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.
Our designers love talking kitchen and bathroom design and can help you come up with a plan to fit your taste and lifestyle. Set up an appointment today!