Corner kitchen cabinet

Any housewife wants to have a comfortable kitchen, where everything is at hand and every thing has its place, and at the same time, so that the kitchen is cozy and beautiful. This natural desire is quite achievable. And in achieving this goal, the correct choice of furniture for the kitchen, the rational use of the available space and the distribution of working areas will help..

A wide range of furniture makes it possible to turn any space into a comfortable and functional kitchen. And one of the best options for creating such a kitchen can be corner cabinets. Such cabinets allow you to effectively use the entire space of the room, including the corners..

Dignity

Corner kitchen units are designed to expand the usable space with the area of ​​the corners. But, at the same time, they are able to give additional touches to the interior. That is, the advantages of corner cabinets include the following:

  1. Incorporating a corner into the workspace that usually remains a dead spot.
  2. Creation of an ergonomic zone. The angular arrangement of cabinets is the best possible, fits into the rule of the triangle, at the tops of which are the main working areas (stove-refrigerator-sink). This reduces the number of transitions between work areas and reduces fatigue..
  3. Such kitchens can use one corner with an L-shaped arrangement and two corners with a U-shaped one. This means that corner sets will perfectly fit into small-sized kitchens and kitchens with a large area..
  4. The lower corner cabinet in the kitchen set can be used to install a sink, hob, work surface with ample space under the countertop for placing large dishes, household chemicals, trash can.
  5. Wall-mounted corner cabinets are convenient for placing a drying rack for dishes, a microwave oven, an oven, and a TV. In case the lower cabinet is used for a hob, the upper cabinet can be replaced by an extractor hood, which are now available in corner models.

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Corner cabinet design has two options.

  • Right-angle cabinets, where the cabinet follows the corner configuration and the countertop repeats the configuration of two cabinets touching in a corner space. Such cabinets are not always convenient for operation, due to the complex configuration of the doors and the difficult access to the entire space inside the cabinet. But they are easier to manufacture and the price, respectively, is lower..
  • Trapezoidal cabinets look like a rectangle with a beveled corner. This shape of the cabinet increases the internal working volume of the cabinet. You can conveniently place a sink or hob on its surface. And for a wall cabinet, this configuration is convenient for built-in appliances and a TV..

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Materials (edit)

The operating conditions for kitchen cabinets are challenging. Temperature fluctuations, high humidity, odors, grease stains and other contaminants make the selection of materials for kitchen cabinets a daunting task. Moreover, such cabinets must have high strength, be safe in operation, do not emit harmful substances, have beautiful facades of different styles and colors. In addition, you need to have options for different price categories..

The manufacture of kitchen sets from wood is now an infrequent phenomenon. The cost of such a headset plays a role here and the fact that in the conditions of a modern kitchen, wood is not the most durable option. It is also clear that such a headset is heavy and expensive. Therefore, wooden headsets are more appropriate in spacious kitchens of mansions, where the interior will support their solidity and expensive design. Much the same can be said for the use of natural stone countertops. They are unlikely to be able to decorate a small kitchen..

Consider the materials most commonly used in the manufacture of kitchen cabinets:

  1. Chipboard (particle board) has the lowest cost and is widely used for the manufacture of cabinet furniture of economy class. From above, such plates have a protective and decorative coating of varnish and film. Their main disadvantage is that the use of formaldehyde resins leads to harmful emissions..
  2. MDF (fine wood fraction). Plates made of this material are more environmentally friendly due to the low resin content. They have various options for covering from veneer, acrylic, liquid PVC. May have glass or metal inserts. Slabs of this material can be curved, which allows you to create cabinets of an unusual shape..
  3. Plastic. Nowadays it is gaining more and more popularity. Making cabinets entirely from plastic is rarely practiced; such a product will be heavy. Mostly it is used as a covering for MDF boards. Convenient for a variety of colors, resistance to minor damage. Glossy plastic coating options visually expand the space.
  4. In the manufacture of tabletops, the same materials are used as for the body. Along with them, both natural (marble, granite) and artificial stones can be used. More convenient and economical countertops made of artificial stone. Natural stones become impregnated with dirt faster and are more difficult to process. There are no artificial drawbacks of these; it is possible to make a tabletop of any shape from them..
  5. Metal furniture parts can be made of aluminum, it is cheaper, but not strong enough. A more reliable option is stainless steel. This metal is suitable for legs, drawer guides, door hinges. If the headset has metal handles-staples, then most often, they are made of brass.

Choosing accessories

The specificity of the corner kitchen cabinet is that their space is vast, but difficult to access, especially in the floor version. To simplify access, there are several options for mechanisms that allow you to fully use the cabinet space and provide easy access to objects placed in it..

