Most of you may well be aware of the dreaded corner cabinet in kitchens
which require us to reach far in the back for those needed pots and pans or
other items. I searched products made for this type of cabinet but they all
come with a hefty price tag. Therefore, the obvious comes to mind about the
capability to make my own.
The general idea is to build a shelf system for the back area with the
ability to roll forward and IMO, simple to build. But the dilemma is to make
something which will allow the front shelf system to pull out and pivot out
of the way for the rear items. Has anyone ever built a system for this type
of cabinet? If so, would you share your layout and required hardware, as
well as any other info?
They're called "blind corner cabinets". Do a search, they are not that
expensive. They make them with "half" moon lazy suzan shelves so they
can swing out
Already saw them. Not what I'm looking for.
You don't have to make a blind corner cabinet. As long as you're
building your own and don't want to deal with the lazy susan situation,
you can do something like some of the options available here, with more
space to boot:
Watch the wrap ...
I could be wrong , but I took the OP to mean that (s)he already has
the cabinet and is looking for plans for "retro-fit" shelving system,
like this sweet unit, but a tad less expensive:
I am facing a similar situation and saw this solution as well (and liked
it too). Still it seemed to me - though I never followed through on it -
that it would not be difficult to design something like this using full
extension slides. In the end, I have decided to put up a wall, a sliding
door and make the whole corner into a pantry, if that makes any sense at
Bad description on my part. Think of the typical blind cabinet
installation - cabs along a wall (C), ending in a blind cab at the
corner (B), and then more cabs (C) along the adjacent wall.
Now, take out the blind cab and the first cab or 2 on the adjacent wall.
Both lowers and uppers.
Wall this area in making a pantry about 2' deep (the depth of the
adjacent cab) by about 4' or more (the depth of the blind cab - 2' -
plus the width of the adjacent cabs)
If you are still with me, a sliding door goes where the adjacent cab
used to be. Now you have a full pantry from floor to ceiling.
I probably just confused the situation more...
I like this solution, too, but how would you get the first shelf to
pivot out of the way?
I think I got it.
Yes, I recently posted that link last night as the exact set up I'm facing
with my own cabinet and the exact question of how to pivot the front shelf.
Not sure yet about the pivot, but I plan to do this set up. For now, I'll
keep the bulkier items on the rear slider (I will also have a double shelf
system for the rear) and the lids and smaller items on the front, which will
enable me to reach the rear.
Have you considered a full door-width cabinet in the corner, set
at a 45 degree angle? You'd use very little additional floor
space, and what you used would not be that usable anyway, in the
corner of butting cabinets. Yes, it'd be deeper than a regular
cabinet, but then that's where you'd keep the old Waring blender,
bottles you saved for some reason and other things you "store"
"somewhere." The cabinet top itself would be perfect for an
appliance garage, since there would be added depth for more
storage of "stuff." The same would be true for the upper cabinets
as well: perhaps a glass door for them to accent the storage?
Where it gets to be fun is if you build them yourself or have them
custom made. By flaring the sides of the corner cabinet out half
way to meet a similar flare of the abutting side cabinet, the
unreachable corners are less difficult to reach or manage. In
fact, I'd consider those full extension shelf glides mentioned
elsewhere for the base cabinet. You could store "stuff" on the
sides, while the middle, elevated, shelfs would roll out for even
better access- particularly to the back, or "V" area.
re "how would you get the first shelf to pivot out of the way"
I don't believe you do. I think that the set-up just allows you to
slide the back shelf over to the opening so that you can reach items
The problem I see is that the additional access is limited to the
width of the door.
I just checked my blind corner to see how well that solution would
work, and I'm not sure it would be worth the trouble.
My stick-built cabinet is 41" wide, with 27" of "blind area" and a 14"
For me to use that solution, the usable width of the slide out shelf
would have to be less than 12" wide to allow for the side wall slide
and the frame of the shelf itself.
The lose of that shelf space is minor compared to the fact that all I
would gain is about that same 12" of access to back shelf. I'd still
have 15" of blind area to deal width.
Sure, 15" is better than 27", but is it worth the time and money? I'm
but is it worth the time and money? I'm
I have loosely been following this thread, and tend to agree- it is much
ado about nothing. A properly done blind cabinet is great for those once
or twice a year items, and pulling the little stuff in front out of the
way to get to them is really no big deal. I find lazy susan corner
cabinets annoying, especially if they don't have the curved wall around
them. Stuff falls off and jams. Not a fan of dead spaces in kitchen
cabinets- that is where small creatures like to set up housekeeping. If
I was a woodworker by hobby rather than only when needed, I might be
tempted to come up with a creative solution, like making a hidey-hole
back in the dead corner for the safe or something. (false wall in the
back of the cabinet, held on by magnets or velcro.) What burglar is
going to empty kitchen cabinet looking for a stash spot?
Only kitchen I ever had that really irritated me, was a cheap apartment
where the kitchen was in the normal 'dining nook' area, because where
the kitchen normally went, was the boiler room for the building. (hey, I
was broke, and it was the cheapest they had vacant.) They didn't bother
to get a corner cabinet for this one-off application, they just
installed 2 normal base cabinets, and left the corner empty under the
counter. I left it full of empty jars when I left, stuffed through the
hole in the kick plate. Let somebody figure THAT out when they replace
those crappy chipboard cabinets in there.
Ouch for that section, yes, but I love the old fashion stick-builts
with no walls between the cabinets.
I've got a few 3 & 4 doored sections that are over 5' wide - each
section is one big cabinet inside.
Yes, I would have to agree with you there. In my current project, I had
the option to make a 7' cab, but have decided to do all drawers in the
lowers this time. Therefore I have use of the dividers for hanging the
slides on. It will still be a 7' cab, but with 2 dividers.
The uppers are another matter. I got concerned of the possible
weight/strength issues, so decided to duplicate the dividers up above.
Still, it would be nice to have 1 7' space with 3 sets of doors rather
than 3 divided spaces. But how do you hang a half overhang door in a
frameless cabinet without dividers??? choices, choices, choices...
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