Create Easy Access to the Kitchen Corner Cabinets

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I had an awkward corner unit {2 cabinets} which was difficult to reach into the back and some space were not utilized. A quick fix and it cost us zero $$$
The finished {single} cabinet. We fixed the two doors together to form one L-shaped door.
The finished {single} cabinet. We fixed the two doors together to form one L-shaped door.
The arrow points to previous "dead" space and the X's mark the sides we removed.
The arrow points to previous "dead" space and the X's mark the sides we removed.
After removal of the sides - we added some filler pieces of Melamine and shifted the cabinet, on the right, against the cabinet on the left.
After removal of the sides - we added some filler pieces of Melamine and shifted the cabinet, on the right, against the cabinet on the left.
Self explanatory pic, I think ;-)
Self explanatory pic, I think ;-)
Only one handle to open the bigger single cabinet now. {the handle on the left is purely for visual effect}
Only one handle to open the bigger single cabinet now. {the handle on the left is purely for visual effect}
With added under-shelf baskets I gained even more space and as you can see, it is being utilized 100%
With added under-shelf baskets I gained even more space and as you can see, it is being utilized 100%

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Linda@With A Blast

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  • Ana1964997
    on Jan 23, 2016

    I worry that the weight of the two attached doors will put too much weight on the hinges and the doors will start sagging and finally not close correctly. I noticed this in some friends corner doors like this. Any idea how to avoid this?

    • Linda@With A Blast
      on Jan 24, 2016

      @Anamontecito we have had no problems with the doors since we changed them in 2013. In my original post there is a photo where you can see we removed the original hinges and used 3 L-brackets instead, which makes it very sturdy and keeps the weight balanced of the door hinged to the cabinet - see the full post here : http://www.withablast.net/2013/10/open-up-kitchen-corner-cabinet.html (hope this helps :-) )

    • MK McDonald
      on Jul 30, 2016

      I have two double doors like that in my kitchen. Been in my home since 2002. Never an issue with the doors but hate the clutter built up way at the back of these cupboards! Thanks for the tips Linda!

    • B. Enne
      on May 19, 2017

      Anamontecito, I have had my doors like that for over 20 years, installed by pros. They used European hinges in the middle. They are strong and don't twist like a piano hinge.
    • Sheryl Gilliland
      on Jul 31, 2017

      One more nice storage is on the door itself! The front door ( not the one that has the dummy handle, can be fitted with drawers. This makes use of the front unused space of the cupboard and allows more drawer space. My husband did this for me and it was a dream set up.

  • Sabrina
    on Feb 19, 2018

    After the removal board that separated the the area inside. How did you support the shelves. It's stated filler Melanie was used.
    • Linda@With A Blast
      on Feb 19, 2018

      Sabrina, we used 4 small pieces of flatbar (3mm thick) secured with wood screws, under the Melamine piece to keep the Melamine in place

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  • Joann Crane
    on Aug 7, 2017

    What a wonderful idea. I wish I had known about this before I put in my new kitchen. I put a lazy susan in my corner and there is a lot of wasted space but I do enjoy not having to get on my knees to look for a pan. It is a wonderful idea thanks for sharing.
  • Debbie
    on Mar 16, 2019

    I had the same situation. I bought shelves and was able to stack the pans and lighten the load a bit. have fun...


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