How can a Corner Cabinet Benefit a Small Room?

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  • Last Modified Date: 08 November 2019
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Corner cabinets were once a common built-in feature in many dining rooms and dens. Over the years, this type of display and storage cabinet fell out of favor. However, a corner cabinet may be just what you need in order to make the most of a small room.

A traditional corner cabinet normally includes an upper portion that is either open or enclosed with glass doors. The bottom portion is often enclosed with solid doors. When used in a dining room or breakfast area, the upper portion makes it possible to display dishes, crockery, or any other items desired. Necessary items that need to be within easy reach but are not particularly visually pleasing were placed in the enclosed lower section.

For a small room, this type of corner cabinet offers the potential to make the best use of floor space while still providing visual interest to the space. In a bedroom, the use of this type of cabinet makes it possible to display books and plants, or serve as the ideal location for small equipment such as a CD player or television. Below the open display area, the storage space can be used for CDs, DVDs, books or any other items that would normally add to the clutter. The ability to make use of vertical space for decoration and storage purposes will help keep small spaces tidy, which in turn will make the room feel larger.


A corner cabinet can provide a similar function in small living rooms. The cabinet can be positioned in a corner to provide storage and display space for items that do not have to be moved often. By filling out the corner with a comfortable chair and simple floor lamp with a plant at the base of the lamp, the corner will look put-together and inviting. At the same time, the corner is space-efficient, making it possible to keep books within easy reach for reading without having to store them on tabletops or other horizontal storage furniture.

Successfully decorating a small space involves the ability to pull the eye upward rather than focusing on the limited amount of floor space. Doing so will help the room appear cozy and inviting rather than small and cramped. By using a corner cabinet in one area of the space, it is possible to augment other elements that draw the eye upward, such as mirrors or cornice boards on the windows. Depending on the general d├ęcor of the room, the device may be a utility cabinet with very simple lines, or something that is more elaborate in design.


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