Measuring your space
The first thing to consider when selecting a new refrigerator is your available space. To ensure that your chosen refrigerator fits into your home, follow these helpful tips for accurate measurements and proper clearance:
Measure for width:
Take measurements at the top, middle, and bottom of the space where the refrigerator will be placed. Consider the presence of countertops and baseboards, accounting for their dimensions in your measurements.
Measure for depth:
From the edge of your countertop, measure the distance to the back wall. This will ensure that your refrigerator doesn't protrude too far into the room. Take note of any potential obstacles, such as electrical outlets or baseboards, that may affect the depth.
Allow for breathing room:
Leave a minimum of 1 inch of clearance on each side of the refrigerator to ensure proper ventilation and heat dissipation. Along the top, leave at least 1 inch of clearance as well. For the back of the refrigerator, allow for 2 inches of space. If one side has a door hinge, provide a minimum of 2 inches of clearance on that side to accommodate the door swing.
To make sure that there is enough space to move your new refrigerator into your home, find the shortest path to your unit’s destination and measure the doorways your unit will have to pass through. You’ll want at least a couple inches of extra space so that you can move your refrigerator inside for installation. For areas that require sharp turns, you may need additional space.