For those of us who cook with a variety of herbs and spices, having a lazy susan can be a great way to organize your ingredients.
I have been guilty of letting spices in my cupboards get cluttered. I’m sure a lot of you can relate to that situation. With a lazy susan, you can have all of your spices and herbs arranged perfectly.
To install a lazy susan in an existing corner cabinet, you’ll need a pencil and a screw gun to mark measurements and tighten a few screws. If you buy an entire kit, installation will be easier and include needed items like brackets, an extension pole, pins, and the actual shelves.
If you already have an existing corner cabinet that you would like to install your lazy susan inside of, we have some tips and tricks for you.
At first, it may seem like an impossible task. However, we are here to show exactly how to get the job done!
How Does a Lazy Susan Work?
A lazy susan is a round shelve or shelves that rotate in a circle. Some lazy susans have more than one tray and help keep your ingredients organized and easy to get to.
You can install them on a countertop, or in an upper or lower cabinet. For this guide, we will show you how to install a lazy susan in a corner cabinet. The process is the same for an upper or lower corner cabinet.
Single lazy susan’s have one tray that turns in a circle. You also have the option of a double or triple lazy susan. In this case, the trays are connected with a round pole in the middle.
I’ve had both the stand-alone and the double versions. Both work incredibly well for making things easy to get to.
Corner cabinets usually have smaller doors. The lazy susan utilizes this smaller space by having everything available with just a spin of the tables.
For a corner cabinet, you will be using a pie-cut lazy susan.
Tools for Installing a Lazy Susan
You will need a couple of hand tools for installing your lazy susan. You will also need a lazy susan kit or pieces.
List of tools to install a lazy susan:
- Screw gun
You will use these tools to mark measurements and tighten the screws. Your kit should come with all of the pieces for putting the lazy susan together.
What Comes With a Lazy Susan Kit?
The kit will usually contain around 6-7 pieces.
- Top bracket
- Bottom bracket
- Extendable pole
- Positive stop
- Shelf pins
- 2 round shelves
Your kit may come with more, or fewer screws and attachments.
Steps for Installing a Lazy Susan in an Existing Corner Cabinet
There are a few steps for installation. The lazy susan kit will come with a template for installing the brackets. This will be a cardboard or paper template showing where to place the screws.
The template shows where the screw holes go on both the bottom and top of the cabinet. Now that you have your tools and materials, let’s get started.
Use the provided template to mark out where the screws will go, on the bottom and top of the corner cabinet. You will use a pencil for this.
Make sure that the template fits snug on the 90-degree angle, at the front of the cabinet before marking your holes.
Use the screws to install the top bracket, at the top of the cabinet. These will usually have four screws for attachment.
Next, you will install the bottom bracket. This bracket may have 2 or more screws. The bracket will have slideable holes, making it easy to adjust the placement.
You may have to adjust these at the very end to make sure the placement is correct.
Place the pole through the center hole of the first (top) round shelf. Slide in the first shelf pin through the hole in the top of the pole. Now, bring the shelf down so it locks in place with the pin.
This is the upper shelf that you are installing.
Next, remove the bottom (positive stop.) Then, slide the second (lower) round shelf through the bottom of the pole.
Now you may place the second shelf pin in the bottom position. Slide the lower round shelf down until it locks into place.
Reinstall the positive stop back into the bottom of the pole. Make sure it fits firmly.
The positive stop makes it so when you spin the tables around, they will go a full 360 degrees and then stop.
It doesn’t completely stop the tables, it just softly stops them, to keep them from continuing to rotate.
Place the bottom of the pole with the positive stop into the hole of the bottom bracket.
Now slide the adjustable part of the pole, (at the top) up until it reaches the top bracket. You will twist it clockwise until the twist-lock fits firmly into the top bracket.
Test the rotation of the tables to make sure everything is turning properly. This will help make sure the placement is correct.
If the rotation hits the edges or does not turn, adjust the bottom bracket with the adjustable holes, and retighten screws until it spins correctly.
You will now attach the two cabinet doors to the pie part of the round tables inside with the screws provided.
Tips for Installation
I’ve installed a few lazy susans and have some tips that may help you out along the way.
- Always make sure that the battery to your screw gun is fully charged. Nothing is worse than running out of juice in the middle of a project.
- Make sure you have all of the tools that you need before you start the project. Different kits may require different sets of tools.
- If you do not have a screw gun, a screwdriver will also get the job done with a little extra elbow grease.
- Not every lazy susan kit will be the same. Read the instructions provided with your kit to make sure you have everything you need.
Types of Lazy Susans
There are many types of lazy susans. They will fit in just about any space depending on the kit that you buy.
The 5 major types:
- Full round
- Kidney shape
- Pie cut
The full round lazy susan can go inside of a cabinet, or on a countertop. The rest of them fit inside of the cabinets.
For this guide, we used the “Pie cut” lazy susan. This one has 90-degree angles cut into them. The two cabinet doors attach to the angles and spin along with the lazy susan. The doors are inset, so they may rotate freely into the opening.
What is the History Behind the Lazy Susan?
The lazy susan was invented by Thomas Jefferson in the late 1800s. It was known as a dumbwaiter at that time.
History books tell us that he invented it because his daughter, Susan, was tired of always being served last. She complained that she would never leave the table feeling full!
Eventually, around 1917, they were advertised in Vanity Fair and became very popular. They even replaced the need to have food servers, in some cases, letting people serve themselves.
Can a lazy susan hold more than just spices and herbs?
Absolutely. A lazy susan can be used to organize many things. You can store and hold all types of household items, such as cleaning products, Tupperware, and other food ingredients. They are also great in a workshop that has cabinets, to hold things like screws, nuts, and bolts.
What problems can lazy susans have?
You may run into a few easy to fix problems with a lazy susan. Sometimes they will be hard to turn and you may need to add grease to the bearings. You may also need to adjust them if they get out of whack over time.