Upper Corner Kitchen Cabinet Solutions

January 14, 2015

A long while ago now I wrote a post about lower corner kitchen cabinets and everyone was all, “yeah, yeah, but what abut the uppers?”

Upper corner kitchen cabinets are a possessor of their own brand of evil, and in some cases (like when the entry is fist-wide and the door is one hobbit-sized panel) are even more difficult than the lower. Counterintuitively, the deeper they are, and thus the more storage space they provide, the more potential for disaster.

There are some areas where clients and readers get a pass. The upper corner cabinet is certainly one of them. What chance do you stand against the awkwardness?

But I do understand that you all want to be good, that you want to keep your cupboards organized and you want to make use of available space. And so I’m going to try my best to aid you in your corner cabinet woes.

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None of these are going to make your upper corner cabinet suddenly the most versatile storage location in your kitchen. That’s nearly an impossibility because look, the things just suck. But they will help to encourage organization within, and at least give you some kind of a fighting chance.

Renter; help! 

If we’re talking renter-friendly, non-remodel options, the first line of defense has got to be organizing products.

corner kitchen cabinets are the bane of everyone's organizational existence. I'm pretty sure this post should be required reading. Corner kitchen cabinet solutions!

 

 

Products that are triangular in shape are your friend. Depending on the dimensions and exact configuration of your corner cabinet, options like: (1.) InterDesign Lazy Susan Cabinet Binz, (2.) Linus Spice Rack, Stadium Corner are solid picks. These will go a long way in helping you retain access to smaller items, even if they’re towards the back of the cabinet.

An option like this (3.) 3-Tier Counter and Cabinet Corner Shelf Organizer will help to ensure you get the most use of the vertical cabinet space.

In a completely different vein, you might try prioritizing the front end of the cabinet. This (4.) Pull Down Spice Rack, while not making anywhere close to full use of the cabinet storage space, will nonetheless guarantee that what’s contained within is in perfect order. It’s sort of an in-the-cupboard-out-of-the-cupboard hybrid. I’ve used the one mentioned here with a client before, and not only was it incredibly easy to install, it was really pretty nifty.

Meanwhile, it’s hard to go wrong with a classic lazy susan in a corner cupboard (5.) OXO Good Grips Turntable.

You might also try an organizer that utilizes the full depth and height of the cabinet, and not necessarily the width. Something like this: (6.) Narrow Space Spice Rack.

Think about items you might store within the corner cabinet that are actually more conducive to the space, albeit a-typical. Some clients have had success using their corner cabinets for things that are long enough to encompass the cabinet width, ensuring accessibility (think: kitchen wraps). (7.) DecoBros Kitchen Wrap Organizer Rack

Finally, any organizer that uses the power of gravity to keep items moving to the nearest-to-reach location are good, like this (8.) Copco Can Dispenser.

So what you’re saying is…

Your safest, overall bet when it comes to storing any smaller items inside corner cabinets is to employ some variation of container. As long as you find containers that’ll fit within, you can generally bet that corner cabinet + basket/bin/tray is far easier to deal with than corner cabinet sans removable container.

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Live It Simply, Dummy.

Beyond merely adding organizing products, the best advice I might give you is to give careful and purposeful thought to what you keep inside you corner cabinets. You know yourself, your belongings, and your storage needs best.

If you’re prone to cluttering various areas, you might want to steer clear of keeping small items in the corner cupboards, sticking instead to storing only large, bulky items that are few in number.

If you have enough space in your kitchen to use the corner cupboards only for those things you use on a rare occasion, do that.

If storage space is at a premium and you’re known to walk the clutter line: ruthlessly and consistently monitor and reevaluate corner-cabinet denizens and suit up your cabinet with the optimal organizing products.

Be creative, as well, in your definition of corner cabinet contents. Forget convention and instead rely upon what feels easiest and wisest for your circumstances. If that means you keep dish towels (folded neatly), a handful of paper bags, and a dozen or so cookbooks within, so be it. If that means you take out all the shelves and hang pots from cup hooks inside, so be it.

 

So like, what else is a homeowner to do?

Moving from non-committal to slightly more so, opting for a more sophisticated lazy susan system is always an option.

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And if you’re starting from scratch or remodeling (which begs the question: why the hell aren’t you finding a way to obliterate the corner cabinet entirely??) glass fronts can help to increase the feeling of visibility and thus accessibility to contents stored within.

I know, some of you will be all, “O.M.G., the last thing I would want is to have a glass front on my corner cabinet, making my mess inside visible for all to see!”

It’s the darnedest thing; almost all of the time, what’s visible for any and all visitors and family members to see gets looked after rather stringently so as to avoid mortification and questions of household management skills. dot dot dot.

corner kitchen cabinets are the bane of everyone's organizational existence. I'm pretty sure this post should be required reading. Corner kitchen cabinet solutions!

corner kitchen cabinets are the bane of everyone's organizational existence. I'm pretty sure this post should be required reading. Corner kitchen cabinet solutions!

And in a perfect world (that strangely still includes corner cabinets?) your belongings would be so Simplified and your storage space so ample that you would dismiss the headache factor all together and embrace the corner area as display for your loveliest silver serving items.

corner kitchen cabinets are the bane of everyone's organizational existence. I'm pretty sure this post should be required reading. Corner kitchen cabinet solutions!

 

I do hope this post has provided you a glimmer of hope. It is still just a cabinet, at least. So there’s that.

Image credits: BallingslovMidwest Living, The Yellow Cape Cod, Thomasville CabinetryBHG, BHG, Windsor Smith Home

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