Microwave shelves provide the functional purpose of create additional storage space in an environment where space is either limited or the aesthetic appearance of the room would benefit from the addition of such a shelf. The options available are quite broad based on application, appearance, and cost just to name a few.
Things to consider before installink microwave shelves
- Many people tend to go as high as possible. That’s not always the best solution. Besides the obvious point that you have to be able to reach the microwave shelf (and the oven on it), keep in mind that is not enough just to reach it. Many times you will be extracting really hot meals from the oven (some of them with a lot of liquid), and if you don’t see what you are doing, you are in for a serious burn. Heating a cup of tea, or a soup can be extremely dangerous if you place the shelf too high.
- You don’t want the microwave shelf to disturb your transit areas. It’s a lousy trade-off when you regain space from your kitchen, but you have to change your walking habits because the shelf is always in the middle. Placing it over a a table it’s usually a great way to avoid these complications.
- Place it in a spot where you don’t crash your head into it twice a day.
- Select a spot where you can easily provide electric power to the oven. It’s is ideal if you have a nearby socket that you can use exclusively for the microwave oven. This way you can forget about puggling and unplugging the device every time you use it, and having wires all over the place.
Regarding installation itself, some of the alternatives that exist for wall installations include such options as the A-line shelf. This microwave shelf is an all in one design that has the wall mount as a part of the shelf design and is capable of supporting up to two hundred pounds. What it looks like is a partially open box where the side forms an A.
Of course, there are also shelves that are part of a special furniture like a microwave cart, or a microwave stand. Please feel free to check the linked articles to get all the information you need to make a solid decision.