How To Install Over-The-Range Microwave Without A Cabinet | Upgraded Home (2022)

Installing a microwave over a range seems difficult, but it doesn’t need to be. You can do it several ways, but the easiest is to use brackets. Follow along as we explore the tools and materials that you’ll need to install a microwave over a range.

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Microwaves are a vital part of our on-the-go lifestyles. The convenience of quickly heating a meal is something most American households consider a must-have. But sometimes, fitting them into your kitchen design scheme can be a challenge.

Most microwaves are designed to fit underneath an upper kitchen cabinet. Without a cabinet, your best bet is to create a fake cabinet or shelf above the microwave for mounting. As an alternative, there are certain kinds of brackets made to support microwaves in this situation.

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Why A Cabinet?

Most microwaves are designed to be supported by a kitchen cabinet. They are supported first by a mounting plate on the wall. This creates a small lip for the bottom rear edge of the microwave to rest on. However, it doesn’t provide enough support to hold it overall.

Microwaves are then usually attached with screws from the upper cabinet into the top of the appliance. This allows the microwave to “hang” from the cabinet while being held by the mounting plate. Instead of a cabinet, you must design something from which to “hang” the microwave.

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The other reason for having a cabinet above the microwave is to conceal cords and ducts. The appliance has to plug in somewhere, and wires hanging above a stove are both dangerous and unsightly. Many over-the-range microwaves include a vent feature, which requires a duct if venting to the outside.

The Vent Dilemma

This question gets asked a lot in home improvement circles. Do you really need a vent for your stove and oven? Does it matter if the vent is internal or external?

Legally, no, you don’t always need a vent for an electric stove. But practically, your kitchen will get smoky and greasy without one regardless of the type of stove you own.

Vents that release kitchen exhaust externally will be more effective but require much more in-depth work. You may need to bring in an HVAC professional to run ducts through your walls so the vent can exit your roof or exterior wall. This can be costly, but a good investment.

For renters who can’t cut into their walls, an internal vent is sufficient. An internal vent sucks up the air and recirculates it in the room like a fan. Still helpful for when you burn the burgers you’re trying to make for dinner.

Because both of these vents draw air up from underneath the microwave, putting it on a shelf above the stove is not an option. This placement inhibits airflow. Plus, it allows the shelf to get sticky with grease, precisely what the fan is trying to avoid.

Installation Safety

Microwaves might not look very big, but they can be heavy. It’s essential to make sure that whatever installation technique you use is sturdy enough to hold the microwave safely.

When mounting any type of load-bearing holder on the wall, make sure you’re drilling into the studs. Screwing into the house’s support structure will guarantee stability, where merely screwing into the drywall will not. Even anchors or toggle bolts made to secure heavy items into drywall have a higher chance of failing over time.

For the same reason, microwave installation is a two-person job. It’s nearly impossible to simultaneously hold the weight of the appliance and attach a support structure. Grab a friend or partner to assist you: your back will be glad you did.

As with any home improvement project, it’s best if you consult with a professional. If you have any doubts as to the structural stability of your microwave, get a second opinion. Better to spend a little money to do it right now than have to do it all over again later!

Options For Installation

There are two options for installing an over-the-range microwave with a vent attached. One is to build a shelf above to mimic the support of a cabinet. The other is to use wall-mounted accessory brackets explicitly designed for microwaves.

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Wall-Mounted Microwave Brackets

There are a variety of bracket options on the market that claim to hold up microwaves safely. When mounting this appliance above a range, it’s essential to ensure that the brackets don’t interfere with the fan’s airflow.

The best kind of bracket for this application looks like a pair of stainless steel arms that hold the microwave from underneath. They attach to the bottom of the microwave for support, one on each side, running parallel to the appliance’s short side.

These brackets can be found online and in specialty appliance stores. Some big-box home improvement stores carry them, but others deem them too much of a specialty item to stock.

