The Best Way To Utilize Corner Cabinet Space

Corner Cabinet Design Considerations

Almost every kitchen has one, if not two corners to deal with and my clients often ask: “what would you say is the best way to utilize corner cabinet space?”  We are all familiar with the old standbys: your mom’s old Lazy Susan or even better, the angled base cabinet.  While these are still options that are available, and may be appropriate in certain cases, there are a number of more recent solutions to deal with this challenging area of the kitchen. The first option is to look at the old standby.  The Lazy Susan has come a long way and can still be a useful option depending on your needs.  Our version, pictured below, has a revolving wooden tray with a ledge that is attached to a shelf in the cabinet.  The benefit of this version is twofold:  (i) you do not have the center support hardware running the height of the base cabinet, which results in less long term hardware maintenance; and (ii) because the revolving tray on the top is attached to a shelf you will easily be able to grab any item that may have fallen off of the tray. Lazy Susan

Lazy Susan

A second good option to consider is a Magic Corner cabinet, pictured below.  Unlike in the lazy Susan, the storage baskets of the Magic Corner swing out of the cabinet.  Additionally, the metal baskets are easily height adjustable which maximizes your ability to customize your storage options into configurations that work for you.  This configuration can make it much easier to access stored items and takes advantage of the full corner. Another similar version of the Magic Corner cabinet is called the LeMan’s system, also pictured below.   Unlike the Magic Corner, the LeMan’s system allows for storage shelves to come out of the cabinet directly towards you, which may be a benefit depending on your intended use and ease of access requirements. Magic Corner

Magic Corner

Another similar version of the Magic Corner cabinet is called the LeMan’s system, also pictured below.   Unlike the Magic Corner, the LeMan’s system allows for storage shelves to come out of the cabinet directly towards you, which may be a benefit depending on your intended use and ease of access requirements. LeMan’s System

LeMan’s System

A Fourth option is the corner drawer system.  Unlike other drawers in your kitchen, this cabinet would have “V” cut drawers that will again bring items out of the cabinet towards you and allows for 2, 3 or 4 (shown below) drawer stack units to maximize your storage needs.  Each of these configurations enable different and unique storage options so consider specifically what you would like to store in this space, for example cutlery or larger, cast iron pots & pans, bulk vegetable and baking goods bins or heavier countertop appliances.  These drawers are better suited for storage you would normally find in drawers, while the Magic Corner or Lazy Susan are better suited for pantry style storage. Corner Drawers, 4 Drawer Shown

Corner Drawers, 4 Drawer Shown

Finally, the last option we discuss with our clients is the idea of no base corner cabinet, or voiding the corner off.  The rationale behind this is to make the width of cabinets on either side of the corner as wide as possible and trying to maximize the storage in those cabinets without compromising this potential utility to simply enable possibly less efficient storage in a corner.  This can be a good option if you want to keep costs down and are able to meet all your storage needs with the remaining cabinets in your kitchen. While the current design of your kitchen may only offer one option for a corner area, other designs may offer multiple options.   There are many different design considerations to take into account when choosing a cabinet for the corners of your kitchen, including; what will be stored in the cabinet, how would you like to access the goods inside the cabinet, how will it look and effect surrounding cabinets, and of course, cost. The design professionals at Ekko Cabinetry Ltd. have used all of these options and are very familiar with the benefits and potential drawbacks associated with each of the options discussed above.  At Ekko we routinely consider these options and work with our clients to make sure that whatever option you choose the design of your kitchen fits both your space and your kitchen storage needs Please visit our EKKO Kitchen Cabinetry Showroom in Calgary.  We are here to make your dreams a reality by providing a space that reflects you and your lifestyle. Also visit us on our website at www.ekkocabinetry.com Rema Dixon-B.A.I.D Ekko Cabinetry Ltd – Calgary, AB Contact Us: EKKO Cabinetry 32—4th ST N.E. Calgary, AB  T2E 3R7 (403)263-3556 info@ekkocabinetry.com www.ekkocabinetry.com