A convenience carrousel, the lazy Susan consists of a circular platform mounted atop a base that allows for continuous rotation of 360 degrees. The term “lazy Susan” was first coined by Vanity Fair magazine in 1917 and is predominantly used in America. However, some manufacturers still prefer to use the British term “dumbwaiter.”
The lazy Susan is a versatile device, available in both small and large tabletop designs. The smaller ones can be inserted into cabinets, providing easy access to small items such as spice jars. The larger designs allow groups seated around a circular table to share dishes without the need to pass them from hand to hand.
Corner kitchen cabinets, with their awkward dimensions, make lazy Susans a popular choice to increase accessibility. Corner lazy Susans may have a cutout in one side resembling a missing pie piece. This cutout allows for the entire space to be used, despite the lack of adequate room to house a complete disk shape, and can be lined up when the doors are closed.