This is one of those ideas where you wonder, “Why didn’t I think of this before?” I’m still struggling with my kitchen design. Working with a designer did not work out for me. I don’t want a row of cabinets slapped up on a wall. I want a thoughtful, workable design and I cannot afford the type of designer who could design my kitchen. So like most things I cannot afford outright, I’ll figure out a way to do it myself. This kitchen has been difficult to design because I am starting with nothing. I’ve never lived in this house so I have no basis of what works and what doesn’t, but I know with patience and consistent hard work, I can figure it out. I’ve spent more hours than I care to admit on houzz.com, but it is helping.
I know I want the front of the refrigerator to be flush with the surrounding cabinets. The average refrigerator is 10″ deeper than base cabinets. Counter depth refrigerators are crazy expensive. I don’t have a lot of wall space on the north wall and I want to put the refrigerator there so it does not overwhelm the kitchen. You will have to walk into the kitchen and then turn around to see the refrigerator. I can move the corner cabinet forward so it will be flush with the front of the refrigerator but I would need to add the expensive spinner thingy so I can reach everything inside. Even at Ikea prices that would amount to over $300 for just the base cabinet and I would end up with an awkward tiny counter and wall cabinets that are unusable because they are hard to reach.
I’ve been stumped on the kitchen design for months. I decided to give up and look at ideas for the under the stairs pantry/closet instead. Why do I always find the answer just when I am about to give up? A corner pantry! I (or my guys) can probably build this for less than the $300 I would have spent on just the base cabinet and I’ll have usable storage from floor to ceiling. I’ll have a place to put brooms and mops as well as other kitchen items. Once I noticed the first corner pantry, I saw it everywhere.
Imagine this photo flipped with the refrigerator on the right.
The corner pantry can be worked into any kitchen style. I can use cupboard doors or even a standard door, which will probably be much cheaper and will give me a place to put a pop of color. The photos above are from Houzz.com. Fair warning – this site is addictive. I’ve spent hours, but I’ve enjoyed every minute. I have many ideabooks jammed packed with ideas.
I’ll need at least 48″ along each wall to allow enough room for a door large enough to enter, at least 24.” I can size it to perfectly align the kitchen sink under the window. I’ll put the pull out trash can between the pantry and the sink. The dishwasher will be on the other side of the sink making for simple after meal cleanup.
I’m really excited about this idea. It is now 3am and I need to get to sleep.