We think we’ve established that a small kitchen can still be a wonderfully stylish space, but there is a problem: where can you put your fridge?
No appliance sees more daily use from your family than the refrigerator. Its proper placement can mean the difference between a kitchen that’s a joy to cook in and one that’s a daily annoyance. Rather than simply sliding the refrigerator into any available space, some planning and preparation should be dedicated to details such as sufficient power access, plumbing for water supply lines and clearance.
A large fridge is a necessity in a family home, but finding the space for one can be tricky when your proportions are diminutive unless you get creative with your placement!
Kitchen planners are constantly trying to come up with new and clever ways to get everything their clients need into small spaces, and we’ve discovered some really innovative techniques for squeezing a fridge into a tiny area.
In a stealthy full-height cupboard
We bet you can’t see the fridge in this kitchen and that’s because it’s been cleverly housed inside a large cabinet. It’s actually to the right of the installation, just in case you need some help to find it!
If there is no space left for a fridge in the case of a small kitchen overlooking the living room, we could locate the fridge in a column fabricated by wooden panels. This way we can manage some space for the fridge as well as create a divider between the two different spaces of the house.
A fridge in your room can be assimilated within your cupboards. It would save you time and energy.
In a wall recess
Wall recesses are a great way to house bulky items without letting them jut out into the middle of a room. Build a cavity into your wall (between the stud work), and you’ll be delighted with how easily your fridge will slide in there.
Fridge Under the kitchen stands
If you have a small studio apartment, with no separate kitchen area, do not waste any more of that precious space to keep a huge refrigerator.
Instead, get it installed in the fridge under the kitchen stands. It would help you keep all your kitchen needs at one place, and would make your apartment look beautifully organized, clean, and spacious.
In-between Two Storage Spaces
You may want to consider hiding your refrigerator in-between two storage spaces such as cabinets. Perhaps you should consider the two-door or three-door refrigerator for this purpose so that each door opens toward the storage compartments. This placement option is also ideal for thinner refrigerators or if the space between the two storage compartments is wide enough to accommodate the opening of the door of the fridge. Whatever the case may be, this placement option for the fridge will help you optimize your space very well.
Next to the Door
Whether you are placing the refrigerator in the dining area, kitchen or basement, you should consider placing the appliance next to the door. The reason for placing the refrigerator next to the door is that you don’t have to walk into the kitchen or basement entirely to access the appliance. This is particularly ideal for saving more space inside the kitchen and improving access to everyone in the home. Placing the refrigerator next to the door will also give you the opportunity to keep the cords away from public access.
Strangely-shaped corners don’t need to be a waste of space as they’re ideal for your fridge. Just make sure you measure everything carefully and remember that you can alter which way your door opens if you need to.
Is your wall too short and the refrigerator a bit large? Do not worry, as we see in this example, and we can always position the fridge in an angled position. Further, we could also exploit the space left behind the fridge by building a small closet to store items that we do not need frequently.
In dead space
Little gaps that can’t comfortably house anything useful can definitely be put to good use as a place for your fridge. You might need to sacrifice a little cupboard space, but that’s not a huge concern, as we all know, a fridge is vital.
In a small kitchen, even a niche can make a difference and can be utilized as a strategic location to place the refrigerator. If there isn’t any, we can always build it ourselves by wooden panelling or by plasterboards.
In an adjoining space
In an open-plan home, your fridge can easily be housed in an adjoining area.
Here, you can see that the larder fridge doesn’t look at all out of place or unsightly, despite the fact it’s located in the living room.
If the kitchen is part of an open floor plan and no walls are separating it from the rest of the spaces, it would be interesting to build a sort of oversized space divider which could incorporate the fridge as well as some storage around it.
Clearance for door operation and drawer slides should be considered when choosing a place for your refrigerator. Allow enough clearance between the wall and the back of the refrigerator for adequate air circulation to provide cooling for the refrigeration system. Specifications and details on recommended clearances are generally included in the refrigerator owner’s manual.
There are many intersections within the home, for instance, you can keep your refrigerator at the intersection between the living room and the dining area, or at the intersection between the dining room and the hallway. This idea is particularly good if you are not interested in having your refrigerator hidden inside the storage units of your kitchen. Upon getting to your kitchen, it will be hard to notice that a refrigerator is standing at an intersection with another area of the home. This method of placement of the refrigerator will largely depend on how your home is constructed, and there may not.
