Lack of space is a significant problem in many kitchens. And taking advantage of the corners of the room is obviously a good way to save storage space by using every nook and cranny. Because of course, a kitchen is dedicated to receive a refrigerator, an oven and why not a dishwasher, but it is also necessary to have room for many storage spaces that will accommodate your pots, pans, dishes and other cutlery and practical kitchen utensils like a toaster, juicer, etc.
In kitchens that have an L or U structure, there are inevitably corners that are difficult to use. So that there is no “blind spot”, kitchen manufacturers offer different solutions that make it possible to turn these spaces into storage corners. It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s crazy how simple corner storage saves storage space in a kitchen. And on a daily basis, it is very practical. You will find this type of storage at all prices. And from the simplest to the most complex. There are inexpensive corner cupboards with shelves, but the space offered is often difficult to access. The extra investment for fancy items is usually worth it. Overall, the deeper the corner cupboard, the greater the access system to the rear parts. Of course, it should be noted that this system itself can take up space. Here are 6 ideas for arranging one or more of the angles of your kitchen.
1- A carousel cupboard: the classic turnstile
The now classic carousel is a corner cabinet in which the circular shelves can be moved around an axis. The disadvantage of this corner solution is the loss of storage space. But it cannot be otherwise just because of the construction. All the stored objects are easily accessible by turning it very simply on the side of the opening. Rotary storage is sturdy and durable, but it can also happen that things get stuck in the carousel. An unbalanced load can also cause problems with the internal mechanism. Kitchen designers often give the choice between full shelves or grids. The grids make it easier to see what’s inside, but keep in mind that things can get stuck there as well.
2 – Corner cupboard with a diagonal edge
Diagonal wardrobes differ from other corner wardrobes in their shape. There is no classic corner with a diagonal cabinet. The two converging kitchen facades are connected diagonally by the cupboard. These cupboards give the kitchen a less angular and softer overall impression. This cupboard can be available both with simple storage or with an integrated carousel. If you choose the simplest storage with shelves, you should keep in mind that part of the storage space is difficult to access. From the point of view of the use of storage spaces, these cupboards offer a compromise in favor of the design of the kitchen. So if for you the design is more important than the optimal use of space, then you will be able to choose this solution with pleasure.
3 – Corner drawers
Corner drawers are both clever and functional storage. The front of a corner drawer is not straight, as usual, but forms a right angle, while the actual sliding element is installed diagonally in the cabinet. With this solution some of the corner storage space is lost, but the corner cabinet can be used just as easily as any other kitchen storage. In principle, this type of corner cupboard differs from a normal sliding cupboard only in the corner at the front.
3 – The “Magic Corner” cupboard for optimal use of space
Another very popular and, above all, extremely practical variant of the corner cupboards are Magic Corner wardrobes. They are equipped with a door that fully swivels to facilitate the extraction of several trays. The storage area is divided into two parts, one part is on the door and swivels when opened, the rear part moves to the front of the cabinet when opened. This gives you optimal access to the entire storage area without having to reach corners. Although this solution is more expensive than others, the investment is worth it because of the comfort acquired.
4 – The “Le Mans” cupboard: race track or kitchen cupboard?
For you, Le Mans is a city known for its racing circuit? You don’t know the kitchen cupboard of the same name? It is also modeled on the curves of the famous course, which combines excellent use of space with pleasant handling and an excellent overview. The swivel drawers of this type of corner cupboard have a load capacity of up to 25 kilograms and are often used for storing pots and pans. They can be pulled forward and swiveled out of the cabinet independently of each other. This way the floors don’t get in the way and it is much easier for you to access items stored in the lower part of the cabinet. Since the shelves are completely outside the cabinet body when removed, you can insert and remove them without much effort. There is therefore no more risk that rarely used objects disappear in the most distant corners of the cupboard.
5 – Other solutions for a functional kitchen corner
Corner sinks or built-in corner stoves are also a way around the kitchen corner problem. With these solutions, space is also lost, but perhaps you stick to this arrangement because it has the advantage of not being classic and certainly comes out of the “ordinary” kitchen.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to use your kitchen space wisely, right down to the smallest corner.