In early days, microwave ovens were mostly used for popping some Orville Redenbacher or reheating a cup of java. Today, they’ve become an essential part of the heat-and-eat lifestyle, preparing everything from frozen pizza for one to a complete sit-down meal for an entire family.
And while the microwave has changed the way we prepare our meals, it has also changed the way we use and design our kitchens.
Previously, kitchens were designed with an emphasis on creating a smooth flow of traffic from the fridge to the stove to the sink. And they were often an afterthought. In many older kitchens, you’ll often find the microwave wedged anywhere an electrical outlet would allow.
Not to mention, they were both bulky and not very visually appealing.
Today though, microwaves are available in a variety of sizes and styles and can be easily integrated into any new kitchen design. We asked our Milestone Millwork designers to give their thoughts on integrating this essential appliance into today’s modern kitchen without compromising countertop real estate or visual appeal.
What to Consider:
Before deciding which type of installation you want, our design team suggests considering the amount you’ll use your microwave as well as your height.
As with the classic kitchen design, placing your microwave over your stove allows for a smooth flow of traffic when preparing meals. This installation sees the microwave mounted over your stove but can be problematic for shorter people or those with difficulty reaching tall items.
As well, this option isn’t compatible if you have a gas stove or range due to the installation height requirements.
This is less common due to the depth of the shelf needed. This method of installation is also more bulky and cumbersome.
Above a Wall Oven:
This installation method gives a clean, seamless built-in look. This method can also have the same height issues as the Above-the-Range method but is the most visually appealing.
This method is not ideal for someone who is taller but is a great option for keeping the microwave out-of-sight from the main living space. It also allows the greatest options for microwave types as well. Trim kits are available for a more seamless look.
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Houzz and Pinterest bookmarks, torn pages from interior design magazines, colour swatches from your nearest Home Depot. All evidence that you’re planning a new kitchen for your home.
Unless you’re an interior designer, planning your new kitchen can be fraught with frustration and doubt. And if you’re a parent of young children, you’ll also have to consider designing a kitchen that is child-friendly. After all, kitchens are often the busiest parts of a home.
Milestone’s kitchen design team got together and came up with these simple kitchen design tips to help keep your children safe.
Kids touch everything! It is part of the learning process. Keep fingerprints to a minimum by staying away from stainless steel and glass and instead make use of wood finishes or cabinets finished with eggshell or gloss paint. These finishes make cleaning up fingerprints with soap and water a cinch.
1) Save your kids a bump on the head by giving your countertop a rounded edge profile.
2) Spillage is commonplace with young children. Quartz countertops are easy to clean and nearly indestructible.
3) Involve your children in the kitchen and encourage them to participate. Adding a lower section of countertop allows kids to safely prepare their own food without the need to stand on furniture.
Children have difficulty turning on faucets. A touch-free faucets is a good solution and will help prevent accidental scalding.
Dedicate a lower cabinet or drawer for your children and fill it with dishes. The same can be done in your refrigerator by using a lower drawer or shelve and stocking it with juice, water and healthy after-school snacks.
Flooring is also an important thing to consider when designing a child-friendly kitchen. Choose a non-slip tile and avoid high-gloss materials. Hardwood floors are both long-lasting and easy to clean.
GOING THE EXTRA MILE:
1) Cleaners – Consider using non-toxic cleaners for messes and spills. You’ll be surprised just how good Norwex cloth works.
2) Environmentally-Friendly: Recycling bins can add a really fun element to any kitchen design. Make sure to choose a bin with lids that seal for added safety.
3) Relocate sharp knives, appliances and other dangerous items to out-of-reach cabinets.
4) Soft close drawers and doors will help prevent hurt fingers.
We hope you’ve found these tips to making your new kitchen child-friendly helpful.
For more tips and inspiration, visit our showroom at 2895 St. Paul Avenue in Niagara Falls.