Installing an oven in a wood cabinet is an excellent way to save space in any kitchen while also giving it a clean appearance. It comes in many different styles and options which makes it an asset in any kitchen. It will also provide ample storage for your kitchenware.
A built-in oven, unlike a typical free-standing one, is enclosed by cabinetry, and the process is rather simple. We’ll walk you through how to install your built-in oven as well as how to do it on a budget.
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Advantages of built-in ovens
They are ideal for people who would like to keep the oven and hobs separate, allowing two people to cook at the same time. Other benefits would include:
- There’s no need to bend over if you have a poor back.
- The ability to keep your face cool in hot weather.
- Keep pets and children out of reach.
- It gives your kitchen some personality.
- Instead of being at the bottom of the oven, the broiler is easily accessible.
Choosing the right oven
When buying a built-in oven, there are a few things to consider, much like with most appliances:
A 60 cm, 68 cm, or 76 cm oven is widely available. This will most likely be determined by the size of your cabinet. You’ll also have to decide between a double and a single oven. You might want a double oven if you do a lot of cooking and you will have it side by side.
2. Type of power
Electric ovens are the most prevalent, but gas ovens are also available. Electric ovens offer a wider range of options and are easier to clean.
A convection oven uses a fan to circulate air throughout the oven to heat food rapidly and evenly. The cost of the oven will increase by around £ 200 thanks to this feature.
4. Types of control
Electric controls are more common, but a budget one with dials could help you save money.
This feature will reduce the amount of time spent cleaning the oven. However, it will set you back around £ 200.
6. Control lockout
This feature should be taken into account by parents of young children. It allows you to turn off the control panel, preventing small children from using it.
7. Side opening doors
A side-opening door may be useful for people with impairments who would otherwise have difficulty reaching the oven’s contents. Additionally, some people may find the appearance rather elegant.
The external edges of ovens do not generate excessive heat, which is a safety concern given the high temperatures that an oven can reach. The exteriors produce heat of around 93 degrees Celsius which is comparatively modest when compared to the oven’s inside.
Just make sure the wall coverings, worktops, and cupboards in the area around the oven can tolerate the heat. If you’re confident that your surrounding materials can handle the heat, you can make the oven opening out of the same plywood that you used on your existing kitchen cabinets.
The easiest technique to build the opening is to make a simple foundation with sides and then add exterior trim pieces to give it a built-in appearance.
It will not have a back because most ovens require the entire depth of the cabinet. Such ovens are often built in two standard sizes (60 cm and 90 cm) to fit into the specially designed gap, regardless of the brand of the fitted kitchen unit. When putting the oven in the wall opening, take the essential measures, regardless of the size.
Things you will need
- 3 cm staples
- Fir plywood
- 7 cm screws
- 2 anti-tip brackets
- Table saw
- Mitre saw
- Wood glue
- Pin nailer
- 3 cm pin nails
How to install a built-in oven step-by-step
Let’s take a look at the steps that you need to follow:
1. Remove the existing cabinet
You can’t expect to place an oven over your counter by removing a cupboard. It’s simply not possible, so remove an end cabinet that you don’t use very often.
2. Take accurate measurements
Match the plywood to your existing pieces by measuring the area of your oven. Assemble the cabinet in such a way that it can accommodate the sort of oven you desire. It shouldn’t, however, obstruct any hallways or access to your other kitchen appliances.
3. Start building
Make a simple box using your oven’s measurements. Make sure there’s a 1.5 cm on either side to allow for the oven to be installed. You might have trouble installing your oven or even opening and closing it if you don’t have enough space.
4. Place the oven on the base cabinet
Attach one L-shaped anti-tip bracket to the oven’s back bottom corners. There will be a special area set out for them. 2 cm screws should be used.
Now, plug in the oven. You need to slide it back into the under-counter cabinet. Insert a 7 cm wood screw using a screwdriver/drill. One screw should be driven into each of the frame’s bottom corners. Adjust the driver’s angle to 30 degrees. Place the screw 2 cm above and 2 cm from the corner.
5. Cut the front edges
Subtract 1.5 cm from the distance between the edge of the existing cabinet on both sides.
Cut two pieces of hardwood to the desired size with a table saw. Measure the height of the existing hardwood frame. Cut the two boards to length using a mitre saw.
6. Glue the front edges
Apply adhesive to the oven cabinet‘s front borders. Install the hardwood boards on both sides of the oven cabinet. There should be a 0.5 cm gap between the edges of the oven and the hardwood planks. To secure the hardwood planks to the sides of the cabinet, drive six 3 cm nails equally spaced through them.
7. Apply a stain and a coat of lacquer to finish
Stain and lacquer the hardwood fillers as needed to match the existing colour.
8. Add the trim
A trim kit is included with some built-in ovens. If there is a gap between the oven and the countertop, you can use the trim to fill it.
You can also make your own DIY trim out of hardwood. The dimensions are for ovens and cabinets of typical sizes. If your cabinets or oven aren’t of conventional sizes, then make the appropriate adjustments accordingly.
Oven maintenance tips
Here are some tips to maintain your new oven in good working condition:
1. Clean your oven on a regular basis
According to experts, you should clean your oven thoroughly at least twice a year. If you use it on a daily basis, you may want to increase your cleaning schedule to every couple of months.
Allowing burned food to re-burn with each use will eventually reduce the efficiency of your oven. Not to mention that the constant odour of burnt food will eventually impact the taste of your fresh meals.
2. Use the self-cleaning feature on your oven
Most ovens have them, but few people understand how they function. Make sure to read and understand the manual that comes with the oven. After the oven has cooled down, make sure you clean it well. Remember not to keep the self-cleaning feature running while you’re away from home.
3. Do not remove your oven’s knobs
These knobs are directly connected to the control system of your oven. You will place yourself at risk of electrocution if you remove them to spray clean them.
It’s tempting to clean them this way but don’t. Instead, just keep your knobs in their original positions.
4. Always unplug your oven when cleaning it
Do this when you clean the glass pane in your oven. Because this is a piece of electrical equipment that was not designed to handle water or a large number of liquid cleaners, keeping it plugged in puts you at risk of electrocution. So, always unplug it and turn off the circuit breaker to be safe.
5. Check the burners on a regular basis
You should replace it if there is any debris on it, any abnormalities, or a spot that lights a little brighter than the rest.
As it shorts out, it has the potential to spark and create a flame. In general, it’s a minor issue. However, over a long period of time, the new appliance can be severely damaged. If this happens, stop using your oven and replace the burner/element as soon as possible.
6. Take special care when baking
If you’re making a huge casserole or pie, for example, a larger baking sheet should be used underneath it. This will catch any spills or boil-overs, minimising the mess inside your oven. However, if you catch some spills after you’ve finished baking, wipe clean the interior of the oven as soon as it cools. This helps to avoid a greater mess later on.
7. Always remember to clean your racks
It’s common to focus on the bottom and top of the oven when cleaning. However, that is not the whole story. Food will pass through the racks to get to the bottom. So, when cleaning the oven, make sure to give the racks the same attention as the rest of the oven.
8. Examine the gaskets on your door
This is the rubber strip that goes along the inside of the oven door and helps to keep the heat in. This gasket can deteriorate with time, allowing heat to leak through and causing your oven to not heat up properly. Inspect your oven’s gasket on a regular basis and, if necessary, replace it to ensure that your oven runs smoothly.
That’s basically it! You may enjoy the benefits of having a beautiful new oven in your kitchen now that all of the work has been completed and you are happy with the oven installation! Happy cooking and always stay safe!