Appliance Garages-Clearing Kitchen Clutter
What is an Appliance Garage?
An appliance garage is a customized countertop compartment within the kitchen cabinetry design that can come in many different configurations. Its purpose is to contain and conceal large kitchen appliances. Typically kitchens would feature a battery of appliances competing for counter space near an electrical outlet. Keeping your coffee maker, tea maker, microwave, toaster, mixer, or food processor behind closed doors reduces visual clutter in your kitchen. Nowadays, we are designing cabinetry and countertop compartments to provide permanent storage for frequently used appliances. These match the facade of the surrounding cabinetry and can also contain a dedicated electrical outlet for the assigned appliance.
Are Appliance Garages Out of Style?
When appliance garages first became popular, they usually consisted of all the small appliances crowded together behind a roll-up or lift door. They solved a problem, but typically took up counter space too. Modern appliance garages have almost unlimited options. There are free-standing appliance garages. You can choose a pull out insert like the above photo to store all your small appliances or a specialized pop-up lift just for baking when you need your KitchenAid Mixer at cabinet height.
More Modern Options for Appliance Garages
Tray shelves are another fantastic and modern solution for those appliances you don’t need access to daily. You can also add power to the slide-out drawer. See our Kitchen Charging Station blog to see this application in action, and check out the Docking Drawer power outlet info too. For other options, we like Rev-A-Shelf for specialized cabinet inserts. Come by our showroom to try out multiple storage options in person too.