If you’re like many home cooks, your kitchen is probably filled with appliances: benders, slow cookers, pressure cookers, stand mixers, toaster ovens, and more.
While useful, all these appliances can certainly clutter up your countertops. To create a streamlined look, designers blend form and function with appliance garage during home renovation projects
What is an appliance garage?
An appliance garage is just what it sounds like. It’s a designated place where you can stash your appliances, keeping them close at hand for quick access, but out of sight when not in use. These spaces can be created in a variety of ways, using custom sliding panels, tambour doors, drop-down doors, and floor-to-ceiling cabinets. There are plenty of ways to renovate your kitchen with hidden spaces for your appliances — all you need to do is think creatively.
Ways to use an appliance garage
With an appliance garage, you can create customized areas in your kitchen for virtually any use. Create a coffee station with your coffee maker, coffee grinder, mugs, and other accessories. Or, make a cabinet specifically for your microwave with a drop-down door where you can temporarily set a warm plate. Go big by making a functional prep station where you can place a food processor, knife block, can opener, and other items that can be easily hidden when you’re done cooking. You can even create a space specifically for a television.
Practical tips for appliance garages
- Install electrical outlets so you can leave your appliances plugged in for ease of use.
- Create a double appliance garage with doors that swing up and down, then push back into the counter. This space-saving idea allows for adequate clearance around the cabinet.
- Use hinged doors that rise up to create space for storage in small kitchens.
- Locate the vents properly if you stow a microwave in a garage. Make sure there’s enough room for air to circulate.
- Utilize a single cabinet as an appliance garage by building several vertical levels for different items.
- Maximize counter space by using tambour doors that roll-up.
Creating appliance garages
An appliance garage is a home renovation project that requires a good deal of carpentry and finishing expertise. Unless you are equipped with this skill set, incorporating appliance garages is a job best left to the professionals. Diamond Hill Builders provides full-service kitchen remodeling services in the New England Seacoast area.
Contact us today for a free quote on your kitchen cabinetry project. We look forward to helping you make your kitchen more functional and beautiful!