Corners are problematic, especially in kitchens where functionality and space-efficiency are crucial. We’ve identified this problem a long long time ago so by now we’ve come up with some pretty great ways to deal with it, a lot of them having to do with corner kitchen cabinets. Curious to find out how you too can optimize your kitchen’s design? Check out our top ten kitchen corner cabinet ideas to find out more about each type.
Pull from the left or from the right….it doesn’t really matter in this case. Each of these corner drawers has two handles, a choice which is partially aesthetic and partially practical. The drawers feature 90 degree angles which allow them to perfectly mold around the corner. Sure, they look funny and unusual and not very spacious but they actually allow you to use every bit of space under your kitchen counter.
If you don’t like the pointy shape of the blind corner pull-outs we just showed you, there are alternatives and a lot of them avoid those 90 degree angles in favor of a more cohesive and fluid design. This eclectic kitchen shows just how practical this design direction can be. This diagonal cabinet includes drawers at the bottom, room for the microwave oven other small appliances above the counter and some open space at the top. There’s even some counter space left too.
If you don’t want to clutter your kitchen with closed corner cabinets you can opt for open shelves instead. These too can allow you to make good use of a corner space. Install several shelves to create a sort of open pantry. It can be framed by regular cabinets on either side or it can occupy an empty part of the kitchen. Either way, it’s better than a dead corner.
Swing out corner cabinets are a good way to maximize the storage capabilities of a kitchen. In this traditional kitchen you can see a set of wire shelves, some installed inside the cabinet, under the counter, and some attached to the door. This combination offers easy access to all the shelves and their contents.
You can still transform one of your kitchen’s corners even if you already have cabinets in place. As long as you can install wall-mounted corner shelves, there’s still a way to make up for the lost space under the counter, if any. These wooden shelves, for example, are attached to the wall-mounted cabinets on one side and continue along the walls, filling the corner in a simple and stylish manner.
Strictly regarding the space above the kitchen counter, there’s a number of ways in which you can use it in order to maximize storage. An option is to add a tall corner cabinet which rests on the counter and has square-shaped interior shelves. The cabinet can have glass panels so you can see inside without having to open the door.
Curved cabinets are really great at concealing and transforming corners. They can accommodate pull-out drawers, open shelves or lazy susan shelves which rotate for easy access to their contents. In fact, a curved corner cabinet can make a great pantry.
A similar option but without the curves would be a diagonal kitchen corner cabinet which also connects adjacent walls and fills an empty corner but in a more linear manner which in some ways is better-suited for modern or contemporary kitchens.
Cabinets aren’t the only things that can be installed in corners. Even though it’s less common and perhaps even difficult, it’s possible to place large appliances in kitchen corners too. For example, the cooktop or the stove could fit in there and you could have an exhaust hood installed above it, with a custom mask moulded around it.
A simpler and more versatile option compared to some of the others we’ve mentioned is to have the wall-mounted kitchen cabinets build from end to end and to have open shelves, racks and cubbies installed around them on the adjacent walls as a way to maximize corner spaces.