Kitchen Design Technical Tips

Corner solutions

Here are some technical hints and tips which might be useful when you design your kitchen. They are practical considerations which might affect the way you design your kitchen layout.

Introduction

If possible, it is best to try and design with straight runs of units and avoid designing into a corner. This is often simpler to fit and give you better access to your cupboards and drawers. You also don't have to make joints in your work surface which will save you time and money. However, you need quite a big kitchen space to do this and its often not practical so here are some ideas and practical consideration which might help.

In all corner units access to items stored at the back of the shelves is often quite difficult and may be helped by installing a carousel or "magic" corner solution which swing out to allow better access to the contents. However, these additions may be quite expensive - try searching for "carousel corner unit" or "magic corner unit" in your search engine.

Basic corner solution

Normally you would add a straight corner, diagonal or  L shaped corner unit as in these examples.

Straight Corner
Diagonal Corner
L Shaped Corner
Straight Corner
Diagonal Corner
L Shaped Corner


The Straight Corner is probably the cheapest, easiest to handle and  gives the most flexibility when fitting:


Straight corner units come with different sized carcases and door. They can be fitted away from the wall at the right hand side, as shown in this picture, in order to line up with the adjacent run of units. This give considerable flexibility to make sure everything aligns correctly, particularly when dealing with wall which are not straight and corners which are not at right angles. The corner unit has a standard sized carcase and comes with a range of door sizes - giving a wide choice to meet all solutions.

The other corner units are generally fixed size or limited in the sizes available and can be a little more less flexible to fit.

The corner post next to the door is adjustable to close the gap with neighbouring runs of units.
Straight Corner Wall Gap



On some units the corner posts are made in two pieces which makes them adjustable. The filler piece which meets the adjacent run can be trimmed if necessary and moved backwards or forwards to adjust the "Showing" to give a perfect finish.
Straight Corner Showing

More advanced solutions

You can make a more imaginative feature out of a corner solution with one of these ideas:

Corner Sink Solution

Corner sink
Corner sink detail
Example of fitting a sink on top of a corner. Note the shelf at the back of the sink which is made with a piece of work surface faced with a piece of plinth.
This shows how the worktop should be fitted. The joints are at 90 degrees so that they will not affect the sink fixings and will leave adequate material in the corner worktop to support the sink.

Corner Cooking Solution

Corner Cooking
              Solution
Corner Cooking Detail
Corner solution with double oven, hob and hood.  Angled Back Panel is needed for the extractor and a stainless steel back panel can be fitted.  Various materials can be used but it does not have to be a stud and plaster wall.
The joints will not affect the hob fixing so they can be mitred at 22.5 degrees


A Housing used as a Corner Solution

Oven housing




In this solution a tall oven housing is used in the corner and two tall end panels, one either side, are used either side to finish the corner

Detail of how the corner solution is achieved

All these solutions are achieved by placing a unit into the corner at an angle. This leaves a void in the corner around the unit which can be hidden with fillers and worktop.

Corner base detail
Corner base detail worktop
This shows how a 600mm base unit is used in a corner solution. The unit is placed at 45 degrees and the gaps with the runs on either side is closed with fillers. The unit occupied a square of 1050mmx1050mm with a void space shown in red
This show the solution with a work surface in place. The triangle at the back is filled with an off-cut - say from a a sink cut-out.