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Fridge side wall question

Posted by Macco (My Page) on
Sat, Nov 3, 12 at 7:54

Hello Y'all
My kitchen design will have me place the fridge in this corner, where that wonderful rounds art deco cabinet is.
The fridge will open from right to left and the wall to the left is about 38" deep; fridge is 33" deep.
How deep should that side wall be?

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RE: Fridge side wall question

If the hinge side of the refrigerator is against a wall or other obstruction and the refrigerator is not a built-in that's designed for such a situation, then you will need to do one of two things:

  1. Install a 12" wide cabinet b/w the wall and the refrigerator to provide room for the refrigerator to open fully for both access and cleaning.

  2. Shorten the wall so it is no deeper than the carcass (box) of the refrigerator. This will allow the door to open into the doorway and will allow the refrigerator to be opened fully.

Any obstruction (cabinet, wall, counter, etc.) adjacent to the refrigerator should be no deeper than the carcass of the refrigerator - the doors must stick out past the obstruction(s).

In our case, we reduced the wall next to the refrigerator to 24" so we would not need to put a 12" cabinet b/w the wall and the refrigerator. We also "built-in" the refrigerator for a more custom look by:

  • Installing 3/4" side panels on either side of the refrigerator (no deeper than the refrigerator carcass)

  • Installing a full-depth (24" deep) cabinet above the refrigerator.

Here are a couple of pics:

(3)  26'' Finished end panel on the side of the refrigerator against the wall, Even though there's a wall next to the refrigerator, we still put in a finished end panel.  I think it looks more finished with the end panel on both sides rather than just one.  Additionally, the wall is only about 24

(5)  Full-depth cabinet above the refrigerator, Mount a full-depth cabinet above the refrigerator b/w the two finished end panels.  This cabinet, for example, is 36

Here is a link that might be useful: How to install a built-in refrigerator

RE: Fridge side wall question

Very helpful Buehl. Thank you.

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