Corner cabinets are a huge problem whether you’re building a new home or revamping an old one. While kitchens face the problem usually, other spaces like a storeroom or an open plan kitchen also face the dilemma.
A corner cabinet is that inaccessible space where L-shaped cabinets meet. The merging of cabinets on perpendicular walls gives rise to a space that can’t be freely accessed from either side.
These L-shaped Corner cabinet ideas are common across kitchens and living rooms in at least one of the corners and with the growing space needs these days, they definitely need a workaround.
Cabinets shouldn’t be just beautiful, having the right functionality while maximizing the space in use is the key to good cabinets. Here we’ve analyzed the woodwork around the globe and compiled a list of top corner cabinet ideas that will make that little space accessible while also adding a touch of class to the whole indoor setting.
There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to crafting the perfect corner cabinet, but finding something that’s beautiful and packs perfect usability can be a great help. Here are the top ideas that we think everyone looking to revamp an L-shaped corner must consider:
Don’t be deceived by the name, Lazy Susan cabinets are anything but lazy. Although the term was allegedly coined by a sarcastic father trying to fix the access of food to her lazy daughter, it gave the world an excellent way of looking at cabinets and furniture.
The most difficult thing when placing utensils or whatnot into a corner cabinet is the limited access to the space at the back. The lazy susan design solves it with an innovative platform that can rotate to bring the shelf to you instead of you poking around blindly.
Intriguing, right? Lazy susan comes in a number of different variations each bringing its own benefits.
The main idea stays the same, the central space can be accessed from the outside and the shelves spin into view to fill that space. It is best for bulky items or to store spices or some canned food. Once the front is filled you can simply spin the shelf to send the items to the back and bring more space to fill.
Lazy Susan is implemented in Full Circle (pictured above), Kidney Shape, and D Shaped designs depending on personal preferences and the amount of space available inside the cabinet.
We found this to be particularly effective for people who don’t want extra space, rather they have an eye for exotic decore and want their indoor space to look attractive. The glass corner display can be decorated with premium-looking dishes or cups, or if you’re in love with an all-natural look, try an indoor planter to bring out the best in your indoor space.
If you deem fit, you can add mirrors to the back that will add a very big feel to the room. If you like to show off your wine collection, you can try setting up the bottles in a fancy manner.
If you don’t want to go out of the way but still want the convenience of storing things in that tight space, you can try the cornered drawers. Cornered drawers carefully tuck your goods perfectly into the slot to provide a very minimalistic look on the outside.
You basically get the convenience of a large space but are greeted with a simple design on the outside.
This is one of our favorite designs. On the outside, it looks like the L-shaped corner space is wasted but the alternate drawers on either side pull out a drawer that is actually occupying that space.
The design is simple and basically, there is nothing that can go wrong. The swinging pullouts can be pulled towards the user so you can conveniently place utensils and other items on it.
The good old idea of leaving the space alone never fails. You can simply install a swinging door in front of the shelves and you’ll have a functional cabinet that has a wide opening and plenty of space to store those big utensils.
This idea never lost its popularity because of the wide opening that helps store big-sized objects at the back as well as some daily use ones on the front.
Don’t want the countertop in the corner? You could simply convert the whole corner into a huge diagonal cupboard that stands tall in the corner.
This look has its admirers as the cupboard looks highly aesthetic while also being very functional. There are a ton of avenues for decorating with the cupboard. You can have pretty vases up top or use one of the sections for indoor plants.
This idea has been around since the 80s and we don’t see it going away any time soon thanks to its utilitarian approach toward storage as well as the timeless design.
This idea is particularly popular with new builders as the corner space is efficiently used without having to worry about innovative solutions to the L-shaped corner dilemma.
A kitchen sink perfectly occupies the space and actually allows for more space on the shelves and behind the faucet as the corner has increased room.
You can conveniently store toiletries or cleaning equipment under the sink as the corner space cabinet will be the one with the most space in it.
Another excellent way of utilizing that corner space is to introduce open shelves. Open shelves are easily accessible and allow for easy storage and easy access. This is helpful in your kitchen has limited space for the daily use items as the corner can serve as an excellent working space.
You can use the shelves for spices or hold some quick-use plates or utensils. Open shelves made out of the right material will look highly aesthetic and can feel very premium as well.
If you have enough space available in the kitchen, you can opt for a more natural look and introduce plants on the shelves. These plants can be easily maintained or watered thanks to the open design and will add to the overall look and feel of the indoor space.
Looking for a less conventional and out-of-the-box solution? Hanging racks bring the perfect opportunity to add some storage to that corner space.
You can simply slide a hanging rack onto your existing shelves or if you want a more premium feel, you could have one made that suits the aesthetics of your space. Hanging racks don’t have to look dirty and cluttered all the time as you can store the best-looking utensils or cutlery on them without having to worry about the footprint. Convenient, no?
So which idea did you like the most? We understand that the corner cabinet is often the most overlooked place in the whole kitchen/living room but it doesn’t need to be. You can use any of these ideas to add some color and life to your indoor space while making sure you don’t waste any.
Kitchen Corner Cabinets
- Project Source 36-in W x 35-in H x 23.75-in D Natural Unfinished Oak Lazy Susan
- Diamond NOW Arcadia 12-in W x 30-in H x 24-in D White Laminate
- Diamond NOW Arcadia 36-in W x 35-in H x 23.75-in D White Laminate Blind
- Diamond NOW Wintucket 36-in W x 35-in H x 23.75-in D Cloud Gray Laminate Lazy Susan
- Diamond NOW Denver 36-in W x 35-in H x 23.75-in D Natural Rustic Prefinished Hickory Lazy Susan
- Diamond NOW Arcadia 12-in W x 36-in H x 24-in D White Laminate
- Project Source 24-in W x 30-in H x 12.75-in D Natural Unfinished Oak