If you’re planning a new kitchen, laying out the cabinets and the appliances is one of the most exciting parts.
However, the clearance you need for things like ovens must be taken into account within the plans to ensure that everything fits and that you can cook safely once the kitchen is complete.
So, how much clearance does a wall oven need? Well, thankfully, unlike other kitchen questions, this one is nice and simple.
The Clearance Needed for a Wall Oven
You may have seen some confusing articles about wall ovens and the clearance they need. As a standard rule, though, the clearance that a built-in oven needs between the walls of the cabinet is three inches (75 mm).
This allows a standard oven housing unit to be installed, and this is what protects the cabinet walls from the heat of the oven.
The good thing, though, is that all built-in ovens (or wall ovens, if you prefer) have a standard width of 600 mm (60 cm). So, the inside cabinet width should be 675 mm (67.5 cm) to safely install the oven and the housing correctly.
If you’re having your kitchen installed by a professional, they will already know this, and these measurements will be in the plans that you have agreed on.
If you are installing a new kitchen yourself, you can buy cabinets that are designed for built-in and built under ovens.
These cabinets have the standard clearances needed for the oven and the housing. These cabinets are also readily available in loads of styles, so you can choose one to suit the style of kitchen you’re aiming for.
If you’re installing a kitchen yourself, it is well worth adding these measurements to your plans before you get started. That way, there won’t be any surprises when you come to install all the cabinets.
Can I Install a Wall Oven Myself?
So, now you know that a wall oven needs 3 inches or 75 mm of clearance around the cabinet, can you install it yourself?
There are some built-in ovens that come with a standard UK plug. If your new oven does, then you can install it yourself and simply plug the oven in.
If your new wall oven requires wiring, you will need a professional to install it. If you try and install this type of oven yourself, you may void your home insurance if something goes wrong.
Most companies who sell built-in ovens do offer reasonably priced options for installation that are well worth considering as they will ensure the job is done right!
We hope this look at wall ovens has been helpful. To find out more about ovens, please explore our website further.
Scott is a writer and a passionate home chef. His passion for cooking began when he was 10 years old. Scott has been writing professionally for over five years now and loves to combine his passion for cooking with his day job.