When you are remodeling or designing your new kitchen, you may have several questions as you work your way through the process. Seigle’s designers are experts and would love to help you out! In this series, we will be taking your excellent questions, and our skilled team members will provide answers based on their years of experience.
Today we wanted to answer a common question about something that shows up in every kitchen: corners. Seigle’s designer and sales consultant Steve Frye talks (and sometimes jokes) about corner cabinet design solutions below.
Dear Kitchen Expert, I am getting ready to redo my kitchen, and I am so tired of standing on my head to get to the back of the corner cabinet. What can I do to make my life easier?
“Someone put Baby in the corner.”
Well “Baby,” I am so glad you asked me that question. Corners in kitchens can be such a hassle when not thoughtfully designed. I’ll focus on base cabinets and give you four different options, including the pros and cons of each.
Option 1. The blind corner. This type of cabinet is designed with a single door and an adjacent base filler. It is best used when space is really tight and you really want to get use out of the corner. These cabinets can come with a simple shelf or swing-out trays.
Option 2. Square-cut or pie-cut corner cabinet. (Mmmmmm…pie). This cabinet is designed to sit in the corner with two bifold doors attached to the front of the cabinet at right angles. The doors are usually hinged on the left or right with another set of hinges holding the pair of doors together, where they fit into the corner at 90 degrees. Usually the cabinet is 33-36″ wide with the doors taking up about 9-12″ on each of the inside corners of the cabinet.
These cabinets are sometimes equipped with spinning trays called “Lazy Susans.” You can also upgrade to what’s called a “Super Susan.” This includes two sturdy spinning trays—oine is fixed on the bottom and one is mounted to a fixed shelf in the center of the cabinet.
Option 3. Diagonal corner cabinet. This is almost the same as the square corner cabinet, but with only one door on the front. The diagonal is available only at a 45 degree angle, making an asymmetrical option impossible. The spinning tray is a slightly different shape to fit against the diagonal door, but it holds about the same amount.
Pros and cons are almost the same as well, with one additional con: the opening to get things in and out of the cabinet can sometimes be a little bit smaller.
Option 4. The “dead” corner. The corner provides no storage whatsoever and can never be accessed. This option happens when standard base cabinets meet at the inside corner at right angles.
Pros and cons. The decision to “kill” a corner is one we do not take lightly. The standard pros and cons really don’t apply in this case because there are so many different factors in the design process. Sometimes, depending on your design, it is better to be able to make use of the overall length of a wall than to be able to fill the corner. Rather than trying to figure out how to use every single square inch of space, occasionally, a more logical, efficient, and convenient use may present itself. It is best to sit down with an open mind and let your designer guide you through the decision.
Thanks for your letter, Baby. I hope this helps you with your decision.
Thank you, Steve, for the very detailed and sometimes funny response!
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