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Where to Put Microwave in Small Kitchen

Where to put Microwave in Small Kitchen

If you have a small kitchen, you find it difficult to figure out where to place your new microwave.

Microwaves can take up space if they’re not installed in the designated areas in the kitchen, so we thought we might be able to provide some help.

Today, we’re taking a closer look at where to put microwave in small kitchen so you have some ideas for your own kitchen.

Where to Put a Microwave in a Small Kitchen

There are many important things that we debate in life. You know, what happens when we die, which Marvel character could save the world, whether plaid and floral print clash and so forth. But, it is not very often – if at all – that you hear someone want to have a conversation or debate about the best place to put a microwave.

It’s a microwave. It’s a great appliance for those who prefer doing things in a simple way that can bring the idea of near-instant gratification to life. And, in almost every kitchen, the microwave is just there – sitting on the countertop or over the range. No special location or architecturally designed area. It’s just there.

Or, so you thought.

Did you know that there are many places you can put your microwave in your kitchen? This is especially true for those with kitchens that lack a bit of extra space. So, small kitchen or not, some of these ideas may intrigue you.

  1. In a spare cabinet. If you would like to get your microwave out of the way, then it is possible to place it in a spare cabinet – assuming the size of your cabinets and the size of your microwave work well together. You can hide it away by simply shutting the door.

Of course, you will definitely want to keep in mind the fact that you will have to have access to an electrical outlet in the cabinet. Or, if you are handy, be able to run an extension cord or other access to it.

  1. In the corner of your counter. Do you know that space on your countertop where the two sides meet to form an angle? Often, this corner space is barely used. Why? Well, first, it usually goes back too far to reach so, unless you are taller than average, there is a good chance you don’t put too many commonly used items in that corner.

So, what does all that mean? It means it is a great place for your microwave! It is generally a barren area and by placing your microwave at an angle, you are able to access it easily.

  1. On a shelf. Placing your microwave on a shelf is a great option. This means you can place your shelf nearly anywhere in your kitchen. Just make sure it is wide enough and sturdy enough to support the size and weight of your microwave.
  2. In your island. Notice how we said in your island and not on your island? Because placing the microwave on the countertop of the island would be just the same as placing it on your regular countertop. Except because the island is usually in the middle of the kitchen, putting something as bulky as a microwave on the countertop would stick out, be distasteful, and likely disrupt the flow of your kitchen space.
  3. In your pantry. Yes, it is true! Your microwave can sit nicely in your pantry if you are looking for a place to store it out of sight – yet still, be able to use it when needed. Of course, it is important to make sure your pantry has electrical outlets and a safe, sturdy shelf that will hold the microwave without it falling.
  4. In a lower cabinet. I bet when we said “in a spare cabinet” up in number 1 on this list, you envisioned a cabinet at about eye level, right? It is ok. Most people do. Perhaps it is because we are used to seeing microwaves either on the counter or above the range.

Placing your microwave in a lower cabinet can be a unique spot – and the possibility opens you up to new options. For instance, it will give you use of the upper cabinets without being blocked by the microwave. Plus, if you have younger children, microwave cooking is one of the first, safer cooking methods for kids. Putting it at a low enough reach for their easy access could be very beneficial.

  1. Above your range. We’ve talked about it a few times throughout this article as one of the most common places for your microwave. But, when you are referring to a small kitchen, your kitchen probably offers space above the range or countertop to install an over the range microwave.

One of the reasons this choice for microwave placement has become so popular is that it makes the range and microwave appear as though they are one unified appliance. It is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it is also space conserving.

  1. Simply put on the counter. Another very popular choice, you can put your microwave on your countertop. It doesn’t have to be in a busy area where you do a lot of your food prep. You can place it off to the side. Or, depending on how often you use it for cooking and how convenient you want it, you can place it closer to your stove, refrigerator, and the like.

There is no rule book that says you have to hide your microwave. If you use it and want it convenient, then just put it on the counter.

  1. On or in its own stand. Whether you purchase a designated microwave stand or another piece of furniture that you would like to use as such, having your microwave off to the side and on/in its own stand can be very handy. Of course, as long as you have a space for it – and it is not disrupting the flow or layout of your kitchen.

Some stands even come with wheels so you can maneuver the cart wherever is most convenient for you. In other words, you can leave it out for day-to-day use, but when it comes time to hosting company, you can always wheel it on out to make your kitchen space seem larger and less disrupted.

Microwaves are a pretty important addition to your kitchen. By using some of these ideas, you should be able to find a place to store it, no matter how small your space is.

