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How to Measure for Appliances

Buying a new appliance can be confusing enough without worrying about whether it will fit in the available space once you get it home. The best way to avoid any problems with fit is to take accurate measurements of the appliance's intended location before shopping. Measurements are especially important when there is no way to make adjustments, such as fitting a refrigerator between built-in kitchen cabinets. This will also help eliminate any models that are too large while shopping, which can help you narrow a wide range of choices.

Measuring the space available for an appliance can prevent future problems.
  1. Measure the width of the space available for the appliance by placing the end of a measuring tape at the farthest edge and running it straight across to the opposite edge. Make a note of the measurement.

  2. Measure the depth of the space available by placing the end of the measuring tape against the wall or rear of the available space and drawing it straight out to the opposite edge. Make a note of the measurement.

  3. Measure the height of the space available by placing one end of the measuring tape against the floor or bottom surface where the appliance will rest and pulling it straight out to the ceiling or bottom of the cabinet or counter above the space. Make a note of the measurement.

  4. Compare the space measurements to the exterior measurements of the appliance you are considering as you shop. Most appliances will require at least one-quarter inch clearance on each side, and refrigerators need extra distance from the rear wall to allow air circulation.

Warning

  • Make sure the measuring tape is straight when measuring and not at an angle or your measurements will not be accurate.