Aim for a location that's convenient to the countertop, stove top and fridge. It's really common to pop something straight from the fridge into the microwave, so you want the two to be close together – while ensuring there's bench space nearby.
When determining where to put a microwave in a small kitchen, the ultimate goal is to create or maintain as much space as possible. Therefore, the best places for a microwave in a small kitchen would be on a microwave rack, a baker's rack, or hutch pantry, as well as inside custom cabinetry or counters.
You can hide your microwave by stashing it behind other doors or on top of shelves, situating it under your counters, or modifying your kitchen to accommodate the appliance.
You can put a countertop microwave in a cabinet instead of a built-in type, as long as you follow the necessary safety precautions (ensuring adequate ventilation, the shelf is strong enough to hold it, and proper wire management) to ensure your cabinet and microwave don't get damaged.
Countertop Models: 3" of clearance on both sides and the top. 1" clearance in the rear. The front edge of the microwave (measured at door) should sit at least 3" or more back on the counter or shelf to avoid accidental tipping.
As a rule of thumb, don't put your microwave too near to the sink. Make sure it's 4-9 feet away. You don't want to short it out or electrocute yourself with accidental splashes. Household plugs tend to be about 4 feet or so away from the sink too for the same reasons.
The National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends that the bottom of the microwave should be no higher than 54 inches above the floor, which would allow for 18 inches of clearance between the microwave and the typical cooktop height of 36 inches.
According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, the microwave's bottom should be no higher than 54 inches above the floor if it's a countertop model. This translates to 18 inches of clearance from the typical cooktop height of 36 inches and the microwave.
However, they can be installed under any countertop or in any wall cabinet. They can go against a corner or next to a wall – basically anywhere a wall oven can be installed. Some homeowners like to stack their microwave drawer just under a wall oven, so all of their cooking appliances are together in one place.
Don't wish to block the countertop space, you can place microwaves above gas stoves. This way, you'll get a lot of countertop space to use while you cook. Yet, while you put the microwave over the stove, you must take safety. While you cook, the stove's heat is passed straight to the microwave.
A microwave oven, designed exclusively for a kitchen countertop, has vents that are built into the back of microwave. If installed into a cabinet, these vents will be blocked and unable to release steam from the microwave,. Talk about a fire hazard for your kitchen.
We recommend at least 6" of empty space between the oven and any other items all around it.
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The most convenient spot for it to be placed should be near the range of users. For many people, the perfect place is where the coffee ingredients are located. For some, it can be where the bread and jam are accessible.
Yes, microwave ovens need ventilation. However, the venting needs differ according to the model and design. Proper clearance and ventilation are necessary for efficient operation and safety reasons. Adequate external ventilation is a must for microwave ovens without built-in ventilation systems.
Adequate ventilation, especially if the microwave is built into a wall of cabinetry, is a must.
Yes, it is true! Your microwave can sit nicely in your pantry if you are looking for a place to store it out of sight – yet still, be able to use it when needed. Of course, it is important to make sure your pantry has electrical outlets and a safe, sturdy shelf that will hold the microwave without it falling.
In a small kitchen, the best place to put a microwave would be in a built-in cabinet amongst the upper or lower cabinets. That way you have ample countertop space which is necessary for kitchens of a small size.
It is possible to install a countertop microwave in a built-in microwave hole, but you must do so carefully, as these two types of microwaves have different venting systems.
Answer: All microwaves may be installed under a cooktop or countertop as long as clearances are met. Microwave controls are designed to be eye level. May be inconvenient to bend over to use the microwave.