March 27, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

What Is Over the Range Microwave?

Thor Kitchen HOR3001 – 30 Inch Over the Range Microwave

A microwave is an appliance of convenience. It can be used to cook food much faster than the stove or the oven. It’s handy, kid-friendly, and probably safe to say that nearly every home has one.

But what type of microwave suits your needs best? There are those that sit on your countertop. Others that are installed low, such as on the side of a kitchen island. And, then there are the over the range microwaves.

So, why would someone choose an over the range microwave? And, what is it exactly? That’s what we are going to look deeper at today.

What Is Over the Range Microwave?

If you are ready to get your kitchen a microwave – or a new one – you have some choices to consider. If an over the range microwave is the route you choose to go, then you have made a wise decision. See, many people immediately opt for the portable microwaves with seem to have a few benefits, such as cheaper in cost, does not require installation, can be easily accessible for kids, and are portable and compact. But cheaper and easier doesn’t always mean better, does it?

over the range microwave

An over the range microwave is going to require a bit more funds at the initial purchase, as many are considered to be more top of the line than their portable version. And, they will require some installation, as well. But the finished product is what truly matters. If you are seeking a microwave that you can add to your kitchen that will help maintain the seamless flow and elegance, then you know which type of microwave you need to choose: the over the range microwave.

Open Countertop Space

Countertop microwaves are just that – countertop microwaves. This means that they sit upon your countertop and take up space. Depending on how large your kitchen is and how much countertop space you have, this could be an incredible inconvenience.

Over the range microwaves help to open up this counter space and free you from having to have the big, bulky appliance just sitting there. Instead, installing it over your range gives it a more permanent look in your kitchen. And, it leaves you with more space to do your prep work and move more freely around the kitchen.

Installed Ventilation

Did you know that ventilation comes with an over the range microwave, but is not found in those countertop micros? Heavy cooking in your kitchen can lead to a lot of heat, steam, and air toxins that can fill the room as you cook. In place of purchasing and installing a range hood, an over the range microwave can help you clear this unwanted air, replacing it with fresh, clean, breathable air.

The added ventilation can further benefit you by reducing energy costs. Since you are removing the heat that comes with lots of cooking, you can count on not having your air conditioner to have to pick up the slack – and running up your electric bill.

Better Kitchen Flow

The layout of your kitchen has to be functional for you to get the most benefit. In other words, you cannot be running from one end of the kitchen to the other and back again, carrying hot food and trying to make sure your pot on the stove doesn’t boil over, etc. If your kitchen doesn’t have a good flow, it is just not going to work.

Placing a microwave on the counter away from the range is one of those interruptions to the flow. However, choosing to have it installed over the range means that you can handle what you have going on in the oven, on the stove, and in the microwave – without taking a step. This is how you can best manage your time in your kitchen and have it be more effective and efficient.

Sleek Design that is Easy to Clean

The seamless flow of the kitchen and the minimalistic approach to design is becoming ever so popular with new and newly remodeled kitchens. Often, the idea is to not have cluttered countertops. If you choose to go with a portable microwave, you are automatically messing with the flow of your smooth kitchen design.

Get your microwave off of your counter and up above your range. This will give you an easy flowing design through every party of your kitchen. In fact, depending on the models you choose, your microwave and range could appear as one appliance in itself. Talk about sleek design.

Also – these high-end microwaves are often made of metals that allow for easy cleaning. The result in a reduction of fingerprints and smudges, which can keep your kitchen looking swell.

A Look at the Specs

As we have discovered, not all over the range microwaves are created equal. But, to give you the idea of what you will find with one, Thor Kitchen offers a 30-inch wide, 1.7 cubic foot over the range microwave in stainless steel that is sure to grab your attention. Model HOR3001 comes with:

  • A professional door handle that can handle heavy use within your kitchen, day after day.
  • Sensor cooking that can help you keep from overcooking your food.  
  • Seven easy-to-use cook menus for some of the most popular items such as pizza, potato, meat, reheat, popcorn, beverages, vegetables.
  • Three “soften” options for cheese, ice cream, and butter.
  • Three defrost categories, including 1lb auto defrost, defrost by time, defrost by weight.
  • One-touch express cooking, from one to six minutes.
  • An eco-mode option helps you save energy.
  • A convenient kitchen timer helps you keep track of time for all your cooking needs in your kitchen, not just your microwave.

If you are in the market for an over the range microwave, you have made a great decision. Not only will this appliance choice benefit you with your cooking needs, but it will give your kitchen a look of seamless completion.

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