By Sarah Conway
Kitchens can come in a lot of different shapes and sizes, so naturally one of the more frequently asked questions is this: how do I get the most out of my corner cabinets? While corner cabinets have a large capacity for storage, they aren’t always easily accessible – a problem during cooking and entertaining. Items can get lost deep in the caverns of your corner cabinets never to be heard from again. There are plenty of options out there, and it’s time you checked out some of the most tried and true below.
The Lazy Susan is a timeless kitchen accessory, and one that works incredibly well with corner cabinets. The Lazy Susan operates very simplistically but is quite effective, as it spins around allowing access to dishes and plates stowed on all sides. This saves you the time and hassle of digging through your cabinets and knocking things around, or, worst case scenario, breaking them. They can come in a few different forms, but the most popular sits inside the cabinet and spins and pivots from its fixed center.
Spin Out Cabinet Shelves
This is a similar concept to the Lazy Susan, only with some slight alterations. Unlike the Lazy Susan, spinout shelves will actually rotate and extend out of the cabinet, giving you access to multiple shelves all at once. The good thing about this style of shelving is that the central rotating point isn’t all that expensive to install. Depending on what your needs are, the spin out cabinet can come out just a bit, or it can extend out of the entirety of the cabinet. This will save you valuable space and square footage in your kitchen.
Advanced Pullout Cabinets
If you find that a simple Lazy Susan or even the slightly more complex spin out cabinets are not enough, it might be time to install more advanced pullout cabinets. An advanced system will definitely be more expensive and require more experienced carpentry, but in the end it’ll give you the exact storage capacity you desire. Basically, the first shelf comes all the way out, and the rest aren’t too far behind it, maximizing your square footage.
Angling your cabinets correctly will help you get the most out of every inch of your kitchen. Cabinets come in several different shapes, but the ones that will work best in this situation are angled and they take up the entire corner. This can be a great place for storage, as all your cooking materials will be within arm’s reach.
While it’s true you lose a little bit of space behind the counter, the shape makes it more easily accessed, and the convenience factor cannot be discounted. If you can, try to pair your angled lower cabinets with your upper cabinets – assuming you have them.
Customizing your drawers is another great storage solution for corner kitchen cabinets, and corner drawers look sleek in most kitchens. They pull directly out and create an abundance of storage space due to their 45 degree angles. However, the fronts are 90 degrees so they still offer a crisp and clean look.
These can be as big as the space you have allows, so they are capable of storing a ton of large or small kitchen tools. Odd angles or uniquely shaped kitchens can be overcome with such a simple fix. Even if it seems like you might have enough storage, trust us, there is never enough handy drawer space, so try to create as much of it as possible.
No matter what option you decide to go with, the effectiveness of your home remodeling project will be judged by how well you utilize the space you have. So, don’t worry if you don’t have the space in your kitchen for an advanced pullout cabinet, there are still simpler solutions you can try – like the trusty Lazy Susan. Corners can provide a ton of storage, but they aren’t always all that accessible – it is time to start changing that narrative.
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