A microwave guide
By Sue LeVee, Kitchen Designer
kitchens are bigger, brighter and more open than ever before. Windows are
large, often taking up a majority of available wall space. Kitchens are
designed around a focal point, and great attention is given to the appearance
of this area.
this focal point is the cooktop or range wall. The cooking area is centrally
located, and offers a great opportunity for decorative tile or stone. It is
designed to be symmetrical, and the availability of decorative accessories is
we love those decorative range hoods
–the sleek modern stainless steel, the traditional coordinating wood, or those
custom tile showpieces.
brings us to our dilemma – where will the
microwave go? I have covered this question with clients so many times! Now that we have chosen that gorgeous hood as the statement
piece, we need to find a new location for the microwave. For years we have specced
out micro-hoods- that great appliance that sits above your range. Not this
we won’t give up our microwaves. They just need a new location, and I have some
you like having your microwave at eye level, there are a few options. Let’s start
with smaller microwaves. These compact units usually run about 1.5 cubic feet,
and can fit easily in to a run of wall cabinets.
Sharp over-the-counter microwave comes with a hanging kit, and is designed to
fit perfectly into a run of wall cabinets.
we can use a cabinet to house the microwave. A compact micro can fit in to a
wall cabinet as small as 24” wide.
if you don’t want to see it at all, let’s pop that microwave behind closed
doors. As always, watch your sizes. Make sure you are checking your cabinet’s
interior dimensions, and the opening size.
let’s look at larger microwaves – think microwave ovens. These appliances are designed to be built-in, the same as a
built-in wall oven. Some versions offer microwave/convection cooking. They are
often built in to a tall cabinet, either alone or above a standard oven. You
can also purchase a one-piece oven and microwave combo.
microwaves can also be installed under the countertop. For this application we
can choose either the “oven style” microwave with the bottom hinged door, or
the drawer style, which pulls out.
pick the idea that will work in your kitchen!
*Remember to read the microwave’s
installation guide and specifications carefully, all microwaves have different
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