Clear Counter Clutter: 10 Inspiring Appliance Garages

Coffee makers, mixers, toasters — they can be quite lovely appliances, but in addition to everything else on your counter, they take up a lot of physical and visual space. An appliance garage can store these everyday appliances, without them having to be moved each time you want to use them. An appliance garage can fit seamlessly into your kitchen design through a flip-up hatch or bi-parting cabinet doors, and even double as a coffee bar or even a wine station. Here are a few of our favorite examples.

TOP ROW:

1. A coffee maker and smartly located pot filler make for a great morning coffee station. From Details and Design.
2. An espresso and wine bar hides behind two cabinet doors, from This Old House.
3. One door flips up to expose the mixer and toaster on a slide out shelf, while the upper door flips up to expose the microwave. From Mullet Cabinet.
4. A tilt-up cabinet door hides two heavy appliances plugged into outlets so they're easy to access and use. From Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens.
5. A long horizontal door hides toaster, coffee maker, and more. From Kuhl Design + Build.

BOTTOM ROW:

6. A bi-folding cabinet door hides coffee as well as nearly every small appliance for the kitchen. From Better Homes and Gardens.
7. A slide-back cabinet door opens up to shelves housing a microwave and other pantry goods. From Better Homes and Gardens.
8. Pocketing cabinet doors on the countertop hide not only the coffee maker and toaster, but also glasses and dishes to make breakfast a breeze. From The Washington Post.
9. A wall of cabinets includes a slide out appliance garage. From Interiors by Darren James.
10. A slide up garage style door makes good use of the interior corner of the kitchen, which holds a slow cooker, mixer, blender and more. From Canton Kitchens.

(Image credits: Cheryl Kees Clendenon/Details and Design; Stacey Brandford/This Old House; Mullet Cabinet; Olson Photographic, LLC/Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens; Kuhl Design + Build; Better Homes and Gardens; Better Homes and Gardens; John McDonnell / The Washington Post; Interiors by Darren James; Canton Kitchens)