One woman has sparked a bit of an online debate after asking for ideas for her stove top. She certainly never expected this reaction!

Sharing in a Kmart group for ideas and hacks the young woman asked for ideas to cover her stove top.

“Can I please see ideas of what people have to cover their stoves? Needing some inspiration for mine.”

When asked why she would want to cover it the young woman replied she rarely used it and just wanted to cover it over to prevent dust and create some extra space. The woman also clarified she has no children so there is no danger involved.

She added, “I live in a small granny flat, I don’t have kids and I hardly use it, I don’t see why there’s a problem if I, myself, am choosing to cover it if I don’t use it.”

The comments of judgement and disdain soon started flooding in…

“I don’t use mine all that often… but I’ve never been concerned about it collecting dust… I’ve never seen a stove cover, and never seen a dusty stove…”

“Just seems really, really dangerous to me!”

“It’s a working appliance and can catch fire if improperly ignited!”

“That’s Such a fire hazard?”

Meanwhile some comments were actually quite helpful suggesting the woman get a wooden chopping board to sit on it similar to below.

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Do you think it is too dangerous to store things on top of your stove top or do you do something similar? 

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  • Makes me nervous. I keep my oven clear.


  • I always store on top of my cook top as my kitchen is small with only one bench space


  • I don’t see a problem with it. If it’s not a safety hazard and there are no children. I think it’s fine to cover it. Some people need more space in tiny kitchens and it could be made aesthetically pleasing.


  • Well I guess it depends on the hazard at hand if there is one.


  • We have a piece of laminate that was made to fit our stove top to create more room as we have a small kitchen, and I would be lost without it!


  • Stoves in caravans have covers that are made to fit , they are metal and the same colour as the stove. This gives more bench space, you can probably get one to fit a stove in a house as they are the same size as a regular stove.


  • It would have to be never used to do that. But I have hotplates raised a little on my stove, and they have metal covers. No problems.


  • why not cover it if turned off and not used


  • She’s asking for ideas for stove top. Not to get judge or lecture she shouldn’t cover it.


  • I don’t see the problem. If she rarely uses it, then why not cover it to prevent any possible damage and make it a usable space. I know my stove has a separate mains switch so even if the stove knobs are turned on, the stove stays off.

    • I agree she’s an adult and if she wants to cover her stove she should be able to without judgment.


  • Not sure I’d use something flammable like wood, but no problem with the idea of a cover.


  • A lot of stoves in caravans have tops to use for other things. You have to remove it before you can put anything on to cook. My electric cooktop at home has a lock on it which you have to push on very hard to release. You have to push fairly hard on the on, off spot to switch it on too. There is also a power switch on the wall which “blocks” the electricity when it is switched off. It works for both the cooktop and the wall oven.


  • If she wants a cover, she should, she was asking for ideas


  • I recall having a glass cover on our stove at my parent’s home that was part of the stove s covering a stove is not a new thing. Surely if the cover provides some form of a seal or coverage there will be limited oxygen and no oxygen = no fire.


  • I too remember that some stoves came with a metal lid. I don’t see this as dangerous at all and it would certainly provide more bench space.

    • I remember seeing lids on stoves particularly in older homes.


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