A microwave isn‘t compulsory in everyday life and I‘m not going to prove the opposite. I have various situations among customers. A kitchen is being designed with a microwave as well as without it. In this topic I‘ll overview possible places for microwaves in the kitchen and I‘ll definitely not offer to keep it in a separate pantry, as a usual person cannot let him have this luxury.
For me personally the kitchen is the most beautiful when all devices are integrated or maximally hidden. Let‘s talk about the first case – about an integrated microwave. Normally, this everyday device is mounted above an oven, in a high cabinet. Integrated oven in eyes level is a usual wish and requirement, therefore, if a wallet allows, I‘d suggest you to choose a microwave of the same manufacturer and pair these two devices together. Two photos below are taken from my customers‘ home.
What should you think about if this option tempts you? You should think about the fact that such a microwave is more expensive than a standard one which is easy to build and it needs a separate socket (behind or next to a microwave). It‘s a plus that the kitchen looks neat and modern.
When it comes to maximum hiding I have in mind a microwave place in upper cabinets or even above integrated oven behind closed door. This option also requires to determine and plan a socket in advance, however, you can also use your old microwave this way (usually more important things and costs appear) end you see one device fewer in a kitchen.
Of course, don‘t forget it must be comfortable to use. If you need to warm up a soup and you lift a plate too high most probably you‘d spill the part of it while taking it out, as it‘s not seen what‘s there in a plate. It‘d be okay if the plate was cold but when it‘s hot you want to do the a taking-out action as soon as possible!
Not going too far from upper cabinets, the part of people install a microwave above a countertop, as if it was the part of a cabinet. This solution is appropriate when you don‘t have an integrated oven but you want an integrated microwave which looks neat.
Well, and coming back to hiding devices it‘s particularly popular to hide a microwave in a high cabinet together with a coffee machine. So that it wasn‘t so much visual sound in a kitchen, these devices (usually together with a toaster and blender) are hidden behind closed doors. This solution isn‘t widely widespread in Lithuania, as then a kitchen set costs more (additional doors are necessary), but I believe that people will find its use.
That‘s not all! You can install a microwave under countertop and in a kitchen island (don‘t forget about a socket). Maybe it‘s not the most comfortable height to use it usually, but if there‘s no other way out please consider this opportunity. Most usually a microwave is mounted under countertop in case there‘s no space in upper cabinets or there‘re no upper cabinets at all (yes yes, that also happens).
Well, and the last and the least place is simply on a countertop. Why the least? As a microwave takes useful countertop area which you can use for cooking but I see a plus here, too. If you didn‘t want a microwave at first but a need for it appearead in a while you don‘t need to do anything additionally. Most usually there‘re not only one and not two additional sockets above a countertop, thus if they‘re in an appropriate place you only need to buy a microwave and to buy it.
Which option is most appropriate for you? Where do you keep a microwave? Please comment below the article.