In kitchens with unique layouts, one of the biggest challenges is deciding on the right corner cabinet, but doing so can maximize the functionality of your kitchen. You probably don’t want a couple of feet of dead space that is hard to access in your kitchen, so you will need to do some research into what kind of corner cabinet would work best for you. Your options will depend mainly on the available area to work with.
There are a few choices when it comes to the corner base cabinet in your kitchen.
- Blind Base Cabinets: The blind base cabinet allows more flexibility in terms of space, although it leaves some unusable space. Some advantages of these base cabinets are that they look impressive, and they are easily accessible, but blind base cabinets are also more demanding than other styles in terms of installation. Installing a blind base cabinet is usually not a DIY thing, so you’ll need to hire a professional installer or home remodeling contractor. When installing a blind base cabinet, you need to leave a minimum of 6 inches of dead space in the corner in order for the door and drawer to function. On the opposite wall, you will only need 3 inches of filler to allow room for the door and drawer to work. These are things to think about when you’re considering the best use for the space you have.
- Diagonal Corner Cabinets: Also known as Lazy Susan cabinets, diagonal corner cabinets are the preferred option when it comes to cabinet layout. This cabinet style is almost endlessly customizable to meet your kitchen’s specific needs, and it uses nearly every inch of storage space. Lazy Susan cabinets are also pretty straightforward to install because of the requirement for an equal amount of space on each wall. While some cabinet lines require 33 inches, the Lazy Susan typically sticks with 36 inches.
- Corner Sink Face Cabinets: There are instances when you need to fit a corner sink in your kitchen to give your kitchen optimal functionality. If you decide to go with a corner sink, you will need to use an angled front or corner sink face cabinet. You need to weigh out the pros and cons of this style of cabinet before you install, however, because the corner sink face cabinets are installed as a sink face and not a full cabinet. The corner sink face cabinet uses 33 inches or 36 inches on each wall, depending on the dimension of your kitchen and the cabinet specified by the manufacturer. The sink face is to be secured to the two adjacent cabinets, adding 2×4 ledgers across the wall for the countertop to rest on.
There are fairly limited options when choosing a corner base cabinet. Your choice will largely depend on what the overall kitchen layout looks like. If you are installing a corner base cabinet as a result of your kitchen renovation, it’s a good idea to first experiment with various designs before actually installing the cabinets. A home remodeling contractor can show you mock-ups of various layouts to give you a clear idea of the end product before you spend money on the installation.