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Can A Countertop Microwave Be Installed In A Cabinet

By Lianne Jones April 02, 2022 0 comments

Countertop microwaves are an excellent choice for those who want to cook quickly without having to open up the oven.

Most microwaves are designed to be placed on a worktop, however, the microwave can take up a fair bit of space, so you may be wondering if it's possible to place the microwave in a cabinet.

You’ll be glad to know what yes it is but there are a few things to consider. Let’s look in a bit more detail.

Instructions

The first step is to make sure that you read the instructions before installing your microwave. It should have information about the type of clearance that you need.

There are different types of clearances that a microwave requires depending on the position of vents. You want to make sure that you know this information for safe installation.

Size

You should get the right dimensions before installing the microwave into the cabinet. Microwave sizes vary by type, but most are about 30 inches wide, 17 inches tall and 15 to 17 inches deep.

Some built-in microwaves measure about 18 inches wide, 13 inches tall and 11 inches deep.

Countertops range from compact to extra large and have an interior capacity ranging from 1 cubic feet to more than 2 cubic feet.

A compact microwave is slightly smaller than a standard countertop model, making it ideal for kitchen spaces with very limited countertop rooms or ones that are going to be placed in a cabinet.

Dimensions typically include the following:

  • Capacity is usually about 0.5 to 0,9 cubic feet.
  • Widths can range from 15-to 18 inches.
  • Heights often measure from 10 to 13 inches. Depths usually measure from 11-16 inches.

Type

Convection microwaves are used to cook, bake, and brown food and they have fans that circulate hot air to help cook, bake, and crisp food.

Oven-microwave combos are similar to convection microwaves but operate in an oven. Oven-microwave combo appliances are convenient because they combine an oven and a microwave into one unit.

Their appearance is similar to a regular oven and microwave, but they're more compact than either appliance alone.

Do some research to identify which microwave would best suit the relocation to a cupboard.

A built-in microwave can be specifically designed to fit inside a kitchen cabinet. Built-ins also offer better insulation, which keeps food warmer longer.

Cabinet Doors

Can A Countertop Microwave Be Installed In A Cabinet

If your cabinets have bad doors, you may want to fix that before putting your microwave oven inside. This is because a malfunctioning cabinet door can make moving the microwave oven inside problematic.

Doors usually take more effort to open and close than other parts of the kitchen, making them one of the worst places to put the microwave oven.

If you need to open or close the microwave quickly, the door could get stuck for a few seconds first, which at the least is inconvenient.

Ventilation

Microwave ovens should be vented properly when placed inside a cabinet. You need to ensure that there is sufficient airflow around your microwave oven.

As mentioned earlier, consult the manufacturer's manual for the appropriate size clearance. If it's possible, place it near an open window or vent and ensure the vents are never covered up.

Weight/Access

As well as adequate ventilation, you need to think about accessibility. Microwaves should always be placed on a sturdy shelf and you should make sure there are enough supports for the microwave and the cabinet shouldn't be too high up.

Cleaning

Microwaves should be cleaned regularly because they are very sensitive devices. Dust buildup can cause them to overheat and break down.

This is slightly more complicated when it is in cupboards but it's crucial it gets cleaned to avoid blocking up the air vents.

Trim Kits

Trim kits are made specifically to put a microwave into cabinetry. They aren't essential but do make the microwave look better.

They will protect your microwave from dust and grimes, and they will provide enough ventilation for the microwave. You can purchase the trim kit from the same company that built your microwave.

Wires

Microwave ovens should always be plugged into a grounded power outlet. You can also plug them in the back of the cabinet if you have a power outlet there.

Don't use an extension cord or power bars, as they could cause damage to the appliance.

You should keep them away from heat sources and be aware that putting them in cabinets can make them more vulnerable to overheating and fires.

Installation

You need to open and remove your cabinet doors before installing your microwave. Once your microwave is installed, you can close the door back up. Microwaves need a lot of space to work properly.

Firstly, you should use a tape measure to measure the clearance needed around your microwave. Then drill holes in your cabinet near the microwave, making sure the holes are large enough to fit the microwave's power cord

The microwaves need to be thoroughly cleaned before being put back into the cavity. You should plug your microwave into an electrical outlet, and then attach the door to the cabinet.

After doing this, you can use a trim kit to install your microwave into your kitchen cabinets.

The microwave should be placed about 3 feet away from the wall. The distance between the top of the microwave and the bottom of the cabinet should be at least 15 inches.

Aesthetics

Microwave ovens should be made as unobtrusive as possible. They should fit into the kitchen cabinet seamlessly without sticking out like a sore thumb. They should also be easy to use and clean.

A built-in microwave should match the rest of the kitchen. Stainless steel is the most common material used for built-in microwaves. They usually come in neutral colors like gray, black, or white and some models have a drop-down door.

Kids/Safety

You should always lock the cabinet if there are children around. Kids playing around the oven can cause an accident and it's unsafe so bear this in mind when considering the height and accessibility of your microwave.

Safety precautions must be taken when installing microwaves. You shouldn't install them by yourself. Hiring professionals to do it for you is a better option especially if you don't feel confident.

Conclusion

So, now you know how easy it is to put a microwave into a cabinet, you can start planning your perfect kitchen. Enjoy!


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