Kitchen Microwave Cabinet

Kitchen Microwave Cabinet

Microwave Styles A countertop microwave eats up valuable workspace. Reclaim some of your lost countertop realty by integrating your microwave. First, consider the available microwave styles. Next, check out options for moving the microwave off the countertop without losing its convenience. Pros and cons of each option help you decide which idea works best in your kitchen.
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Kitchen Microwave Cabinet

A countertop microwave eats up valuable workspace. Reclaim some of your lost countertop realty by integrating your microwave. First, consider the available microwave styles. Next, check out options for moving the microwave off the countertop without losing its convenience. Pros and cons of each option help you decide which idea works best in your kitchen.
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Kitchen Microwave Cabinet

You know, we had similar plans to build in a microwave. But, we built the cabinet BEFORE we had a microwave (or the counters in) so we didn’t know how wide we could make it. Alas, it’s about an inch too narrow to put even a .7 cubic foot microwave in. Boo. So, now we’re trying to figure out a different plan, but we have only three upper cabinets. I think your solution is great, though.
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Kitchen Microwave Cabinet

For a discreet look, a drawer-style microwave in an island or elsewhere below the countertop might be the solution. Tucked below a countertop, a drawer-style microwave offers easy access, readily available landing space for food going into or coming out of the microwave, and no demands on counter workspace.
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Kitchen Microwave Cabinet

So we had some work to do. We had to adjust the height and depth of the cabinet, then hang it next to the pantry with a new door. That way the infrequently used microwave can be hidden away most of the time and when it’s needed we can open the door and zap our food while allowing the appliance to vent (more on that in a moment). Oh and we already had an electrician add an outlet where the cabinet will hang, so the microwave will have power.
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Kitchen Microwave Cabinet

The classic kitchen work triangle organizes foot traffic from the fridge to the sink to the stove, in an attempt to make cooking and preparing meals flow more smoothly. But what about the other major, although sometimes smaller, appliances that many of us use every day? Take the microwave, for example. You can place a microwave high, low, out of sight or within easy reach, and there are pros and cons for every choice. Here’s a look at those advantages and disadvantages, so you can figure out the kitchen configuration that’s right for you.
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Kitchen Microwave Cabinet

So that big cut started getting me to a better height, but I also had to cut a hole in the back to help with the depth/ventilation plan. Oh, and I had to put a slight notch in the bottom right side of the frame so that the microwave door could swing open more easily (this way we can shimmy the microwave over to the right in the cabinet, which gives the hinges on the left more room to swing so the door can open freely). Not to worry – it will later be concealed by a door.
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Kitchen Microwave Cabinet

Microwave Placement in Today’s KitchenNowadays, everyone has a microwave. Growing up, our moms all kept them on the counter top, but today, you’ll find them mounted over ranges and built into cabinets above and below counters. Ne…
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Creating a shelf or opening within cabinetry allows you to move the microwave off the work surface. For safety, it’s best to find a location that offers landing space below. The more tightly the microwave fits into the space, the more streamlined it looks.
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This makes us all the more excited to take care of the door situation – which we’ll hopefully be posting about later this week. Until then, allow this terrible photoshopped rendering to demonstrate how the added door will hide the little routed our area for the microwave when it’s closed (it’ll be open whenever the microwave is in use, of course).
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Corner built-in microwave cabinet, with glass door upper. Decorative turned post columns flank the cabinet, and the accent finish for the kitchen is used in the finished interior.
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Depending on the kitchen floor plan, you may be able to recess the microwave into space stolen from a closet or garage. Before cutting into a wall, ask a builder or remodeler to check the structure of the wall and add reinforcement if necessary.
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I love the idea of concealing the microwave, and your build looks incredible, John. Thanks for keeping us all up-to-date with your kitchen progress. I know we’re all eager to see the finished product!
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Thanks for the project update.. your kitchen looks great, and I love the concealed microwave. I’m moving into a new apartment just after the holidays so I’ve been busy figuring out paint swatches, since our awesome landlord will have it painted for us before we move in to the colors we want. Although it makes it super hard to really know what colors to choose, since we don’t get time to live in the space and have our stuff in there.. So we’re sticking to neutrals. Thanks for all your painting posts, and about minimizing the color changes in a home.
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Nowadays, everyone has a microwave. Growing up, our moms all kept them on the counter top, but today, you’ll find them mounted over ranges and built into cabinets above and below counters. Ne…
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Danielle, Health risks of microwaves are all myths. Microwaves, and the way they heat food, are not hazardous to peoples health. The containers may be, but that’s not the microwave itself.
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Oh, Danielle, no microwave ovens are just fine. Americans have been using them for about 40 years now and where’s the harm? Microwaves preserve nutrients in vegetables. They are substantially more energy efficient than electric or stove gas tops. Where do ideas like your even come from?
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Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo Ed Hayes Danielle, Health risks of microwaves are all myths. Microwaves, and the way they heat food, are not hazardous to peoples health. The containers may be, but that’s not the microwave itself. Plus, many higher end microwaves can operate as a second oven. 1 Like April 5, 2017 at 9:38AM
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Ed Hayes Danielle, Health risks of microwaves are all myths. Microwaves, and the way they heat food, are not hazardous to peoples health. The containers may be, but that’s not the microwave itself. Plus, many higher end microwaves can operate as a second oven. 1 Like April 5, 2017 at 9:38AM
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Ed Hayes Danielle, Health risks of microwaves are all myths. Microwaves, and the way they heat food, are not hazardous to peoples health. The containers may be, but that’s not the microwave itself. Plus, many higher end microwaves can operate as a second oven.
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Danielle, Health risks of microwaves are all myths. Microwaves, and the way they heat food, are not hazardous to peoples health. The containers may be, but that’s not the microwave itself. Plus, many higher end microwaves can operate as a second oven.
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Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo Nancy Herring Oh, Danielle, no microwave ovens are just fine. Americans have been using them for about 40 years now and where’s the harm? Microwaves preserve nutrients in vegetables. They are substantially more energy efficient than electric or stove gas tops. Where do ideas like your even come from? 1 Like April 5, 2017 at 10:00AM
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Nancy Herring Oh, Danielle, no microwave ovens are just fine. Americans have been using them for about 40 years now and where’s the harm? Microwaves preserve nutrients in vegetables. They are substantially more energy efficient than electric or stove gas tops. Where do ideas like your even come from? 1 Like April 5, 2017 at 10:00AM
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Nancy Herring Oh, Danielle, no microwave ovens are just fine. Americans have been using them for about 40 years now and where’s the harm? Microwaves preserve nutrients in vegetables. They are substantially more energy efficient than electric or stove gas tops. Where do ideas like your even come from?
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Countertop models can either sit on the counter or tuck into a shelf or opening in the cabinetry for a built-in look. Models with a mounting kit preserve work space by hanging on the wall, within cabinetry, or under the countertop. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when mounting your microwave.
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But much like the big original microwave that we got, we never planned for it to live on the countertop. Oh no, we got planz yo. This guy is getting built in…
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Continuing the list after that step gets us all clammy and overwhelmed, but a new lighting plan, cork floors, and backsplash tile with floating shelves and a built-in range hood are all on the agenda. One cabinet day at a time. What have you guys been doing in the kitchen? Demo? Holiday cooking? Painting? Microwaving?