If you want to know how to mount a microwave under a cabinet, you have come to the right place. We will give you step by step on how to install a microwave under the cabinet.
- Choose the Suitable Microwave
Usually, the recirculating or the front-venting microwave can be mounted under a cabinet easily. However, another type of microwaves will need more advanced ventilation installation. So, you need to beware of this first before you start mounting your microwave.
- Locate the Wall’s Stud
You can use the electronic or magnetic stud finder to search for nails. If you do not have the electronic or magnetic stud finder, you can tap the wall lightly using a hammer. If you hear a “thunk” sound instead of hollow sound, then you have succeeded in finding the stud. Another alternative way if you are not sure where is the stud, and you can drill a test hole and use a bent wire or coat hanger to find any solid thing inside your wall. When you have succeeded in finding the center of the wall’s stud, then you will usually find the rest either 16 inches or 24 inches from the center. Then, you can use a small nail to probe the wall stud and determine the width. Lastly, you can draw a vertical line down the center of the wall’s stud.
- Place the Mounting Plate
The next step on how to mount a microwave under a cabinet is to place the mounting plate. The mounting plate should be level, and the top tabs should butt against the base of the cabinet. However, if the microwave comes with a wall template, then you can use it as a drilling guide instead of using the mounting plate. Then, you need to use the level to make sure that the microwave is perfectly installed. Next, you need to remove any decorative trimming from the cabinet which can prevent you from placing the mounting plate incorrectly. If the front cabinet has an overhang, you need to place the mounting plate below the back of the cabinet.
- Locate and Drill the Holes
There should have an area covered in holes at the bottom and upper edge of the mounting plate. You can use a marker to draw circles in the hole. Then, remove the mounting plate, and use the marker as a guide to drill. Then, drill a 3/16” hole through any circle which is located on a wall stud. Then, drill a 3/8” hole through any other circle.
- Drill 4 – 5cm or 1.5” – 2” Hole for the Power Cords
Next, if the microwave comes with a base of cabinet template, then you can tape the base where the top will be located and drill according to the instruction for the power cords. Another alternative is that you can drill any open spot for the power cords and away from the cabinet.
- Secure the Mounting Plate
The next thing you need to do is to secure or fasten the mounting plate. For the 3/16” holes, you can use lag screws. These screws will hold most of the microwave’s weight. As for the 3/8” holes, you can use toggle screws. The wings of the toggle screw will go through the hole and pull against the wall as the screw is tightened.
- Mount the Microwave
This is the last step on how to mount a microwave under a cabinet. You can snake the power cords through the hole before attaching the microwave. Fasten the microwave to the base of the cabinet above using screws and tighten it until the top of the microwave and the base are flush.