How to Place a Refrigerator Against the Wall

A refrigerator is a staple of any kitchen, as the ability to keep food at a low temperature extends its shelf life by days, weeks or longer.

Refrigerator placement is often determined by the kitchen design.Refrigerator placement is often determined by the kitchen design.
While hooking up a refrigerator and getting it working may be a simple task, moving the behemoth of an appliance against a wall is not so simple. Sliding the refrigerator across hardwood, linoleum or tile can result in scratches or tears, ruining the look of your kitchen.

Find a suitable place to put your refrigerator. The fridge should be located away from any heat sources and have a water line, along with access to an electrical outlet.

Cut two long strips of cardboard, about 6-inches wide.

Tilt the refrigerator to the right, just an inch off the ground, and slide one of the cardboard pieces under the left side of the bottom of the fridge. Then repeat the process for the other side. Make sure enough of the cardboard is sticking out of the front of the refrigerator, so you can pull on it later to remove the cardboard. Ensure that every section of the refrigerator that touches the ground has cardboard under it.

Move the fridge directly in front of the wall or opening where you will put it. If your fridge has a water line, attach it to the water intake, normally located at the bottom of the back of the fridge. Tighten the water connection with your wrench. Then plug the fridge into an outlet.

Push the refrigerator to slide it over your floor and into place against the wall. Lean against the fridge while you pull out the cardboard strips to remove them. Finally, pull the fridge out enough so there is a 1/2-inch gap between the back plate and the wall.

Place your level on the top of the refrigerator to see if it is level. If it is not, have someone push back on the top of the fridge, enough to lift the front feet off of the floor. Turn the feet with your wrench to adjust the height. Some refrigerator models may need to have a toe grill or bottom cover removed to access the screws for the feet.

Things You Will Need

  • Utility knife
  • Cardboard
  • Water line
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Level


  • If your refrigerator spent any time on its side or back, allow it to stand upright for at least an hour before you plug it in.

About the Author

Shawn McClain has spent over 15 years as a journalist covering technology, business, culture and the arts. He has published numerous articles in both national and local publications, and online at various websites. He is currently pursuing his master's degree in journalism at Clarion University.