Still the Best Corner Solution

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When in it comes to corners, kitchens and cabinets, a decision has to be made on how to make the most out of a not-so-great situation.

Most of us have had this experience: getting down on our hands and knees to reach into the back recesses of a corner  base cabinet. These are called blind corner cabinets. And  so you are – BLIND – to anything you stick in those corners.

There are many interesting  hardware choices for corner cabinets. Some are clever and do cool tricks. But the costs can be amazingly high and are not worth the storage capabilities they provide. In my opinion the good old lazy susan is still, overall, the best solution.  While it won’t work in every situation, I end up choosing it as a solution about 80% of the time.

For specifying a lazy susan in a base cabinet, make sure the susan has a 32″ diameter. If it isn’t large and making the most of corner, it isn’t worth the cost of the cabinet or the hardware. Typically, a lazy susan corner cabinet is 36″ x 36″. This is fine, but if I’m using custom cabinets and have the room, I’ll try and make it a little larger: 37″ to 39″. This gives a bigger door opening into the susan, making it easier to see into it, as well as to retrieve larger items like a Cuisinart countertop appliance. The lazy susan pictured here is in a 37″ wide frameless cabinet.

G-KD-IFCAB1 (6)As far as the opening mechanism for the door, I prefer a hinged bi-fold door. The two doors are hinged together and then open as one. The hinges you see in this picture open to 170 degrees. These are different than the standard 110 degrees, because they need to open at a much wider angle than a typical cabinet door.

The lazy susan pictured here is a beautiful piece of hardware made by a German company called Kesseboehmer. The color is  Maple with Champagne. Hafele America is the distributor and most cabinet makers have access to this brand.

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