How to Choose Corner Wall Cabinet Style for Your Kitchen

Cabinets for corners in the kitchen are typically a diagonal, square (pie-cut) or blind.  Is one better than another?  That depends on several factors including the amount of space available, the functionality you prefer, and the overall look you are trying to achieve.

A standard diagonal or square corner wall cabinet requires 24” of space out of each corner, although this dimension can vary. The advantage of a diagonal corner is there is more available storage space than the square corner option. Lazy susans can be added to this cabinet to make access easier.  The downside to the diagonal is without the susan trays items can get “lost” in the depth of the cabinet. The angle of the door also protrudes into the space which may or may not be a factor to consider.

A kitchen design example with a diagonal corner wall cabinet with lazy susan trays for accessible storage. Shown open and closed.

The standard square corner wall cabinet also requires 24” out of each corner and typically has two doors that are hinged together and open as one.  Square corner wall cabinets create sort of an L shaped interior allowing for easier visibility than found in the diagonal corner.  Lazy susans are not an option for this cabinet.

Two kitchen design examples of standard square corner wall cabinets.

The blind corner wall cabinet comes out of the corner on one wall and can be up to 48” wide.  A portion of the cabinet is concealed when the adjacent wall cabinets are installed. Blind corner wall cabinets can offer a large amount of storage; the downside is accessing the items that are stored in the “blind” area. Because of the varying widths available, a blind corner wall offers more design flexibility than the other corner options.

An example of a kitchen design with a blind corner wall cabinet that looks like a standrad square corner

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