How to hide a refrigerator

Written by brad chacos
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How to hide a refrigerator
Build cabinets around a freezer to hide all but the front. (David Sacks/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Some refrigerators, such as sleek black or stainless steel, are attractive and homeowners proudly feature those fridges as design cornerstones in their kitchens. Other fridges don't look quite as appealing. If a homeowner wants to keep a functional-yet-ugly fridge or partition a space that functions as a joint kitchen and dining room, he may choose to hide the refrigerator from view. While you can cover a fridge by simply tossing a sheet over the top of it, many homeowners want a more elegant solution. Fortunately, there are several ways to hide a refrigerator while simultaneously incorporating it into the design of the room.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Wood
  • Carpentry tools
  • Curtain rod
  • Curtain rings
  • Long curtain
  • Folding screen
  • Tall potted plants

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    Craft a cabinet to house the fridge while incorporating it into your existing design. Build walls and a top around the fridge, keeping a one-inch gap between the appliance and the wood and leaving the front open for access. While the cabinet can be as simple as plywood or wood veneer over a two-by-four frame, the exact supplies and measurements required will depend on your fridge type and kitchen set-up.

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    Position the fridge in an out-of-the-way place, such as a corner or nook. Install a curtain rod on the ceiling in front of the fridge and use it to hang a long curtain from rings. The rings allow you to push the curtain to the side when you need to access the fridge.

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    Block the view from heavily trafficked areas by standing a folding screen in front of the refrigerator. Use a couple of tall potted plants rather than a screen if you want to add a touch of nature to your kitchen.

Tips and warnings

  • You don't have to hang a curtain from the curtain rod. Use any material that acts functional and looks attractive, such as draperies, long sheets of fabric, decorative blankets or pull-up blinds.

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