The intersection between the kitchen and the dining is always one of the perfect places to place the fridge because the appliance will be needed at the kitchen and dining area mostly; hence it makes sense if the appliance is placed halfway to the dining and halfway to the kitchen.
In the dining room
Now, this makes perfect sense! A kitchen/diner will allow you to keep a large fridge close to hand but not actually in your kitchen area, and what a way to add in some colour.
The red fridge here looks great, injecting a vibrant accent shade alongside the chair cushions.
A dining room is the perfect setting for a refrigerator when the kitchen is too small. To make the most of this idea, we advise you to choose the fridge with a colour that complements other furniture in the room or decorate it with fancy stickers to make the space more interesting.
Now you might as well say, what’s new in it? But this ordinary technique can save your kitchen space very comfortably.
Imagine more than a couple of friends helping you out at a dinner party. You can picture people making their way in and around the open door of the refrigerator, or waiting for the door to close to pass through your kitchen.
Install the refrigerator outside the kitchen. Make sure to purchase one that goes well with the dining décor of your space.
For any house big or small, it becomes very difficult to survive without a refrigerator. But make sure that a fridge is used for cooling your foodstuffs, and is not a showpiece stand.
In a regular Indian household, one can often find old receipts, pens, everyday medicines, jars and bottles of health drinks adorning the top of the refrigerator.
This demeans the expensive equipment and makes your dining space and kitchen look very commonplace and unexciting.
The dining space storage of the refrigerator can look ordinary, but it will save more space in the long run. If for instance, you have some friends helping you out at a dinner party, people will surely move around the open door of the refrigerator. You should consider a refrigerator placement outside of your kitchen if you want everyone to have easy access to it. You may want to consider a refrigerator that goes very well with your interior décor, including colour and Style. Since dining in this area will require lots of access by fridge users, it is quite logical to create a space around this area to create convenient access to the refrigerator always.
Behind the dining table
A fridge in the dining room is logical if you don’t have room for it in your kitchen, as you’ll have condiments and soft drinks to hand while eating.
Don’t think of the dining room as a separate room. Instead, consider it to be an extension of your kitchen.
If the kitchen is too small for the fridge, why not locate it in a closet as the architects at Fabio Carria have executed in this fine example? Depending on your personal taste, you could choose to leave the fridge open to view or conceal it completely behind door panels.
In the living room, integrating with the furniture
If there is no space in the kitchen for the fridge, why not place it in the living room? Perhaps it can also be used as a support for shelves similar to the one proposed in this example.
Living in the small apartments is full of challenges and virtues. We always find it difficult to decide what to buy and what not to buy. Since the rooms have little storage, all things are kept in a flexible manner. Thereby, everyone wants those things which are useful and carefully examined. We always keep our living rooms up to the marks. We plan to make it more attractive. Designing a small space is really a great task. So, this time decorate it with useful, space saver, cool and modernish refrigerator.
Refrigerator in the living room! Sounds weird? Well, no more. You now have a stylish yet compact refrigerator that you can keep in your living room to give it a touch of elegance.
Below the bookshelves
Have you ever considered the idea of inserting the refrigerator into a library? It may seem weird, but in a modern kitchen overlooking the living room, we could take the opportunity to place the refrigerator in a column such as the one made in this example proposed by Studio Ferlazzo Natoli.
A small one installed in the bedroom
Are you the one who hates getting up at night to have a glass of cold water? Or is late-night snacking a part of your routine?
Why not get a fridge installed in your bedroom? It will save that itchiness from getting out of the chamber, find your way through the dark and finally satiate your hunger pangs.
A traditional kitchen design uses a work triangle layout, with the stove, sink and refrigerator located at each point of the triangle. This provides easy access to each appliance or fixture and improves workflow. If space allows, select an area that places your refrigerator into the triangle design. The space should also be level and provide a floor strong enough to support the weight.
This is a very new innovative design idea to place a fridge, which is quickly becoming very popular. The freezers are installed in the form of pull-out drawers.
They are a welcome change from the mundane door of a regular refrigerator. You can install as less, or as many, depending on the requirements of your home.
Non-flashy, these pioneering drawers are very easy to use and maintain.
And, the best part is, none of your pies, puddings or fruits would ever go beyond your sight and perish away behind the fresher, glossier foodstuffs.
If you have a small apartment, perhaps this option may be the most suitable for you. For most studio apartments, there is no separate kitchen area; hence you should avoid wasting more of your precious space and get a huge refrigerator. Consider getting a smaller fridge that you can keep under the kitchen stands.
