Microwave Drawer Dimensions (with Photos)

Stacy Randall
by Stacy Randall
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Microwave drawers can make the most of your space and leave room for other appliances in your kitchen. Sizes vary, but microwave drawers are typically at least 7” tall and 16” deep. Whether it be height, width, or depth, let’s take a look at the standard microwave drawer dimensions.
microwave drawer dimensions with photos

A microwave drawer is a modern solution to free up counter space while also adding a sleek touch. In addition to the look, the functionality is unmatched. If you want to take back your countertop while adding a functional and clean look, a microwave drawer is for you.

Microwave drawers typically come in two sizes: 24 or 30 inch. The interior is 17 -5/16 inches in width, 7-⅛ inches tall, and 16-9/16 inches deep. These interior dimensions are the same for both the 24-inch and 30-inch models.

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What Are the Standard Sizes for a Microwave Drawer?

Across all brands, there are typically two sizes of microwave drawers available. Microwave drawers can come in a 24-inch size or 30-inch size.

The outer dimensions vary between the two microwaves because of the trim kit. However, the interior measurements are the same. The interior has a width of 17-5/16 inches, a height of 7 ⅛ inches, and a depth of 16-9/16 inches.

The cooking capacity is also the same for both the 24-inch and 30-inch microwave drawer. Each microwave drawer has a cooking capacity of 1.2 cubic feet.

How Much Space Do You Need to Install a 24-Inch Microwave Drawer?

Image: Dimensions.com
Image: Dimensions.com

The 24-inch microwave drawer models will fit in cabinets 24 inches or wider.

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Image: Dimensions.com

Microwave drawers can be installed in cabinets below countertops or in-wall assemblies like wall ovens. Cabinets are generally available in widths from 12 inches to 60 inches wide. Additionally, cabinets come in increments of 3 inches.

Installing a 24-Inch Microwave Drawer

To install the 24-inch microwave drawer in an existing cabinet, remove the top two cabinet drawers. Also, remove the hardware. That should create a 22 ⅛-inch opening. Add a support surface that can support at least 100 pounds.

The height of the opening should be 14-13/16 inches. The depth of the opening should be 22 ½ inches. The width of the opening should be 22 ⅛ inches wide.

Allow for ⅞ of an inch of space on either side of the opening of the cabinet. Allow 3/16 of an inch at the top and 7/16 of an inch at the bottom of the cabinet. This space around the opening allows for product overlap.

Place an electrical outlet in the upper left back side of the opening. It should be 5 inches tall by 4 inches wide. Finally, place the microwave drawer into the opening.

Image: 3-microwave Drawers
Image: 3-microwave Drawers

How Much Space Do You Need to Install a 30-Inch Microwave Drawer?

30-inch microwave drawer models will fit in cabinets 30 inches or wider. This includes all clearances needed. You don’t need an oversized cabinet to install your microwave drawer.

microwave drawer dimensions with photos

The installation process for the 30-inch microwave drawer is very similar to the 24-inch model.

Before installing a 30-inch microwave drawer, plan for a ¼-inch gap between the microwave drawer and the countertop. Also, plan for a ½-inch gap between the bottom of the microwave drawer and the top of the lower cabinet.

Installing a 30-Inch Microwave Drawer

To install the microwave drawer, remove the top two cabinet drawers and all of the hardware. This hardware includes the drawer slides and stile. Add a support surface that can support no less than 100 pounds.

microwave drawer dimensions with photos

Next, add a horizontal filler piece to the top of the opening. The height of the opening should be 14 13/16 inches. Enlarge the opening width of the cabinet in order to allow the microwave drawer to clear the cabinet.

Allow for ¾-inches of space on either side of the opening of the cabinet. Allow 3/16 of an inch at the top and 7/16 of an inch at the bottom of the cabinet. This space around the opening allows for product overlap.

Place an electrical outlet in the upper left back side of the opening. It should be 5 inches tall by 4 inches wide. Finally, place the microwave drawer into the opening.

How Much Clearance Do You Need for a Microwave Drawer?

Many of the dimensions for a 24-inch and 30-inch microwave drawer are the same. This includes the clearance needed around the microwave.

When the microwave drawer is pulled out completely, it will extend approximately 16 inches. Make sure to allow enough clearance in front of your microwave drawer to fully extend the drawer.

