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Advice on built-in microwaves

If you want to buy a microwave, there's a few important things to keep in mind: the size of the built-in microwave and the niche dimensions for the microwave. These important dimensions can be found on the installation drawing, but this isn't always clear. On this page, you can read about which microwave you need and how you read the installation drawings.

1. Which built-in microwave size do you need?

There are 2 standard heights for built-in microwaves: 38 and 45 centimeters. To find out which size you need, you'll have to measure the height of the space the built-in microwave will be in. This space is called the niche. There are three niche dimensions that are important when you buy a microwave oven: niche height, niche depth, and niche width. In the video below, we explain how you can measure the niche height:

2. What door type do you need?

Type of microwave door

When choosing a microwave, pay attention to the way the door opens. A microwave can open horizontally or sideways. Don't place a horizontally-opening microwave too high, or you won't be able to take your food out easily.

3. How do you read an installation drawing?

To ensure that the built-in microwave fits, it's important that you choose a microwave with the right dimensions. The niche height, niche width, and niche depth can be read on the installation drawings. Below, we'll explain how to read this.

Niche height

Niche height microwaves

The niche height of a built-in microwave is always 38 or 45 centimeters. Often, multiple numbers are listed for the niche height. This is because the front of the microwave oven is taller, so it neatly fits the rest of the kitchen cabinets. For example, the niche height could be 450mm and the height of the front 455mm. The niche height could also say 450 +5 or 455. The first number is the niche height, and the +5 are the extra mm that the front of the microwave sticks out.

Niche depth

Niche depth microwaves

The niche depth is the depth of the space where the microwave will be placed. The depth is the distance from the rear wall to the front edge of the space. The niche depth on this installation drawing is 550mm.

Niche width

Niche width microwaves

The niche width is the width of the space where the microwave will be placed. The width is the distance between the two walls. There are 2 dimensions on the installation drawing. This is because the front of the microwave is slightly wider, so it fits neatly into the rest of the kitchen cupboards. The niche width is 560mm and the width of the front is 594mm.


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