A kitchen corner can present a tricky design challenge. Either the space goes unused or you lose items in the far-back crevices. Eliminating that wasted corner space, also known as a blind corner, can maximize your storage and cut clutter.
These ideas can help you make the most out of that troublesome corner.
Put in Pull-out Drawers
A pull-out spice rack takes advantage of narrow spaces by creating another storage opportunity. (Photo courtesy of Dover Home Remodelers)
Pull-out drawers make use of that blind corner space in a new way by converting the cabinet to useful drawers. However, pull-out drawers may be the most expensive option for most kitchens, as you will need to have completely custom drawers built to fit your space. In addition, drawers don’t provide an effective solution for top cabinets.
Check out a Lazy Susan
A lazy Susan is a great choice for corner storage in your kitchen cabinets. (Photo by Summer Galyan)
You can install a lazy Susan in your cabinets. Lazy Susans let you turn your shelves, providing access to the both front and back. These handy devices come in practically every configuration imaginable, including half-moons, pie cuts or circles. You can even install them to pull out of your cabinet and rotate to easily get at everything.
Use a Swing-out Door
Another option is to install a swing-out door that extends and folds back, providing easy access to the corner cabinet. A swing-out door offers a cost-effective option for blind cabinets because you won’t need to replace the exterior cabinet. But it doesn’t always solve storage woes for tiny corners and may not be helpful for top cabinets.
Consider the Costs
Renovating your cabinetry can be a pricy undertaking. For complete kitchen renovations, expect to pay from $15,000 to $20,000 for custom-built cabinetry.
If you just want to make your corner kitchen cabinet more usable, your cost will depend on the solution you choose. Expect to pay from $500 to more than $1,000 for a single cabinet.
Hire a Professional
Unless you are a seasoned do-it-yourselfer, consider hiring a professional cabinet builder. A pro can help you decide which option works best for your particular configuration or may suggest a completely original idea.
He or she will ensure your cabinetry, shelving unit or drawers are installed and operate correctly.
But before selecting a professional, ask your friends and family for recommendations. Read online reviews from other customers, including Angie’s List, to ensure you select the best individual for your cabinetry needs.
This article was originally published at Angie’s List.