One of the most poorly used kitchen cabinets is the one above the fridge. Its placement, particularly for the more vertically challenged, is awkward, especially if the cabinet is set back from the front of the fridge and is only 12 inches deep. But it’s absolutely possible to create functional overhead fridge cabinet solutions.
The addition of a tall, deep appliance beneath it only amplifies the problem. What solutions exist to make this cabinet more accessible and useful.
If you have a shallow cabinet — less than 18 inches deep — begin by making this cabinet more accessible and moving it forwards. Or upgrade the shallow cabinet to a deeper model. The next step is determining how best the space can work for you.
Pull-out units make it easier to use the entire depth of space within the cabinet. For most people, a stool of some kind will still be required to reach the contents, even when full-extension slides are used. If the cabinet will be storing items that are more seasonal or rarely utilised, however, this can be a great solution.
Tray dividers are one of my favourite uses for the above fridge cabinet. This is a perfect place and manner to store baking sheets and trays, shallow roasting or baking pans, cutting boards, serving platters, and the like.
If you need space to store bottles, whether wine, alcohol, cooking oils, or something else, the fridge cabinet could be an ideal place. One important consideration: heat. With some models of refrigerators, you’ll find the heat escape from the cooling mechanisms of the fridge and freezer make the cabinet above rather warm. If this is the case with your fridge, use caution in deciding what types of bottles can be properly stored here.
If you have a lot of stemware, consider installing a pull-out unit upside down. This opens up valuable cabinet space for other uses while keeping glassware in a safe, out-of-the-way space.
Pull-downs might seem like a fantastic option. The reality, however, is that most pull-down options don’t have enough clearance to extend beyond the front of your fridge. Measure carefully and don’t forget about the depth of appliance handles or pulls.
I love this pull-out unit for small appliances and other items! The difference here compared to the pull-out shown above is the door’s movement. With typical pull-outs, the extension moves forwards only. Here, because the mounting brackets are on a pivot system, the door opens outwards and to the side, making it easier to access items at the back of the cabinet.