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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.

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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
In the back parlor turned kitchen of a th-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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