Clients ask me all the time, what is a standard size for a refrigerator? My answer: there is no such thing as a standard size. Fridges, like houses are getting bigger every year, and the standard size we are used to (the 30″ wide model with the freezer on the top) is not sufficient for most households.
So how do you select a fridge for your new kitchen? Some factors to consider are:
- How many people will be fed out of the fridge? The requirements of empty-nesters are much different that families of 6+.
- What type of food are you storing? If you stock-up weekly on fresh produce, you will require more fridge space. If you are more inclined to buy bulk-frozen produce, then freezer space and accessibility may be more important.
- Water/ice? This is a matter of personal preference, but if you have an under-sink reverse osmosis or filteration system in mind, you likely do not require this feature. Fridges are available with the ice/water mounted on the outside of the door, or with just ice mounted inside the freezer. This decision will impact the interior space in the fridge
These refrigerators are your largest option if you are concerned about storage space. The depth can range from 30″ to 38″ , with widths of 30″, 33″, and 36″ (approx.), and heights from 65″ to 72″. They can be french door, side by side, single door over drawer or full fridge models.
Please be aware that the appliance will protrude beyond the depth of the adjacent cabinetry. There are numerous design tricks available to hide the bulky look of a full-depth refrigerator, so please let me know early in the process if this is the route you are taking and I will design the cabinetry around it accordingly.