11 creative ways to fit a fridge into a small kitchen

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11 creative ways to fit a fridge into a small kitchen

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APARTMENT “VERBI” Minimalistische Küchen von Polygon arch&des Minimalistisch
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The refrigerator is the biggest among all the kitchen appliances, making it the most difficult to incorporate in a small kitchen. Since it takes up a lot of space, fitting a fridge into a cramped and tiny kitchen can seem an impossible task.

It makes sense to buy a refrigerator after assessing the size of your space so that it not only suits your food storage needs but also fits well into your kitchen. For helping you get a few ideas, we’ve put together a list of the top 11 ways you can accommodate a fridge into your small kitchen.

1. Hidden away bar fridge

When your cooking space is as compact as this one, the best option is a small bar fridge that neatly tucks away under the kitchen island.

2. Blending the fridge with your décor

Another interesting idea is to coordinate your fridge with the elements next to it. Pair it with a cupboard or wall of the same colour to create a unique look, like in this home, where the refrigerator makes a statement, blending beautifully with the blackboard wall beside it.

3. All-in-one unit

KITCHEN IN BLACK Moderne Küchen von Maison du Bonheur Modern
Maison du Bonheur


Maison du Bonheur

In this professionally designed compact kitchen, the setup of the small bar fridge is a perfect example of simplicity and minimalism. The refrigerator tucks away into a sleek custom-built unit with its door in the same finish as the cabinet.

4. Making a statement with colour

A refrigerator can be used to make a statement by getting one in a bold colour that coordinates with or contrasts the rest of the décor in the space.

5. Slim and slender

In a narrow kitchen, opt for a slim and tall fridge. The refrigerator in this kitchen integrates into the small space without cutting out the brightness, looking elegant and distinguished in the process.

6. Making a large fridge work

Having a small kitchen doesn’t mean that you have to compromise and give up on your dream of owning a side-by-side refrigerator. With the right design, you can make it work even in a compact kitchen.

7. Minimising the impact of the fridge

Moderne Küchen von Donakaza Modern

In a tiny space, it’s a good idea to ensure that your fridge doesn’t stand out too much. A stainless steel or silver model is the best option. Alternatively, you can cover it with a pattern or print that matches the rest of the décor.

8. A perfect fit

APARTMENT “VERBI” Minimalistische Küchen von Polygon arch&des Minimalistisch
Polygon arch&des


Polygon arch&des

If you are building a new kitchen, then customising the width of the cabinets so that they fit seamlessly with the fridge is the best option. However, you should bear in mind that you may need to change your fridge later, so keep the gap at a standard size as far as possible.

9. Completely hidden

When the kitchen is designed in such a way that it is completely hidden, like in this photograph, then all the appliances, including the fridge, are tucked away in a cupboard, making the space look tidy and minimalist.

10. A cute addition

A bright coloured fridge, like this pink one, can be used to create a focal point in a small kitchen. It looks cute too!

11. Think small

Kollektion Winter 2016 Skandinavische Küchen von woodboom Skandinavisch

Kollektion Winter 2016


In a tiny kitchen, it’s always better to choose a small fridge to save space. Ideally, you should leave some space at the side, in case you need to get a larger fridge in the future.  

For ideas on designing compact kitchens see 5 simple small kitchen ideas.

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