Help!!! I want to move my standard 32” refrigerator where the hutch is & put a cabinet around it with a thin end cap for spices. This fridge is not even 3 yrs old & I don’t want to replace it. Counter depth fridges are 24”. Surely that 8” isn’t going to be that big of a deal??? I can’t recess it into the wall, it’s an exterior wall. I was gonna go all the way to the ceiling with the upper cabinet but now I’m concerned about venting…. I can make the top built in but well vented. See pic #4. I certainly don’t want to damage my fridge due to circulation issues.
So, what are y’all thoughts. Has anyone done this & how’d it go?
One last thing, we are painting the cabinets & adding chunky crown molding so matching existing isn’t that big of a deal.
Thank you! Whew, I was really worried about circulation. I agree, It’s not bad placement where it’s currently located but I’m wanting to open up the entryway from mudroom. It feels a bit like a tunnel & is blocking a ton of natural light coming into kitchen. I’m planning to add lower cabinets & upper FH shelving in that space. Just thought I’d share another pic in reply to your suggestion. Thanks!
The fridge is currently in the better spot as far as cooking/work triangle. Most folks have fridges that aren’t counter depth so I wouldn’t be too concerned about that. As long as fridge has a few inches around sides and top it will be fine. I’ve not had issues when mine sat back in cabinetry like that. Good luck with your paint job!
Agree with first comment. Keep in mind how your mudroom usually looks. Mines always a mess so I like it tucked away!
Building your own cabinet for it is always an option. I moved my fridge like you plan on doing, and I built the cabinet for less than $100. Theres enough clearance for air circulation, and I can still easily move the fridge in or out.