How to measure if a new fridge freezer will fit
No matter how swanky your new fridge is, it’ll look out of place if it doesn’t fit properly in your kitchen. So before you begin poring over cool features – and deciding whether you really need an ice dispenser – it’s important to measure up.
Follow our guide to measuring width, height and depth, as well as other top tips like door opening and easy cleaning.
Height, width and depth
The last thing you want is to bring your brand new fridge home, only to find it sticks out like a sore thumb. Make sure it fits by following these simple steps:
- Start by measuring the height of your kitchen space from top to bottom
- Then measure the width from side to side
- Measure the depth of the opening, from the back wall to the front edge of your counters
Tip: Take several measurements from different spots in case your cabinets or floors are uneven.
Can you actually get it in the house?
Fridge freezers can be big pieces of kit, especially when they’re wrapped in packaging. This can get you into difficulties when manoeuvring the fridge into your kitchen.
It’s a good idea to measure any doorways, hallways and corners that you’ll need to get your fridge through when it’s being delivered.
Tip: Temporarily taking off door handles give you a bit more wiggle room and can make things a lot easier.
Can the fridge door open fully?
Your new fridge is in and it has plenty of room to stock up on tasty food – but you can’t use all of the space because the door can’t be fully opened.
Many fridge freezers need their doors to be open 90 degrees or more so you can access the drawers and compartments properly. Make sure the doors won’t hit cupboards, counters or other appliances when you’re measuring for yours.
Your decor hinges on the hinge
You’ve just had your kitchen painted. But every time you open your fridge, the door bangs against your lovely new wall. Make sure you leave enough space on the hinge side of the fridge for the door to open without it hitting the walls and leaving a mark.
Tip: Allow around 5cm of extra space so the hinge can work properly and you can protect your wall from the door.
Is there room for ventilation?
Did you know that if you push your fridge against a back wall it could actually end up using more energy?
That’s because a lack of proper ventilation can cause it to use extra energy – and could damage the motor or compressor. Make sure you have about 2cm of free space above and behind the fridge.
Can you pull it out to clean the floor?
It gets pretty dirty underneath your fridge. Make it easier to get at the grime by leaving space on all sides of the fridge so it slides in and out easily for cleaning. Remember, dust builds up fast and can make your fridge less efficient, costing you more to run.
Does it need plumbing in?
If you’re tempted by a model with a built-in ice dispenser, make sure to check if it needs plumbing in before you buy. If it does, you’ll need to be able to install it within 1.5m of the nearest water source.
Good excuse for a bit of refresh?
If you’re struggling to find a fridge freezer that doesn’t look out of place wherever you try to put it, it might be time for a redesign. Built-in fridge freezers can be hidden behind your kitchen cabinet doors. This gives your kitchen a streamlined look while also maximising space.