Microwave drawers are sweeping our nation’s kitchens for great reason. With a capacity of about 1 cubic foot, the typical undercounter microwave fits in seamlessly with the rest of your cabinets while opening up prime property over your stovetop or on your countertop.

Microwave drawers are conveniently situated at hip level, allowing for much safer treatment. Marketed towards families on the go, they are installed at an accessible height for children and equipped with safety locks for homes with toddlers.

As the countdown to my kitchen renovation continues, it looks as if I’ll be adding another appliance to my wish list. I love to tuck things away, so it seems a built-in compact microwave drawer is the best solution for us.

What about you personally? Take a look at these examples and let me know what you think.

Design Savvy

The short end of a kitchen island typically goes rancid. The 24-inch Sharp microwave oven is a smart use of this space.

Alicia Shearer, ASID, CID

Set a microwave drawer next to the oven, so when a dish is defrosted in the microwave you can pop it right into the oven.

HartmanBaldwin Design/Build

Standard microwaves have a hinged door developed for right-handed cooks, but microwave drawers open wide, permitting easy access for everybody.

Su Casa Designs

While I am typically a fan of the kitchen sink window, I wouldn’t turn down a microwave drawer window.

Kristin Petro Interiors, Inc..

A clutter-free work surface is high on my priority list. You have freed up countertop property by tucking the microwave under the counter.

Anna Lattimore Interior Design

Although this country kitchen is big, the appliances (like the microwave) are centrally situated, allowing for efficient food prep.

Mrs. G TV & Appliances

Viking’s Undercounter DrawerMicro Oven beautifully meets the Viking 48-inch Dual Fuel Range in this Philadelphia kitchen.

Marcia Moore Design

By installing a microwave designer Marcia Moore managed to define a contemporary exhaust hood in place of an over-the-range microwave with ventilation.

Thorson Restoration & Construction

First historic touches such as wide plank floors and exposed beams accentuate this upgraded cookery. With the microwave hidden at the end of the huge island, you are able to observe the architectural qualities rather than the appliances.

Cabinetry Studio from MainStreet

Rather than eat up wall cupboard area, this microwave drawer tucks easily into normally unused area on the kitchen island.

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