Tools & Materials:

  • Measuring tape
  • Stud finder
  • Cordless drill
  • 2.5 or 3-inch wood screws (to attach the bracket to the studs)
  • Self-tapping screws for metal (to attach the bracket to the microwave)
  • A drill bit that matches screws (Phillips head or star bit, depending on your screws)
  • Pencil
  • Level
  • A buddy to help with the heavy lifting
  • Wall-mounted microwave brackets (2)

Instructions:

  1. Determine the location of the microwave. Make sure it’s centered over the range and that the bottom of the microwave is at least 30 inches above the cooktop. Ensure there’s an electrical outlet within reach of the cord and venting in place, if necessary.
  2. Draw a line where you want the bottom of the microwave to be. Make sure it’s level, and find where the studs are located in the wall. Ideally, your microwave will be placed evenly between them.
  3. Using a stud finder to confirm your placement, attach the brackets into the studs. Use a drill and 2.5” screws.
  4. Set the microwave on the brackets. Place it so the arms support the flat area on the bottom outer edges without blocking the vented area. Push the microwave back against the wall.
  5. Using self-tapping screws, secure the microwave to the bracket by screwing up through the bracket and into the appliance.

Shelf Above The Microwave

Let’s call this one the “fake cabinet.” Using this method, we’re creating a shelf that’s sturdy enough to serve the same purpose as a cabinet would. For the shelf to support the weight of the microwave “hanging” on it, the shelf must be super secure.

The brackets used here are the kind where the shelf hangs at the bottom of the brackets. They can be reasonably decorative, but make sure you get something sturdy. Metal works better than plastic here, though sturdy wood can also suffice.

The goal is for these brackets to look decorative but also distribute the weight of the microwave. Triangles make things stronger: in engineering, they distribute the load in bridges and other commercial applications.

Tools & Materials:

  • Measuring tape
  • Stud finder
  • Cordless drill
  • 2.5 or 3-inch wood screws (to attach the bracket to the studs)
  • Self-tapping screws for metal (to attach the bracket to the microwave)
  • A drill bit that matches screws (Phillips head or star bit, depending on your screws)
  • Pencil
  • Level
  • A buddy to help with the heavy lifting
  • Pre-cut shelf or sturdy wood material
  • Triangular brackets designed to hold a shelf from above

Instructions:

  1. Determine the location of the microwave. Center the microwave over the range and ensure that the microwave’s bottom is at least 30 inches above the cooktop. Ensure there’s an electrical outlet within reach of the cord and venting in place, if necessary.
  2. Determine the placement of the shelf. It will sit flush with the top of the microwave, so draw a line where the microwave’s top will be. This line will mark the bottom of your shelf.
  3. Locate the studs in your wall. This application should not be trusted using just drywall anchors or toggle bolts. Using a stud finder, confirm that you have wood to screw the brackets into.
  4. Align the bottom of the brackets with the line you’ve drawn. Screw the brackets into the wall with 2.5 or 3-inch screws at the bottom, top, and middle if possible. You may need to drill additional holes into the brackets to have more places to screw.
  5. Install the microwave as per the manufacturer’s instructions, including using the mounting plate on the rear wall. Once you set the microwave on the mounting plate, make the appliance’s top edge flush with the shelf.
  6. Using self-tapping screws, secure the microwave to the shelf by screwing down through the wood and into the appliance.

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Related Questions

Where are other places I could mount a microwave?

Many newer kitchens feature a fancy built-in microwave drawer. It slides open like any other drawer, but hidden inside is a special top-loading microwave. The Rolls Royce of convenience!

Alternative under-counter applications exist, too. Some brackets will mount a microwave to the underside of a cabinet. These styles hook in underneath but screw in from above.

The kind of microwave you put under the counter is not the kind made to vent a stove, obviously.

If all else fails, there’s no shame with a microwave just sitting on a kitchen counter. If space is at a premium, consider putting it in a higher-up area like on top of the refrigerator or a shelf. A rolling cart or island can also be handy in kitchens with minimal counter space.

