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Issue 67 · Bring on the Spring · April 9, 2013

10 Strategies for Hiding the Microwave

Issue 67 · Bring on the Spring · April 9, 2013

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.

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).

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

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

Above: A built-in Viking microwave is a sleek, discrete (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). Photo by John Merkl.

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

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.

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