Yes there is normally a gap between the OTR and the cabinet above it. If you review the install instructions usually the gap is 1″. The gap is almost required and the typically U shaped metal mount on the back wall requires that the OTR be tilted in to be installed.

Should over the range microwave be flush with cabinet?

The ideally installed microwave should be flush with cabinets. But, if you don’t have deeper than ordinary cabinets, the chances are high that your microwave will stick out of the cabinet. As far as over-the-range microwaves are concerned, they can be problematic if your cabinets are not as deep as the microwave.

How much clearance do you need above a microwave?

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.

Do all over the range microwaves stick out?

As much as the microwave needs it to. They almost always stick out some, both forward and below the side cabinets. Most upper cabinets are ~12″ deep. My microwave comes out another 2-1/2″ or so beyond the face of the cabinets (without the handle) and hangs below about 2″.

How close can a microwave be to the stove top?

If your microwave is installed above the range, the manufacturer will recommend that you keep a distance of at least thirteen inches between the base of the microwave and the top of the stove. But some manufacturers might call for this distance to be a minimum of eighteen inches.

How far should an over the range microwave sticks out from the cabinets?

Local codes and the manufacturer’s directions will indicate how far above the range top the OTR microwave oven needs to be. The typical recommendation is to have 30 inches from the top of the range to the bottom of the cabinet and at least 13-1/2 inches from the top of the range to the bottom of the microwave.

How high should an over the range microwave cabinet be?

Over the Range Microwave Height

According to GE Appliances, an over-the-range microwave height should be a minimum of 66 inches mounting height from the floor to the top of the microwave.

How much space should be between counter and upper cabinets?

The standard distance between the top of a kitchen counter and the bottom of the wall cabinets above it is 18 inches. For the average person, this distance is the ideal balance between plenty of space to work on the countertop and the ability to reach all of the shelves in the cabinet.

How much space should be between stove and cabinets?

Building codes do not require any spacing amount between your stove and the cabinets on either side of it. It is recommended that you leave between 24″ and 30″ of space between the top of your stove and the above cabinet.

Is it OK to put a microwave in a cabinet?

A microwave oven, designed exclusively for a kitchen countertop, has vents that are built into the back of microwave. If installed into a cabinet, these vents will be blocked and unable to release steam from the microwave,. Talk about a fire hazard for your kitchen.