  • With a rectangular design of the corner cabinet, drawers of a special design that follow the shape of the cabinet corner become a simple and effective way to access the cabinet items.
  • Carousel shelves have proven themselves well. This design assumes the presence of two or more round shelves. By rotating the shelves, you can easily get the necessary item.
  • A useful system with the self-explanatory name “magic corner” allows you to rationally and efficiently place a large number of items in the cabinet space. At the same time, it will be easy to get them, thanks to the design of the corner. It is made in the form of several rectangular boxes, interconnected by pivoting mechanisms. The last of the drawers is attached to the door, so that by pulling the door, the drawers can be pulled out one by one. When the door is closed, the drawers are pushed into the cabinet in the same sequence..
  • There are various types of fittings that make it easier and more convenient to use both lower and upper corner cabinets. These are special door designs, with lifting mechanisms and latches, door closers, mesh baskets, which are conveniently located in a pencil case.
  • Particular attention must be paid to door hinges. It is their design that determines the degree of door opening, and in corner cabinets where roll-out and pull-out systems are used, it is necessary to have hinges with an opening angle of at least 175 degrees.

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You can see that corner kitchen cabinets are quite complex if they are highly functional. Therefore, making such a cabinet with your own hands and assembling the mechanisms correctly is not easy. Assembling the cabinet requires skills and is better if done by professionals.

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Internal filling

We have already said more than once that a corner cabinet acts as a solution to the problem of placing a large number of items, dishes, and equipment necessary in the kitchen. For this, special mechanisms have been created that make it possible to use the entire space of the cabinet, providing for an accessible internal device.

As an example of filling corner cabinets, you can consider several options..

  • Taking into account the fact that most often the lower corner cabinet is used for washing, it is convenient to place a dish drainer in a hanging cabinet above it. In the corner version, the sink area increases, and this makes it possible to do without a special pallet under the drying and thus reduce the humidity in the cabinet.
  • Cutlery and various useful little things can be conveniently placed in the drawers under the countertop. For this, special trays of different sizes and configurations are used..
  • Traditionally, the space under the sink is occupied by a garbage bin. Modern designs of buckets allow you to close them hermetically at the same time as the cabinet door is closed. Such a device ensures clean air in the kitchen without unpleasant odors..
  • Large-sized dishes, pots and pans are usually placed on the lower floors. For them, pull-out and roll-out corner cabinet systems are just suitable. And the shelves and drawers of these systems are made of durable materials that can withstand a lot of weight..
  • Existing developments provide for the maximum convenience of placing kitchen utensils in cabinets, for this they use bottle holders, mesh baskets, columns from mesh baskets for tall cabinets, etc..
  • Tall cabinets are convenient for placing kitchen appliances in them. If it is a corner cabinet with open shelves or glass doors, it can perfectly serve to create beautiful compositions that complement the interior, using dishes and decorative elements..

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This is a small part of the organization of the space of corner cabinets. There are much more options, their number is increasing and once again proves that the corner in the kitchen is no worse than all other places, and imagination and creativity will always help turn disadvantages into advantages.

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What to look for when buying

After making sure that the corner kitchen sets are ergonomic and comfortable, you can decide on the subtleties of choice. What factors should be decisive in the choice, what to look for first of all?

  1. As usual, it is worthwhile to figure out the size of the cabinets so that they fit well into the size of the kitchen..
  2. Decide what you intend to place in the corner cabinet. This can affect how high the top cabinets are to be hung. It is not recommended to hang them low if there is a sink on the countertop, because high humidity will quickly destroy the bottom of the hanging cabinet. The hob also requires extra care with hanging cabinets, especially if they have plastic parts..
  3. For a sink located in a corner, it is important to take into account the height of the hostess. If you are small, it will be difficult to reach the mixer. In such cases, it is better to opt for a sink with a side or center mixer..
  4. It is important to pre-calculate the corner cabinet, taking into account the placement of communications, water supply, gas, existing electrical wiring. If lighting is planned, which is very important for a corner cabinet, then provide for the required number and placement of sockets.
  5. It is necessary to carefully consider the choice of the internal equipment of the cabinets, the thickness of the shelves, the strength of the fasteners, the reliability of door hinges, drawer guides, etc..
  6. Of course, the choice of a corner kitchen cabinet cannot do without matching it to the design of the kitchen and the apartment as a whole..

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Design solutions

The design of corner kitchens has no particular limitations. They fit perfectly into any style. Variants of classic and modern, country and Provence, Mediterranean style and high-tech are perfectly complemented by the use of corner cabinets of various configurations.

The location of the headsets and the detailing will also depend on the shape of the kitchen. A narrow long kitchen is least suitable for a corner set. Such a kitchen can be made even narrower, while one wall will be free. In other cases, using the correct arrangement of cabinets, you can not only create a comfortable space, but also create a unique interior. Do not forget the basic rules for choosing the color of a headset for small kitchens. Here you should give preference to light colors, do not overload the kitchen with bright elements..

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