How to Design Corner Kitchen Cabinets

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How to Design Corner Kitchen Cabinets
Corner cabinets may be a challenge to design. (Kitchen image by armanxo from

Designing kitchen cabinets requires making the best use of space, providing accessibility for the chef and creating a beautiful look. You must take countertops, area and kitchen size into consideration when choosing what style of corner cabinet best suits a design. The most challenging part of designing a kitchen is the configuration of the corner cabinets.

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    Choose the countertop design before the cabinet design, as lower corner cabinets will match that design. If a countertop goes around a corner where two walls meet, you must choose whether you want the intersection to be angled or L-shaped. The angled countertop is an angular "C" shape, while the L-shape consists of two pieces of countertop laid at perpendicular angles to each other. The angled top takes up more room than the L-shaped, but gives a few more inches of counter space.

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    Choose the L-shaped countertop if you have a small kitchen and you want room to manoeuvre. Choose the angled countertop if you want a bit more workspace. (L-shaped countertop and cabinets are usually less expensive than angled.)

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    Decide how deep you want your countertop to be, as the depth of the countertop will determine the depth of the lower cabinets.

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    Choose whether you want drawers or shelving under your countertop. Most cooks like to include drawers in their kitchens for easy access to small tools, but drawers are more expensive than shelves because of the hardware, draw face detail, and increased construction material. If you choose an angled countertop, you cannot install drawers in the corner because they will not slide out from under the countertop easily. In that case, shelves are your only option.

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    Choose pie-shaped shelving or stacked turntables to save on costs. Buy a state-of-the-art pullout for a more expensive option.

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    Include a bank of drawers on one of the sides of you chose the L-shaped cabinet. Extend shelving back into the blind corner for the least expensive option.

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    Fill your upper cabinet with adjustable shelves or stacked turntables for a corner angle upper cabinet that will have one or two doors that open into a wide pie-shaped space. For an L-shaped corner, you will have one back corner that will be blind.

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    Fill with state-of-the-art pullouts or long shelves.

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    Bear in mind that upper cabinet depth is usually no more than 14 inches.

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