10 Kitchens That Solve the Awkward Corner Conundrum

For designers, there’s one part of the kitchen that consistently presents a dilemma: the corners. Where two rows of cabinets meet, there’s quite a bit of potential storage space ÔÇö but it’s getting to it that’s the issue. Over the years, people have come up with quite a few innovative ways to make the most of this hard-to-reach space. Here are ten of our favorites.

This corner cabinet spotted on Martha Stewart has a folding door for easy access. The shelves inside are staggered, which makes room for pots and pans of different sizes and heights.

This photo from Martha Stewart demonstrates a classic way to make the most of a corner cabinet: a lazy Susan. This way you can store smaller items in your corner cabinet, without them being lost forever in its deep, dark recesses. (The Pacman shape of these lazy Susans makes the most of the cabinet storage space, but means there’s still room to shut the door.)

This lazy susan by Andre Rothblatt Architecture (via Houzz) doesn’t need a special corner cabinet. It fits into a standard cabinet but takes advantage of the blind corner: when the door is opened, the trays slide out, and when the door is closed, the trays fit neatly into the dead space in the corner.

From Glenvale Kitchens, here’s a unique corner cabinet solution: a set of corner drawers.

(Image credit: BHG)

Finding a place to put both the trash can and the recycling bin can be a bit of a challenge, especially in smaller kitchens. That’s one reason to love this solution from BHG: a lazy Susan for trash cans. You can find a similar trash carousel at Amazon for $129.99. It has three bins, one for trash, one for recycling, and one for… well, the sky’s the limit.

If you’ve always dreamed of a kitchen with a pantry, a particularly efficient way to tuck one into your design it to put it in the corner, like in this kitchen from Our Faux Farmhouse.

This corner pantry cabinet from Harvey Jones Kitchens has two folding doors and quite a bit of storage space.

In this kitchen from Donna DuFresne Interior Design via Houzz, a beveled corner means more room for drawers. Also notable: the corner cabinet above, which neatly holds both a TV and the microwave.

This kitchen from Veranda via Cecy J also has the beveled effect, which makes room for a sink in the corner. Another thing to love about this kitchen is the tiny strip of mirror on the backsplash: the combination of marble and mirrors is especially striking.

Another solution we love for kitchen corners is the appliance garage, as seen here in this kitchen from The Block Shop. A cabinet like this means that oft-used appliances are within easy reach, but don’t clutter up the kitchen.

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