Alternate ideas for a microwave stand

I recently priced microwave stands and was horrified. Our microwave is currently on the counter and taking up a third of the space available. I have a cute niche perfect for a stand but wanna do something creative. Anybody got any ideas?
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 11, 2016
    Try looking for a rolling bar cart. They are a lot less expensive . I currently use one with a toaster oven on top and the bottom is for liquor for entertaining Multi purpose and looks pretty.

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    • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 12, 2016
      Just remember there are a lot of ideas but you have to go with what you are confident in and I certainly would never give advice unless I knew first hand.

  • MN Mom MN Mom on Apr 11, 2016
    Any sturdy table or cabinet that fits in the niche could be painted as an accent to your kitchen. IMO a microwave cart in the kitchen is a great counter top space saver. Unless you plan on rolling it around as a beverage center, I personally would not double duty a microwave and bar cart. You can also consider having the appliance installed above your range.

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    • MN Mom MN Mom on Apr 12, 2016
      Absolutely a night stand could work! Just be sure to measure your microwave and the night stand so it will fit correctly!

  • Sandra Hellewell Sandra Hellewell on Apr 12, 2016
    I love crates for their versatility and this is a perfect instance where you could use them and make yourself a perfect shelf. They sell them at Walmart and craft stores if you don't have any on hand. Depending on the size of your niche, you could put 2 stacked vertically or 3 - 4 horizontally. Put the microwave on the top and then you will have extra storage underneath. Alternatively, you could use a small 3 drawer dresser, bedside table or even an upcycled baby's change table! I bought a change table at a yard sale for $5. 00 so if you can wait until the yard sales start, you could probably something that would suit your needs for a very reasonable price! Good luck, Coco! And have fun!!

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    • Sandra Hellewell Sandra Hellewell on Apr 12, 2016
      I'm glad I could give you some helpful ideas! Why spend a lot of money if you can repurpose an item and make it your own and save money at the same time!

  • Lynda Dexter Lynda Dexter on Apr 12, 2016
    try thrift stores or second hand furniture stores. walk around with an open mind. Take measurments of your niche and find a sturdy piece that you like and will fit both your microwave and your niche.

    • CoCo CoCo on Apr 12, 2016
      Thank You Lynda Dexter. I have thee best second hand store near were I live. I bought a $250.00 coffee maker there for $3.00. Plus they support their church by the money made at the store. Of course ANY excuse to visit their store is okay by me. Giggle

  • Marie Marie on Apr 12, 2016
    Help answer this question...I went out and bought a small book shelf..(yard sale) painted it and put a small counter top on it using ceramic floor tiles. I put my micro on the top..toaster on the 2nd shelf and some cook books on the bottom. also you can get a small bedside table if your space is small it should be tall with drawers and use that. The nice thing about wood is it is easy to sand and paint to your liking . Good luck

  • Marie Marie on Apr 12, 2016
    I should have mentioned budget saving..they have press on floor tiles at Home Depot that you can peel and stick and cut with some utility sissors. I would however glue them down for double sticking.

    • CoCo CoCo on Apr 12, 2016
      Thank You Marie. Funny you should mention the peel n stick floor tiles. The Landlord just finished making repairs to our entryway and used matching peel n stick floor tiles to match the ones in the kitchen. He left a quarter of a box here. If I create a stand then use the tiles it could have a "built in" look.

  • Arlene Arlene on Apr 12, 2016
    I put mine in a cabinet above my ovens, cut a hole for the cord, looks built in

  • Cyndi Moore Tippett Cyndi Moore Tippett on Apr 12, 2016
    You can try Lowes, Home Depot or Big Lots scratch and dent section. Sometimes you can get a kitchen cabinet and put two pieces of wood shelving board on top. The board can be painted , stained, distressed or whatever your look is... Even a small table would work. If you think out of the box and keep yours eye open to possibilities... You will find something. Happy hunting.

  • Jennie Lee Jennie Lee on Apr 12, 2016
    I use a $10 steel table from Ollie's. It's actually IN the pantry--you open the door, and it's right there in front of you. Close it--no microwave; which is kinda neat when you have a retro kitchen!

  • KatAych KatAych on Apr 12, 2016
    You can mount it under your cabinets, dependent upon how big it is, to free up some counterspace. Also, you could use a night stand, end table, or even just a shelf (I'd suggest mounting with French cleats - SUPER secure and can handle very heavy items).

  • Marie Marie on Apr 12, 2016
    perfect then...ha ha ...

  • Joy8819 Joy8819 on Apr 12, 2016
    I think you can find a second hand store for a small table and fix into a stand for your microwave. You may have to add wood to the legs to make it tall enough, but it can be done.

  • 861650 861650 on Apr 13, 2016
    I realize this sounds crazy but I have a small kitchen so I put my microwave on top of the refrigerator.

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    • 861650 861650 on Apr 14, 2016
      @CoCo Leaves a lot more counter space doesn't it! Some people may need a stool and you can get those small, sturdy plastic ones anywhere. My Mother does this to reach high places all the time.

  • Tara L Daves Tara L Daves on Apr 14, 2016
    May I recommend the Ameriwood™ 4-Drawer Federal Chest at Big Lots for $150? It's 40" high, perfect counter height, and I plan to use it as my baker's rack and Kitchen Aid mixer stand.