Kitchen Design Planning - Where Should the Microwave Go?
Top 5 Places to Put the Microwave
Lifestyle concerns, such as the number of cooks in the kitchen and ease of use (including universal design aspects), can help determine where the microwave should go when you design the kitchen for your next new home.
Practical concerns, such as microwave width/height/depth and the placement of other appliances (especially the refrigerator), can also affect your placement decision.
1. Above the range
One of the most popular places to keep a microwave is above the range.
In this custom home, the microwave is central to the rest of the kitchen - with easy access to countertops (including the island), refrigerator, and sink.
This microwave is probably at the maximum convenient height.
2. Above the counter
This custom kitchen design takes advantage of the most common day-to-day traffic pattern: from refrigerator to microwave.
The large, professional grade range/oven takes up the majority of space and notoriety in the kitchen, while the microwave maintains ease-of-use aspects.
3. Above the wall oven
This kitchen design places the microwave at eye level, a height more managable for many people.
The refrigerator is placed directly opposite the microwave, and there is plenty of "landing space" to the right of the microwave, to set hot plates.
4. Under the counter
Microwaves are placed under the counter when they are used less often than other kitchen appliances, or when height is a concern (such as in accessible kitchens).
This custom designed kitchen places the microwave between the walk-in-pantry and the refrigerator.
5. Under an island or peninsula
Finally, the under-the-island microwave design is becoming more popular among new homebuyers, as well.
In this kitchen, the cooks can share island counter space, while looking out to the breakfast room and two-story great room.
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