10 Corner Cabinets That Create Extra Storage in Unused Spaces

published Aug 18, 2023
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When you’re dealing with tight quarters, you’ll do anything to increase your storage space, whether that means installing wall shelves, lining your closet rod with hangers that hold more than one garment each, or only buying furniture pieces that have hidden room underneath their surfaces. We’re sure that by now, you’re likely maxed out on makeshift storage spots — well, except when it comes to your rooms’ corners. Tight and awkwardly angular, these overlooked areas aren’t typically suitable for sideboards, dressers, seating, and other practical furnishings. You could certainly place such pieces there, but the outcome would probably look weird and prove dysfunctional. In order to truly make use of corners, you need furniture that’s specially designed to go there.

We’re big fans of corner shelves, ourselves. They’re great for displaying decor and reducing clutter. But maybe you want something with closed doors for dishware so your plates don’t get dusty, or perhaps a piece for the bathroom that’ll conceal extra toilet paper rolls and personal items. Whatever the case might be, we have the perfect solution: corner cabinets. Although most of them sport a triangular design, these cabinets come in a variety of styles and are sure to significantly increase your storage space without cutting into your home’s existing layout. To see some of our favorite examples, just keep reading!

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Home Depot

This stylish wooden cabinet is versatile enough in both size and design to go just about anywhere. Place it in the bedroom to hold books or essentials that don’t fit in your nightstand, or perhaps in the living room for vinyl records. What’s more, the cabinet is available in either a dark walnut or light birch finish, both of which look chic yet remain neutral enough to style with a variety of different furnishings. Inside, you get two tall shelves that can store plenty of items.

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We particularly love this tall cabinet for the kitchen or dining area. Its top half consists of open shelving that would be great for holding coffee cups, snack foods, pretty china that you want to display, and similar items. On the bottom, the cabinet sports three more shelves of the same size, only these are hidden behind two cupboard-style doors. With its white finish and paneled detailing on the doors, the cabinet also gives off a farmhouse vibe, which is great for those after that cottagecore aesthetic.

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was $265.99

Easily one of the trendier corner cabinets we came across, this accent piece stuns with its paneled doors, dark teal color (though it’s also available in white), and golden knobs. It’s a bit large compared to some of the other cabinets we saw, but that only means you’ll be able to fit more things inside. Specifically, you get two shelves up top with glass doors, as well as an additional three shelves on the lower half, which lie behind the wooden doors.

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Clearly, the star feature of this 4-foot-tall cabinet is the fluted glass that adorns its long doors. Whether you shop it in brown or green, the cabinet will instantly elevate your sitting or breakfast area. We could even see it functioning as a makeshift bar! Made of sturdy bamboo, the cabinet is also ultra-sturdy and available in three-, four-, and five-tier configurations.

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was $369.99

Other cabinets in this list could certainly double as bar storage, but this specific one was especially designed to hold all of your mixology gear, and then some. That’s clearly evident based on the built-in wine glass-hanging space up top, not to mention the wine racks that are revealed once you open the cabinet’s doors. Side mirrors on the upper half add a glamorous touch, while the bar cabinet's concrete-colored finish and half-moon door handles imbue it with a somewhat futuristic and austere vibe.

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was $169.99

Currently on sale for under $90, this shuttered cabinet would make a wonderful addition to any bathroom, especially in this pleasant blue-gray hue. You can keep skincare and cosmetics on its surface, maybe even place them on a decorative tray to spice things up, and then store towels, toilet paper rolls, and cleaning products on its two interior shelves. You’ll also find the cabinet easy to assemble and satisfyingly sturdy.

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Raymour & Flanigan
was $1049.95

Of course, one of the most common styles of corner cabinets is the curio cabinet, which is the optimal way to display fragile mementos. This rich cherry piece will protect your valuables from pets, children, or otherwise wayward walkers with its glass enclosure. The mirrored back and built-in lights allow your decor to shine, both literally and figuratively. Glass curio cabinets can also be quite pricey, and this is one of the more affordable models we found.

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Another solid bathroom addition, this three-tiered shelf is similar in design to the IOTXY cabinet, though it’s much more compact. As a result, you can place it in even the tiniest of bedrooms or bathrooms, and it’ll help make them feel less cluttered. Behind the fluted glass doors, two of the shelves are adjustable, giving you endless possibilities in terms of what you can place inside. A sturdy raised base also ensures that the cabinet never wobbles.

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Ballard Designs

The Benson corner cabinet is enough on its own to disprove the idea that storage pieces can’t be stylish. We were instantly drawn to its shiny brass frame, which stands out even more against the white hardwood. Butterfly pulls open the two doors to reveal two shelves, which are separated by an adjustable divider. Whether you keep the Benson cabinet in the dining room or use it to store linens in the bathroom, it’s bound to garner tons of compliments.

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was $89.99

Rattan furniture has been popular for a minute, and we personally love the look here at AT. You, too, can hop on the trend with this four-tier cabinet, which stands out thanks to its textured rattan doors. It comes in a light yellowish-beige color for just $80 and is ideal for the tightest of tight corners, like the one next to the end of your kitchen counter. And although the cabinet sports long, skinny metal legs, it’s entirely freestanding, so you don’t need to adhere it to the wall.