Just Around the Corner
The infamous “corner” of kitchen design. Some designers loathe them; others see them as an opportunity to showcase their creative talents. Within the drawings below (click to enlarge), you’ll find the tried and true options and additional ideas to use as a spring board to your own solutions.
Blind corner base and wall cabinets are one of the most common ways to design a corner. The drawing shows how a base corner blind cabinet is typically pulled out from the corner to allow for adjustments for an out of square corner. For new kitchen designers, this can be a hard lesson learned. Accurate measurements are a key component to making this design functional.
Key points to remember:
- Many cabinet spec books will include the minimum and maximum pull requirements as well as the frame dimensions. If you have switched cabinet lines during the design process, be sure to review and make any necessary adjustments to this area.
- Verify if the price of the corner blind cabinet includes the filler that will be attached to the adjacent cabinet, or if it needs to be ordered separately.
- The NKBA suggests the recommended minimum filler width to be the handle depth plus ½” as a rule of thumb. If your client has not selected hardware, a 3”- 4” filler is normally a safe width.
These can be a bit more user friendly than the blind corner cabinets.
As the saying goes, “it’s hip to be square.” Another option is to eliminate the corner altogether. This allows you to include straight cabinet runs in your design. The minimum dimension out from the corner is 27”, which allows for the depth of the base cabinet and countertop overhang. This may not be the best design solution when trying to maximize space.
A 3” - 4” filler width is typically suggested for this type of application.
Diagonal corner walls can add interest to your client’s design. This particular design includes a sink base cabinet installed against the diagonal wall with wall cabinets recessed into the wall. An alcove could also be framed out instead of cabinetry. This type of design requires clear communication with the contractor. If the wall is not built to your specs, the design can be compromised.
Give yourself some room to breathe! At times, clients and designers feel they need to cover every available inch of wall space with cabinetry. Freeing up the corner can create a more individualized look and eliminates worry about far reaching corners. Clients can accent the area with artwork, a unique lighting fixture or architectural elements, such as windows.
Feel free to use these drawings as an education tool if you are working with a client who is curious about the various options for corners. A snap shot of the options may help them to make a quick decision.
About Criss Hartman
Criss Hartman, AKBD leads WOLF’s semi-custom department. Let Criss and her team help you build design solutions through the creative use of cabinetry in kitchens, baths and other special rooms.