One thing that most kitchens have in common is corners, and corners mean a lot of dead space in terms of storage. But fear not – somewhere out there is a corner solution perfect for you that will eat up that empty space. There are three main variations of corner hardware that we work with: the Lazy Susan, the Lemans corner, and the magic corner. Do you have lots of pots and pans that you need easy access to? Do you need more storage space than your cabinets and drawers allow for? Are you tired of sending your kids into the back of the cabinets to grab stuff for you? Did I do this whole blog just so I could make jokes like “AND IN THIS CORNER WE HAVE…..” ??? Perhaps. Here’s the low down on the three main types of corner solutions we deal with and which one is right for you:
The lazy susan is a lot more useful than its name might suggest. A typical lazy susan features round shelves that turn around a central pole; you can turn it for full, uninhibited and it will sustain the weight of any light cookware and/or non-perishable food items you may have. The lazy susan is also used on tables and countertops, but the corner is where it truly flourishes – it takes up dead space with each spin and eliminates the need to drag items from the back of your bottom shelf to the front. While not the most economical or innovative user of corner space (as you will soon see) people have relied on the lazy susan for years as their corner solution. It is also available in different, more evolved variations, as you can see here in this dramatic origin story of the aptly titled “Not So Lazy Susan.”
Pros: simple design, easy to operate, easier to dismantle and adjust than other corner solutions, great for non-perishable food storage
Cons: Cleaning the cabinet interior is difficult, fallen items are hard to retrieve, not always suitable for irregular corners, items might fall over as you spin the shelves, not suited for heavy items
The Lemans corner is the next step up on the Hierarchy of Effective Corner Solutions. One of the advantages of the Lemans over the typical lazy susan is that the Lemans actually exits the cabinet when in use to either the left or the right, increasing the accessibility of your items and eliminating the need for extended periods of bending over or crouching. The shelves of the Lemans are typically kidney-shaped to maximize use of the uniquely-shaped corner space; the top and bottom shelf can extend separately and are designed to hold a large amount (if not all) of your kitchen cookware and appliances. Here’s a video of the Lemans in action which shows how it operates and, if nothing else, has really catchy music.
Pros: can extend out of the cabinet, rated to hold more weight than a lazy susan, easy-to-clean shelves, increased accessibility, soft close door option available, non-slip shelves available
Cons: more expensive, needs specific opening dimensions, “kidney bean” shape can limit storage, low side railings
The magic corner is a top-tier corner solution. It utilizes interior space while also being accessible outside of the cabinet. In this version the front baskets are attached the door, which opens the same as a standard cabinet; as the door opens the interior baskets slide into view and slide back into the recesses of the cabinet when the door is closed. The baskets are non-slip and have higher railings than the Lemans, reducing the chances of your stuff falling out. The cabinet is standard depth which makes even the further recesses easy to access. See below for a masterfully artistic cross-section of the magic corner in our Lake Cowichan showroom and how it can integrate into the rest of your lowers:
And here’s a video of the magic corner performing its magic.
Pros: designed to hold large items, combines good depth of storage with outer-cabinet accessibility, simple operation
Cons: can cause stress to cabinet door, difficult to reach fallen items, specific opening size and interior dimensions needed, priciest option of the three
Overall, it’s up to you to decide what corner solution fits your kitchen design, storage needs, and budget. See you next time!