After months of research, online and in-store shopping, we finally chose our kitchen appliances. Yes, a decision I thought I would never make, finally done! Here are the appliances we chose:
- Frigidaire Professional 22.6 Cu. Ft. French Door Refrigerator (Counter Depth)
- Frigidaire 46 Bottle Wine Cooler
- Frigidaire 5.1 Cu. Ft. Freestanding Gas Range with Convection
- Frigidaire 22.6 Cu. Ft. Professional Counter Depth Side-by-Side Refrigerator
Now that our appliances were on order, it was time to plan for installation. As I’ve said before, I’ve never done a kitchen remodel before and I’ve never ordered appliances in bulk. In fact, I’ve only witnessed a refrigerator being installed just once in my life. So I didn’t really know what to expect going into this. Thankfully if you’re an appliance virgin like I was, you can learn from my lessons.
Here are a few things that you need to know before ordering and installing your appliances. A few lessons I learned if you will…
Measure, measure and measure again.
The last thing you want is to order thousands of dollars worth of appliances only to realize they don’t fit. If your measurements are off by even half an inch, it could be a game changer. If they’re too small, it’s not as big of a deal, but if they’re too big, you’re in trouble.
I purchased my appliances from Nebraska Furniture Mart and they typically come out and do a pre-measure of your space before they install. So lucky for you, if your measurements are off, their pros will catch it before it’s too late. Either way, it’s never a bad idea to measure two or three times, just to be sure.
Here are two great online measuring tools you can use:
Note: With Frigidaire’s Fit Promise, customers can type in their current model # (from any manufacturer) and see which Frigidaire Wall Ovens are compatible with their current cut out. They also offer a Fit Promise guarantee that will give the customer up to $300 towards install if our recommendations aren’t correct.
Prepare for extra space when it comes to the refrigerator.
If you’re getting your refrigerator built in, you need to think of both the width and depth of the fridge along with the cabinet compartment it will be sitting in – as well as the height! For example, we have a fridge in our kitchen that’s built in, but it’s pulled out a bit in order to allow the doors to open. But we also have a fridge in our laundry room that doesn’t have the ability to be pulled out. So what does the mean? It means we can only open one of the doors because I didn’t take that into account when measuring…
Ugh. Stupid me.
Remember that when you open a refrigerator’s doors, they need a few inches on either side to actually open all the way – OR you need room for the fridge to be slightly pulled out. So if your fridge is in a compartment where it’s too tight (and you’re not able to pull it out – we have barn doors in front of ours, which is why we can’t pull it out), you’re going to be in a pickle. Since I made this massive measuring mistake, we’re now going to have to have our cabinetry guy come back out to revise our laundry room built-in to allow for the refrigerators doors to BOTH open. Lesson learned.
If you’re getting a beer/wine fridge, you have to order a “built-in” appliance, not a freestanding appliance.
In our kitchen design, we planed for a beverage cooler, but I knew nothing about them. For the longest time, I thought the freestanding beverage coolers were the same as the built-ins. Well, I was wrong. And thank goodness I asked a dozen questions upfront, before I submitted our measurements to our cabinet builder and BEFORE I ordered my appliances. The difference has to do with venting. So if you’re building in a beverage cooler, make sure to get the built-in option, not the freestanding.
Choose your appliances before your cabinet builder makes your cabinets.
Although we did this, we ended up changing our mind after the cabinets were made. Oops. Thankfully the cabinet maker was able to come back and make some adjustments for us, but it would have been a lot easier on our part if we hadn’t been so wishy-washy on our appliance selections.
So I hope you take some notes on my lessons learned. Appliances are such a big deal and no one wants to have to re-order them or re built your cabinetry to fix your mistakes.