Why Would You Void A Corner?

Kitchen corner cabinets in both walls and bases can be divided into three distinct shapes, diagonal, square corner, and blind. They are often difficult to access completely although there are several internal accessory options that can make these cabinets more functional. Lazy susans or some type of swing out are the most commonly used.

A Blind Corner Cabinet with Swing Out shelves with Wire Baskets in a contemporary kitchen design. 

Corner wall cabinets typically require 24” or more of space out of each corner, base corner cabinet space requirements can range from 33” to 42” out of each corner.  Blind corner cabinets utilize the standard 24” of depth, but need a minimum width of 39”.  Based on all of these dimensions corner cabinets require a lot of space.  What if the layout doesn’t provide the necessary space to accommodate a decent size, accessible corner cabinet? 

One option would be to void the corner, creating space that is buried and inaccessible. While this may not be the ideal solution, burying perfectly good storage space, there are some advantages. In a base corner the voided space would typically be 27”. The advantage of the voided corner is that it allows for larger cabinets on either side of the corner.

Kitchen in the process of renovation showing the blind corner cabinet space before the countertop is installed.

 In the case below instead of a 36"square corner base and a 6" cabinet right and an 18" cabinet on the left, there is  a 15" drawer base on the right and a 30" drawer base on the left. While not for everyone, voiding a corner can make sense in the right situation.

A voided corner with kitchen cabinetry.

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