers can quickly deal with blind corner cabinet solutions by installing diagonal cabinets. To ensure your kitchen cabinets are seamless, you should install a diagonal cabinet on the corner.
Advanced Pull-out Systems
Advanced pull-out systems have multiple rectangular shelves connected by racks and hinges that maximize capacity and accessibility. With the door open, the first pull-out shelves slide out, and the second follows behind. When you need a lot of extra space for a storage unit, you may need to invest in blind corner cabinet pull-outs that cost a bit more compared to other units. These can be useful for smaller kitchen appliances because they make great use of space.
The Corner Sink
Although it is not precisely space-saving, a sink in the corner might be one of the best ideas for you, if you have plenty of room and want to make a statement with your kitchen corner space.
Due to the lack of pull-out drawers with the sink, a corner cabinet will not be an issue for you. If you have a large kitchen, it will be a good idea. There is also extra counter space behind the sink that you can use for houseplants.
The Half-Moon / Half Susan Shelves
A lazy Susan may be simple, but it does have some flaws. They are known as “half-moon” cabinets because they swing out for easy accessibility. An opened cabinet opens its drawers by extending half of its shelf. Using circular lazy Susans in large spaces is not ideal since they occupy valuable cabinet corner space. Compared to regular Lazy Susans, this is a significant advantage. This half-moon cabinet rotates and swings out. The half-Susan/half-moon shelf is an upgrade from the traditional Lazy Susan.
Those who shy away from contemporary design will not like these cabinets. An expression of modern style on steroids, it is not for everyone! You can also soften a space by installing a rounded cabinet opening if you want an innovative approach to cabinets. There will be more storage space available in that area since these will swing open. Ultimately, the benefit of these doors lies in their appearance. With rounded shelves instead of sharp corners, the kitchen space is unique.
Corner Gallery Cabinets
Adding glass door inserts to the sides to small corner kitchen cabinets, for example, will allow you to make the contents visible when storing items, such as plates and serve ware. Having a beautiful gallery case feature will prevent things from being lost behind items you cannot see and eliminate blind space.
The Corner Desk
Rather than using corner space for a cupboard, maybe you should consider it for some other purpose.
This difficult-to-use corner space can become a usable space once you place a desk on top of it. A corner nook in the kitchen will be just the right amount of desk space if you need a place to work or browse on your laptop without having to set up a home office.
Using a stool instead of a chair lets you place the seat completely out of the way when working as a chef. Additionally, open storage baskets on shelves help keep supplies and bills well organized and out of sight when not in use.
There is always the option of not doing anything when you’re in a tight corner. If you have a small kitchen, make the upper cupboards appear larger by leaving a little breathing space. Keeping the upper corner cabinet at a reasonable height will also make you feel less enclosed when working at the kitchen counter or corner pantry. It may not be necessary to have additional storage space if you can eliminate some nonessential items from your life.
Advantages of a Blind Corner Kitchen Cabinet
Lazy Susans appear to outperform blind corner cabinets, but blind corners have two advantages. First, you can choose to have larger cabinets. Kitchens with smaller spaces can be a challenge to fill in space to fit a Lazy Susan. Small cabinets will have to be downgraded or even replaced with older cabinets to fit in the Lazy Susan. Some people are reluctant to install spice racks or even a 12″ base cabinet. While you may sacrifice six inches of space to fill the corner cabinet space, you can reset the kitchen cabinets to the desired height.
The final cost is the second advantage. One may be surprised by the kitchen remodel costs once they discover that the cabinets they want are far more expensive than anticipated. The most expensive cabinets are lazy Susan cabinets and pantry cabinets. Using a Lazy Susan takes almost twice as much time and resources as using a typical cabinet. Blind corner cabinets are pretty inexpensive compared to lazy susans, just like regular base cabinets. Homeowners are then able to plan other things for their remodel in advance.
How to Choose a Blind Corner Kitchen Cabinet
A cabinet professional can tell you what options are your best bet according to budget. You may have to pay more for some models than for others, so think about how much you can spend.
To ensure that a retrofitted unit will fit into an existing cabinet, make sure you check the dimensions of what you would like to use. Online installation instructions and specifications can come in handy. It is not easy to install these, so you need to find an installer who has the experience and patience.
You can now unpack a cabinet that you won’t use anymore to store holiday goods or unwanted appliances. This is the best solution and a great place to start with your efforts to remove clutter and organize your kitchen.
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