The cabinet over the fridge is useless, only decorative. Most cannot be
reached. If screwed into the wall that is all the support you need.
The cabinet over my new fridge had to be cut down as the fridge is
taller than the old one. It was opened for the first time in over 20
years. Cut down, it is only trimmed doors on the front, no bottom any
An unusable cabinet is a kitchen designers mistake . The cab over the
fridge needs to be deeper than a standard wall cabinet so you can reach the
doors - and keep people from stackin' shit on top of the refrigerator .
It's primary use (at our house) is to store things that are not used often ,
like punch bowls and the big roasting pan that you only use when the whole
family comes for Christmas dinner . In twenty years building cabinets for a
living , I've seen a lot of stuff that didn't work . And learned a lot about
what does ... like a pullout with a rotating half-round bilevel shelf for a
corner cabinet .
I agree ! Too many people take the easy way out , buy prefab
assemble-at-home junk that doesn't last a month then whine about the quality
of stuff . This past Christmas our 2 youngest granddaughters got toy boxes .
I built them of SYP 1x6's , assembled with glue , screws , and 16 ga pin
nails . Heavy strap hinges , those toy boxes will still be around when they
have kids .
I'll be building the cabinets for our new kitchen ... and there won't be a
single piece of particle board .
Today I finished nailing the wall sheathing and lifted one truss to the
top plate (still needs to be stood up) as a proof-of-concept for the block
and tackle rig I put together .
The OP might want to consider no cupboard above the refrigerator and a
turntable on top of the fridge instead of a deep cupboard (possibly
easier and cheaper to do).
In one house I had there was just enough space below a shallow top
cupboard to store drinking glasses on a lazy susan on top of the
refrigerator. That was a good place to keep them (near the point of
first use) and the turntable made them all easily accessible - no
My wife likes to decorate cakes, so the cabinet over the refrigerator is
where we store all of her cake pans, travel boxes, and decorating supplies.
She doesn't use them that often and they take up a lot of space, so it's an
ideal location for those items.
We do have a small step ladder for accessing the items in that cabinet.
On Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 7:44:36 PM UTC-4, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
I had to trim mine down when I went to a cabinet depth fridge, that was
taller than the old one. I wouldn't say it's totally useless. I can
still easily reach stuff in the front, that's where I keep the cat food
cans, for instance. But I can't get to the back without a stool. The
reason I can still use mine may be that the fridge is counter depth,
so it's close to flush with the fridge, no need to reach over it.
The rest of the cabinet is still useful if you want to put some rarely
used stuff in the back, where you need the stool. But the space isn't
all that much either.
To answer the OP's question, a cabinet can certainly be supported without
another cabinet after it. Happens all the time. If it has secure
fastening in the back and the top, it's not going anywhere.
On Sun, 24 Apr 2016 06:28:31 -0700 (PDT), trader_4
Our fridge extends 9" past the base cabinets. From the front of the
fridge to the front of the cabinet above it is 22", plus the fridge
door handles. Too far to reach even with a one step stool to be
practical. IIRC, it is 70" high.
The old fridge was a side by side with 22 cu. ft. This is a French
door, the same width, but is 25 Cu. Ft. It grew a little taller and
deeper for the extra space. Much more practical to use too.
On Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 12:02:17 PM UTC-4, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
That's the difference. My cabinets are hung under a soffit and
originally they were set back about 5" into the soffit. When I
decided to go to a cabinet depth fridge, I had to shorten the
cabinet above it. At the same time, I moved that cabinet and the
one next to it forward, only about an inch back from the soffit.
Net result is the fridge is close to flush, only the door thickness
sticks out past the cabinets. It really looks so much better.
And also I still have some use of that upper cabinet.
Too far to reach even with a one step stool to be
Screws are not always enough, and by all means DO NOT use drywall screws
(which easily break). A woman that I once knew, filled an entire cabinet
with canned food. When the screws snapped, the whole cabinet crashed,
destroying several counter top appliances, including her microwave,
breaking off the faucet handle on her sink, wrecking her counter top,
and smashing a lot of dishes. It could have been a lot worse if her
children had been there....
Those cans combined weight was probably 300 to 400lbs, plus the weight
of the cabinet itself.
I would never install kitchen cabinets with anything less than two 1/4"
lag bolts in *each* stud (top and bottom of cabinet). And each lag bolt
should go at least 2 inches into the studs.
Is the salesman is trying to sell you some poorly-engineered particle board cabinets?
Maybe he's afraid the cabinets will fall apart when you load them up the first time?
Particle board is junk, look for cabinets made with plywood.
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