When finishing our basement this year, I used the Sektion cabinets from IKEA to create a 14′ bar along one wall. My checklist included a sink, beverage refrigerators, a pull-out trash can and a microwave. Since I didn’t want upper cabinets, and didn’t want a microwave to sit on the counter, I wanted to include a microwave cabinet in the lower cabinets.I couldn’t find one at IKEA so you know what I did? I created one with my very own microwave cabinet – IKEA Hack!
First, I planned my bar easily by using the IKEA kitchen planner to space out where I wanted all of the cabinets to go. In the plan I included a cabinet that I would be turning into a microwave cabinet with storage underneath.
Once I planned it all out, I printed it off and used the plan to tell my electrician where the outlet should go for the microwave. That made it really easy for him PLUS I knew where all the cabinets should go based on the printout!
Once I built the cabinets and started to install them, I had to cut the back of the cabinet I would use for the microwave to pull the outlet through the back of the cabinet so I could plug in the microwave once installed.
I found the microwave I wanted to use and based my measurements off of that. I bought a deep drawer and drawer front for the cabinet and installed it in the bottom. The top of the cabinet would be used for the microwave.
For the part the microwave would sit on, I installed the stationary white shelf on the pegs above the drawer. Then, using an end panel that matched the cabinets, I cut a piece that would fit right on top of the white shelf and attached it. Since this space would be visible, that would hide the white of the cabinet and give it the same finish as the rest of the bar.
I then cut 4 pieces (from the finished edges of the same end panel I used for the shelf) and created a border around the opening, creating a finished look.
I got the microwave in and it looks perfect! It looks like it was made for the cabinet! This was a SUPER easy build! It looks AMAZING, right?!
I hope this inspires you to create your own hack to make it work for YOU like I made this IKEA microwave cabinet hack work for ME!