In small rooms, every meter counts, especially for corridors. Corner cabinets fit perfectly into any hallway, allowing the most efficient use of space.
Advantages and disadvantages
Corner designs are often used in hallways, and this is no coincidence. The advantages of such cabinets can hardly be overestimated:
- Increase the functionality of the room. Cabinets of this type use a corner space that usually remains unused. This allows you to seriously save the useful area of the room. Especially this plus is relevant for small corridors.
- Compactness. The entrance hall is a place that meets and sees off the hosts and guests every day. Therefore, this area should be cozy, comfortable and as spacious as possible. Corner cabinets take up little space, they do not interfere with freedom of movement, look neat. At the same time, they contain a large number of things, not inferior to traditional options.
- Style. Modern manufacturers offer corner cabinets for every taste. This is an elegant classic, and modern original models. A variety of colors, textures, finishes and design allows you to choose the option that can decorate any hallway. The unusual shape does not spoil the appearance of the product, but on the contrary, it becomes a highlight that emphasizes the impeccable taste of the owners.
There are few drawbacks to such furniture. The core is not always the correct and functional internal content. The contents of such cabinets often consist of classic elements. Shelves of custom shapes are rarely used.
But even in this case, with a large volume of the angular module, its full use is not very convenient.
Corner cabinets can be classified according to several characteristics.
By type of door
One of the most popular options is a closet with compartment doors. In the open form, the doors do not interfere at all and do not require additional space for opening. This type of design is used in the production of modern models.
Options with swing doors are also in demand. In some furniture complexes, this type of opening is most convenient. In addition, it is ideally suited to the classic style.
The L-shaped version is a facade in the form of an angle of 90 degrees. The visual rigidity of this design can be softened by semicircular open shelves on the outside. Looks good also option with the location of the mirror cabinet on one wall and the design of the nightstand with open hangers on the next.
Pyatistenok is the most popular model. Here, the rear surface of the product also follows the shape of the walls. The sides are perpendicular. This design looks more original and gives more opportunities for external design and internal content.
Trapeze is another unusual option. In this case, the corner part is an independent element. The sides of the cabinet are slanted.
Radius cabinets like those who prefer smooth bends. The radius model can be convex, concave, or wave-shaped. The first type is usually completely closed. The second may have open side shelves. The third type has a complex shape and is intended for spacious hallways. It may also include open elements in the design.
A corner cabinet may consist of various parts. Small-sized models usually represent a single housing structure (for example, narrow pencil cases).
Modular systems can include various blocks as you wish. It can be a mirror cabinet with closed and open shelves for shoes and accessories, a mezzanine, external hangers for outerwear, etc. Moreover, all the modules have the same height and are connected to each other. Such systems, as a rule, do not have attached parts.
The built-in cabinet has no rear surface. It can fit against a wall or be in a niche, creating the illusion of perfectly even walls with decorative inserts. This furniture design allows you to save even more space in a small hallway.
Typically, such models are made to order. The wardrobe may look different, but more often it’s coupe models with mirrors and mini-wardrobes.
The operation of corner cabinets with swing doors is no different from the operation of conventional models. More expensive options are equipped with closers for smooth opening and closing of doors.
As for sliding wardrobes, they have a special roller mechanism. Thanks to him, the doors move smoothly to the side, providing access to the contents, and also easily return back, being fixed in the desired position.
Dimensions of corner cabinets depend on the manufacturer and the features of each specific model. However, for all such products there are limit values limited by common sense.
The minimum height is 1.5 m. It is simply irrational to put a smaller cabinet in the hallway. Maximum height depends on personal wishes and ceiling level.
The minimum depth of the side walls is 30x30 cm (on each side). This option is suitable for a small corridor. For a medium-sized entrance hall, dimensions of 50x50, 55x55 or 70x70 cm are usually chosen. Cabinets for large halls and mini-wardrobes can have even greater depth. The width of the rear walls in trapezoidal cabinets and five-walled on the same side. L-shaped cabinets in this regard can be asymmetrical.
Width is determined from the availability of free space allocated for furniture, and the personal needs of the owners. However, there are also minimal parameters. For example, for five-sided walls this is 70 cm. The smallest L-shaped models for small hallways have a width of 600x600 mm.
