Installing microwave in overhead kitchen wall cabinet

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by Martin Pentreath, Mar 14, 2006.

  1. Am I onto a loser here? I'm roughing out some plans for my (rather
    small) kitchen. I want a microwave but I don't want it cluttering up
    the worktop. My preferred solution would be to have it in one of the
    over-counter wall cupboards (whether it's behind door or not I don't
    really mind). I thought I'd seen this sort of thing, but looking
    through some kitchen brochures perhaps I was imagining it. The problem
    I think will be the depth of the microwave. The least deep microwave I
    can find is 312mm. The standard depth for wall cupboards is 300mm. I
    don't really want one of those chunky oven housings which are the full
    depth of a work surface.

    Does anyone know of any extra-shallow microwaves which would fit in an
    overhead cupboard or have any other ideas?
     
    Martin Pentreath, Mar 14, 2006
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  2. Martin Pentreath

    Ben Micklem Guest

    in article , Martin
    Pentreath at wrote on 14/3/06 16:02:

    > Does anyone know of any extra-shallow microwaves which would fit in an
    > overhead cupboard or have any other ideas?


    My parents have a NEFF that fits into a 30cm deep x 60 cm wide overhead
    unit. I think these ones on the Comet website are similar models to theirs:
    http://www.comet.co.uk/comet/html/cache/796.html

    They don't seem very good value compared to the cheapest on offer at
    Tescos/Argos/etc.


    Ben
     
    Ben Micklem, Mar 14, 2006
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    Ben Micklem wrote:
    > in article , Martin
    > Pentreath at wrote on 14/3/06 16:02:
    >
    > > Does anyone know of any extra-shallow microwaves which would fit in an
    > > overhead cupboard or have any other ideas?

    >
    > My parents have a NEFF that fits into a 30cm deep x 60 cm wide overhead
    > unit. I think these ones on the Comet website are similar models to theirs:
    > http://www.comet.co.uk/comet/html/cache/796.html
    >
    > They don't seem very good value compared to the cheapest on offer at
    > Tescos/Argos/etc.
    >
    >
    > Ben


    We have a Bosch micro built-in. It appears to be an adapter plate
    fascia that clips into the cavity, with a standard-ish oven filling the
    hole in the plate. No doubt much more expensive than a cheap, standard
    oven.... I assume that the depth available is a standard for built-in
    units like ovens.
     
    , Mar 14, 2006
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  4. Martin Pentreath

    Guest

    Martin Pentreath wrote:

    > Am I onto a loser here? I'm roughing out some plans for my (rather
    > small) kitchen. I want a microwave but I don't want it cluttering up
    > the worktop. My preferred solution would be to have it in one of the
    > over-counter wall cupboards (whether it's behind door or not I don't
    > really mind). I thought I'd seen this sort of thing, but looking
    > through some kitchen brochures perhaps I was imagining it. The problem
    > I think will be the depth of the microwave. The least deep microwave I
    > can find is 312mm. The standard depth for wall cupboards is 300mm.


    Sounds like a non-problem to me.

    Much easier to have it on an open shelf than behind a door. It needs
    the ventilation, and why open 2 doors rather than one? And why have a
    risky corner sticking out at face level any time youre cooking?


    NT
     
    , Mar 14, 2006
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  5. Martin Pentreath wrote:
    > Am I onto a loser here? I'm roughing out some plans for my (rather
    > small) kitchen. I want a microwave but I don't want it cluttering up
    > the worktop. My preferred solution would be to have it in one of the
    > over-counter wall cupboards (whether it's behind door or not I don't
    > really mind). I thought I'd seen this sort of thing, but looking
    > through some kitchen brochures perhaps I was imagining it. The problem
    > I think will be the depth of the microwave. The least deep microwave I
    > can find is 312mm. The standard depth for wall cupboards is 300mm. I
    > don't really want one of those chunky oven housings which are the full
    > depth of a work surface.
    >
    > Does anyone know of any extra-shallow microwaves which would fit in an
    > overhead cupboard or have any other ideas?
    >


    Why not make a custom shelf unit 315mm deep to sit between two standard
    wall units? You could then use the space above the microwave for those
    lovely knick-knacks or your collection of cookery books :)

    Even though the other units are 300mm deep, with their doors on they are
    likely to be 312 - 315 mm anyway.

    R.
     
    Richard A Downing, Mar 14, 2006
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  6. Martin Pentreath

    Guest

    Martin Pentreath wrote:
    > Am I onto a loser here? I'm roughing out some plans for my (rather
    > small) kitchen. I want a microwave but I don't want it cluttering up
    > the worktop. My preferred solution would be to have it in one of the
    > over-counter wall cupboards (whether it's behind door or not I don't
    > really mind).


    I put mine on microwave brackets under the boiler. Takes care of not
    wanting to lose worktop real estate, but keeps ventilation ok.

    Also saves a cupboard !

    Cheers

    Paul.
     
    , Mar 14, 2006
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  7. Martin Pentreath wrote :
    > Am I onto a loser here? I'm roughing out some plans for my (rather
    > small) kitchen. I want a microwave but I don't want it cluttering up
    > the worktop. My preferred solution would be to have it in one of the
    > over-counter wall cupboards (whether it's behind door or not I don't
    > really mind).


    You might find that cupboard shelves are not really designed for the
    weight, without additional reinforcement. You can however buy purpose
    made microwave wall mounting brackets, with adjustable arm length.
    These might be a better solution.

    --

    Regards,
    Harry (M1BYT) (L)
    http://www.ukradioamateur.co.uk
     
    Harry Bloomfield, Mar 14, 2006
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  8. Many thanks for all the advice, it looks like I was worrying about
    nothing.
     
    Martin Pentreath, Mar 16, 2006
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