The corners of cabinets are pretty much always awkward. Deep and oddly spaced, they’re like black holes for pots, pans and food storage containers, and if you want to find something specific, you’ll probably have to get on your hands and knees and crawl in. Thankfully, space-saving corner drawer designs are becoming more common as standard features in modern kitchen cabinets, so the days of dealing with all that annoyance could be over.
These examples help make use of one of the more uncomfortable geometric remnants architects and carpenters run into on a regular basis. If you’re handy, you might just be able to DIY a corner drawer system yourself that may or may not perfectly match your pre-existing cabinets. If you’re not, hiring a contractor is the way to go — unless you’re interested in a full-scale kitchen renovation.
Corner drawer designs often get creative with the space available. In some cases, there are vertical solutions that can utilize extra areas even more efficiently — but when there is not space in the Z axis, a 45-degree-angled stack of drawers at least uses half of the void leftover space. Even those small triangles on either side can be put to use for compact items, which is extra helpful if you’re in desperate need of some serious kitchen organization.
Some of these drawer systems are packed so tightly with storage, you’ll wonder how you ever did without them. It’s almost like finding a whole extra closet in your house that you had no idea existed. More and more kitchen manufacturers are offering them as part of their cabinetry collections, which might just tempt you into that makeover.
The catch: these corner drawers look, for the most part, like regular pull-out drawers – one has to get used to the counter-intuitive direction of their slide, which makes it worth asking: is there an even better way? Sources: Heritage Cabinetry, Jason Beaver and Blum.