Often, cabinets are made to order. In this case, the dimensions, as well as the design, and the internal content can be any, based on the area and features of a particular hall.
There are no standards for the interior design of corner cabinets. Each manufacturer offers its own options, and sometimes provides the customer with the opportunity to choose the filling scheme on their own.
A traditional element of the closet in the hallway is a bar for a coat hanger. On one bar you can place outerwear. On the second - knitwear, shirts and dresses. You can place two rods under each other and at the lower level fasten the hooks for scarves and other accessories.
On closed shelves you can store light clothing that does not require placement on the shoulders, hats, bags, umbrellas and other things. Small items like gloves and keys are more convenient to place in retractable drawers.
Shoe racks are usually located at the bottom of the cabinet. Upstairs may be mezzanines. Open side shelves can be decorated with accessories. This is true for spacious halls, where in addition to practicality, furniture performs a decorative function.
Other items may be included with the closet. These are curbstones, pouffes, mirrors with shelves, open hangers in the form of metal hooks. The last element is convenient for those who often receive guests in the house or simply do not want to hang their coats in a closed cupboard each time and get it out before going out.
This method will be useful for placing outerwear in the event of snowfall or sudden rain. Returning home, you can leave your wet clothes in the open until they are completely dry, and then you can safely put them in the closet.
Materials and Design
Cabinets made of solid wood are considered the most luxurious. Absolute environmental friendliness, reliability and solid appearance do not leave indifferent many buyers. The disadvantage of such products can only be called their high cost. In addition, wood is unstable to temperature extremes and high humidity. To cope with this problem can only special processing of products.
Models from MDF are much cheaper. At the same time, this does not affect the quality of the cabinets. Such furniture is durable and durable. You also need not worry about the safety of health products.
Particleboard is the most affordable raw material, which affects the total cost of furniture. In its pure form, chipboard is not often used. Typically, manufacturers combine it with MDF.
Furniture fittings and some internal elements (for example, rods for a coat hanger) are made of metal. As a rule, all parts undergo anti-corrosion treatment.
Mirror elements are often used to design the exterior of cabinets. In the hallway mirrors perform two important functions at once. Firstly, they visually expand the space, creating the illusion of extra space and reflecting light. Secondly, they allow a person to inspect themselves before going out, evaluating the accuracy of their clothes and hairstyles, and adjusting their headgear or scarf.
Some elements of the corner hallways may have soft leather or fabric upholstery. This applies to built-in poufs and open clothes hangers.
As for facades, they can have a different structure and color. Solid wood cabinets usually remain natural, showing a natural wood pattern and noble shades. Although sometimes such furniture is painted, so the desire to have a corner cabinet made of solid white is quite feasible.
Models from MDF and particleboard can also have a wood texture. Shades are varied. Especially popular models in the color of wenge, walnut and bleached oak. Sometimes products are coated with a special film with a glossy surface. This approach is usually used in the production of modern models (in particular, radius ones). Glossy furniture is very popular. It is beautiful, like mirrors it reflects rays of light and visually expands the space. However, such cabinets are rarely placed in the hallway.
The thing is that glossy facades require special care. Fingerprints, scuffs and scratches on such surfaces appear very easily, and the hallway is a place of constant crowding.
Limited space, outerwear, umbrellas and bags - all these factors increase the risk of damage to furniture.
- Brown is the most commonly used color in the manufacture of hallway furniture. It is practical, neutral, fits perfectly into any environment. A pleasant nutty shade creates an atmosphere of home warmth and coziness. The stylish tone of wenge gives the furniture a refined elegance.
- For those who prefer light colors, manufacturers offer cabinets in beige colors . Neutral delicate color refreshes the room, makes it visually lighter and more spacious. It can be an imitation of wood in a shade of bleached oak or beige plain coating. In any case, the closet will look attractive.
- White furniture is very effective. These cabinets look luxurious, regardless of style and configuration. However, it is worth remembering the soiledness of this color. If a beige tone can hide light pollution, then even the smallest spots on a snow-white surface will be very noticeable.
- Often, cabinets are made in a combination of contrasting colors. This is usually a combination of brown and beige. Such options look interesting and look great against the background of walls of any color. However, in this case it is important not to overdo the originality of the design.
