How Deep Should the Cabinet Be Over a Microwave?

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How Deep Should the Cabinet Be Over a Microwave?
Microwave ovens are often installed in cabinet walls. (Modern elegant kitchen image by MAXFX from

A cabinet located over a built-in microwave provides convenient storage for items that are not often used . Snack trays, waffle irons and sandwich grills are good items to store in the cabinet above a microwave.

Microwave Dimensions

Dimensions for kitchen appliances are typically standardised, though the industry standard depth of built-in microwaves varies from 12.5 inches to 22 inches. Here are some typical manufacturer depths for built-in microwaves: GE 15-1/4 inches; LG 15-3/8 inches; frigidaire 15-1/32 inches and Whirlpool 15 -7/16 inches.

Cabinet Dimensions

Standard depth for kitchen cabinet base units is 24 inches. The standard depth for cabinets above the base units is 12 inches although cabinet designers may vary dimensions slightly from this standard.

Installed Dimensions

Regardless of the microwave depth, the cabinets installed above a built-in microwave should hold to the 12 inch industry standard for depth.

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