3 Smart Ways to Make the Most of Kitchen Corners

updated May 1, 2019
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Why is it that lazy Susans are basically the automatic go-to when it comes to corner cabinets in kitchens? (Fun fact: The pros call them blind corners, which definitely isn’t a good sign!) Lazy Susans usually still result in a lot of dead space and, let’s be honest, have you ever turned one that didn’t screech something awful every inch of the way?

We get that they’re relatively inexpensive (especially compared to those special shelf systems that are designed to effortlessly glide all the way in and all the way out of corner cabinets) and they’re just what people know. Chances are, this is the system your parents had when you were growing up and you can’t think of what else you’d even do with that space. Well, if you’re renovating your kitchen, we have some ideas.

Here are three things to do with the corners in your kitchen — and none of them involve a lazy Susan.

1. Angle the cabinets.

The problem with blind cabinets is that they’re built at deep 90-degree angles, which are impossible to see, access, and organize. If you angle the cabinets, like in this kitchen from Turan Designs, the shelves automatically face you instead of each other. They may still be relatively deep, but at least the stuff is all on display when you open the cabinet doors.

See the rest of the room: Turner Kitchen at Turan Designs

2. Go with drawers instead of doors.

Forget the cabinets and go with a set of drawers. Angled drawers are super smart for these blind corners because they slide in and out (you know, like drawers do!). They result in zero dead space and you can even install a mix of deep and shallow drawers, like in this kitchen from Sarah Stacey Design.

Take a tour: Moulton Kitchen at Sarah Stacey Design

3. Put your sink there.

As this setup from Smart Style Interiors proves, the corner is actually a perfect place for a sink. Think about it: You’ll have room on either side for dishes to dry, there will be space behind the faucet for a tray of soap and your sponge, and it’s actually a pretty comfy space to lean on while you work. As for the space under the sink, you’ll have more room to store trash cans or all those cleaning supplies.

For more pics: Golders Green Home Renovation at Smart Style Interiors

What would you do with your corner cabinets if you could renovate your kitchen tomorrow?