Choosing The Right Refrigerator Size
Buying a new refrigerator isn’t as simple as going to the store and picking out a refrigerator with options that you like. One of the most important considerations—even more important than price—is the size of your refrigerator.
Some homes may have an open space where any size refrigerator will do, but most often either the kitchen cabinets are built around a particular sized refrigerator, or there is just one corner of the room where it can fit. It’s absolutely crucial to correctly measure the space available for your refrigerator.
Measure the “footprint” of your fridge—the spot it will sit in. This includes the width of the available space, the depth of the space (you don’t want it protruding too far into the kitchen, especially if it’s small or has an island or peninsula) and the available height as well.
If there are cabinets above the fridge location, proper measuring is important. You also want to be sure you have an extra inch or two on all sides so that you can pull the fridge in and out when necessary without scratching your appliance.
Once you have all your measurements taken, you then want to consider the interior square footage of the fridge. Make sure you’ll have enough space for at least a week’s worth of food for your family. Don’t just measure the space and buy whatever fits. If you have a large family or if you entertain a lot, you’ll need a bigger fridge.
If you buy an older home that will only fit what would be considered an “apartment” sized fridge by today’s standards, and you have a larger family, you may be very unhappy with your purchase in the long run. In such a case, you may want to consider a small renovation of your kitchen cabinets to allow for the refrigerator size that will make you happiest in the long run.
With careful planning, you’ll be sure to choose the right refrigerator for your needs and your home’s space, and make a decision that will make using your new refrigerator a joy for years to come.