If you choose two-tone furniture, then the wallpaper should be plain or have a discreet neutral pattern. Carpets and other accessories should also be selected in a calm color, otherwise you risk getting a tastelessly designed room that will annoy with its diversity.
- Cabinets of bright colors in the hallway are rarely chosen. But options with photo printing are very popular. This can be an image of a night city, a landscape, a drawing in Japanese themes (with an appropriate interior) or something else.
Properly choosing the image, you can even create the illusion of additional space in the hallway. Such products enliven the atmosphere, cheer up and can say something about the personal taste of the owner of the house.
How to choose?
Guests entering the hallway must immediately understand what style your home is decorated in. Furniture should harmoniously fit into the atmosphere, continuing the general concept, and the wardrobe is no exception.
Classic-style corner models are usually made from an array. Variations from MDF are also allowed, but always with the texture of a tree. Classics are characterized by elegance and solidity, regular geometric shapes.
The structure of such products usually includes closed compartments with hinged doors, drawers. There is upholstery with a carriage coupler of the stand with open hangers and built-in poufs. As decorations, moldings, curly pens, occasionally carved ornaments and gilding can be used. The color scheme is mostly dark (dark and light brown, sometimes beige).
Provence style is also characterized by wooden furniture with hinged wings. Light shades (white, gray, beige), metal fittings of unpretentious forms prevail here. The decor is practically absent. Product design can be assessed as simplicity with a touch of French romance.
Art Nouveau style assumes asymmetry and originality. Combinations of round and geometrically straight shapes, combinations of different colors, uneven block heights are permissible here. Doors can be both oar and sliding. Screen printing, photo printing and other methods of decorating furniture are actively used.
Minimalism is characterized by laconicism and restraint. Chromed metal fittings of strict design, the absence of patterns and other decor - these are the hallmarks of such models. Allowed only a combination of contrasting shades (usually black and white), mirror elements. Glossy surfaces are often used. Curved facades of radius cabinets can fit into both modern styles. It all depends on the choice of design nuances.
The choice of color of furniture depends on the personal taste of the owners. However, in order for the cabinet to fit harmoniously into the interior, it is worth considering some other points.
For small corridors it is better to choose light furniture. So you can visually expand the space. The same choice should be made if the walls and floor of the hallway are decorated in dark colors. In a spacious and bright room, a cabinet of any color will be appropriate. Although against the background of light walls, dark variants stand out especially spectacularly.
Thinking about the size of the future cabinet, focus on two main points. Evaluate the space that you can allocate for furniture and think about what things and how much you are going to store in it.
From what will be placed in the cabinet, depends on its internal content. Think about whether you need shelves for light clothing or whether it’s better to allocate more space under the bar for the shoulders, whether drawers come in handy, do you need open shelves, etc.
Beautiful ideas of a modern interior
A small cabinet with the image of the Eiffel Tower creates an atmosphere of restrained Parisian chic in the hallway. An exquisite umbrella stand complements the romantic composition, and soft poufs allow you to wear shoes in comfort.
A large milk-colored corner cupboard makes the spacious hallway even brighter and more comfortable. The dimensions of the furniture made it possible to include all the necessary blocks in the complex. Here are closed compartments for clothes, and an open hanger for guests, and a mirror, and shelves for decor items. Raspberry candlesticks are in harmony with soft pink puff, adding bright colors to the interior.
An L-shaped cabinet, starting in the hallway and ending in the corridor leading to the room, is an interesting and functional solution. The front door has a convenient compartment with hangers, a shelf for hats and a place to sit on when putting on shoes.
Two sliding wardrobes on both sides of the walls allow you to place a large number of things in them. The corner is correctly smoothed by rounded shelves with souvenirs, and frosted glass with patterns turns a practical piece of furniture into a real interior decoration.
An elegant chocolate-colored cabinet in a classic style fits perfectly into the restrained-luxurious design of the hallway. Chandelier and floor tiles in light beige tones, as well as snow-white door trim, refresh the atmosphere, balancing the color balance.
Owners of a very spacious hall can organize a full wardrobe room in it. The interior will be occupied by clothing, shoes and accessories, and the exterior of the structure will adorn the entrance hall with an original design.
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