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Old 07-28-2016, 04:58 PM  
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A kitchen remodel is in my future. Right now, the fridge is against a wall and there are no cupboards above it. I would like to change that.

My fridge is 28" x 67", l x w. I am not concerned with depth.

Would my fridge be considered a standard size or a small fridge. I live in Canada if that makes a difference.


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I think today the more common size is 36 x 70.


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I googled it and the response was: "The typical side-by-side refrigerator measures between 30 and 36 inches in width, 67 and 70 inches in height and from 29 to 35 inches in depth. Total volume ranges from 22.5 to 31 cubic feet, with 14.5 to 20 cubic feet in the refrigerator portion. Built-in models may prove a little larger."

So, it looks like yours is a wee bit on the small side. You should probably go with the 36 x 70 measurement just in case you ever want to get a larger fridge at some point down the line.

Do you plan to buy the over-fridge cabinet or build it yourself?

On a side note, if you have the space, you might want to consider a space-saver rolling shelf that you can place next to your fridge. You can make it 70" tall and it can take up some of the gap underneath on the side (assuming there is space for that).

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I googled it and the response was: "The typical side-by-side refrigerator measures between 30 and 36 inches in width, 67 and 70 inches in height and from 29 to 35 inches in depth. Total volume ranges from 22.5 to 31 cubic feet, with 14.5 to 20 cubic feet in the refrigerator portion. Built-in models may prove a little larger."

So, it looks like yours is a wee bit on the small side. You should probably go with the 36 x 70 measurement just in case you ever want to get a larger fridge at some point down the line.

Do you plan to buy the over-fridge cabinet or build it yourself?

On a side note, if you have the space, you might want to consider a space-saver rolling shelf that you can place next to your fridge. You can make it 70" tall and it can take up some of the gap underneath on the side (assuming there is space for that).
I plan to go to a local home improvement store and give them the measurements and see what they can do. I would rather not do custom.

I don't know if I will replace this fridge with a new one, or keep this one till it breaks So that beside the fridge sounds like a good idea.
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There are some brands of bag-n-box cabinets, which are the stock-in-trade of home improvement enterprises, that offer, at a premium, custom features, including a deeper cabinet for over the refrigerator.
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The drawback of the bag-n-box cabinets is that they are usually made of laminated mdf.

I personally despise mdf. It is not very sturdy. It doesn't handle moisture well, if the laminate gets scratched you can't sand it and repair it, and the mdf can come apart where you put screws in it. I'm also not a fan of particle board.

Honestly, if you have any carpentry skills yourself or have a friend or relative who does, you could probably build one or get one built. There are websites that have step-by-step guides on how to make them. I believe Ana-white.com might have one or more plans. That site will tell you the estimated cost, materials, cut list, and even show diagrams of how to get the most use out of your materials. A cabinet is essentially a box and is not that complicated.

If you have to get prefab ones, I suggest going with ones that are real wood and maybe plywood on the inside (but no mdf, osb, or particle board). It may cost more up front, but it will last longer. You can get one that is wider and for now mount it to be lower but do it in such a way that you can just unscrew it from the wall and move it higher later if you decide to get a taller fridge later on.

If you want to get fancy, there are some hinges (not sure which ones) that allow you to grab a lower shelf and pull it forward and the down to access stuff that is usually too high without having to climb on a ladder.



But that is even more pricey so a stepstool might just be ok.
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And there is also;https://www.rev-a-shelf.com

So, you have a variety of options.
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And there is also;https://www.rev-a-shelf.com

So, you have a variety of options.
I think the pull-down shelf thing in my picture is actually a Rev-A-Shelf product. They make a lot of cool stuff.

I think somewhere you can get some of the individual hardware (hinges, etc) to make your own things-- like the tip out drawer thingies directly under the kitchen sink.
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Often referred to, and used at the sink and other places in the base cabinets, as a "spice drawer", or a fold out for scrubbing pads because of the stainless container, which I believe is by rev-a-shelf.

There are several hinge style used today. In the 70's the standard amerock hinges were common, and then a side mounted telescoping model were used,


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