How to Build a Microwave Cabinet Above the Stove

Microwaves are excellent labor-saving devices, but sometimes they take up a little too much space on the kitchen counter. When space is at a premium, you can build a microwave cabinet above the stove where it is still accessible without impinging on your counter space. This leaves you more room for cooking and other chores in the kitchen while retaining the quickness microwave cooking provides.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil and paper
  • 4 sheets of 1/2 inch thick plywood
  • Circular saw
  • Wood glue
  • 4 L-brackets
  • 1/2 inch long screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Wall plugs
  • Reciprocating saw
  • 1 inch long screws


    • 1

      Measure the height, width and depth of the microwave with a tape measure. Add 1 inch to the height and width measurements. Add 3 inches to the depth measurement to allow for cables and airflow around the back of the microwave. Note these adjusted measurements on a piece of paper.

    • 2

      Cut two sheets of 3/4-inch thick plywood to the height and depth measurements you noted down using a circular saw. Cut two sheets of 3/4-inch thick plywood to the width and depth measurements you noted. Screw two L-brackets to one of the height-length edges of each height and depth piece using a screwdriver and 1/2 inch long screws. Apply wood glue to both 3/4 inch thick ends of the height and depth pieces.

    • 3

      Stand the glued pieces on the edges of one of the width and depth pieces so the height pieces are flush with the edges of the width pieces, to form a “U” shape. Place the remaining width and depth piece on top of the height and depth pieces to form a rectangular frame. The L-brackets must be on the inside of the frame.

    • 4

      Hold the frame against the wall above the stove, where the cabinet is to be installed. Make a mark with a pencil in the gaps in each L-bracket where screws will be driven into the wall. Decide where it will be best to cut a hole in the frame to allow the microwave power cable to connect to a wall socket. Mark this location on the inside of the frame with a pencil.

    • 5

      Drill a hole in the wall at each pencil marking you made to indicate where the screws will fasten the cabinet to the wall. Push a wall plug into each hole you drill. Cut a 1/2-by-1/2-inch hole in the cabinet where you marked it with a pencil, using a reciprocating saw. This allows the microwave power cable to pass through the cabinet.

    • 6

      Lift the cabinet onto the wall so the screw holes in the L-brackets line up with the holes in the wall. Screw the cabinet to the wall via the L-brackets using a screwdriver and 1 1/2-inch long screws. Unscrew the plug from the microwave power cable. Lift the microwave and slide it into the cabinet. Slide the microwave power cable through the hole in the cabinet. Screw the plug back onto the power cable.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are unsure about how to safely remove and reattach the plug on your microwave, slide the microwave power cable through the hole in the cabinet and have someone hold the microwave for you while you lift and screw the cabinet into place. You may then slide the microwave into the cabinet safely without having to remove the plug to fit the cable through the hole.
  • When cutting wood, wear gloves and safety goggles to prevent splinters, skin abrasions and damage to the eyes. In addition, always keep your hands away from the saw blade while you are sawing, to ensure you do not cut yourself if the blade slips.
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