By ggfp. Kitchen. At Sunday, March 04th 2018, 05:52:13 AM.
Other clients think the \"traffic corridor\" kitchen concept \"clogs\" up the kitchen with unnecessary and unwanted people. Count me in the \"keep-the-unnecessary-people-out-of-the-kitchen\" category. I like to keep the kitchen open and inviting, I just don't want the extra bodies while the meal is being prepared. By keeping the extra bodies out, the kitchen can be smaller and more efficient, meaning fewer steps between the refrigerator, cooktop and sink.
Put a pantry in the corner between your tall cabinets. It doesn't have to be very big (4' x 4') and being in the corner will utilize all the corner \"dead\" space. The pantry would have a 2' opening at 45 degrees to the adjoining cabinets. The pantry walls could be 2x4 framed with drywall or 3/4\" MDF, but the wall shouldn't be taller than the height of the tall cabinets. This allows for crown molding (if you use it) to also be used on the pantry. Have the pantry open at the top, especially if there is a skylight above, to allow daylight into the pantry. Have shelves from the floor to top of wall. Put a \"cabinet door\" (same as the rest of your tall cabinets) on the pantry entrance, not a frame door like you'd use in the bedroom. By having a cabinet door the pantry, and the pantry walls at the same height as the cabinets, the pantry looks like a cabinet rather than a drywall opening.
In the corners of the kitchen, install cabinets at 45 degrees to the adjoining cabinets rather than a \"blind\" cabinet or \"lazy susan\". While a 45 degree cabinet has some dead space, it utilizes more space than a \"lazy susan\", mainly because the cabinet shelves and drawers are square, and a \"lazy susan\" is round.