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Tall kitchen corner units - any opinions?

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ftm123 Thu 18-Feb-16 13:34:47


One of the designs we have for our kitchen uses a tall corner unit, like this

Does anyone have any opinions on this type of unit? Having one suits our preferred layout, but a kitchen suppliers that does not produce them has told us they are a really bad idea.

Many thanks

wowfudge Thu 18-Feb-16 14:02:11

Why do they say they are a bad idea? Sounds like they want your business but can't give you what you want.

ftm123 Thu 18-Feb-16 14:14:35

Wowfudge - that is exactly my suspicion. They said it is hard to access the space through a small opening. It really doesn't look that bad to me, like all corner units not the easiest to access. I thought if it allows a better overall kitchen layout it looked good enough. However, I noticed not many kitchen suppliers do them, so I wondered if there was a reason.

Yddraigoldragon Thu 18-Feb-16 14:37:51

Wickes do something similar so might be worth a visit to see what you think? I want one, it looks amazing!

JennyBunn Thu 18-Feb-16 14:41:09

Yddraigoldragon Wickes are going to install our new kitchen and I was MOST put out that that corner unit wouldn't be feasible in our kitchen. It was fab! You really wouldn't need many other units with the amount of stuff it would hold.

Yddraigoldragon Thu 18-Feb-16 14:47:55

I loved the floor space enclosed by the doors as well, could see many uses for that! Not much chance of a new kitchen just now but I go visit that cupboard occasionally just to have a little catchup grin

BackforGood Thu 18-Feb-16 14:50:32

I don't have those like you've linked to, but I can see what the people who don't sell them are saying...... what are you thinking of storing in there?

There are lots of better solutions to making the most of the space in the corner, but still being able to access them.
We have similar idea to these for example.

ftm123 Thu 18-Feb-16 15:46:26

The drive for having one of these is that it lets us put all our tall units in the back corner of the room, preserving day light which is at a premium. I would probably store bulky items, appliances and oversized pots. Although if it were practical would happily use it for food storage. Thanks for the Wickes tip Yddraigoldragon I will check it out.

I haven't seen anything like what you linked to BackForGood in tall size.

PigletJohn Thu 18-Feb-16 16:19:21

Wickes do one where it has double doors on the diagonal, and you can actually step inside. With shelves, it is like a little pantry. Wish we had room for one. I think it may be bigger than the one in your pic.

PigletJohn Thu 18-Feb-16 16:29:15

I think it might be this one. Note the double full-height doors are on the diagonal so it takes up more room than an "L" shaped corner unit. Someone can work out the length of the hypotenuse.

It could be made in any carcase colour (there are several companies making carcases to order) and have any available doors fitted to it.

SquidgeyMidgey Thu 18-Feb-16 16:36:45

That looks fantastic, I'm adding that to my kitchen wish list.

Yddraigoldragon Thu 18-Feb-16 17:19:32

That is the one PJ, I luffs it ! I am somewhat large of frame and it is easily 'walk in able' for me.

ftm123 Thu 18-Feb-16 17:57:47

For those getting inspiration DIY kitchens do the unit everyone is talking about

The one I was looking at was the smaller version that is not walk in - because that is what fits the space I have. I am now trying to work out if I can rearrange my plans to fit the bigger one!

PigletJohn Thu 18-Feb-16 18:18:16

can't see the dimensions. How wide is the door? By my calculations, the Wickes door is just over 800mm, so two 400m doors plus a bit of fillet, and easy to step through.

ftm123 Thu 18-Feb-16 18:32:09

The smaller one takes a 600mm door and isn't really walk in. It still seems plenty wide enough to lean in.

MiaowTheCat Thu 18-Feb-16 18:51:41

The wickes unit is fab - I was going to have one in our kitchen but it got compromised in the name of a big fridge freezer. The compromise one we're getting instead has the carousel pacman shaped 3/4 circle shelves so it should be ok not faffing around struggling to reach stuff.

OnePlanOnHouzz Thu 18-Feb-16 21:04:01

Do note that the bigger one is not the same height as either their lower height or their taller height cabinets so it will look odd if planned with tall cabinets or wall units that then link up to other talk units !
In this instance is probably suggest you built one from walls and a small internal door like this

Qwebec Thu 18-Feb-16 21:07:59

I have the first one type and it is fantastic, I store my pots, pans and all the tupperware. It's the first kitchen I have where I don't need to faf with them so that everything fits in and I don't get attacked by plastic each time I want to access the tupperware. It is big enough that I don't need to sort everything to make the space work.

The second type suggested by PJ seems wonderful too. I need more corners in my kitchen!

ftm123 Sat 20-Feb-16 09:58:01

Thanks everyone. Very reassuring to hear that tall corner units do work, even if they are not very common.

OnePlan, thanks for pointing out the height differential or the walk in larder, I won't try and replan my kitchen around the corner

MiaowTheCat Sat 20-Feb-16 12:00:56

I think they're uncommon purely as they really really do take a fair size of corner to fit in without windows cutting into the space which can mean they're hard to get into lots of even very large kitchens. My mum's kitchen is huge - but has so many windows (because big bright and airy is everyone's dream of course) that she couldn't get one in anywhere, and even our pokey hole of a kitchen with one small window only had one corner that could have possibly taken one (but the American fridge freezer won).

If I could have had both and make the layout work I would have had one in a heart beat as it would have easily been enough to do all our food storage really.

minnymoobear Sat 20-Feb-16 12:06:23

We're planning an extension this year and I want one of these!! Could have that as the food cupboard - get loss in there
We've proposing a back wall with no windows or doors so it could fit into the corner- I wanted that whole wall to be full sided larder type units for - hate bending down for stuff!

TheFridgePickersKnickers Sun 21-Feb-16 23:53:49

I've seen the ealk in one in Wickes and it's on my want list now!

Really fab.

PigletJohn Sun 21-Feb-16 23:56:42


TheFridgePickersKnickers Mon 22-Feb-16 00:23:03

Oops sorry blush

Walk in one.

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