Ideally, there should be at least 30 inches of space in front of the microwave drawer. This allows for ample space to move comfortably throughout the kitchen. It also ensures you can remove hot items from the microwave safely.

Extra Considerations for Microwave Drawers

Keep in mind these additional considerations when installing a microwave drawer.

Anti-Tipping Block for a Microwave Drawer

An anti-tip kit helps prevent furniture from tipping over by using screws and brackets attached to the wall and furniture. This same concept is essential for microwave drawers. If having someone else install your microwave drawer, the installer will typically provide an anti-tip kit or use a block.

Install the block to the microwave drawer against the top of the cabinet. Use a two-by-four trimmed to 6 inches in length. It should be installed 14 ¾ inches above the floor where the microwave drawer will sit.

Containers in the Microwave Drawer

A microwave drawer has much more space than one would think! It typically has an interior of 1 to 2 cubic feet. The microwave interior will easily accommodate a 9 inch by 13 inch-oblong dish or a bag of microwave popcorn.

For example, the popular Sharp Microwave drawer offers plenty of cooking space. It is even large enough to fit a four-quart casserole dish or a 20-ounce beverage.

Pros and Cons of a Microwave Drawer

A microwave saves time and hassle when you need to cook something quickly. Like most things, however, there are pros and cons of using a microwave drawer. Therefore, before you decide to purchase a microwave drawer, do your research.

Pros of a Microwave Drawer

Clearing up your countertop. If you want to clear your counter of bulky appliances, a microwave drawer is a good option. Alternatively, it can also free up over-stove space if you want to add a range hood.

Operating the microwave safely. A microwave drawer adds a level of safety for all who use it. You can lift items up and out of the microwave. This can prevent you from spilling hot soup, coffee, or anything else that could pour out accidentally.

This easier removal process is great for shorter adults and children, alike. They won’t have to use a stool or chair to remove food safely.

Control Panel. On the contrary, you can also prevent your children from using the microwave. The microwave drawer features a control panel to lock and unlock when necessary.

Style. The microwave drawer adds a unique style to the kitchen. It has a sleeker and more modern look than the typical microwave. With most microwave drawer models, you also have the option of installing it flush with your cabinets.

Cons of a Microwave Drawer

Cabinet Space. While clearing space on your countertop, or over the stove, a microwave drawer can take up lower cabinet space. You will need 24 inches of extra cabinet space if you want to incorporate a microwave drawer into your kitchen.

Cost. This may be the most often discussed con of microwave drawers. They are much more costly than a typical microwave. They can run you as much as $2000.

Installation. The microwave drawer requires much more time to install than a traditional microwave. A traditional microwave can usually be plugged in anywhere. With a microwave drawer, you may need to have a licensed electrician install it.

Most models need a 120-volt plug for the microwave. You will also need a supporting shelf or platform within the cabinet for the microwave to sit on. It must support at least 100 pounds to properly hold it.

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Related Questions

Where can you install a microwave drawer? Can you only install it in a cabinet?

You can install microwave drawers in a variety of places because they are self-contained units with built-in ventilation. Microwave drawers can go in cabinets, below countertops, or in-wall assemblies like wall ovens.However, if you want to install a microwave drawer in the wall, this will be a bit more work. The space needed will be the same, but you may have to hire a professional to handle sheetrock installation


How much do microwave drawers cost?

The average cost for a microwave drawer is $1000 to $2000. For most, this price is incredibly expensive for a microwave. Especially in comparison to a standard microwave which costs as low as $50.The microwave drawer is expensive for three reasons. The first reason is that the technology was patented by Sharp. Secondly, the microwave drawer parts are unique and expensive. The final reason is that the parts are typically very high quality. If the microwave drawer breaks, these aren’t common parts that you could find at your local appliance store. If you value style and space and the cost isn’t an issue, a microwave drawer is a great option for you. It will save you valuable space, it’s easy to clean, and it blends in perfectly with a modern kitchen.

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Stacy Randall
Stacy Randall

Stacy Randall is a wife, mother, and freelance writer from NOLA that has always had a love for DIY projects, home organization, and making spaces beautiful. Together with her husband, she has been spending the last several years lovingly renovating her grandparent's former home, making it their own and learning a lot about life along the way.

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