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Kitchen Secret #13
When is a kitchen ‘corner base unit’ not a ‘corner base unit’?
This is especially relevant if your kitchen isn’t the biggest one in the world. If this is the case, the reason that you, the customer has invited the ‘professional’ kitchen renovation desiger into your home is to maximise the the space you have.
Little do you know, the designer actually wants to minimise it.
So what exactly does your kitchen designer want to hide from you?
A corner base unit becomes ineffective when you have to remove items you don’t want in order to gain access to items you do want. It becomes daft when you find yourself with all the contents of a cupboard on the floor.
There are many different ways in which a designer might try and overcome the obstacle of ‘turning round a corner’ without increasing the overall final cost of the kitchen too much. Figure 4 shows two 400mm (16 inch) doors on a 1000mm (40 inch) carcass. This means that only 200mm (8 inches) of the possible corner space is utilised. The rest of the corner area is ‘boarded up’ and unable to be accessed. Figure 5 shows a corner design at a similar cost. This particular way of doing things gives access to 200mm (8 inches) more space within the corner, but introduces a towel and tray storage area to allow for the fact that the kitchen company will not make a unit carcass more than 1000mm wide. (40 inches)
Even with standard sized units there shouldn’t be an excuse for the designer not to fully use every bit of space in your kitchen. Figures 6 and 7 are the options to choose if you want this to be the case. Figure 6 shows a 1000mm (40 inch) corner base unit with a 400mm (16 inch) door.
This kitchen renovation would look very symmetrical, as every door used in it is 400mm (16 inches) wide. The only negative here would be the access available to the corner. The two options would be to either store items that you don’t use that often in the corner or introduce a semi-circular carousel than would spin out upon opening the door.
A designer might try and put you off having a carousel inside your corner cupboard by saying it won’t let you use all the space – but the real reason is that it adds to the cost and you’ll be less likely to decide ‘on the night’.
Figure 7 shows the most practical method of designing a corner cupboard.
This offers a 900 x 900mm (36×36 inch) corner base with two 300mm (12 inch) doors hinged together at the centre to offer a ‘piano hinge’ style opening. Storage can either encompass shelving immediately accessible after opening the door or a ¾ circular carousel can be installed. Again, if your budget isn’t sufficient then a designer won’t offer you this option. Corner solutions are an integral part of an efficient kitchen renovation. It is important that you choose the right option for your lifestyle and Kitchen Secrets recommends if necessary slightly increasing your budget.