A corner kitchen cabinet is great to adjust your kitchen design to the space and to make it feel integrated. Even though most kitchens use them, corner kitchen layouts bring unique challenges.

How to make use of this dead corner and optimize the wasted space is something that many homeowners have to deal with. You can optimize this dead corner space with pull-out drawers or a lazy susan, yet there are many ways to maximize the functionality of your corner kitchen.

In the list below, you can find my favorite corner cabinet ideas that will help you decide on the planning of your next kitchen remodel. Even though it’s the more expensive option, it’s usually better to get help from a professional kitchen company to plan and install a corner cabinet layout.

Open shelving as the corner cabinet

In this kitchen with light oak kitchen cabinets, the corner kitchen cabinet is created by merging tall cupboards together with the lower cabinets in front of the window. It’s hard to say whether the underside of the open shelves is accessible for extra storage space, yet the layout looks very elegant.

The countertop continues into the open shelves and the illusion of a bigger kitchen is created by making the blind corner cabinet an open one.

Open shelving as the corner cabinet

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A blind corner is accentuated by a lighter countertop and cabinet underside

The cabinetry in this beautiful red kitchen with a kitchen island is built in a corner layout. The corner of the room also contains a module that hides the pipes, meaning the blind corner created by the cabinets meeting can’t be used for storage.

The blind kitchen corner can be observed in both the bottom and upper cabinets, providing a lot of storage capacity. By picking out the countertops and the bottom cover of the upper cabinets in a lighter color, the corner kitchen cabinets get framed in a unique and stylish way.

A blind corner is accentuated by a lighter countertop and cabinet underside

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A white kitchen with corner cabinets and open shelving between two windows

The off-white kitchen cabinets fit the corner space in this beautiful kitchen with white walls and two windows perfectly, allowing for the upper part to be free of cabinets.

A white kitchen with corner cabinets and open shelving between two windows

Photographed by Lisa Wikstrand, styled by Helen Sturesson and Johanna Wikstrand Moresco for Kulladal

Corner cabinet ideas with tall storage modules

In this kitchen with dark wood kitchen cabinets, the area above the blind corner cabinet is used for a glass cabinet combined with the extension of the countertop.

Corner cabinet ideas with tall storage modules

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In this kitchen with blue cabinets, the area in the blind corner is used for an open cabinet for the Kitchen Aid and cookbooks. The lower part contains a drawer that can be opened on top of the countertop.

a corner kitchen cabinet with open shelving on top

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A corner kitchen cabinet underneath a niche cooking spot

The small countertop space in the corner of this kitchen is covered by the hood and upper cabinets, resulting in a cozy niche corner for cooking.

A corner kitchen cabinet underneath a niche cooking spot

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Floating shelves follow the corner design of the kitchen

A beautiful floating shelf set follows the corner kitchen cabinets and draws attention to the corner space, while also allowing a spot for displaying ceramics.

Floating shelves follow the corner design of the kitchen

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A compact corner kitchen with wood shelves

The corner solution of this compact kitchen allows access to all cabinets on the bottom, leaving the upper area free for a beautiful set of wood shelves with an integrated peg rail.

A compact corner kitchen with wood shelves

Photographed by Lisa Wikstrand, styled by Helen Sturesson for Kulladal

A minimal white kitchen with elegant corner kitchen cabinets

This minimal kitchen setup includes a beautiful corner cabinet which can be optimized by the use of a lazy susan. The elegant upper cabinetry is only used on one wall, resulting in a light kitchen style.

A minimal white kitchen with elegant corner kitchen cabinets

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Optimized counter space on top of the corner cabinets

In this dark green kitchen, the counters on the two corner cabinets are enhanced with shelves that almost don’t take away countertop space. The bottom cabinets pair up drawers with corner cabinets that could hold a lazy susan each to store lesser-used appliances.

Optimized counter space on top of the corner cabinets

Photographed by Erika Weiland/Apelöga, styled by Johanna Wikstrand Moresco for Kulladal

The illusion of a corner layout

By painting the walls in the same paint color as the tall cupboards, the illusion of a corner kitchen is created.

The illusion of a corner kitchen layout

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Open storage space in a blind corner cabinet

Rather than working with lazy susans or pull-out drawers, the blind corner cabinet in this kitchen is used for open shelving, which is an easy and effective solution to utilize as much space as possible for kitchen storage.

While you have to keep these open shelves clutter-free to maintain a minimal look, they also offer easy access to your pots and pans while cooking. The floating shelf on top of the tile backsplash is great for adding glasses.

Open storage space in a blind corner cabinet

Photographed by Adam Haglund, styled by Helen Sturesson for Kulladal

A corner kitchen cabinet with a window seat

The blue kitchen cabinets in this modern space are continued over into a window seat in a corner plan. even though you need to sacrifice storage space in one of the lower cabinets, the window seat has drawers as well to hide away clutter.

A corner kitchen cabinet with a window seat

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A modern kitchen that makes use of window sill space

When you need to install a kitchen around a window, it always comes with a few challenges. The corner of this kitchen also includes the window frame, allowing the countertop to take over the window sill and thus creating more floor space in the kitchen plan.

A modern kitchen that makes use of window sill space

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A shaker kitchen with great use of storage in the blind corner

This shaker kitchen cabinetry takes organization to the next level and includes ample storage opportunity from floor to ceiling. The kitchen storage in the corner is filled with two cabinets (one of them is a great candidate for a lazy susan) on the bottom and a narrow cupboard on top which includes two small drawers and cabinets.

