Cabinet size for Sharp microwave drawer

lmsscsJuly 1, 2013

My plan is to get a 24" Sharp microwave drawer. I was planning to put that in a 24" cabinet. The KD didn't like that very much and wanted me to use a 27" cabinet for it as the cut-out would be correct and need little or no modification. The drawer will be positioned between my fridge (bottom freezer / french door) and double ovens. He also liked the extra space. Will it look odd having that much space around it? Would love to hear from others who have looked at this or dealt with the install on one of these. Thank you

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The specs include how to fit a 24" MW drawer in a 24" cabinet. Yes, it's probably easier to put in a bigger cabinet, but it's not necessary. For a professional, I would think it wouldn't be that big a deal...

Here is a link that might be useful: Installation Tips: 24

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 4:57PM
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Watching this thread with interest as I have a 27 inch cabinet for my micro. I was going to just use a countertop unit in the opening, but am considering other options. Mine, however, will need modifications (filler pieces) to make it work. Are you sure your KD doesn't have it backwards ... mods needed for the 27 inch cab, but not for the 24 inch cab?

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 5:02PM
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Sophie Wheeler

No, the KD doesn't have it backwards. Putting the 24" into a 24" cabinet means the installer has to hack at the 24" cabinet and practically remake the whole thing. The 27" comes with the correct sized cutout without having to hack at it. When you have a 24" appliance in a 24" cabinet, you also have to cut the faceframe back to practically nil. I'd want the box to be all plywood, and I'd be leery about installing granite on top of that.

I'd do the 27" in a heartbeat. It's sized correctly from the beginning, doesn't compromise it's structural integrity for the counter support, and won't cost you a fortune in install labor for the custom hacking.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 5:21PM
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The installation diagram linked by buehl isn't totally correct for the current KB6524 model, in that there is now zero overlap at the bottom. The hole size should still be correct, and the top overlap is still 3/16" (15" total front panel height). I did find the correct data somewhere on the web, but you will not find it on the Sharp site, or any retailers' download info or datesheet, at least as of June 2013.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 6:27PM
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Thank you for the thoughts. I had concerns about the 24" having to be trimmed back so much, but I also didn't want a lot of empty space around the unit. I'm wondering if they could do a custom order on the 27" and size it back an inch or so to leave less space.

Attofarad, I will make sure I find the right set of drawings.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 9:55AM
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My 30 inch was installed yesterday in a 30 inch cabinet and it fits perfectly! I just used it for the first time and I love it! The kitchens not finished but I can at least warm my coffee in it!

I'll post a pic if I can figure out how...

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 10:19AM
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We are doing custom cabinets and my cabinet shop suggested using 25" just so there's a little breathing room for it. I hope that's adequate space now!

I think if you can afford the 3", Id try to do the 27" to be safe, assuming you can't do a 25/26..?

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 1:17AM
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My 24" drawer micro is in a 24" cabinet that was ordered to accommodate it. I like it that way. There was no hacking up the cabinet at installation. I suppose you could have to remake a 3 drawer stack to fit, but there's no hacking if you get the cabinet right.

My cabinets are frameless so the doors are full overlay. If you have framed or inset cabinets, you may want to size the cabinet to line up the front of the micro with your drawer heads. Depends on the space you have and what you want to line up.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 3:39AM
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