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Microwaves are incredibly versatile these days – from “dorm room size” all the way up to “Thanksgiving turkey” capable ones are on the market.  So when planning your kitchen remodel in Fayette County, PA be sure to measure and plan accordingly to ensure you microwave fits with both the flow of the room and the depth of cabinets you’re installing. Read on to get some tips on solving the microwave problem, including a really unique solution!

Some people put their microwave on the countertop.  This is the go-to for many people who moved into an older home and didn’t renovate the kitchen, or for smaller homes where a microwave wasn’t planned for in the kitchen design.  However, a large microwave can occupy a large and unattractive amount of space.  So if you have to go with a countertop microwave, you can choose a smaller one.

Others choose to put the microwave mounted above the range.  On the one hand this makes sense – put all the cooking appliances together.  But on the other hand, it doesn’t vent your range very well, and imagine trying to remove things from the microwave with hot food in cooking pots below.  You could drop items into the pots or burn yourself while reaching into the microwave.

Some people put the microwave underneath the countertop, but that can be a pain to bend over each time you want to use it, especially if it’s a daily use appliance.

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The Microwave Shelf

We’ve found an additional solution which can help!  Here it is: put your microwave on a shelf.  It doesn’t take much extra thinking when you’re already in “kitchen remodel” mode, and it’s well worth the time to consider a microwave shelf.  This can be done a few different ways.

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The Microwave Stand

If you’re working on a tight budget, a microwave stand like this one can fulfill your needs, but it will require enough floor space to make it happen. 

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The Shelf Within The Cabinets

Another option is to simply install a shelf within your replacement cabinet plans to accommodate a microwave.  Make sure to install a recessed outlet, and be absolutely certain you get your measurements correct for your microwave so it fits properly.

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The Built-In Multi-Purpose Shelves

And if you have the space, you could consider a set of shelves, and then place the microwave on one of them.  These shelves could be adjustable or not, but either way you’ll still want to measure your microwave to ensure these shelves are built to accommodate it.

There are many things to consider for kitchen remodeling in Uniontown, PA and microwave placement is only one of them.  And of course we’re happy to help you plan out your new kitchen and then build it to your exact specifications.  Feel free to request an online quote or call us at 724-550-4533!

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