A shaker kitchen with great use of storage in the blind corner

Photographed by Lisa Wikstrand, styled by Helen Sturesson for Kulladal

An outside corner cabinet to expand the kitchen into the living room

This galley kitchen is expanded into the living room by wrapping the open shelving and the countertop around the corner wall. This results in a small breakfast bar, combined with open shelving and it connects the kitchen with the other rooms of the interior.

An outside corner cabinet to expand the kitchen into the living room

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An empty upper area above the corner cabinets for a lighter look

In this minimal kitchen with push-to-open cabinets and a fresh white marble countertop, the upper cabinets are hung up above the stovetop but don’t continue all the way toward the corner.

Corner cabinets tend to make the kitchen look more crowded, so keeping the area above the corner cabinet free of upper cabinetry ensures a minimal and modern look.

An empty upper area above the corner cabinets for a lighter look

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A narrow pull-out drawer next to the kitchen sink

This beautiful shaker kitchen with sage green kitchen cabinets combines a corner cabinet with a lazy susan with a narrow pull-out drawer in the available space next to the kitchen sink to optimize otherwise wasted space.

Narrow pull-out drawers like this one are great for storing spices or cutting boards and they allow you to fill up gaps in your kitchen plan. In this example, it wouldn’t be aesthetically pleasing to place the farmhouse sink right next to the corner cabinet, so a narrow drawer offers a perfect yet functional gap filler in this case.

A narrow pull-out drawer next to the kitchen sink

Photographed by Lisa Wikstrand, styled by Helen Sturesson for Kulladal

Two separate kitchen modules meet each other in a corner

Even though this spacious kitchen with green kitchen cabinets looks like it was made with a kitchen corner cabinet at first glance, it’s actually two entirely different kitchen modules placed together.

The blind corner is filled by a fake wall, which is covered with black marble that is also used on the backsplash. While this is an effective solution to plan out your kitchen cabinets, you would need to replace the corner storage space with a wall.

Two separate kitchen modules meet each other in a corner

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A blind corner to expand countertop space in the kitchen

In this beautiful, minimal kitchen with white kitchen cabinets, an impressive marble countertop, and black hardware the corner layout seems to be purely aesthetic. Even though the kitchen corner isn’t optimized for storage, an additional countertop area is created, which is pretty useful as well.

A blind corner to expand countertop space in the kitchen

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A wider corner set up to allow for extra counter space

The corner area next to the window is expanded slightly before going over into tall cupboards that reach the doorway. This allows for more counterspace and it opens up the space next to the window visually. The open shelves that connect the wall with the tall cupboards are ideal for displaying pretty kitchen ceramics.

  • A wider corner set up to allow for extra counter space
  • A wider corner set up to allow for extra counter space
  • A wider corner set up to allow for extra counter space

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Open corner storage next to three glass cabinets with drawers

This impressive kitchen includes three tall glass cupboards with drawers at the bottom that go over into lower cabinets by the window. The countertop continues into the open shelving above the corner storage, which allows for easy access to most used ceramics and glasses.

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Closed cabinets rest on top of lower kitchen corner cabinets

In this kitchen with grey kitchen cabinets the tall cupboards at the back wall are all used for closed storage, including the ones that sit on top of the blind corner on each side of this galley kitchen.

Most kitchen cabinet ideas on the list will keep the area on top of the kitchen corner open, yet in this example, cabinet doors are applied to the corner as well. Keep in mind that you would either have to keep the counter space clear so you are able to open those cabinets, or store unused or barely used kitchen items in those cabinets.

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An open corner cabinet as part of a wall of tall cupboards

This kitchen with pink kitchen cabinets has an impressive wall of tall cupboards from which the lower cabinets containing the sink seem to be extruded.

Since the kitchen island provides the kitchen with ample countertop space, the entire wall can be used for storage and the bottom half of the blind corner can be closed off. The upper area contains closed shelving which would be perfect for placing a coffee corner for example.

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A corner kitchen cabinet with a lazy susan

This beautiful corner shaker kitchen with upper cabinets and corner cabinets on the bottom makes use of drawers on the one side and a cabinet door with a lazy susan behind it on the other side. Lazy susans are great to maximize storage space in a corner cabinet as they allow you to get access to the blind corner and use it for storage.

A corner kitchen cabinet with a lazy susan
A corner kitchen cabinet with a lazy susan

Photographed by Lisa Wikstrand, styled by Helen Sturesson for Kulladal

A kitchen corner cabinet with a roller door

Rather than providing the corner cupboard with cabinet doors like the other ones, a roller door was applied to the top part of the corner cabinet. The stone countertop continues inside the cabinet turning it into an extension of the kitchen when it’s open and a closed corner storage when the roller is down.

The top area of the cupboard makes a perfect wine cabinet and the blind corner underneath is not used for storage.

  • A kitchen corner cabinet with a roller door
  • A kitchen corner cabinet with a roller door
  • A kitchen corner cabinet with a roller door

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Open shelving fills a corner space next to the kitchen window

This kitchen combines lower sink cabinets in front of the large window, with tall cupboards on both sides. By adding open shelves to the corner space, the layout of the kitchen stays light and you create easy access to plates and glasses in this spot.

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Upper cabinets on each wall leaving the corner section open

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