Cabinets for corners in the kitchen are typically diagonal, square (pie-cut), or blind. Is one better than another? That depends on several factors including the amount of space available, the functionality you prefer, and the overall look you are trying to achieve.

Dura Supreme cabinetry designed by Gwen Adair of Cabinet Supreme by Adair LLC | Photo by Ryan Hainey

Diagonal Corner Wall Cabinet VS. Square Corner Wall Cabinet

A diagonal corner wall or standard square cabinet requires 24” of space out of each corner, although this dimension can vary. But what’s the difference between the two?

Kitchen Design 101: What is a Diagonal Corner Wall Cabinet?
Kitchen Design 101: What is a Square Corner Wall Cabinet?

The Diagonal Corner Wall Cabinet

The advantage of a diagonal corner is there is more available storage space than the square corner option. Lazy Susan’s can be added to this wall cabinet to provide easier access.  The downside to the diagonal corner cabinet is without Lazy Susan Turn Tables items can get “lost” and become hard to reach in the depth of the cabinet. The angle of the door also protrudes into the kitchen space which may or may not be a factor to consider depending on the look you’d like to achieve.

A diagonal corner wall cabinet by Dura Supreme Cabinetry

A diagonal corner wall cabinet with Lazy Susan Turn Tables

If you’re looking for a smooth-looking, diagonal corner wall cabinet, Dura Supreme also offers a Curved Corner Wall cabinet with a cabinet door that is curved inward to the cabinets. This option is not available with a Lazy Susan storage accessory but creates a truly unique look in a kitchen.

Photo by Glendalough Woodcraft

The Square Corner Wall Cabinet

The standard square corner wall cabinet also requires 24” out of each corner and typically has two doors that are hinged together and open as one. Square corner wall cabinets create an almost L-shaped interior allowing for easier visibility than found in the diagonal corner. Lazy Susan Turn Tables are not an option for this kind of wall cabinet.

A Dura Supreme square corner wall cabinet with a hinge left designed by Michelle A. Lecinski of Advance Design Studio, ltd in Gilberts, IL.

A Dura Supreme square corner wall cabinet with a hinge right designed by Bath Plus Kitchen in Alexandria, VA.

Omitting the cabinet door completely and adding open shelving creates space to display (and easily access) dishware.

Dura Supreme cabinetry designed by Christine Granfield of Sea Square Design

What is a Blind Corner Wall Cabinet?

The blind corner wall cabinet comes out of the corner on one wall and can be up to 48” wide.  A portion of the cabinet is concealed when the adjacent wall cabinets are installed. Blind corner wall cabinets can offer a large amount of storage; the downside is accessing the items that are stored in the “blind” area. Because of the varying widths available a blind corner wall offers more design flexibility than the other corner options.

Kitchen Design 101: What is a Blind Corner Wall Cabinet? How to Select your kitchen cabinets.

A blind corner cabinet can look very similar to a square corner wall cabinet.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry was designed by Karr Bick Kitchen and Bath and photographed by Lisa Mitchell.

The filler of this blind corner wall cabinet was used as a wine rack!

Dura Supreme cabinetry designed by Gwen Adair of Cabinet Supreme by Adair LLC | Photo by Ryan Hainey

If storage space is ample, consider closing off the blind area and adding open shelving on either side to display cookbooks or dishware.

Dura Supreme cabinetry designed by Christ Chidester of the Cabinet Center | Photo by Patrik Argast

Mandi Juskiewicz is the Sr. Design & Marketing Specialist for Dura Supreme Cabinetry with 15+ years of experience in graphic design, web design, multi-media communications, photography, online trends, and social media technology along with 10 years of experience with Dura Supreme Cabinetry.  Her accolades include the distinction of being named “Kitchen Cabinetry Marketing Specialist of the Year 2019″ in the 2019 Content Creator Awards held by Corporate Vision Magazine (CV Magazine) and achiever of the Houzz Influencer Award. Her role at Dura Supreme allows her to curate the “best of the best” designs, cutting-edge products, and fabulously functional Dura Supreme kitchens across the country and feature them here for inspiration and design ideas!

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