How to Cut the Cabinet to Size for a Fridge

Refrigerator cabinets hang above the fridge in a kitchen cabinet layout.
These cabinets have specific dimensions to suit the large appliance. If you are building fridge cabinets yourself, use the standard dimensions to ensure a cohesive cabinet design and layout.

Step 1

Use the measuring tape to measure the width of your refrigerator. The fridge cabinet must be wider than the fridge itself, so the fridge fits into the cabinet design. Add at least four inches to this width measurement, as the fridge must have two inches on each side for proper ventilation.

Step 2

Place two of the five plywood sheets down on a flat surface and draw two rectangles measuring the adjusted width measurement by 12 inches for the depth. In addition, draw two additional rectangles measuring 15 by 12 inches using the pencil. Draw the back panel of the fridge cabinet, so it measures 15 inches by the width measurement.

Step 3

Cut out the five fridge panels for the cabinet using the circular saw. Sand all sides using the sandpaper to remove splinters.

Step 4

Take the two 15-inch-long pieces and place them across from one another in a parallel manner, as the first step in creating the fridge cabinet frame. Take the two top and bottom pieces and place them in between the two side panels, so the sides overlap the top and bottom ends. Use the cabinet clamp to hold the rectangular frame in place. As you put the clamp in place, use the square ruler to ensure the angles of each corner are 90 degrees.

Step 5

Drill 1/4-inch screws through the side panels into the top and bottom pieces using the power drill. This will secure the four frame panels, so your cabinet frame is complete. Use at least two screws per corner. Line the back panel up to the back of the cabinet and attach it to the fridge cabinet frame using one screw per inch around the back side's perimeter.

Things You Will Need

  • 1/2-inch plywood, 5 sheets
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Circular saw
  • Medium grit sandpaper
  • Square ruler
  • Cabinet clamp
  • 1/4-inch screws
  • Power drill

Tips

  • Mount the fridge cabinet frame to the wall above the fridge. Use wall studs for additional cabinet support, so use 4-inch long screws when wall-mounting the cabinet.
  • Add cabinet doors to the frame, once you have mounted the fridge cabinet to the wall. The cabinet doors can be the same size as the back panel. Depending on the overall width, consider making two cabinet doors for the fridge cabinet, as a cabinet door wider than 20 inches may look out of place with your existing cabinet doors. Use hinges to install the cabinet doors.

About the Author

Based in Toronto, Mary Jane has been writing for online magazines and databases since 2002. Her articles have appeared on the Simon & Schuster website and she received an editor's choice award in 2009. She holds a Master of Arts in psychology of language use from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.