THE REFRIGERATOR CAN OFTEN BE A KITCHEN DESIGNER’S WORST NIGHTMARE
The design of a functional and aesthetically beautiful kitchen is a very analytical and creative process. So, when it comes to selecting the right appliances for your dream kitchen, you have to understand that there are a number of different dimensions and features that you have to consider.
For instance, in new construction, or on bigger renos, it is often good to ask the construction team to frame a niche for the fridge. The 2×4 studs in that location are either turned sideways or completely left out and the back will receive a plywood backer panel for stability. You will also have to discuss the location of the receptacle or piping for water if your fridge has this option.
If you have an outlet right behind the refrigerator’s location, the standard electrical plug will take up to at least an inch to the overall depth or you might wish to have the electrical go through a nearby cabinet.
When it comes to fridge height, you have to understand that not every manufacturer agrees on a standard. If you go to a big box store for instance, the height of the fridge typically leaves a large gap between the cabinets and the fridge. The solution is to obviously know your fridge height in advance and custom order the height of the fridge cabinet or arrange for your cabinet makers to use a face frame filler strip to bridge this.
Even if you are using custom-made cabinetry, you will often have spaces or tight spots around your appliances due to floors and ceilings not being level. So, even if you want your fridge to be flush with your cabinetry, ensure you have at least an inch of wiggle room to accommodate for construction issues and then you can raise the adjustable legs to fill the space if necessary.
Side clearance is one more consideration. In order to get crispers out of the bottom of the unit, most refrigerators require at least a 90-degree opening of the doors. And don’t forget to add in the thickness of the fridge door and handle to the perpendicular door or cabinet, as this can vary from 2 3/8 to 4 inches.
In summary, do not assume that any fridge is going to fit. For more information about proper kitchen design help, contact FairTradeWorks, a residential contractor in Vancouver, BC via email at ContactUs@FairTradeWorks.biz or call 604-264-7366.