Clutter can be reduced on countertops by installing microwave ovens under counters or over the range. In addition, specific models of coffee makers, toaster ovens and can openers are designed to be placed under cabinets, freeing up counter space.
Certain microwaves, such as Jenn-Air's 24-inch model, are designed to be placed under the kitchen counter, flush with the cabinets. To install this type of microwave, a section of a wood cabinet is cut out, with clearances left above and below the opening. A solid floor must be available to support the weight of the microwave and the food inside it. The microwave is typically held in position with screws and brackets.
Under-cabinet appliances such as coffee makers, toaster ovens and can openers are generally not used with cabinets that have overhangs or lips covering part of the cabinet openings. Cabinets need flat bottoms to hold appliances. These appliances are typically secured with screws, and a template is often included with the appliance to show where screws should be placed.
Some standard models of microwaves and toaster ovens can be installed under cabinets with specially purchased mounting kits. In addition, certain microwaves come in over-the-range models that use space that is otherwise wasted.