Learn to install refrigerator cabinets professionally with this step-by-step video.
Many homeowners like to enclose refrigerators for a built-in look. Standard refrigerators extend beyond the countertop 4-6″. This reveals the sides, which many times, are a different color than the front of the refrigerator. Custom panels are used to extend the refrigerator cabinet to fully enclose the appliance. The kitchen in the video features a refrigerator enclosure that includes refrigerator panels, applied end panels, and a 24″ deep refrigerator wall cabinet.
First, install the left-hand tall refrigerator panel by attaching it to the adjacent wall and base cabinets with #8 x 2 inch trim screws, making sure the panel is plumb and level. For additional strength, attach the panel to the wall with vertical furring strips. Next, install a furring strip to the back wall to support the refrigerator cabinet bottom. Construct a temporary brace to support the cabinet front. Then, install the 24″ deep cabinet as you would any other wall cabinet.
The last piece to enclose is the horizontal gap between top of the refrigerator and the bottom of the refrigerator cabinet. Do not install gap filler until you have confirmed the height of the refrigerator, including the top hinges. Secure the filler on the backside, or inside, of the face frame with “L” brackets and ½” wood screws.
Any cabinet that is deeper than 14″ should be supported by at least 3 points of contact. If the cabinet is not attached to the wall, ceiling and adjacent cabinets, it needs to be supported from the countertop or floor. Failure to do so can result in cabinet failure and will void the warranty.