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What Is an Appliance Garage?

The Family Handyman 1/5/2023 Madison Zoey Vettorino
© via @chrislovesjulia/tiktok (3)

Storing your appliances has never been this easy—or looked this good! If you're familiar with the concept of hiding something in plain sight, an appliance garage may appeal to you. The appliance garage took social media by storm when one TikTok user posted a video revealing how she uses one to disguise her smaller appliances and regain some much-needed counter space.

Whether you have a small space and are in need of some organizing ideas or want to give your kitchen a polished appearance, installing an appliance garage allows you to keep your smaller items out of your line of vision. Sounds like a win to us!

Where Does an Appliance Garage Live?

Your appliance garage lives in your kitchen but where exactly varies depending on the availability of space. As you can see in the video, this TikTok user has an appliance garage with a roll-up, or tambour, door. The door slides up and is stored behind the cabinets above the garage. In this case, the "garage" is the counter space behind the door.

Of course, you can still add an appliance garage to your kitchen even if the space doesn't allow for a roll-up door—but more on that later.

What Is Stored in an Appliance Garage?

Our favorite part of adding an appliance garage is that you'll have an accessible place for kitchen storage. Plus, you don't have to choose between form and function—this solution is just as aesthetically pleasing as it is practical.

Some of the most popular items to stow away in an appliance garage include a blender, toaster, coffee or espresso machine, mixer, food scale or even microwave if you're working with a deeper space. Because oddly shaped items such as a blender tend to take up a lot of space in your cabinets (and are no fun to move around), an appliance garage comes to the rescue.

Different Appliance Garage Styles

You can make your appliance garage dreams a reality no matter how much space you have, so here's what you need to know.

One of the most popular appliance garage styles features roll-up doors. However, you can also easily convert a traditional cabinet space into an appliance garage. If you have a small kitchen, also consider using a hinged door that pulls up to make the most of your space.

The most important thing to keep in mind when creating your appliance garage is the size of the item (or items) you're looking to store. For instance, if you're creating an appliance garage for your microwave, it should be wider than it is tall. But if you're making one to stow your espresso machine, mixer, and blender, it's likely a taller appliance garage would be a better fit.

If your space allows for it you can also create a stacked appliance garage where there are multiple tiers of items. For example, you can place a small TV on the top shelf and your other essentials such as a coffee maker, toaster and kettle on the more accessible lower shelf. The opportunities are endless, so don't be afraid to get creative and fully customize your appliance garage.

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