Avoid an Appliance Nightmare

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Measuring for appliances is just as important as measuring your linear foot. If you do not have the proper appliance measurements you could have a disaster on your hands. There are some standards to consider when laying out your kitchen. Before you head out shopping keep your measurements handy. Knowing these measurements will help you narrow down your selection. We use Stanley tapemeaures. They are tough, durable and I have had mine for 10 years!

Ranges: Measure W x H x D. The standard range typically measures 30x36x27 depending on brand and style.

Cooktops: Cooktops are cut into the countertop. Their measurements can start as small as 27″. The most popular size is a 30″ just like the standard range, however, 36″ can be a great choice.

Wall Ovens: Whether you are getting a single wall oven, double wall oven or microwave combo, you will need several extra inches on the sides for installation. Depending on the size your designer can work this in to make sure you have the correct cabinet to house the unit. These can be tricky as they are a true custom feature.

Microwaves: Above the range microwaves are a standard 30″w since they go above the range. However, pay close attention to the height and depth before purchasing. Manufacturer models vary in height and depth which can cause a problem if measured after the design and purchase process. Microwave height affects the cabinet size that goes above the microwave.

Dishwashers: They are a standard 24″ wide and are meant to fit underneath the countertop inbetween standard height base cabinets. Dishwashers have leveling feet on the bottom should you need to raise or lower the unit a small bit.

Refrigerators: THERE IS NO STANDARD SIZE FOR REFRIGERATORS! Be mindful of all of the refrigerator measurements: width, height (including hinges) and depth (including handles for tight spaces). It is important to consider the depth of the cabinet going above the refrigerator because you will need clearance to open the doors; you dont want the hinges to prevent you from opening the doors all the way.

If you only have a 36″ opening for your refrigerator it could not be enough room for that beautiful french door or oversized unit. Alter your design to fit the refrigerator of your dreams. Also, if you are in tight quarters consider a counter depth refrigerator. These do not stick out 6″ from the countertop and are just  about flush with the countertop.

Bar Refrigerators: These also vary in size. Estimate 18″ or more to work into your plan.

IMPORTANT: DO NOT MAKE ANY APPLIANCE PURCHASES UNTIL YOU ARE 100% SURE THEY WILL FIT INTO YOUR LAYOUT. YOU SHOULD HAVE YOUR APPLIANCES ON SITE AT THE TIME OF KITCHEN INSTALLATION.