It’s a big question when you’re designing a kitchen: where to put the microwave. Lately I’ve received quite a few questions about the microwave in our kitchen. I thought a post may be in order to break down how we landed with the microwave we did, and my suggestions to get it off the kitchen counter.
I don’t love small appliances out in plain sight. In our new house, I hide the toaster, the mixer, the blender– they all have a cupboard. The microwave isn’t really something that can be easily hidden unless you have a large pantry, which we do not, so I knew I wanted to put it in the island.
If you have a large island, it’s a great place for the microwave– out of sight, and easily accessible. There are two ways to go– build a little slot shelf for it to sit on, or do a drawer microwave. We went the drawer route.
Here’s what I discovered when shopping for a drawer microwave: 1) they ain’t cheap, 2) there are several appliance lines that carry them but they are all pretty much manufactured by Sharp. That means if you buy another brand, it’s probably the same microwave as a Sharp but with a different label.
We happened to be at Home Depot one evening shopping for a dishwasher for the basement bar area and were were chatting with a salesman about how drawer microwaves were kind of tough to find. Not a lot of stores carry them in stock (you have to special order) so you can’t really check them out in person. He happened to remember that they had just so special ordered one for a customer who realized he had ordered the wrong size. It hadn’t even been opened and he sold it to us for a deep discount. It was an awesome score. This one is pretty close to the one we got, if not the exact model.
If we had not done a drawer microwave, my next option would have been a shelf for the microwave to sit on. I’ve seen it done beautifully. Here are a few examples.
via Jenna Sue Design
Here’s to clear countertops and discrete microwaves!
Cheers to a new week,
photos of my home by Veronica Reeve