How to Measure Refrigerator Size

There are several reasons why you may be curious about how to measure a refrigerator size. Possibly because you will be heading to a store to shop for a refrigerator and you need to know if it will fit into your installation space.

It may also be that you need to know how to measure a fridge because you will be moving soon, and you want to be sure that the space in the new apartment can accommodate your already existing fridge.

For whatever reason you need to learn this, this article provides an easy and quick way to get it done.

All you need is a good steel tape measure and possibly somewhere to note your measurements down.

What You Need To Know Before You Measure Refrigerator Size

Let’s say you need these measurements because you need to get a new fridge in a physical store.

Now, while we are almost certain that the store attendant will be able to provide you with details on the size of the fridge you want, we strongly advise that you take the measurements of the space you want to have this fridge installed in before you set out to get the fridge or have one ordered.

And while you are at it, be sure to allow some space between the fridge and the space you want to have it installed. This is to allow ample air circulation and prevent overheating which may result in a breakdown.

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It is recommended that you allow clearance of at least one-eighth of an inch on both sides of the fridge and 2 inches above the unit.

And if you are going for a built-in refrigerator model, then we also think you should factor in how much space the cabinet offers.

Now let’s get right into how to measure refrigerator size…



How to Measure Refrigerator Size in Easy Steps

Measure the Width of the Fridge

To measure the refrigerator width, take the tape measure across the front of the fridge. That is, from side to side.

Meanwhile, depending on whether it is a left-hinge, right-hinge, or French door refrigerator, you want to be sure to add some allowance to the width you measured to ensure that the door(s) open easily.

Measure the Height of the Fridge

To measure the height of the fridge, take the tape measure from the top of the fridge to the bottom of the fridge and note the value.

You may also want to add at least 2 inches to the value you obtained to ensure that if, for instance, you will be installing the fridge as a built-in model, it will not just fit into the designated space, but that there will be some allowance between the top of the fridge and the cabinet for ample air circulation.

Measure the Depth of the Fridge

To measure the depth of the fridge, extend the tape across the width of the side.

With built-in refrigerators, there are 2 depths to consider when you want to measure refrigerator size.

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There is the standard depth; which extends past the counter.

Then, there is the counter depth which stops where the counter stops.

To measure the standard depth, extend the tape from your wall to about six inches past the cabinets or counter.

For the counter-depth refrigerator placement, measure from the wall to the edge of your counter.

Here’s a video that shows how to measure your space for a new refrigerator. Check it out.


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A Quick Recap!

Measuring refrigerator size is easy.

You only need a steel tape measure and an extra pair of hands especially if you need to move the fridge to get the dimensions accurately.

To measure a fridge’s size, measure the width by extending the tape measure from across the fridge from side to side, then measure the height from top to bottom and the depth across the width of the side.

It is also advisable to take the measurement twice for accuracy.

While you take the measurements of the fridge, it helps to factor in the size of the installation space as well as ample space between the fridge and the walls of the space.

You can also learn how to measure your refrigerator in cubic feet to know its capacity and how much of your space it will occupy.

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