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11 Clever Corner Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

11 Clever Corner Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

11 creative ways to make use of that awkward kitchen corner space.

When it comes to kitchen design, efficiency is key. We spend a large amount of our time in the kitchen, so it makes sense to put a lot of thought into it. In fact, the average American spends over 225 hours per year in the kitchen! So why waste more time trying to navigate around a poor layout? The goal of a kitchen should be functionality and ease-of-access so you can spend more of your time doing the things that matter to you. 

One of the most common complaints in terms of kitchen functionality is that awkward space in the corner, where two cabinet runs meet. How do you make the best use of kitchen corner space? Are some solutions better than others? If you’re wondering how to get more use out of your kitchen corner space, read on. We’re going over 11 of the best ideas to make this tricky spot more easily accessible.  

Floor-To-Ceiling Functionality

diagonal corner cabinets that run from floor to ceiling. grey and white shaker style cabinets

Donna Dufresne Design

These corner diagonal cabinets maximize storage space with open cubbies for a microwave, small TV and cookbooks. Instead of wasted corner counter space, this kitchen cabinet design features an extra drawer for utensils. When designing your corner kitchen cabinets, keep in mind that floor-to-ceiling storage is a smart option. Bringing the cabinets from the floor to the ceiling not only gives you more storage, it creates a visual consistency in the space. 

Make Use Of Blind Corner Cabinets

contemporary white kitchen with a blind corner cabinet and pull out shelving for pots and pans

Thomas Jerome Inc

A blind corner kitchen cabinet near the stove can actually play in your favor. Instead of fumbling around through disorganized pots and pans, consider installing blind corner shelving. By adding two easy-access shelves to the inside of the cabinet, you can keep your dishware tidy and within close reach while cooking. Instead of having to bend down and sort through piles of miscellaneous cookware in the lower corner cabinet, you can simply swing open the door and quickly grab what you’re looking for. 

Unique 3-Drawer Cabinet System

white shaker three drawer cabinet for corner kitchen cabinet space

Home Edit

Corner cabinet drawers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. This 3-drawer corner cabinet provides easy accessibility to an otherwise wasted space. Installing hardware on both sides of each drawer makes the drawers functional and fuss-free. This corner cabinet option is a good choice for those who don’t want to have to crouch down to dig through the bottom of a deep base cabinet. 

Related: White Shaker Cabinets: The Ultimate Design Guide

Keep Trash Tucked Away

corner kitchen cabinet with waste bin storage

Apartment Therapy

Lower corner kitchen cabinets have more depth and storage space, but this often goes wasted due to poor accessibility. This issue can easily be solved by implementing corner waste bin storage. You can simply place your waste bins on the floor of the cabinet, or you can purchase a pull-out waste container system. Either way, this option keeps unsightly trash tucked away while making good use of that tricky corner base cabinet.

Open Shelving — Convenient & Affordable

shaker cabinet kitchen paired with open shelving in the corner. three wood shelves are used to store extra dishware and decor

Studio McGee

A popular upper corner kitchen cabinet idea is installing open shelving (or “floating shelves”). This unique design by Studio McGee features three small wooden floating shelves in the corner to store extra dishware and decor. The best part about open shelving is that it is both functional and design-savvy. Plus, it’s easy to integrate with existing upper cabinets. Since floating shelves are available in a variety of sizes and styles, there is an option for every budget and kitchen style.

Related: Open Shelving: Better Than Upper Cabinets? Pros Vs. Cons

The Classic Lazy Susan

white kitchen with lazy susan in the corner cabinet. appliances garages are also used on the countertop to hide away kitchen utensils and tools

Friel Lumber

Of course, you can always go the traditional route with a classic lazy susan. This white exposed lazy susan is a unique twist on the usual design style, opting to leave out the cabinet door for a more open look. Lazy susans have stayed in style for decades due to their convenience and low price point. You can find them in any size, making them a great option for corner kitchen cabinet storage. 

Above the lazy susan, this kitchen also utilizes two appliance garages with closeable shutters to store small appliances. Since countertop corners can quickly become cluttered, it makes sense to add cubbies where kitchen goods can be neatly stowed away.

Simple Pull-Out Drawers & Baskets

Pinterest

Small door mount shelves and pull-out baskets also work well for small corner kitchen cabinets. This modern kitchen features small wood and wire shelves mounted on a pull out door. Another way to achieve the same functionality for less is to install wire pull-out baskets. Either way, corner cabinet shelves and baskets help to keep your cookware and miscellaneous kitchen items organized and out of sight. 

Customized Corner Cabinet Solution

custom corner kitchen cabinet with rounded cabinet doors and butcher block countertop

Pinterest

Looking for a more unique corner storage solution? Check out this circular cabinet with rounded doors and mini butcher block counter top. This corner piece is perfectly customized, offering a unique storage option as well as a prep space for food next to the stove. Although it will use a bit more of your design budget, opting for a custom corner cabinet can offer the functionality you need as well as the exact style you’re looking for. 

Traditional Corner Cabinet with Sink

small kitchen with corner sink and base sink cabinet

Pinterest

Although there are many unique options for blind corner cabinets, there’s nothing wrong with going the traditional route. This corner cabinet and undermount sink make smart use of a small kitchen. Installing a corner sink with a corner base cabinet can help you save countertop space. The base cabinet is also handy for storing things like dish soap, sponges and other sink accessories. 

Make a Statement with Rounded Cabinetry

grey contemporary kitchen with rounded floor to ceiling corner cabinets

Home Edit

Another example of rounded corner kitchen cabinets, this design features floor-to-ceiling cabinets for extra storage and functionality. This unique cabinet design is not only great for storage space, it serves as a beautiful statement that complements the contemporary style of the kitchen. Rounded doors are also useful because they create more storage space on the inside of the cabinet. 

The Perfect Pantry

white shaker kitchen with closed corner pantry for extra storage

Pinterest

Another solution for awkward kitchen corner spaces is a small pantry closet. With plenty of shelving and an extra ceiling light, this custom pantry is convenient yet concealed. A thin frosted glass door ties the pantry design in with the rest of the kitchen. Instead of using cabinets to occupy the corner of your kitchen, consider adding a pantry to get the most out of the space.

Get Help Designing Your Corner Kitchen Cabinets

Need some assistance getting the design of your corner cabinet just right? Lily Ann Cabinets offers FREE 3D kitchen design to help you create the kitchen of your dreams. Get one today for no cost and no obligation. Plus, browse our extensive selection of affordable ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets for up to 50% off box store pricing (and grab a free sample!) 

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