Within kitchen cabinets, there are various types of cabinet styles, names and sizes. Depending on where you are located in the world, these names differ from region to region and person to person.
Nonetheless, most kitchens will feature a run of upper or wall cabinets, a run of lower or base cabinets and tall cabinets.
Wall cabinets feature shallower depths and are hung up on the wall. They are also common in laundry rooms, garages and some bathrooms.
Base cabinets, including the blind corner cabinet, are the backbone of the kitchen. They are deep, wide and hold the weight of heavy countertops. They are often used for kitchen islands, bathroom vanities and throughout the home and garage areas.
What is a Blind Corner Cabinet?
Blind corner cabinets are typically positioned in the corner of a kitchen between two rows of meeting base cabinets. One of the base cabinets within the row would be “hidden” by the other row of cabinets.
What makes it a blind corner is that the hidden portion of the cabinet is now difficult to see and is dead space. This valuable space is now difficult to utilize.
- A Blind Corner is where two rows of base cabinets meet
- Kitchen can have a blind right or blind left cabinet type
- Blind corners create unused dead space in the back of cabinet
- Not the same as a “Corner Cabinet” (used for lazy susan swivels)
How to Determine If You Have a Blind Left or a Blind Right Cabinet
(For context, the image shown is a “Blind Right” cabinet.)
One easy way to determine a blind left or a blind right is to picture standing over or in front of the row of cabinets.
When standing over the cabinet looking down, do you have the un-used area to your left? If yes, you have a blind left. If the unused area is to your right, you have a blind right.
One other method is to determine which way a storage organizer would rotate out. If the slide out organizer would rotate out towards the right, you have a blind left cabinet. If the slide out organizer would rotate out towards the left, you have a blind right.
What are the Dimensions of a Blind Corner Cabinet?
Depending on the manufacturer, your specific cabinet dimensions may vary in size. However, most blind corner cabinets will have similar sizes. These cabinets may be Face Frame with different overlays, Frameless or Inset styles. Often times you may have a full height cabinet or a cabinet with a pull out drawer above it.
Standard dimensions are 36 inches in width, 34.5 inches in height and 24 inches deep.
- Cabinet dimensions are typically 36″ x 34.5″ x 24″
- Cabinet opening widths are usually 12″, 15″, 18″ or even 21″
Blind Corner Installations
There are some small tips to know when working with blind corners or are thinking about installing a storage organizer in one of these types of cabinets.
- Using a stile between the blind base cabinet and the cabinet to the side:
There is a small space in-between the blind corner cabinet and the adjacent cabinet. You’ll have to use a filler piece in this space.
- Pulling the blind corner cabinet away from the wall:
Typically a minimum pull is 3” and a maximum is 5”-8”. This depends on the cabinet manufacturer and install.
- Avoiding knobs, pulls, and protruding appliances:
When installing a slide out organizer like a half moon tray or a basket pull out, you want to adjust any available pivot point as to avoid cabinet door hardware, oven or refrigerator that extends out.
Pull Out Storage for Blind Corner Cabinet
Now, what’s the best way to utilize the blind corner section that’s so hard to reach? Well, there are a number of options to consider when designing a kitchen or working on your next DIY project.
First and foremost you need to select the right size of pull out and the correct left or right version of it. Many brands offer products that work for cabinet openings of 15″, 18″ or 21″.
- Various shapes of baskets (Square, Half-Moon, Bean)
- Beware of obtrusive dishwashers, refrigerators or cabinet knobs
- Options come in Single-Tier and Two-Tier
- Options for cabinets with drawer above or full height cabinets
- Options for cabinet door mounting are common