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Issue 17 · The Organized Kitchen · April 28, 2015

13 Strategies for Hiding the Microwave

Issue 17 · The Organized Kitchen · April 28, 2015

When I embarked on a kitchen remodel a few years ago, one of my main obsessions was to hide the microwave (Jerome, remember?). My kitchen is tiny, and it proved a challenge to find an unoccupied niche. But we prevailed, and I'm happy to say I haven't had to come face to face with my microwave for the past decade. Here are 10 spaces where the microwave is tucked away from aesthetically appraising eyes.

Dumbo Loft by Robertson Pasanella | Remodelista

Above: A Dumbo loft designed by Marco Pasanella and Rebecca Robertson features a microwave tucked inside the kitchen island; see the whole project at A Whimsical Family Loft in Brooklyn. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.

Jute Kitchen Remodel | Remodelista

Above: Alison Devlin of design firm Jute (a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory) tucked a microwave in a kitchen cabinet; see the whole project at Rehab Diary: A Small-Kitchen Makeover with Maximum Storage. Photo by Drew Kelly.

Above: A folding corner cabinet provides a niche for a microwave and other appliances (note the piano hinges; read more at Design Sleuth: Elegant Piano Hinges).

Project M Kitchen with Concealed Microwave | Remodelista

Above: For a Silverlake remodel, designers Project M+ tucked the microwave tucked under the kitchen counter; see the whole project at Before/After: A Cool and Confident Kitchen in LA by Project M+.

Above: A cabinet front conceals a microwave. Photograph via Decor Pad.

Above: A microwave and a toaster oven tucked under a countertop ingeniously solves two problems, via Gepetto.

Barbara Bestor Kitchen in Los Angeles | Remodelista

Above: Barbara Bestor tucked a microwave in a side cabinet in A New England Kitchen by Way of LA

Above: A built-in Viking Microwave is a sleek, discreet (and expensive) option.

Above: The built-in BM 281 Gaggenau Microwave Oven features gas-pressurized springs for smooth opening and closing.

Above: Allison Bloom of Dehn Bloom Design tucked her microwave in a niche in her kitchen island (see Steal This Look: Mill Valley Loft-Style Kitchen). Photograph by John Merkl.

Above: Traditional cabinetry with a built-in microwave slot; via Heartwood Kitchens.

Appliance Garage via Dwell | Remodelista

Above: Ikea cabinets with swing-up doors for countertop appliances; via Dwell.

Above: A clever slotted bookshelf, spice rack, and microwave niche, all hidden behind pocket doors; via This Old House.

Interested in more storage ideas for the kitchen? See 15 Ideas to Steal from High-End Kitchen Systems.

This post is an update; the original ran on April 9, 2013, in our Bring on the Spring issue.

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