Skip to Content

Kitchen Appliance Garage DIY

Learn how to build a kitchen appliance garage cabinet and how to hide a microwave or other countertop clutter!

I knew I had to include a kitchen appliance garage DIY to hide our microwave, small appliances, and some other countertop clutter while planning our DIY built in cabinets for the kitchen.

how to hide a microwave with a kitchen appliance garage diy

I first discovered appliance garage cabinets on Pinterest and I’ve wanted one ever since! Although they are a very custom feature in a kitchen, it doesn’t mean you can’t have one. I’m going to show you step by step how to build and install one!

woman DIYer standing next to kitchen appliance garage DIY

But first let’s talk about what an appliance garage actually is and the different types of hinges for it.

What is an appliance garage?

If you’ve never heard of an appliance garage, it’s a type of kitchen cabinet, where the door opens up and down like an actual garage door or pull down-door. Although there are some styles that have two cabinet doors that open from the side and go back like tuck-in doors.

kitchen appliance garage diy with door closed

Have you ever wondered, how can I hide my appliances on my counter? An appliance garage is a great solution for hiding small appliances because it’s wide open and a great size to store countertop appliances.

An appliance garage cabinet typically sits on top of a counter or it can be installed on the wall, as part of upper cabinets, or in a corner space as part of a corner cabinet. So, it’s easily accessible for everyday items or small appliances that you need to grab quickly but don’t want to be out in the open causing clutter.

kitchen appliance garage DIY storing an instant pot, coffee maker, and crock pot

It’s also a great way for how to hide a microwave, Instant Pot, stand mixer, coffee maker, food processor, and any other small kitchen appliances that may not be pretty to look at but need easy access daily for many kitchens!

Appliance garages are great for providing kitchen organization in both small kitchens and large kitchens.

Note, this post contains some affiliate links. For more info see my disclosures here.

Appliance Garage Hinges

The key to creating an appliance garage cabinet is having the right hinges. There are a few different hinges available on the market.

I think it’s important to really have a quality hinge that functions well for a DIY appliance garage that you will likely be using multiple times a day if it’s hiding a microwave or other often used items.

For that reason, I bought the most affordable, high quality hinge that I could find. The hinge I bought is from the Blum AVENTOS HL lift systems. Blum is known for having high quality hinges.

This Blum hinge can be used on cabinets with a cabinet height range of 11-13/16″ to 22-13/16″ tall and a cabinet width range up to 72″ wide.

The installation instructions for the lift system hinges provided by Blum explain exactly which parts you need. Here are the Blum parts we ordered for our DIY appliance garage:

Not all of the parts were available/in stock from the same place, so I had to order from two other online stores including Build with Ferguson and Cabinet Parts.

The total cost of hinge parts plus shipping that I paid was less than $250.

kitchen appliance garage DIY hiding the microwave

Other appliance garage hinge options

In case you are curious, here are a few other appliance garage hinge options I found in my research that operate in an up and down lift motion.

On the lower cost end, there was this budget friendly hinge. The reviews are mixed though and it didn’t look like it functioned as smoothly as the Blum hinge.

A higher cost option is this hinge that I discovered from this appliance garage by Chris Loves Julia that’s very awesome. It’s very expensive though, but looks very high quality and high end!

How to Build a Kitchen Appliance Garage DIY



DIY Appliance Garage Video Tutorial:

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel here!

Watch the DIY appliance garage video on YouTube

Get all of the appliance garage details and see the installation in action in the DIY appliance garage VIDEO here!

1. Build (or buy) a cabinet and door and install the cabinet on the wall

The very first step of a kitchen appliance garage DIY is to build (or buy) a cabinet and door and install the cabinet on the wall.

I have a step by step tutorial for how we built our appliance garage cabinet as part of our countertop cabinet (which sits on top of our butcher block countertop) in my DIY built in cabinets tutorial.

appliance garage cabinet before door installation as part of diy built in cabinets

I did order the custom size door premade online for the appliance garage door, but you can also build a door like we did for our DIY wall cabinet and door.

appliance garage cabinet door before installation

Ready to go cabinet and door options for an appliance garage DIY

Another option is to buy a premade cabinet and door, also known as a stock cabinet. Something like these shaker cabinets which come in different heights and widths. Although, they would need a one panel door to be built or ordered.

Other ready to go kitchen cabinets that would work are IKEA cabinets or a combination of IKEA Sektion cabinetry, which has both the cabinet and matching door ready to go. Perfect for an IKEA hack!

Electrical Outlet Access

An important feature of an appliance garage is the ability to hide appliances which need access to power or a wall outlet. So make sure you have one if you want this feature!

We had a wall outlet in the corner on the wall where we were installing our cabinets. But, we did actually end up having to move it because the hinges needed to be installed where our outlet was located. You can see more details on how we did this in our built in cabinets tutorial for our kitchen!

electrical outlet in back corner of appliance garage cabinet

2. Make the appliance garage cabinet frameless if needed

If your cabinet has a face frame like ours, then it needs to be made “frameless”. If your cabinet is a frameless style cabinet already, you can skip this step!

We’ve had to do this before for cabinet hinges, including the door installation for our built in cabinet for our entryway and our DIY wall cabinet and door.

You can see this in action in the appliance garage video, but you just need to install a piece of 3/4″ thick wood to make the face frame and inside of the cabinet flush with each other.

adding wood to make appliance garage cabinet frameless instead of a face frame

This piece of wood is where the appliance garage hinges will be installed, so make sure to place it in the top left and right corners inside of the cabinet. And make sure the screws are countersunk or the screw heads are out of the way of where the hinge will be installed.