Who can I reach out to for help with installation?

For ductwork and venting, an HVAC contractor is your best friend. They know the ins and outs of running ventilation through all kinds of walls without making a big mess. HVAC pros can advise you on the best way to install an externally venting range hood and do it in no time.

Have you lost the instruction manual for your microwave? It happens all the time.

The manufacturer’s website often has links to the installation guides. YouTube is also a valuable resource: any question you have, someone else has had before.

If the whole installation process has you puzzled, call a general contractor or handyperson. They’ll have the construction know-how and all the tools needed to do the job right. Make sure they’re licensed and insured, just in case anything goes awry.

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FAQs

How do you hang a microwave over the stove without a cabinet? ›

I would install a shelf above the microwave so you can use it to hold up the microwave. I would then put some diagonal bracing along side the microwave to cover up the sides (not really meant to be visible) and make the shelf stronger by attaching it to the wall below the shelf.

Can you install over the range microwave as built in? ›

You can install an over-the-range microwave above a wall oven. However, it depends on the manufacturer. Before you jump into the installation, consult the manufacturer's instructions. Over-the-range microwaves are not the same as built-in microwaves, so it's important to double check the owner's manual.

Can you install an over the range microwave without a vent? ›

There is no requirement that your Over The Range (OTR) Microwave be vented to the outdoors. All OTR microwave ovens can be set up to either allow the fan to recirculate the air back into the kitchen or be vented to the outdoors.

Can you mount a microwave under any cabinet? ›

The holes indicates the microwave oven is a mountable model. If it is a mountable model, sink screws through the cabinet and into the microwave oven top's holes. Skip adding the 2-by-4-inch wood board under the cabinet. You can mount a microwave oven, even if it has a counter-top design.

How do you install an over the range microwave without a template? ›

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How do you build a over the stove microwave shelf? ›

Video of microwave shelf concept. - YouTube

Does microwave need ventilation? ›

All microwaves need to be ventilated. System can be any – recirculating vent or exhaust fan system! Both systems have their pros & cons. A recirculating duct might need to be replaced every 6 months, yet, it's cheap and easy-to-install!

Can you use a regular microwave as a built-in? ›

There are a variety of countertop microwaves available; however, only select models can be installed in a cabinet for a built-in look. To convert a countertop microwave for use in a built-in application, there must be an optional built-in trim kit available for use with the specific model.

How much space is needed for over-the-range microwave? ›

Installing an over-the-range microwave generally requires clearance of 12 to 13 inches above the range, as well as 66 inches of space from the floor to the top of the appliance.

What is a self venting microwave? ›

A recirculating venting microwave, or ductless range hood, is a built-in ventilation system that recycles air through the microwave vents. The recirculating ventilation pulls the air through charcoal filters or other types of filters.

What is a convertible vent on an over the range microwave? ›

A convertible range hood is an appliance designed to remove smoke, steam, grease, cooking fumes, and odors from the air in your kitchen, with or without ductwork for ventilation.

Can a microwave vent inside? ›

A microwave oven designed to be mounted over a cooktop is usually equipped with a ventilation system to cope with the cooking odors, smoke and moisture that rise from the cooking surface. The ventilation system may lead to an exterior vent, or it may simply recirculate air back into the kitchen.

How do you make a microwave cabinet? ›

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How do you cut cabinets in the microwave? ›

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  1. Draw a line horizontally across the measurement where you wish to cut the cabinet. ...
  2. Set a table saw if the doors are solid-slab. ...
  3. Cut off raised or inset panel doors for another option. ...
  4. Set a circular saw blade to cut to a depth of 3/4 inch.

Can you put a microwave on a shelf on the wall? ›

Make sure not to place the microwave too close to a wall or the side of a shelf so the air can flow freely. For some built-in models, it can be important to have an advanced ventilation installation, such as over the range microwaves.

