Easy Guide to Setting Up a Built-in Microwave in Your Kitchen

Placement-wise, there are two types of microwaves: freestanding or countertops and built-in microwaves. Built-in microwaves are sometimes called integrated microwaves (if placed inside walls. One of the most significant benefits of the built-in model is that it saves kitchen space. However, while built-in microwave ovens triumph in the space-saving aspects, countertops are preferred for their installation ease.

Installing a built-in microwave oven requires some action, but it is easy to finish if you are a DIY person with the right tools. It is much easier if you invite your friends over for the weekend to help. Don't worry; the microwave receipt will still be in your name.

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What Tools Do You Need to Set Up a Built-in Microwave in Your Kitchen?

1. A Phillips screwdriver
2. Flat-blade screwdriver
3. Level
4. Measuring tape
5. A drill
6. Drill bits (3mm and 2.5cm).

Get your toolbox from the basement and see if you have these tools. Check out shops online for the equipment if you don't have them.

Step-by-step Process to Installing a Built-in Microwave

Take the Cabinet Dimensions

If you haven't already bought the built-in microwave, this is the first thing you should do. Measure the space of the cabinet, kitchen island, or counter opening that you wish to house the microwave. Like a dark decor? You can find black, built-in microwaves on Appliance People. Read Appliance People reviews.

Your measurement should include the cabinet height, length, width, and depth. The rule of thumb is to add a 3-inch and 1-inch clearance to allow the microwave to sit comfortably and operate smoothly.

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Ensure Electrical Outlet is Close to Cabinet

You need an outlet to plug in your microwave; the nearer it is to the cabinet, the better. You can get on with the steps if you have an electrical supply of 240V at 60Hz (and a 20amp circuit). If you don't have a circuit with these ratings, contact an electrician to fix it. You can buy an extension cord from online electronic stores like Knees Home and Electrical if the power outlet is far from the cabinet.

Assemble the Spacer Kit

The spacer kit is the framework upon which the microwave would rest. Remove the spacer kit from the pack. Find the spacer bars, align them to the trims and screw them together. When you have tightly screwed them, place them against the wall of the cabinet opening, and drill a hole through them. Now, use the flathead screwdrivers to fasten screws through the hole to fix the assembly to the wall.

Unpack the Microwave

Let your friends help you lift the microwave onto the counter. Remove other accessories like turntables, glass, etc.

Finish Up

With the help of your friends, lift the microwave into the cabinet. For a perfect fit, ensure that you align the microwave oven with the spacer bars before attaching it to the mounting bracket. Gently fix other accessories into the microwave and voila! you are all set.


Built-in microwave ovens are the perfect models for sleek, modern kitchens. They blend in with the rest of the cabinet and give the kitchen a flush look. You can set it up and start creating tasty dishes with a little effort. Can't afford the built-in model but want a space-saving microwave? Consider a small microwave.

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