Kitchen Appliance Storage Ideas
Keeping small appliances behind closed doors reduces counter clutter. Take a look at how these appliance garages create storage solutions.
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Behind Closed Doors
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Get the best of both worlds by designing an appliance garage, or series of garages, deep into the backsplash area. This will require borrowing space from the room behind the wall, but it allows for the most usable counter surface in front of the garages to be free of clutter.
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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.
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Between the kitchen's two large windows, this set of cabinets features detailed glass fronts, along with foldout doors for small appliances.
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Behind the Curtain
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.
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Up, Up, and Away
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.
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Clear Up Counter 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.
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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.
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Consider outfitting an appliance garage with other useful necessities -- canisters of coffee and sugar or a mug full of spoons and knives. These conveniences can save steps and time on busy mornings.