Where is the best place to put the microwave in your kitchen? For a bulky appliance that we use every day, there are many pros and cons as well as safety reasons for each microwave location. The right place for your kitchen will depend on the size of your space, your family and the structure of your kitchen design. Here are some alternate places for your microwave to help you to choose the configuration that’s right for your kitchen and lifestyle.

  1. In the Kitchen Island
    Islands are a diverse kitchen element that can provide extra storage space for your microwave. Similar to below the benchtop, placing your microwave in a convenient shelf in your kitchen island can provide easier access for younger children and frees up your bench top space. Power point access, the way your microwave door swings, and the space between your cabinets and the island must be considered.
  2. Integrated into the Cabinetry
    Creating an opening in your cabinetry for your microwave allows you to free up the valuable space on your benchtops and offers a more streamlined look. The height of your microwave placement can be customized for the best reachability, however, ensure there is a benchtop nearby for carrying hot plates.
  3. Concealed into the Cabinetry
    If you wish to hide multiple appliances between usages but still keep them close enough for easy access, an appliance storage unit with a roll down door for your microwave could be the best option. Be sure to check that the cabinet provides sufficient heat ventilation and access to electrical outlets.
  4. Under the Benchtop
    If you are short of bench top space, consider replacing a lower drawer with a microwave cabinet. This space saving option keeps the microwave in easy reach but is also not too low.
  5. Above the Benchtop
    Placing your microwave on a shelf above your bench top offers a solution for kitchens pressed for space. This option won’t suit every home as it may be difficult to reach but it keeps a bulky microwave out of the way with more room for food preparation. Another popular area to place your microwave is above your oven as it makes it easier when defrosting meals before cooking them in the oven.

With many factors to take into consideration, we hope our advice has helped you decide where to put your microwave in your kitchen. For guidance on choosing the right design that best suits your needs, seek the advice of the professionals in kitchen design.

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