Keeping small appliances behind closed doors reduces counter clutter. Take a look at how these appliance garages create storage solutions.
Incorporating appliance garages in a kitchen cabinet plan is a great way to keep these items accessible yet out of sight. You'll want to specify that the cabinet interiors of a garage be finished. Make sure to plan for multiple electrical outlets and have them installed prior to the cabinet installation.
Roll-up doors, also known as tambour doors, are made of narrow slats that roll back into the "ceiling" area of the cabinet. The advantage of this type of door is that it takes up no counter space. The disadvantage is that the doors can sometimes be slightly tricky to work.
Side-by-side appliance garages in retrofitted cabinetry give this kitchen function without visual clutter. Both sets of garage doors swing open and push back, allowing clearance in front of and around the cabinet.
Allow adequate counter space in front of a garage when it will be used for heat-generating appliances, such as coffeemakers or toasters. In most cases you'll want to slide these appliances forward to use them so heat and steam dissipate into the kitchen rather than into the confined space of the garage.
A roll-up door like this can be handy when space is tight. You can have a bulky appliance at the ready, without having to lift it out and put it away each time.
Swing-out doors offer a traditional look but require a clear counter to be opened. This door does double duty, blocking glare from the TV. Plus, its height off the counter allows the door to open even when the space below is in use.
Pull back the bright and cheery fabric hung below these upper cabinets for a peek at the contents. Be careful, though. This vintage-style toaster should be pulled out and away from the fabric before being used to avoid heat buildup and fire hazards.
Often a tight space can be made functional by specifying an appliance garage. The doors on this end cabinet wouldn't fully open. Using a hinged door that rises up best utilizes the space.
Put your microwave inside an appliance garage to clear up your counters. Along with running electrical to the cabinet, be sure the microwave is able to vent properly.
This appliance garage goes vertical by using space from countertop to ceiling to store the most commonly used appliances. If the coffeemaker or coffee press are used every morning, store coffee beans and sugar close by.