Three Intelligent Methods to Add Storage Round a Fridge | Thrifty Decor Chick

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3 ways to customise the exterior of your fridge with
extra storage!

I like discovering sensible methods so as to add storage round the home, particularly within the
kitchen! I actually take pleasure in determining methods to make higher use of an
underutilized spot.  

One of many first DIY initiatives I labored on in our previous kitchen was including a
DIY enclosure across the fridge. This makeover will go a lengthy technique to
making a kitchen really feel extra customized and up to date. 

PLUS, there are such a lot of methods so as to add storage once you “construct in” a fridge!
I am sharing the methods I’ve executed simply that. 

1. Add or lengthen the cupboard above a fridge. 

In case your fridge would not have any cabinetry, including a cupboard on the prime with aspect panels will give it a customized contact. 

In our final kitchen, we already had a cupboard above however it was the identical
depth as the remainder of the cupboards: 

short cabinet above refrigerator

Not tremendous helpful when you must climb on prime of the fridge to get to it!
Ha!

extended cabinet above fridge

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I used to be in a position to transfer the unique cupboard doorways to the one I
constructed. 

gray peppercorn base cabinets

In case you bought your cupboards from an enormous field retailer, you could possibly discover
matching aspect panels to match. 

If not, use a 4×8 foot wooden panel reduce in half to create your individual! (It will
at all times be cheaper than shopping for the “matching” panels.)

You possibly can add a fridge enclosure if it is towards a wall, positioned in
between cupboards or standing alone.  

 

2. What to do with the area above the fridge?

In case you add a cupboard above, congrats — you may have some new cupboard space! 🙂

pan storage above refrigerator

These organizers are expandable, so you may stretch them for greater pans, or shut it up for skinny boards. You possibly can nonetheless discover them at IKEA, however this expandable option is comparable. 

In our present kitchenette, we used a sheet of plywood for the aspect panels:

wood panels around fridge enclosure


I saved greater than $100 by utilizing this as a substitute of the completed panels
that match the cabinetry. 


We bought a aspect by aspect fridge for this spot (they’re SO a lot
cheaper than the French door choices!) and after it was put in, we
had a very good ten inches of open area between the highest and the cupboard
above.


I knew I might make that area helpful, so I began by nailing some
scrap wooden into the perimeters as help strips:
 

wood supports for shelf


After which I reduce down some wooden that match beneath these helps to shut it
off and create a shelf. 


My unique plan was so as to add a chunk of wooden on the entrance that we might
flip up and entry the within of our new shelf. However I could not determine
out the fitting hinges to make it work. 


So I went again to my scrap pile and determined to complete if off by making a
field I might slide in to cowl all of the ugly components (you possibly can see the
{hardware} beneath the cupboard and the helps I had simply put in). 


I nailed in a pair extra scrap components to alongside the again and sides to
connect my new insert to: 

DIY shelf above fridge


I painted the field earlier than sliding it in and nailing, after which trimmed out
the entrance to cowl the tough edges. 


Now that awkward area not solely seems to be higher, however is a helpful spot!:

small shelf above refrigerator


I nonetheless must fill in some gaps across the trim, however this little
element is sort of executed!

3. Add fairly storage to the aspect of the fridge. 

That is one in all my all time favourite kitchen DIY initiatives!

Enclosing the fridge creates a wall if it is open on one aspect…and
after dwelling with ours for a pair years, I wished to make the most of that vacant
vertical area. 

fridge with cutting board storage on side

I LOVE this wall now! It is such a candy little element in our kitchen, and
it is USEFUL. I like when kind and performance meet up so fantastically!

I created little cabinets with leather-based strips to maintain the reducing boards from
falling. For just a little ornamental element, I hung scrap wooden on the again for a
shiplap look, however you can too use beadboard, wallpaper, an accent
shade…no matter! 

On the basement enclosure, I had that very same empty wall that was calling out
for one thing. I grabbed a pile of fairly reducing boards I’ve had in
our storage room and selected a technique to show them. 

By the way in which…sure I’ve too many reducing boards. I KNOW. 😂 However we at all times
seize one for entertaining or after we’re having snacks and watching
TV. 

I made a decision to hold them on this wall for straightforward entry. You should utilize cup hooks
to hold reducing boards, however I used to be just a little additional and used a couple of of the
antiqued brass knobs
I put in on our cupboards. 
using knob as hanger

I drilled pilot holes into the wooden panel, then screwed the knobs in. 

They’re tremendous safe and maintain all of our reducing boards: 

cutting board wall

I like the brass element! 

The wooden tone seems to be nice towards that grey, and it ties in properly with the
new ground (that I nonetheless want to point out you!) and the wooden accents on our
leisure middle: 

cutting board wall by fridge
I hung a lot of the boards with
leather string
I had in my craft stash: 
leather string on cutting board

There you go! I hope these provide you with some concepts on your personal fridges. Who
knew they’d a lot potential? 🙂 

After all there’s nothing flawed with simply leaving them as is, however I like to
determine methods to use unused area.