Easy Access: The Lazy Susan

By HomeAdvisor

Updated December 8, 2016

Lazy susan

A lazy Susan is a corner cabinet that appears to be two cabinet doors at right angles, but when pushed on reveals itself to be a shelving unit that spins on its axis instead. The benefits of these corner cabinets are obvious: ample storage space in an area that often presents logistical problems where traditional cabinets are concerned. Regardless of the layout of your kitchen, you’re sure to run into the dilemma of how to deal with those odd corners and tight spaces. A lazy Susan, properly installed and used, is the ideal answer.

Round and Round She Goes

The primary reason to install a lazy Susan is convenience. Traditional cabinets built into kitchen corners are more often than not deep and dark recesses where pots are lost and Tupperware disappears, never to be seen again. The lazy Susan is a solution to those frustrations: an easily accessible and space-saving addition that can be used for everything from storing light dishes and storage receptacles to spices, tea, food and other more culinary alternatives.

Imagine having whatever you need just a short spin away instead of having to get down on your hands and knees to dig through the darkness, and you can easily see why these cabinetry solutions have become standard fare in your average American kitchen.


The biggest, and only, complaint that arises with these corner cabinets is as much a result of their convenience as anything. In the past, they have been accused of breaking down easily—not a desireable attribute for a cabinet feature that prides itself on ease of use. The fault for this inconvenience, however, more often than not lies with the homeowner.

These corner cabinets usually have a weight limit that must be observed in order not to overtax and wear out the mechanisms that allow it to spin effortlessly around. Unfortunately, because they are so handy, many homeowners pack the shelves full or fill them with heavy pots and pans with detrimental results. If you’re having a revolving cabinet installed, or if you already have one in your kitchen, be sure to find out how much is too much so that you don’t burn your unit out. If used properly, these cabinetry innovations should operate smoothly for years one end without giving you any problems.

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Whether you’re updating cabinets that already exist or having a whole new kitchen put in, it’s a good idea to hire an experienced cabinet maker or contractor to install your lazy Susan. Moving parts raise the stakes when it comes to possible mistakes, so you’ll save yourself time and trouble by going with an expert. After that, sit back, give it a spin, and enjoy the ease and convenience of this proven corner cabinet solution.


  1. Floyda Mack, July 4:

    How do you replace the screw when it falls out of the corner cabinet hinge and what size screw does lazy Susie cabinet so take?

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