How to Measure a Refrigerator

Refrigerators are an essential kitchen appliance, and the right fit is crucial. Read on to learn how to measure for your new fridge.

Once you're done, browse the selection of refrigerators at Coast Appliances to find the perfect fridge for your home.

In this article, we’ll cover:

 

  • What You Need to Measure a Refrigerator
  • How to Measure a Refrigerator
  • Refrigerator Size Chart
  • FAQs About Refrigerator Measurement

What You Need to Measure a Refrigerator

To choose a fridge with the right dimensions, you'll need to measure the space that your new refrigerator will be occupying. You'll want the following tools to accurately measure for a fridge:

  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Marker

How to Measure a Refrigerator - Step by Step Guide

A refrigerator is a big investment, which is why you'll need to know exactly how much space you have before you make your purchase. Avoid the hassle and headache of having to return a fridge that doesn’t fit by knowing how to properly measure your space.

This simple refrigerator measurement guide will walk you through the process of measuring for a new fridge.

  • Width – To measure the width of the space, take measurements of the narrowest point at the base, countertop, and upper cabinets.
  • Height – To measure the height, measure from the floor to the lowest point of the upper cabinet. Take 2 measurements: 1 at the front of the space and another at the back.
  • Depth – Finally, measure the depth of the space by measuring from the back wall to the front edges of your counters.
  • “Room to breathe” – Make sure you add an extra 1/2 inch to your measurements so that your fridge will have room to breathe and you can easily slide it into the space if it’ll be surrounded by cabinets and counters.

If you're wondering how to measure a refrigerator cubic feet, simply multiply length X width X depth, and then divide that number by 1,728.

2. Measure the ventilation space

To prevent your fridge from overheating, you'll need enough space for air to circulate around it. At a minimum, your refrigerator should have:

  • 2 inches of clearance at the back wall
  • 1 inch of clearance from the other cabinet
  • A total of 1/8 inches of space along the sides of your fridge

Subtract ventilation measurements from the measurements you've taken to find refrigerator dimensions that are right for your kitchen.

Keep in mind that ventilation requirements can vary for different refrigerator models. It's always best to look at the manufacturer's clearance recommendations before making a purchase.

3. Shop for a refrigerator with fridge dimensions that will fit your space

Once you know what you're looking for, you can start searching for a refrigerator that fits your space.

In addition to looking at the measurements you've taken, you should also consider what it will be like to use your new fridge. Make sure that your refrigerator doors won't bump into your cabinets or kitchen island when they're opened.

Whether you're looking for a fridge in standard size options, a refrigerator with double doors, or more compact options, you can find amazing options at Coast Appliances.

Make sure you check out our Best Refrigerators as well as our Refrigerator Buying Guide articles!

4. Don’t forget to measure the refrigerator door

Your new refrigerator won't always be closed. It’s important to make sure that you have enough room to easily open the fridge doors and any freezer drawers. When you're measuring this space, make sure that there's ample room for you to stand in front of your fridge when opening it.

Refrigerator hinges can add extra space to your measurements, which is why you'll want to account for this in your measurements. If you don't have enough space, the upper hinges on your doors could wind up scraping against the bottom of your kitchen cabinets. For tight fits, you may want your refrigerator to extend outward, slightly past your kitchen cabinets.

5. Don’t forget to measure the delivery path

When you're measuring for your new fridge, remember you have to get it to the space it’ll live! Measure the delivery path that will be taken as you bring it into the kitchen or room it will be in. Try to find the shortest, most direct path with the least obstructions. Measure any doors that your fridge will be passing through to ensure that it will be able to fit.

In some cases, it may be necessary to remove doors from their hinges to allow the refrigerator to fit through. You may also have to remove furniture and any other obstructions that could create issues when your new fridge is delivered.


Refrigerator Size Chart

Refrigerator dimensions will vary based on the size of fridge you choose. Our refrigerator sizes chart can help you find the type of fridge that’s best-suited to your space.

Fridge Type Image Name & Model Height Depth Width Weight

Bottom-Freezer Refrigerators

73.3″     186.18cm

  26.6″       67.56cm

23.5″ 59.69cm

79kg 174.16lbs

Top-Freezer Refrigerators

67″ 170.18cm

33.38″ 84.78cm

29.75″ 75.57cm

132.88kg 292.95lbs

Side-By-Side Refrigerators

66.63″ 169.24cm

33.63″ 85.42cm

32.75″ 83.19cm

113.38kg 249.96lbs

French Door Refrigerators

70″ 177.8cm

29.33″ 74.49cm

36″ 91.44cm

133kg 293.21lbs

Counter-Depth Refrigerators

70″ 177.8cm

28.74″ 72.99cm

35.75″ 90.81cm

142kg 313.06lbs

 

Coast offers a wide selection of refrigerators, including French door, side-by-side, and bottom mount fridges. We'll help you find a high-quality, functional fridge that's the right size for your kitchen.

FAQs About Refrigerator Measurement

What is the standard size of a refrigerator?

Standard refrigerators usually have a width between 28 and 36 inches and a height between 66 and 72 inches. However, Coast also offers fridges that are larger, as well as models that are more compact. Whatever you need in terms of style, space, or budget, Coast has an option for you.

Do refrigerator measurements include the handles?

Typically, manufacturers offer depth measurements with and without handles. Always take the time to confirm measurements to make sure you have the right fit.

How much space is needed around a refrigerator?

Refrigerators won't have room for ventilation if they're too boxed in. At a minimum, you should allow an inch of space at the top of your fridge and 1/8 inch of space on either side.

How far should a refrigerator be away from the wall?

It's best to keep a refrigerator at least 2 inches away from the back wall. This allows for proper ventilation and cooling as well as any water lines or plugs to fit without being crimped.

Can you recess a refrigerator into the wall?

Yes, recessing a refrigerator is an option. Recessing a fridge into your wall can give you more usable space and make your kitchen look more streamlined.

In addition to considering features, finishes, and prices, you'll want to make sure that there's ample space for your new fridge in your kitchen. Take accurate measurements before you buy, allowing space for both ventilation and for the refrigerator doors.

Once you know what you're searching for, browse our full selection of refrigerators to find options that meet your needs.