Choosing a Corner Base Cabinet- The Keystone to your Base Cabinet Layout

Choosing a Corner Base Cabinet

In most small kitchens or kitchens with unique layouts, trying to pick the right corner cabinet can be the biggest challenge.   While custom cabinets will offer a wider range of cabinets to choose from, if you are looking at stock cabinets or RTA cabinets like ours, you will end up with three traditional corner cabinets with the last resort of leaving some dead space in the corner (to me this is a waste of space, but in some kitchens it is unavoidable.   The three cabinet choices are usually:

–          Blind Base Cabinet

–          Diagonal Corner or Lazy Susan Cabinet

–          Angle front or Corner Sink Face/Cabinet

So how do you know which one to choose?

Diagonal Corner Cabinet/Lazy Susan

Whenever I am laying out a kitchen, I always try to work in a Lazy Susan Cabinet into the design.   Some cabinet lines with have a 33”, but most of them stick with a 36” Lazy Susan, which means it will take up 36” of space on each wall.  This cabinet offers the most usable space and ends up being the most functional in the kitchen (plus, most people  request them).  A lazy susan unit is pretty straight forward, since it requires the same amount of space on each wall…  in a small kitchen, this large cabinet make not be practical since it may not allow you to fit all of your appliances.   When it fits, I would definitely go with a diagonal corner cabinet or lazy susan cabinet.   While I refer to it as a lazy susan cabinet, you could remove the rotating tray if you wanted (and some cabinet companies make it without the lazy susan tray).

Lazy Susan Cabinet

Dimensions of a Corner Base Cabinet

Corner Sink Face/Cabinet

In some kitchens you may need to fit a corner sink.   In that case you would want to use an angled front or corner sink face cabinet.   For most of our cabinet lines (which a few exceptions), we sell it as just a corner sink face rather than an entire cabinet.   For one, it is less expensive, and two, you don’t actually need an entire cabinet.   The corner sink face will still take up 36” or 33” on each wall (depending upon the dimensions specified by the manufacturer).   What you will do is secure the sink face to the two adjacent cabinets and then add 2×4 ledgers across the wall so that the counter top has something to rest on.

Sink Face Cabinet

Dimensions of a Corner Sink Face


Blind Base Cabinet

The blind base cabinet offers you most flexibility in terms of space, but it leaves dead space that you can’t use.  The way blind base cabinets are described from cabinet line to cabinet line can vary, but for the majority of our cabinet lines we describe the amount of space that it takes up (i.e. BBC42-45 takes up 42” to 45” but the cabinet itself is only 36” long)…  to ensure accuracy, consult the manufacturer to determine the amount of space.

Blind corner cabinets offer flexibility because you only have to leave 27” on one wall, rather than the 33” or 36” you would have to leave with a lazy susan or corner sink face… but it takes up a minimum of 42” on the opposite wall.  With most blind cabinets there are several measurements that you have to consider:

1)      You will have to leave a minimum of 6” of dead space in the corner for the door and drawer to function properly.

2)      On the opposite wall, you will need to use a 3” filler to allow enough room for the door and drawer of the cabinet to work

The one thing I don’t like about blind base cabinets is the unusable space.  Traditionally the back corner of a blind base cabinet ends up being a black hole for pots and pans since you have to reach in to get them (they are definitely not easily accessible)

Blind Corner Base

Dimensions of a Blind Corner Base Cabinet

Dead Space

When no other cabinet will work, and you really can’t make things fit, the last resort would be to leave dead space.   This will be completely inaccessible, but it requires the least amount of space to complete the corner.   By simply securing two filler strips together in an L shape, and securing them to the adjacent cabinets, you will end up taking up 27” space on each wall.  I would only use this option if you really have no other solutions.

Dead Space in a Corner

Dead Space Taking up the least amount of room in your kitchen

So when it comes to choosing a corner base cabinet, the options are fairly limited and will really be based upon what your layout looks like.    If you want to experiment with how to layout your kitchen, head over to our design tool and you can put in different cabinet sizes to see what works best for you.

If you need design help, please don’t hesitate to contact us at to have one of our designers layout your kitchen for you.

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*** Update***

We were getting so much feedback about this post, that I decided to turn it into an infographic.   Share, Post, and enjoy!

Corner Base Cabinet Selection

How do you choose a corner base cabinet?



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