How To Measure A Refrigerator – The Kitchen Furniture


How To Measure A Refrigerator

When it’s time to replace your refrigerator, you need to make sure it will fit in your kitchen. Measuring this accurately will make the delivery and installation process a whole lot easier and quicker. That is why we have written this article, to guide you in the right direction and help you make sure your refrigerator will fit perfectly when it arrives.

How To Measure A Refrigerator

Standard Size Of A Refrigerator

The standard size of a refrigerator varies according to what type it is. However, it is standard for the exterior measurements to range from about 28.75 inches to 39.75 inches in width, 61.75 inches to 71.25 inches in height, and 28.75 inches to 34.625 inches in depth. This will apply to top-freezers, side-by-side freezers, bottom-freezers, or even a French door model fridge.

Refrigerators that are of standard depth extend out around 6 inches past the front of your counters and counter-depth refrigerators are supposed to be flush with the front of these counters.

The total interior volume, including the freezer, usually ranges from 10-cubic feet to 25-cubic feet and if you’re wondering how you should measure this, you will need to measure the interior width, as well as the depth and height, before multiplying these three numbers together. You might need to remove certain sleeves and drawers to achieve the best measurement and total accuracy.

Size Chart

  • Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator: 29.5 - 32.25-inches x 67 - 70 inches x 33.375 inches.
  • Top-Freezer Refrigerator: 28.25- to 32.75 inches x 61.75 - 66.25 inches x 28.75-34.5 inches.
  • Side-By-Side Refrigerator: 32.75 - 39.75 inches x 65.875 - 71. 25 inches x 29.25 - 31. 25 inches.
  • French Door Refrigerator: 29.5 - 36 inches x 68.5 - 70.125 inches x 29.375 - 34.625 inches.

Kitchen Space Measurements

As the size of the kitchen will determine what size refrigerator you get, you should know precisely what the measurements are for not only your refrigerator but also your kitchen.

Each refrigerator will differ in size according to model and brand and even if you know what the standard refrigerator measurements are, it still might not fit in your kitchen. Find a tape measure and all of your measuring tools and jot down these measurements:

  • Measure the width of the space you are using to install the refrigerator at the upper cabinet, countertop, and base levels. You need to measure the space at the narrow point to make sure you will have a good fit. 
  • You then need to measure the height of the space. This will go from the floor to the lowest part of your upper cabinet and you should make this measurement two times. First, at the front and then at the back of the space. The two measurements should be equal but if you find they are not, use the shorter measurement. 
  • You then need to measure the depth from the back wall all across to the front of the edge of your counters.
  • If you have a kitchen island, measure the distance between this and the counters that are adjacent to the refrigerator and this will make sure you have enough clearance during the delivery process.

You need to measure the space where you plan to place the refrigerator instead of simply measuring the old refrigerator. 

Ventilation Space Measurements

The air in your kitchen needs to be able to circulate the refrigerator to help it run efficiently. This will avoid it overheating and lengthen its lifespan. The refrigerator will need a clearance of 2 inches from the back of the wall, 1 inch from the cabinets, and then 0.125 inches on each side.

You will need to subtract the minimum clearance from your initial measurements when measuring the space and this will give you the maximum dimensions of your new refrigerator. Always check with the manufacturer, however, on breathing space for the model and adjust these measurements accordingly. 

Refrigerator Door Measurements

When researching what new refrigerator you should buy, you need to make a note of the model’s doors.

You will need to know the angle of the door as it swings out as well as the drawer path if you opt for a bottom-freezer refrigerator. There needs to be enough room in the front of the fridge to accommodate the unit when it is open.

You also need to note the body position as you open and close the door of the freezer drawer on the refrigerator you already have installed in your kitchen. You need to have adequate space for you to stand in front of it with the door open. Additionally, if you have a kitchen island, you do not want to doors to hit these either and they shouldn’t hit the cabinet on either side.

Door hinges also add height to the refrigerator, usually up to an inch. You do not want the hinge to hit the wall or the cabinet and you might need to pull the unit out further if this is happening in your kitchen. 

Delivery Path Measurements

Before you finalize the purchase of a new refrigerator, you need to map out where it will be unloaded off the delivery truck to the spot in the kitchen where the refrigerator will be installed.

Our top tips would be to find a direct route that avoids obstacles like tight turns, back gates, and doorways, stairs, or rocky terrain. A longer route might be better than a shorter route with obstacles, maybe taking it around the back to avoid the front steps for example. You may need to remove doors entirely so check with the delivery team if they can assist with this.

You may also need to remove furniture or other items from your home to clear the path to the kitchen so always prepare your home beforehand, making the route passable and safe for the delivery men.

Final Thoughts

Before purchasing a refrigerator, you must measure it correctly. It requires accurate measurements of not only your kitchen but also the space you want to place it in, the refrigerator itself, and the delivery path. If you complete these steps, however, and follow our advice, you’ll be on your way in no time and your new refrigerator will be installed and working in your kitchen before you know it.

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