As a kitchen designer, I am constantly faced with design challenges. One that constantly comes up is this question, "So, Kristen, where is my microwave going?"
The correct answer is; what works best for your space and for you needs, and below are some of the many options to consider for your kitchen.
- Option 1: Creating an upper cabinet with space below to house and trim your micro out nicely creates a seamless look. Having a counter top below makes prepping and re-heating a snap. Keeping it near the refrigerator is also quite functional.*This a key element; being most items that need to be microwaved come straight from the refrigerator, it's a time saver to keep it near by when possible.
- Option 2: The microwave seen below, is installed underneath the built-in coffee machine, to the left of the refrigerator. This built-in microwave also functions as a second oven and in this application fits nicely in this large tower cabinet and is easy to access.
- Option 3: Placing the microwave in a lower base cabinet and trimming it out nicely creates a separate work zone. This application is wonderful for families with children over 7 yrs old typically, so the children can access the microwave SAFELY and when trusted to do so. *Another key note is I prefer to lift hot microwaved items out and up on to a counter for stirring, etc, rather than pulling from above toward the face.
- Option 4: The microwave seen below is most typical. Having a microwave hood proves practical and functional when tight on space. This application can also function as a hood fan (either recirculating or venting out). The height allows the microwave to be out of younger toddler's hands and off the counter tops. For the at-home 'chef's' this can prove to be a time saver too by keeping all cooking elements together.
- Option 5: Many of my clients are now choosing a more natural approach to food and are eliminating the daily use of a microwave, enabling me to place it behind closed doors, seen below. This proves to be beneficial when you DON'T use it daily. A great benefit to this design is it's atheistically pleasing while still housing the microwave. *This is a great design when you aren't wanting to invest a lot of money in a high end microwave and it's easy to replace because you aren't locked into one size microwave.
I hope these ideas inspire some creativity...and boy, am I craving some microwaved popcorn! :)