How to Make a Corner Kitchen Sink Cabinet

Some kitchen floor plans work best with the sink placed in a corner area. This is often the case if the kitchen is L-shaped or U-shaped. Building a cabinet or buying a pre-made cabinet to fit will require creating a cabinet with a front face cutting across the 90-degree corner. Installing double sinks or a large rectangular sink will require a cabinet large enough to easily drop the sink in and provide surrounding space for faucets. The cabinet should have a countertop reaching into the wall corner with area to support a dish drainer.

This corner could easily accommodate a sink cabinet for access near the stove.
  1. Review styles and shapes of corner sinks before you design the cabinet. Visit home improvement stores and kitchen websites to review the many shapes and materials available for corner sinks. Use your favorite sink's measurements to decide how to lay out the countertop plan. Plan to build the cabinet across the corner with anyone washing dishes facing directly into the 90-degree corner angle. Design the cabinet to have two doors at the bottom.

  2. Use graph paper to draw the surrounding counter space to the left and right of the corner. Create the corner cabinet to be secured to side cabinets or a false wall at a dishwasher or stove. Design and build the cabinet to blend with lower and upper cabinets in style and finish. Revamp the countertop to cover the new corner cabinet and leave room in the countertop to fit the sink and faucets with no visible seams. Use tile to cover the counter around the corner sink, if the sink cabinet is being added to an existing floor plan.

  3. Select a pre-made cabinet or build one from 3/4-inch plywood or particle board that will stand between 33 and 36 inches high, in most cases. Create a front face area with two bottom doors that measures no less than 32 inches from front edge of the counter into the corner. Leave two feet of work area to the left of the sink and two feet to the right of the side, if possible, to accommodate cooking and washing dishes.

  4. Install a corner window in some fashion to bring in light. Secure a couple of wall cabinets above the area to hold dishes or cooking items. Move the stove top near the sink, if it is the main sink in the kitchen. Create the surrounding space large enough to accommodate more than one cook, so to speak, since corner sinks tend to limit walking space. Do not place an island near the sink that will cramp the corner. Move an island or work table off to one side, so at least two people can move around comfortably at the sink cabinet area.

  5. Install the sink and faucet you've selected into the sink area. Buy and install storage accessories under the sink cabinet to store dish cloths, skillets, or vegetable strainers to accommodate how you like to cook. Secure towel bars to the inside of the cabinet doors for drying dish cloths or towels.

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Judi Light Hopson is a national columnist for McClatchy Newspapers. She is founder of Hopson Global Education and Training and co-author of the college textbook, Burnout to Balance: EMS Stress. She holds a degree in psychology from East Tennessee State University, and has been a professional writer for 25 years.