How to Build a Corner Cabinet

Corner Cabinet
Corner Cabinet

Learning how to build a corner cabinet can be easier than it looks. Triangular furniture or cabinetry shapes can appear challenging, but are really as straightforward as a square or rectangle pieces.

How to Build a Corner Cabinet - The Basics

There are some great advantages to utilizing corners. Corner locations in many rooms are wasted space. If you're looking to reclaim some square footage in your home for storage, adding corner cabinets can be a good solution. They use fewer materials than some other similar woodworking projects, and they can be completed as built-ins that will help give your room a finished look and possibly increase the value of your home.

Corner Cabinet Design Strategies

There are a few things to keep in mind before you decide on a corner cabinet design:

  • Even though a corner location will help create space, the appearance can be deceptive. Once you start trying to utilize corner storage, you'll realize that tapering shelves aren't always suitable for the items you want them to hold. If you plan on using a corner cabinet to store specific objects, make sure that the shelves will be wide enough toward the back to do so.
  • Another problem may be that the location you feel is wasted space may actually be important for the flow of foot traffic or to maximize light coming from a door or window. That corner might also be in the way of a swinging door, which could spell problems for the door and the new cabinet too.
  • If you want your corner project to look like a built-in, be sure to use existing elements in the room to pull it together. Match existing trims and wood finishes if you can. Scale is important too. If you have a mammoth fireplace and install a small corner cabinet designed to hold your landline and a phone book, the disproportionate size may look peculiar in the room.

Basic Tools and Supplies You'll Need

The following list of tools and supplies isn't exhaustive, but it will get you started. You'll probably refer to a set of plans when you're ready to begin your project. It will likely include a more specific material list with quantities for the size cabinet you choose:

  • Table saw
  • Handsaw
  • Electric drill
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Bar Clamps
  • Wood
  • Molding
  • Stud finder
  • Safety goggles
  • Woodscrews
  • Wood glue
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper (varying grits)
  • Stain
  • Sealer

Because you want a nice, tight fit in the corners, be sure to double check all of your measurements before you begin cutting triangular pieces and angle cuts, and check your accuracy often.

Using Proper Safety Precautions

If you're not an experienced woodworker, make sure to exercise good safety practices when using rotating tools, like drills and saws. Wear clothes that are close-fitting so sleeves and shirttails won't be dangling where they can be taken up by spinning blades or shafts. Avoid dangling jewelry too, and keep hair up and out of the way. Always wear protective eye gear and ear plugs when working with electric saws, and never work alone.

Corner Cabinet Plans

There are lots of free corner cabinet plans on the Internet to choose from, and many others that are offered for a very reasonable fee. The following websites will give you a good sampling. From gingerbread styles that have old world appeal to sleek, modern units that will work well in any contemporary room, you will find something that will inspire your imagination and give you new ideas for how to build a corner cabinet that will work well in your room.

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How to Build a Corner Cabinet