Small Kitchen Ideas: Microwave Drawers

We have written about the best appliances and design ideas for small kitchens, which are common here in the Washington, DC area. Microwave drawers are an appliance we highly recommend and often use in kitchen remodels we complete.

What Is a Microwave Drawer & What Are Its Benefits?

Let’s start with what a microwave drawer is. It is a compact microwave are tucked into a 24- or 30-inch-wide base cabinet. With these built-in appliances, gone are the days of the unattractive microwave/range hood combination hanging above a cooktop! Besides their aesthetic benefits, microwave drawers offer several advantages. They:

  • Are unobtrusive
  • Leave extra room for cabinetry
  • Help increase storage space (always valuable in a small kitchen!)

Microwave Drawer Used in Capitol Hill, Washington, DC Remodel

Below is a microwave drawer (shown open and closed) we used in a DC kitchen remodel. It helps de-clutter the space, freeing up counter space and providing an attractive, clean aesthetic.

Microwave Drawer (Open)
Microwave Drawer (Closed)


In our gallery, you can view more pictures of this Capitol Hill project.

Is a Microwave Drawer Right for You?

Microwave drawers are great solutions in smaller spaces, but they aren’t necessarily right for every single kitchen. Consider your needs and priorities. How do you use your kitchen? The Wentworth team can help you with this. We’ll ask questions like:

  • Do you frequently cook large meals?
  • Are you physically unable to or prefer not to bend down often?
  • How often do you use your kitchen?
  • And more

Here at Wentworth, we often recommend and use Sharp, Thermador, and Wolf microwave drawers.

Small Kitchen Remodeling in Washington, DC

Do you need help transforming your small space from frustrating to fabulous? If you live in Maryland, DC, or Northern Virginia, call the award-winning team at Wentworth. We have experience remodeling kitchens in townhouses, row houses, and other small homes.

View our kitchen gallery and get in touch with our team to get started today!

“ Rarely will you find a group of people in the remodeling industry who are this committed to high-quality craftsmanship. We've worked on two projects with Wentworth and would gladly do so again. I must first of all compliment their architects for having immense creative talents but also working extremely collaboratively. Some architects simply impose their will and/or style on their clients; not so, with Wentworth. Your space will be uniquely YOURS. In addition, they are the kind of "shop" that views every roadblock or challenge as an added opportunity for great results. Every project has its challenges, but when (the inevitable) problems arose on ours, Wentworth responded with solutions that improved the overall space, making it seem like that had been the plan all along. The commitment for high-quality work extends to their carpenters and project managers, whose eye for detail is a huge asset in the implementation phase. ”

N.T., McLean, VA