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What is a Lazy Susan?
Also called a turntable, the Lazy Susan is a rotating, tray shaped platform usually placed on tables or counters to easily distribute food.
Lazy Susans can also create accessibility in lower and upper corner cabinet spaces. Although they are normally used for corner cabinets, they can also be used in any other style cabinet to provide a rotating storage system.
No one knows for sure the origins of the name but a popular story exists that they were invented by Thomas Jefferson whose daughter, Susan, often complained about being served last at dinner.
The Lazy Susan’s first written advertisement appearance was in a 1917 issue of Vanity Fair but historians have traced it back as far as at 18th century when it was more commonly called a ‘Dumbwaiter.’
The Lazy Susan rotates on a set of bearings, making everything on the tray or shelf easy to reach with a simple spin.
Wood and plastic are the most common materials Lazy Susans are made of, but glass, marble, stainless steel, and wire are also used.
Types of Lazy Susans
This design has one flat side and one rounded side to allow the pantry door to close flush over the Lazy Susan. These are most commonly found in wall cabinets above refrigerators and pantries.
The traditional, full circle design of the Lazy Susan, this is usually found in base cabinets or outside the cabinets and on the kitchen counter or dinner table.
This design includes a soft, rounded triangle cut out to accommodate the doors of a 90-degree corner cabinet.
The Glide-Around is combination of a Lazy Susan and corner cabinet drawers giving you the best of both worlds. They can rotate 360 degrees, with drawers in the middle that fully-extend, and additional storage space on the sides.
The Glide-Around cabinet solution turns once wasted space into an efficient storage area that is easily accessed.
Lazy Susans create accessibility in lower and upper corner cabinet spaces. Although they are normally used for corner cabinets, they can also be used in any other style cabinet to provide a rotating storage system
They usually come in three different styles depending on what kind of door your cabinet has, cabinet location, and personal preference.