This is the traditional configuration seen in many kitchens. The main advantage of this design is its versatility as it manages to combine several appliances with conveniently located storage for pots and pans in one 600mm width unit. Depending on the height of the oven, an over tower usually contains 1 or 2 600mm 1 drawer cabinets, a microwave box and a 600mm slimline cabinet for light and rarely used items up the top.
The next major option for housing an oven is an underbench oven cabinet. Available in both 600mm and 900mm widths, these cabinets are rapidly gaining popularity as a more design conscious alternative to the oven tower. The underbench oven cabinets have no backs which allow the oven to have the necessary ventilation.
When installing an underbench oven cabinet, it’s important to use the included heat deflector strips that are easily mounted to wall end panels to avoid the radiant heat generated by the oven doing any damage to any doors in the immediate vicinity.
The microwave box is a great way to make the microwave a feature within the kitchen whilst also providing a way to hide the unsightly cord. Generally it is used within an oven tower, but can also be used in conjunction with a 600mm 1 drawer cabinet to provide a convenient underbench cooking and storage solution.
With all appliances, it is always important to check the manufacturers’ specifications for dimensions and clearances. You'll also need to check whether the microwave you have can be used in a Microwave Box, as not all microwaves are designed to be used within a confined environment. When it comes to installing the oven, it’s important that this is only completed by qualified electricians or gas fitters; never try to do this yourself.
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