The corner where the two sides of your kitchen come together is often a bit of wasted space. Cabinet manufacturers have designed products that help you use this space more effectively.
Solutions are available for upper corners, lower corners and even for the corner countertop.
A traditional way to deal with a corner cabinet is to install a set of rotating shelves. These shelves, sometimes called a lazy susan, allow you to turn them around till the item you need is within reach.
Look for units that have a lip on the edge of the shelf so small items won't fly off from the centrifugal force of rotating the shelves. This type of cabinet has two typical configurations.
Some have the door set on a diagonal. This style is more common for upper corner cabinets, but is sometimes seen on lower ones as well.
When you open the door, you see the round shelves inside. Another type has a door that has two panels at right angles to each other.
These panels can be hinged, or might be affixed to the edges of the lazy susan itself. With this style, the rotating shelves do not form the shape of a full circle, but rather look like a pizza with a slice missing, the slice where the corner is located.
Some lazy susans are fixed so both levels rotate together, while others have two separate levels that rotate independently of each other. All of these styles are great ways to use space when you have a cabinet set into a corner, if you have access to the cabinet from both sides of the corner.
Blind Corner Pull-Out Shelves
Perhaps you have a corner where there is an appliance on one side of the corner. This means you have access on one end: a narrow cabinet door that opens to a cabinet that is much larger than the width of the door.
This is called a blind corner cabinet because you can hardly see what's in the back of it. Many cabinet makers make units that slide in and out so you can store items in the back and still reach them.
Most of these come in two parts. Pull out the first part and pivot it away to make room for the second part to come forward.
Some units like this have the forward part attached to the inside of the door, and others work independently of the cabinet door. Most have an upper and lower shelf on each of the two sections.
Another easily wasted space in the corner of a kitchen is the space actually on the countertop itself. Depending on the depth of the counter and the position of the corner, you may find you can't even reach all the way to the back of the corner.
A good way to use this space is to install an appliance garage. This is an additional cabinet, usually set back a bit from the front of the countertop, that provides a storage spot for small appliances such as a mixer, a toaster or a coffee maker.
Check with your cabinet maker to determine whether your appliance garage is meant to allow you to actually run the appliances or just store them. A toaster or coffee maker may create too much heat in a closed-in space.
This type of cabinet can keep your small appliances out of sight when you are not using them, making your counter look neat and organized.