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What Is a Blind Base Cabinet?

Cabinets don’t always fit together perfectly, especially since you need to access and open doors to the storage they provide. Some kitchen designs use blind base cabinets to fill in spots near the corners where two different cabinet lines intersect. But what is a blind base cabinet, and how can you use it when planning storage space?

Current Cabinetry specializes in manufacturing premium kitchen cabinets in Baltimore from scratch, so we know various cabinet terminology the average homeowner doesn’t. Here, we’ll explain what a blind base cabinet is and how some designers use it in kitchens, bathrooms, and any other space needing storage.

The Purpose of a Blind Base Cabinet

Unless you have a parallel kitchen, you will likely have a corner in your space where two perpendicular (right-angle) lines of cabinets come in contact. 

Most cabinets would have one to two doors in front of it to give you access to the storage space. However, when these cabinets must sit perpendicular to each other, one or both cabinets won’t be able to operate normally. The doors of the drawers and cabinets can collide, not open fully, or won’t open at all.

One way to fill this space is by using blind base cabinets. Blind base cabinets extend the middle stile that separates the door openings on a cabinet. They also don’t have doors on the part of the cabinet hidden behind the adjacent, perpendicular cabinet that starts the next row.

Why Blind Base Cabinets Work

Blind base cabinets allow you to utilize more of the space hidden behind the adjacent cabinet than you would otherwise be able to. While it doesn’t have a door on the blind side, the storage space still exists.

Blind base cabinets work very well as a storage solution in kitchens that need more space for items you don’t use as often. For example, if you have a large pot or baking tray you only use around holidays, you could use the blind storage to hold it.

Anatomy of a Blind Base Cabinet Area

A few important blind base terms can help you understand their functions.

Pull

Cabinets that look to connect at perpendicular wall corners don’t completely close off and touch the walls. Instead, the blind base cabinet partially concealed behind a full cabinet usually has a pull.

The pull space indicates the amount of space between the side of the blind base cabinet and the adjacent wall. Without this space, the doors on the in-tact side of the blind cabinet or the adjacent cabinet would not be able to open properly. Depending on the door and cabinet style, there likely would not be enough space for the drawers and doors to open.

The typical minimum size for a pull is about four inches, with the maximum between five and eight inches.

Stile

As mentioned before, the stile creates a solid space between the doors on a cabinet. Blind base cabinets tend to have a longer stile than other cabinets to allow more leeway for the design process. It also provides more space for the doors on the blind base and adjacent cabinets to open.

Filler

What is a blind base cabinet supposed to do if the kitchen designer leaves no space between it and the adjacent base cabinet? Just like if they lack a pull or stile, if these cabinets lack a space between them, they cannot operate. The doors will not be able to open fully, and sometimes, not at all.

To mitigate this, the cabinets do not touch each other under the countertop. In addition to the pull — the space between the blind base cabinet and the adjacent wall — a space between the blind base and adjacent cabinet lets them function. The filler covers that space, so neither you nor visitors are visibly aware of its presence.

The filler typically looks like or is made of the materials designers use to make the cabinets. Designers should go through a color and material-matching process to ensure the filler doesn’t disrupt the appearance of the cabinets. It should give the illusion that they fit together perfectly.

The Pros and Cons of Blind Base Cabinets

As with anything around your home, a blind base kitchen cabinet may suit the space or cause undesired issues. You should consult closely with your kitchen designer to determine if a blind base cabinet could work well for you.

Pros

With blind base cabinets, you acquire additional storage space by using the area you otherwise could not access. Moreover, because the blind side doesn’t have drawers, you can use it to store large kitchen items you don’t use often. If you have items you don’t want to display all the time, you can also put them in that space.

Cons

Because the blind space exists where you would otherwise not have any storage or access, it can be difficult to remove objects you put there. For example, if you put a generally unused pot in that area, when you want to use it, you may need to remove items in the easily reachable space first. Depending on the size of the object in the blind space, you may otherwise knock over other items in your attempt to reach it.

How To Mitigate the Cons

While potential cons do exist for blind base cabinets, you can use a few methods to manage or even eliminate them:

  • You can use a “magic corners” mechanism that can systemically pull out to give you access to everything in the cabinets.
  • With a tool or mechanism to ease the process of obtaining items, you can reduce the overall cost of your cabinet installation.
  • You can place the larger items closer to the front and use the cabinet space for all kitchen items you don’t use frequently.

Designing Blind Base Cabinets

Choosing your kitchen organization methods tends to be even more important than deciding on color schemes for your kitchen. That said, it can sometimes be difficult to determine if one would work for your home. Even if you do decide to go with them, you’ll need to make sure they’re designed correctly for your space.

Partnering with a design professional can help you make this project a success. They can assess your situation and create a solid design so that you can get a fantastic product.

Let’s look at an example. Say you decide you want to install a blind base cabinet. The countertop conceals open spaces between cabinets and the walls beside them. Even so, construction workers shouldn’t leave too much wasteful space there if they can help it. Your contractors would need to take the time to analyze the situation and determine how to design your cabinets accordingly to make the most of the space.

Call Us To Design Your Cabinets

As Americans, we spend a large amount of time each year in the kitchen, whether we notice it or not. What is a blind base cabinet going to do to help you have the space you need to store kitchen items? Can you stack base cabinets?

Custom Cabinetry associates built the business to help Maryland citizens make their kitchens more comfortable. We can customize your cabinets to suit your needs and interior design preferences, from cabinet door style to preferred cabinet materials. Our designers can help you discover the benefits a blind base cabinet can have in your home.

To learn what we have in stock or what we can make for you, call 410-609-7077 and speak with our customer service team today.

Daniel Kermaier

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