How do you vent an interior wall microwave? ›

If you want to vent a microwave that is located on an interior wall, you'll need to connect the microwave to your home's existing ductwork, if possible. If there's no ductwork nearby for you to connect to, you'll have to install a new set of ducts and probably make a new vent hole in your exterior wall.

Can you put an over the range microwave on a shelf? ›

Over-the-Range Microwave ovens and Advantium/Five in One ovens cannot be used on a counter or shelf and are not UL (Underwriters Laboratory) approved for this purpose. Keep in mind the underside is not flat on an Over-the-Range Microwave or Advantium/Five in One oven. This would not provide a stable surface.

What happens if a microwave doesn't have enough ventilation? ›

Ventilation: Do not block air vents. If they are blocked during operation, the oven may overheat and eventually cause oven failure.

Are over the range microwaves out of style? ›

While over-the-range microwaves have been stylish for years, the trend is on the way out in 2018.

Do Over the range microwaves have exhaust fans? ›

Unlike countertop models, OTR microwaves are not portable, and they boast a higher price tag: However, they also have built in exhaust fans, which serve as a stove-top ventilation system to eliminate smoke, steam, and cooking odors.

What is the difference between a countertop and built-in microwave? ›

Countertop microwaves are microwaves designed to be placed on the kitchen counter. On the other hand, built-in microwaves are microwaves that are neatly tucked into a cabinet or a wall.

Are built-in microwaves better than countertop? ›

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What clearance is required for microwaves? ›

1" clearance in the rear. The front edge of the microwave (measured at door) should sit at least 3" or more back on the counter or shelf to avoid accidental tipping. If located on the counter near a range, we recommend locating it at least 2 ft away.

How do you install a recirculating microwave? ›

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How do you know if a microwave is recirculating? ›

How to know if your microwave is recirculating or not? If you're wondering what is a recirculating vent on a microwave, it's simple to figure out. First, turn on your microwave vent hood and feel for air on your face or hand. If you feel air coming back towards you, it isn't an external vent microwave.

What is a ductless range hood? ›

Unvented Range Hoods: An unvented, or ductless, range hood has a fan but no duct. Instead, it uses several types of filters to clean the air, and then recirculates the air into the kitchen (these models are sometimes called recirculating hoods).

What is a recirculating range hood? ›

A ductless range hood, also called a recirculating range hood, is an excellent way to improve the air quality in kitchens without a duct system. These hoods clear the air by filtering out smoke and particles before recirculating the clean air throughout the kitchen.

Which over the range microwave has the best ventilation system? ›

Best Over-the-Range Microwave with Ventilation: GE

As our pick for best venting over-the-range microwave, the GE® Over the Range Microwave Oven-Stainless Steel (JVM3160RFSS) provides powerful air circulation to remove smoke, odor, and grease from the air.

How do you vent a microwave? ›

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How do you build an over the range cabinet? ›

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Can you put a microwave behind a cabinet door? ›

You can put a countertop microwave in a cabinet instead of a built-in type, as long as you follow the necessary safety precautions (ensuring adequate ventilation, the shelf is strong enough to hold it, and proper wire management) to ensure your cabinet and microwave don't get damaged.

Can you wall mount a microwave? ›

If you're planning to set up a microwave in a family room or bonus room that doesn't have upper cabinets, consider mounting it on a wall. Wall-mount accessory brackets have adjustable support arms that attach at the bottom of the microwave.

How do you anchor a microwave? ›

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Can I put a microwave on a shelf? ›

Placing your microwave on a shelf is a great option. This means you can place your shelf nearly anywhere in your kitchen. Just make sure it is wide enough and sturdy enough to support the size and weight of your microwave.

