One likely reason that you are curious about how to measure a refrigerator in cubic feet is that you are planning to get a new one. But it could be for several other reasons too.
First things first, before you get right into measuring the cubic feet of the fridge, it is important to know the external measurements as well as the internal measurements of the fridge.
Knowing the external measurements of a refrigerator will help you plan where to install it and how much space you need there. This is especially necessary for built-n models.
You also need the internal measurement (which is usually the storage space measured in cubic feet) to decide on how much of your food items the fridge can conveniently accommodate.
Meanwhile, it also helps to know the configuration of the fridge as well – whether it is a side-by-side or French door refrigerator, a bottom-mount fridge or a top-mount fridge. This would help you determine how to get the dimensions of your refrigerator.
We also recommend using a steel tape measure rather than the softer sewing tape measure. Steel tape measures stay straight for the most part and tend to be more accurate in measuring straight edges than the sewing tape measure.
If you don’t have one already then you may want to consider getting the highly-rated Komelon Self Lock™ 25-Foot Power Tape. Its self-locking mechanism makes the blade extend smoothly. More so, the blade is coated with nylon for durability and long-lasting use.
Now, without further ado, let’s get right into how to measure the cubic feet of your fridge.
How to Measure A Refrigerator in Cubic Feet – Outer Dimensions
The very step in getting the dimensions of your refrigerator in cubic feet is to measure the unit’s height, width, and depth.
To measure the height, take your extendable measuring tape and place it that the top of the refrigerator. Then, take your tape down to the ground. But be mindful of any stands and leveling feet to exclude them from the measurements you take.
You can get the width of the fridge by extending the tape from the right side to the left side, or vice versa.
To measure the depth, place the mouth of your tape on the back wall. Then, extend it until you get to the farthest point of your fridge.
Most importantly, take these measurements more than once to ensure that no errors were made with the first measurements.
How to Measure A Refrigerator in Cubic Feet – Inner Dimensions
Measuring the inner dimensions is not so difficult. But, it is not as easy as measuring the outer dimensions.
Firstly, remove the shelves, trays, drawers, and every item in your refrigerator. Without any obstructions, you would be able to use your tape to measure the insides of your fridge and freezer.
Like the outer dimensions, measure the height, width, and depth.
If your refrigerator is split into fridge and freezer compartments, this might even be more complicated. For instance, an 18-cubic foot refrigerator can have 5 cubic feet going to the freezer and 12 cubic feet for the fridge. Where’d the remaining 1 foot go?
If you don’t want to get caught up in this mess, remove all obstructions. Also, subtract measured values for obstructions that cannot be removed.
For refrigerators with separate compartments, you can get your dimensions apart or add both measurements together to get the combined dimension in inches.
Getting Your Dimensions in Cubic Feet
Because your measuring tape doesn’t provide the answer in cubic feet, you have to get this measurement yourself.
Here’s how to:
To get either the inner or outer dimension of your refrigerator in cubic feet, multiply the respective height, width, and depth that you measured earlier first. Then, divide the value by 1,728.
For example, if the interior compartment of your refrigerator is 40 inches tall, 20 inches wide, and 21 inches deep, you can get the cubic feet by doing the simple operation below:
40 inches × 20 inches × 21inches = 16,800 cubic inches
16,800 ÷ 1,728 = 9.7 cubic feet.
This puts the interior (storage capacity) of the fridge at approximately 9.7 cubic feet.
Alternatively, if it is a recent fridge model, you can always check the model label.
Usually, you would find the model number but not the cubic feet of the refrigerator. With the model number, you can find the specifications on the manufacturer’s website.
Check out this video by Home Depot Canada for tips on how to measure a fridge for your kitchen. It also includes what to know about entry paths in your home that need to be considered when bringing the new fridge in.
If you are also curious about how to install a fridge, then you may want to take advantage of this post for a stepwise guide on how to get it done.