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Once considered out of style, the appliance garage is making a comeback. Should you include one in your cabinet plans?
The Old Appliance Garage
Originally, appliance garages were little more than storage areas where people stuffed all of their countertop electronics and appliances out of sight when not in use. When they wanted to use one, the toaster for example, they would get it out, put it on the desired counter and plug it in. When they were done, they let the appliance cool, unplugged it and moved it back to the appliance garage for storage. Could you imagine doing this every morning just to make toast? It’s no surprise that the appliance garage didn’t hang around for very long.
Today’s Kitchen Electronics
Keurig, Instant Pot, Crock Pot, Vitamix, KitchenAid stand mixer, blender, toaster, toaster oven, SodaStream… If every one of these small kitchen appliances were on your counter (or if they are), it would be a big cluttered mess that is hardly functional or efficient. What to do? Bring back the appliance garage… but with a few improvements.
The Modern Appliance Garage
The modern appliance garage isn’t just a nook to stuff a bunch of appliances on top of each other out of sight. The modern appliance garage is more sleek, functional and efficient. Somewhat like an inset bar area, your appliance garage has a place for everything and everything in its place but with outlets to plug in your appliances and use them right there. Today’s appliance garage can include USB charging stations for laptops, tablets and phones and bring more functionality to your life. Add sorters for mail and other “cluttery” items such as appliance accessories to keep them out of kitchen prep areas and out of sight.
When your appliance garage is not in use, sliding doors hide away the appliance overload and keep your kitchen looking clean and streamlined. No more hauling kitchen appliances from some shady little nook in the corner, your modern appliance garage is bigger, wired and more organized. Simply slide open the doors and your appliances are handy and ready to use.