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11 Strategies for Hiding the Microwave

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11 Strategies for Hiding the Microwave

March 6, 2018

When I embarked on a kitchen remodel years ago, one of my main obsessions was to hide the microwave (Jerome, remember?). My kitchen is on the small side, and it proved a challenge to find an unoccupied niche. But we found one, and I’m happy to say I haven’t had to come face to face with my microwave for the past decade. Here are 11 spaces where the microwave is tucked away from aesthetically appraising eyes.

11 Strategies for Hiding the Microwave A Dumbo, Brooklyn, 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.
Above: A Dumbo, Brooklyn, 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.
11 Strategies for Hiding the Microwave Alison Davin 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. Photograph by Drew Kelly.
Above: Alison Davin 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. Photograph by Drew Kelly.
11 Strategies for Hiding the Microwave In Sheila Narusawa&#8\2\17;s Cape Cod kitchen, the microwave and other small appliances are tucked away on pullout shelves fitted with hidden outlets. See Kitchen of the Week: A Streamlined Cape Cod Classic.
Above: In Sheila Narusawa’s Cape Cod kitchen, the microwave and other small appliances are tucked away on pullout shelves fitted with hidden outlets. See Kitchen of the Week: A Streamlined Cape Cod Classic.
11 Strategies for Hiding the Microwave A microwave and a toaster oven tucked under a countertop ingeniously solves two problems from Gepetto.
Above: A microwave and a toaster oven tucked under a countertop ingeniously solves two problems from Gepetto.
11 Strategies for Hiding the Microwave Barbara Bestor tucked a microwave in a side cabinet in A New England Kitchen by Way of LA.
Above: Barbara Bestor tucked a microwave in a side cabinet in A New England Kitchen by Way of LA.
11 Strategies for Hiding the Microwave In the back parlor turned kitchen of a \19th century Brooklyn townhouse, architect Shauna McManus hid the microwave into the coffee counter. See Kitchen of the Week: A Something Old, Something New Kitchen in Brooklyn.
Above: In the back parlor turned kitchen of a 19th-century Brooklyn townhouse, architect Shauna McManus hid the microwave into the coffee counter. See Kitchen of the Week: A Something Old, Something New Kitchen in Brooklyn.
11 Strategies for Hiding the Microwave Ann DeSaussure Davidson and Scott Davidson tucked a compact microwave under the counter in their Brooklyn galley kitchen; the monochrome white helps it to blend in with the cabinetry. For more, read our book, Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.
Above: Ann DeSaussure Davidson and Scott Davidson tucked a compact microwave under the counter in their Brooklyn galley kitchen; the monochrome white helps it to blend in with the cabinetry. For more, read our book, Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.
11 Strategies for Hiding the Microwave A freestanding microwave powered by a built in outlet in a kitchen pantry designed by Ken Linsteadt in Mill Valley, California. Photograph by Andres Gonzalez from Kitchen of the Week: A New Build Kitchen in Mill Valley, CA, the Six Month Check Up.
Above: A freestanding microwave powered by a built-in outlet in a kitchen pantry designed by Ken Linsteadt in Mill Valley, California. Photograph by Andres Gonzalez from Kitchen of the Week: A New-Build Kitchen in Mill Valley, CA, the Six-Month Check-Up.
11 Strategies for Hiding the Microwave A built in Viking Microwave is a sleek, discreet (and expensive) option.
Above: A built-in Viking Microwave is a sleek, discreet (and expensive) option.
11 Strategies for Hiding the Microwave A microwave concealed in the kitchen island with a retractable door at the Cape Cod beach house designed by Tei Carpenter and Victoria Birch. Photograph by Justine Hand from Kitchen of the Week: A Compact, Nautical Entertaining Kitchen on Cape Cod.
Above: A microwave concealed in the kitchen island with a retractable door at the Cape Cod beach house designed by Tei Carpenter and Victoria Birch. Photograph by Justine Hand from Kitchen of the Week: A Compact, Nautical Entertaining Kitchen on Cape Cod.
11 Strategies for Hiding the Microwave Ikea cabinets with swing up doors for countertop appliances. Photograph courtesy of Dwell.
Above: Ikea cabinets with swing-up doors for countertop appliances. Photograph courtesy of Dwell.

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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran April 9, 2013.

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