How do you hang a microwave? ›

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Whether you have just purchased a microwave, are redesigning your kitchen, or are still in the process of deciding what microwave is right for you, this guide will provide you with helpful step-by-step installation instructions.. Prep the designated area Connect the electric Install a hood exhaust duct Connect the ventilation system Properly mount the appliance.. The microwave must be mounted on a flat wall that is: 66 inches or more above the floor 30 inches or more above the range/cooking surface 2 inches or more above the backsplash. It is the foundation for your appliance and includes preparing the wall, connecting the electric, and installing the hood exhaust duct.. The installation process includes unboxing your microwave, connecting the ventilation, mounting the scale plate, and finally, mounting your microwave.. Remove the two screws that secure the mounting plate to the rear side of the microwave.. Rotate the hood fan unit 180° so that the fan blade openings face the back of the microwave.. You will need to lift the wire over the hood fan unit into the microwave.. Replace the hood fan unit with the microwave.. Attach the fan cover bracket to the microwave with the screws you removed in step 1.. Before installing your microwave mounting scale plate, please confirm that your space meets all the requirements listed in the “Where Do You Want to Install Your Over-the-Range Microwave?” section above.. Align the lower back edge of the microwave with the mounting plate, then thread the power supply cord through the hole made in the bottom of the top cabinet.. ft. 1000W Sharp Stainless Steel Over-the-Range Carousel Microwave Oven (R1514TY) The R-1214 microwave model from Sharp features a stylish stainless steel finish to match a modern kitchen.

Over the range microwaves are great if you’re looking to save space to keep the countertop free for your extra kitchen appliances.. To remove your over the range microwave, first, prepare your workspace by disconnecting and/or removing your stove.. If you have a microwave that sits above your electric range or your gas stove, you will need to take extra precaution by disconnecting your stove.. If you have your microwave over countertop space instead of your stove, then take this time to clear off any appliances that might get in your way.. Now that you’ve got the screws off and the cord disconnected, it’s time to remove the microwave.. Check their website or call to make sure that microwaves are allowed at their recycling facility.. They usually have free recycling and waste programs for those that reside within city limits.. The fans incorporated into over the range microwaves are designed this way to increase functionality by allowing microwaves to be placed in a different area while still allowing proper ventilation.. Most wall cabinets are installed too high up on the wall, which means that your microwave may not sit at a comfortable height for you.. If you can’t find one that’s the proper height for your needs, then it’s best to either get a countertop microwave or install it elsewhere.. If you can connect the fans to an outside air tunnel, that would be great; otherwise, there’s no way for it to provide the proper ventilation.. Knowing how to remove your over the range microwave is essential, especially if you need to have it repaired or replaced.

There's a good reason I didn't install the new microwave yet.. As I mentioned in my last post when I'd installed this section of cabinets and the slide-in style range, we're looking to optimize space and open up counter space.. You may recall from our before photos, we've been living with a small countertop microwave we intended to temporarily use for "a year or so" (a decade ago) and a cruddy, old toaster oven.. That doesn't seem like a valuable attribute in a microwave installation; thank God I didn't drill the mounting holes and lug the beast up into place, just to discover my error later.. So I needed to buy a " bump out bracket ", a piece of painted black steel designed to to mount and push the microwave forward three inches as well as to extract another $120 bucks out of the wallets of people that just spent a bunch of cash on an expensive appliance.. Of course, I'm also not a big fan of installing things wrong and facing future problems.. I measured for the center of the space, to be sure I located the unit properly.. I also drew a locating line, using the original bracket that came with the appliance, to be sure I got the bump-out bracket in place.. This microwave comes with a top cabinet template to precisely locate the holes you need to drill.. The mounting screw holes required me to step up to a meaty, 1/2" bit.. I did the same thing when I used a hole saw to drill a larger hole to thread the power cord through.. It's the undeniable onslaught of grey hair on a dude in his mid-40's with a dad-bod a little bit shy of Star Lord's physique.. If I had, I probably wouldn't show it.. Once I had most of the weight supported by a first mounting bolt, threaded in by hand, I was able to scamper* up the ladder to add the others.. It's actually #16 in my kitchen remodel saga.

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