Those pesky kitchen corners can be the source of a lot of frustration when designing your dream kitchen. Here we share our top creative solutions on what to do with the kitchen corners.
1. Blind Corner Cabinet
A blind corner corner is considered one of the standard solutions for dealing with kitchen corners. These cabinets are positioned in the corner of the kitchen between two rows of base cabinets. The name comes from the fact that the contents of one cabinet is hidden by the other row of cabinets.
Although it allows users access to the space via a single cabinet door, it can be quite difficult to use and, subsequently, can become a home for unwanted or unused kitchen items.
2. Lazy Susan
The Lazy Susan is a way of gaining easier access to the trickier items in the corner cupboards. It enables you to place kitchen items on turnstiles and turn them to access the item that you need. Thus, it makes a fairly unusable space far more functional.
They require about 1-2 inches of clearance on either side in order to rotate easily and should be kept relatively clear in order to avoid build-up.
Lazy Susans can be a great use of efficiently using corners, keeping the kitchen tidy, and storing anything from pots and pans to spices, canned goods and oils.
3. Swinging Pullouts
For an alternative to Lazy Susans, swinging pullouts help you gain easy access to your bulkier kitchen items. Rather than bending down and rummaging around in your corner cabinet, swinging pullouts bring your kitchen items out of your cabinet and straight to you.
These are an ideal option for when you need to access items quickly and easily. A great way to keep your kitchen items organised, the pullout system allows full use of the blind corner cabinet and makes it easy to find what you are looking for.
4. Open Shelving
Using your corner space for shelving can not only increase the functionality of your kitchen but also serve as a design feature that works for pretty much any kitchen aesthetic.
By putting shelves around the wall corner, it allows easy access to the space and is cheaper than implementing a specific cabinet design.
Shelves can be more difficult to keep clean and tidy, but they are definitely a cost-effective solution to cleverly open up space.
5. Built-in Pantry
Using the corner cabinet as a built-in pantry can be a smart way to make use of your kitchen space, especially for smaller kitchen layouts. A kitchen pantry serves as a fridge for non-perishable items such as canned goods, bread and rice.
Typically, pantry cabinets range from around 84″ to 96″ tall so are a good way of optimising the troublesome corner cupboard.
This acts as a good way of keeping cooking ingredients within easy reach and turning the corner cupboard space into valuable storage room.
6. Additional Seating
A creative way to use the corner of your kitchen is by making it into a seating area. This is a great way to create a feeling of cosiness in your kitchen and encourage the idea of the kitchen as a social hub.
The corner could be a great place to add an armchair, small sofa or bench. Paired with carefully chosen linens, cushions and throws, this is a great way to improve your kitchen’s décor and add to an overall style aesthetic.
7. Easy-Reach Cabinet
The easy-reach cabinet is arguably the most innovative way of maximising space and making the most of your corner cabinet.
Typically, these cabinets have a double door front that opens with a concertina-effect so that you can see both sides of your cupboard at the same time.
They are the best option for taking full advantage of available space in the corner of your kitchens and completely removes the need for bending down or blindly reaching for kitchen items.
It is worth noting that easy-reach cabinets tend to be more expensive than standard blind cabinets, meaning that budget should be taken into account before choosing this option.
8. Dead Space
If you are on a budget when designing your kitchen, leaving the corner as dead space may not be the worst idea.
Although usually a great effort is made to maximise every inch of space rather than waste any room, sometimes dead space could be better than struggling to work with a difficult layout.
Depending on the size and layout of your kitchen, there may be other smart storage solutions that work better than forcing the corner space. Rather than squeezing something into every space in your kitchen, sometimes leaving dead space can help create a sense of more room and can work well for a minimalist kitchen aesthetic.