Microwaves are a necessity with today's busy lifestyles but there is no denying that they take up a lot of counter space. You can get some of that valuable space back by integrating your microwave into another area of the kitchen. 

Before you do that, consider the type of microwave you want.

You can tuck a countertop model into a shelf or keep it on the counter itself. Look for a unit with a wall mount to maximize space. The benefits of a drawer-style microwave are that you can place it at any height and it's ideal for very small spaces. Finally, an over-the-range microwave can be placed directly above the oven and share ventilation and light with the range below it.

Integration Ideas

  • Installing a microwave as a drawer offers both a sleek and discrete look. It can go in the center island of the kitchen or below a countertop. This allows for easy access and frees up the counters for cooking preparation. If you don't want others to see the microwave, you can place it in a cabinet behind a sliding door in the same style and color as the rest of the cabinetry.
  • If you have wall space available from a garage or closet, you may be able to recess the microwave into the wall. This gives you the convenience of having a fast cooking solution without it protruding out and looking unsightly. Placing it near your range or other appliances is a logical choice as well. You can help it blend in better by choosing a paint trim that matches the other appliances.
  • Building a cut-out in your cabinetry for the microwave makes it look like it naturally belongs there. This is especially true when the unit fits tightly into the cabinetry around it. A trim kit from your oven manufacturer is another way to fill unsightly gaps for a more seamless appearance.