Common Mistakes: Radiate away from the corner

Microwaves are typically designed over-the-range with a built in exhaust fan, or under-the-counter in a 24 sink base cabinet, or as part of the wall cabinets. If the wall cabinet design is opted for, then it mustn’t be next to a diagonal wall cabinet.

While a customer designs with Ikea’s Home Planner it alerts for common mistakes . . . . designing a refrigerator next to a wall, for example. But here’s one error it won’t alert you about: Microwave cabinets directly beside a diagonal wall cabinet.

A microwave cabinet too close to a corner makes an uncomfortable work space. Since the microwave is used often, all activity related to it will be pushed into a corner. That’s unnecessary and a bad design!

Most important is that since the microwave protrudes out from the 12” depth of the rest of the cabinets, the diagonal wall cabinet door will bang into the side of it. So, there’ll be damage to the cabinet door and microwave . . . and also limited access to the diagonal wall cabinet itself.

Better to shift the wall cabinets around and leave a regular wall cabinet in between the corner and the microwave, as such:

About IKD

IKD began several years ago designing IKEA kitchens for IKEA authorized installation contractors. We've successfully completed thousands of IKEA kitchen designs for every possible range of size, shape, budget and style. We still continue to design for these IKEA contractors, but also serve those IKEA consumers that just want a design or will install themselves. Most often customers want a better quality design than what they can do with IKEA's Home Planner.
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3 Responses to Common Mistakes: Radiate away from the corner

  1. Catriona says:

    Better still, don’t put the microwave overhead, with all the inherent risks (spilling and tipping hot food and liquids either on yourself or on the counter).

    Instead, consider installing it under the countertop, for instance in a 24″ 3-drawer Akurum base; simply do not insert the upper two drawers, and add a shelf for the microwave instead. Safer, and more user-friendly, and less unsightly.

    • IKDO says:

      Good point Catriona! Another option is to use a base Akurum Oven cabinet (AK BO)

      • Catriona says:


        More importantly, I LOVE this blog. There are way too many “designers” out there who don’t have a clue about how a kitchen actually works, and I find your approach and philosophy is insightful, entertaining, and refreshingly clearly presented.

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