Getting your refrigerator under the kitchen stands will help you keep all kitchen needs in one place, and will also make your little apartment seem more organized, and more substantial. In order to place the refrigerator perfectly here, the kitchen stands must be tall enough, except you are using a very small refrigerator. This idea of appliance placement may only be suitable for small apartment users with smaller refrigerators.
A fridge should always be close vicinity with the kitchen and dining area so that all the materials, fruits, vegetables and cold water are accessible while cooking or eating.
In its own shelving system
Building a shelving system around your fridge will allow you to house it and add extra storage to your kitchen properly. A single shelf located above the appliance will be a godsend in a tiny kitchen!
Finally, we can also place the refrigerator in a special structure with open shelves, as seen in this proposal. This solution is easy to realize and also is a perfect place to locate the fridge, given its proximity to the living area and the kitchen.
With the modern interior designing ideas flooding the market, you can easily consider getting your refrigerator integrated. These go along with the kitchen decorum, blend in very faithfully and are never too overwhelming.
If you make an estimation of your budget and have a rough idea about how you want to design your kitchen, integrating the fridge will never be a matter of concern.
It looks clean, very classy, and you can easily get multiple cabinets installed around the refrigerator to keep the dry goods at hand’s distance.
All refrigerators require ventilation to some degree – the type of ventilation (rear, front, built-in, etc.) will dictate the ventilation requirements. If a refrigerator does not have proper ventilation, the compressor runs continuously due to warm air accumulating, which will impact on the lifespan of the appliance. Liebherr recommends always to include a ventilation space of at least 200cm2, however greater ventilation space will result in the better energy efficiency of the appliance.
Modern interior home design has made it possible to have an in-built refrigerator. You can ask your home décor to get your refrigerator integrated into your kitchen cabinet. This option should go very well with your kitchen’s decorum because the appliance will blend in perfectly and will never become too overwhelming for kitchen users.
If you have a rough estimation of budget on how you want to design your kitchen, integrating your refrigerator inside the kitchen cabinet should not be a matter of concern. Integrated refrigerator in the kitchen looks cleaner and classy, and you can even get as many cabinets as possible installed around the refrigerator to ensure more accessible access to dry items. Another benefit of keeping the fridge inside the kitchen shelves is that the extension cords can be carefully hidden from children and your pet. The kitchen shelves must be large enough to accommodate the size of a refrigerator in order to make this placement option work.
Blending the fridge with your décor
Another interesting idea is to coordinate your fridge with the elements next to it. Pair it with a cupboard or wall of the same colour to create a unique look, like in this home, where the refrigerator makes a statement, blending beautifully with the blackboard wall beside it.
And speaking of storage, it’s common to see refrigerators that are incorporated into a kitchen nook and are surrounded by cubbies, shelves and even wine racks. Placing the wine racks above the fridge is, however, a questionable idea.
The fridge should always be located in close proximity to a bench with ample available space. This will allow grocery loading to be prompt, meaning the door is open for a lesser amount of time, and when gathering ingredients for food preparation one can easily grab what is required and place down promptly on the bench. The shorter the time frame the door is open, the less impact on temperature variation within the fridge or freezer.
There are innovative refrigerators that are designed these days that can make storage a lot easier. For instance, some new refrigerators come with wheels, to ensure that the appliance can be moved from one place to the other. The wheeled refrigerator can be a great option just in case you want to change the placement of your refrigerator more frequently. The refrigerator should always be close to the vicinity with the kitchen and dining place so that everything needed for cooking and eating, including cold water, fruits, veggies, and frozen foods can be easily accessed.
In order to avoid the refrigerator overloading your kitchen, especially if you have a smaller kitchen, then you should consider the two or 3-door refrigerator because they require less space, especially when the door is opened. The modern design of two doors or three doors will surely fit into your kitchen remodelling plans in the future. The area around your refrigerator can act as a storage area if you want to save extra space without struggling to place your refrigerator.
In general, the refrigerator is placed in the kitchen. If there is enough space, you’d better put your fridge in the kitchen. Since a kitchen is a place where fire dominates and fire restrains metal, the fridge’s metal property will be restrained by the kitchen. In contrast, the fridge will consume the fire property of the kitchen, which is good for the balance of Five Elements in your kitchen and can bring you good luck in making money. However, remember that do not have your refrigerator door face the stove directly.