Every once in a while, our sales staff gets an email reminder to make sure that customers really measure the size of the opening when buying a refrigerator.
Unfortunately, the reminder comes on the heels of enough deliveries of refrigerators that failed to fit into a customer’s space that it merited mention. And that’s too many.
Laugh now, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to make the mistake of thinking your refrigerator size is “standard” or that you’ve properly measured your space.
Once you give us accurate dimensions, we’ll help you find a fridge to fit. A good rule of thumb is at least 1/2-inch larger opening than the refrigerator. This allows for stuff you just can’t see, like unlevel flooring and bowing refrigerator sides, to name a few.
There are oddities that you just might not consider…
I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but my new refrigerator (installed New Year’s Eve) only fit because our delivery crews are like the appliance version of Bear Grylls: amazing in difficult situations. I measured the width of my opening from my lower cabinet, never dreaming that the upper cabinet actually narrowed my space by about an inch — weird.
Also, I forgot that having a bottom freezer means that the drawer now would pull straight out instead of a door swinging over, meaning that the window frame on the opposite side of the cabinets a few inches in front of my refrigerator would basically block that function. Because of the narrower width of the upper cabinet, I couldn’t just move my fridge to the left. Oops.
Thankfully, the crew was able to subtly shift the refrigerator, say, 15 degrees.
You don’t notice that my fridge isn’t straight, and the drawer cheats the window frame by a hair :)
So, even Appliance Retail Royalty make mistakes in their measurements. Be thorough.