Raise island height for a higher microwave shelf?
The best place for our microwave seems to be in the island. We decide to put it on a shelf under the countertop. The microwave we want is 14.25" high, and requires 2" clearance on the top. The control panel is on the right side, and the hinge is on the left side.
So if the island countertop is 36" high and the countertop material is 1" thick, the top of the microwave shelf will be 18.75" above the floor. I think that's a bit too low for easy access.
If we raise the island (or just the microwave shelf section of the island) to say 42" high, the microwave shelf will be about 24" above the floor, which sounds much more ergonomic.
Has anyone raised their island height to accommodate a microwave shelf? I wonder if it will look very weird? Our island will be long and skinny (about 6'-7' long, 26" deep). Here is the thread that discusses the layout of my kitchen.
We did consider getting a microwave drawer, but decided against it because we don't like to wait for the door to auto open/close, plus it will be more difficult to replace later on than a regular microwave.
Your thoughts will be highly appreciated. Below are the dimensions of the microwave we want to get.
Edit to add:
Here is a picture of our current kitchen. The microwave will be in the tall section of the existing island, facing the existing sink, either on the left side (close to oven) or on the right side (close to fridge). The microwave will be the only appliance in the island.
This post was edited by ILoveCookie on Wed, Apr 9, 14 at 12:05