Also, make sure the piece of wood is at least 7″ tall x 11″ long.

3. Mark and drill the pin hole locations for the hinges

Steps 3 – 9 are in accordance with the Blum hinge directions but I have broken them out and explained them in more detail along with photos and a video tutorial too!

First, mark and drill the pin hole locations for the hinges on the inside of the cabinet so the hinge is installed in the correct position.

We marked ours according to the directions that we converted from millimeters to inches using Google metric converter.

appliance garage hinges directions converted from mm to inches

We used our combination square to help with this step.

using a combination square to mark holes for appliance garage hinges

Use a 3/16″ drill bit to drill the holes about an 1/8″ deep. Note, the symbol Ø5 in the directions stands for a 3/16″ drill bit.

holes drilled for appliance garage hinges

4. Attach the hinges to the appliance garage cabinet

Align the two pins on the hinges with the drilled holes. Then, screw the hinge in place in the cabinet with the included screws.

attaching appliance garage hinges to cabinet with a drill and screw

The front edge of the hinge will be aligned with the top corner edge of the cabinet once installed.

Blum Aventos HL hinges attached to appliance garage diy

And on the other side:

Blum Aventos HL hinges attached to other side of the kitchen appliance garage diy

5. Attach the arm assembly

Once the hinges are installed on both sides, the arm assemblies can be attached. They just snap in place when you push them up and in towards the hinge. See how this works in the appliance garage video!

arm assembly attached to the appliance garage hinges

According to the directions, once the arms are installed you don’t want to push down on them to avoid injury.

both hinges and arm assemblies attached to the kitchen appliance garage diy

6. Attach the stabilizer rod

The next step is to attach the stabilizer rod but first it needs to be cut to size according to the directions which state it should be the interior cabinet opening minus 5 1/16″.

Brandon used our Dremel saw fit with a special blade that can cut metal and aluminum to cut the rod.

Then he put it in place on the arms and covered the ends with the cover caps.

blum aventos HL stabilizer rod installed in the kitchen appliance garage diy

7. Attach the mounting plates

To attach the door, mounting plates need to be installed on it first.

Again we followed the instructions template for the arm model we have to determine where to mount the plates on each side of the back of our door.

mounting plates installed on the back of the appliance garage door

We just used some ¾” screws we had on hand for this step because there were no screws that came with the plates.

mounting plates installed on both sides of the back of the appliance garage door

8. Attach the cabinet door to the kitchen appliance garage DIY

Finally, the door can be attached by clipping the plates onto the arm assemblies.

appliance garage door clipped into place on the arm assembly of the appliance garage hinges

Our door lined up really well at first, but we did have to adjust it some.

One of the nice features of these hinges is that they are adjustable! You can adjust the door left/right, up/down, and in/out. You can also adjust the tension for opening/closing it!

Note about the arm assembly and cabinet door

After installing the door, the first thing we noticed was that our door didn’t go all the way up above the cabinet, it sat a few inches below the top of it.

This is annoying because it makes it harder to access everything.

cabinet door sitting a few inches below top of appliance garage DIY

I did buy the right arm assembly model according to the directions, but our cabinet height is right below the max height of 15 ¾” for this arm assembly model.

So, I decided to buy the next size up to replace it. I replaced part # BA20L3500.06 with part # BA20L3800.06.

Thankfully, the directions also tell you how to remove everything!

After installing the new longer arm assembly, our appliance garage functions great and the height of the door is just right!

cabinet door sitting right above top of kitchen appliance garage cabinet

9. Attach the covers over the hinges

The very last step is to attach the cover plates on the hinges, they just snap into place, and provide a clean, finished look.

blum covers over appliance garage hinges

I totally love our new countertop appliance garage! It’s fun and super easy and smooth to use. You can see how smoothly it opens and closes in the appliance garage video!

hide microwave in cabinet with an appliance garage cabinet diy
diy microwave cabinet

It slow closes too and is perfect for daily use. It looks very sharp and pretty when closed:

kitchen appliance garage DIY with door closed as part of kitchen DIY built in cabinets

I love having our microwave and countertop clutter hidden in our appliance garage cabinet. It’s super satisfying.

I tried it out with some other small appliances too!

kitchen appliance garage DIY as part of countertop cabinet kitchen built ins
open DIY appliance garage cabinet storing small appliances

I think it’s the best way and best kitchen idea ever for hiding the microwave and not having it sit out on our kitchen counters! I may even add our toaster oven in here too to keep hidden!

This kitchen appliance garage DIY completes our DIY built in cabinets for the kitchen. We still have the rest of the kitchen to makeover in the near future, so make sure to follow along so you don’t miss it along with all of our other new house projects!

Follow along on Instagram and YouTube!

Save on Pinterest:

kitchen appliance garage DIY hiding the microwave

Sharing is caring!


Sunday 31st of December 2023

This is great! How far out does the top portion sit beyond the stationary cabinets? Trying to do something similar but the hinge sticks so far out I cannot access the "garage" very easily. Would love to know! Thank you.


Sunday 29th of October 2023

Thanks so much for this blog! Soo helpful!! Could you let me know if this system could work with inset cabinet doors? Do I need to build the wooden blocks even more inward to create a fake frame for the door to to sit on (instead of flush with the face frame)? Any thoughts appreciated thanks!

Angela Marie Made

Wednesday 1st of November 2023

Yes it should work for inset doors too!


Thursday 14th of September 2023

In Canada you need to have the door connected to a switch so that the outlet powers off when the door is shut to avoid potential fire hazzards. Check the Code where you live in case you need to change it.


Saturday 10th of June 2023

Where did you order the custom made cabinet door from?