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The Importance Of "Double Checking"
Even if it might sound obvious, always double-check twice the space (and the measurements) of the area where you wish to fit your new piece of furniture or appliance. Precision is crucial if you want to avoid unpleasant surprises when your purchase finally arrives at your place.
It is also worth mentioning that different appliances use specific measurements. Depending on what you are looking to buy, check with the information on the next section to find out the right method of measuring a possible new fridge or dishwasher, for instance.
Measuring A Refrigerator
Measuring a refrigerator is no rocket science: take the height of the appliance from the floor or the feed to the top. For the width, as you might already know, you'll have to measure from one edge to the other. Concerning the depth, you'll want to measure the unit from the front (including the door handle) to the back. Also, it might be a good idea to open the refrigerator to a 90-degree angle to check whether it will fit in your house even when wide open.
If you are looking to buy a chest freezer, getting the measures wrong is almost too difficult! Indeed, it is one of the appliances that are easiest to measure. Don't forget to take into consideration whether you'll be able to open the lid or not!
What About A Range?
In this guide about how to properly measure for new home appliances, we could not leave out tips on measuring ranges. You can take the height from the floor to the top of the cooking surface. Mind you that you should not take the measurement only to the control panel if you don't want to be imprecise. Take your meter up to the stovetop. Getting the width is simple: measure from the right edge to the left one. When measuring the depth, avoid handles, and measure from the front to the back of the unit.
Measuring Range Hoods
You might already know that range hoods are rather unusual pieces of your kitchen. They come in different shapes and forms, which can make measuring them challenging. But in reality, it doesn't get more complicated than with other appliances.
You can get the height by measuring the unit from the bottom to the part where the chimney starts. Keep in mind that you don't have to go all the way up. Measure from the left edge to the opposite one for the width. And measure the depth from the front to the back of the unit. Don't get distracted by the various curves and measure from the most protruding parts only. Remember that the appliance should fit into the cabinet space: don't forget to measure such an area before getting to the store!
Fitting New Cooktops
To measure your new cooktop, take the height from the bottom to the top of the cooking surface. Measure the width from the right edge to the opposite and the depth from back to front. Don't forget to measure from the protruding parts for an accurate result. Avoid making one of the most common mistakes and remember to measure the part of the unit that is supposed to fit beneath the counter.
Buying a New Dishwasher
If you are familiar with measuring a refrigerator, getting down the measurements for the dishwasher follows a very similar procedure. Get the height from the bottom to the very top of the appliance. Exclude any handles and knobs but include the heating components if present for accurate results. To get the width, follow the same procedure that applies to the pieces of equipment mentioned above. Don't forget to include the door in your measurements.
Getting the Measures For A New Microwave
No matter whether you are trying to purchase an over the range or a countertop microwave: the measuring style will still be the same. Get the height from bottom to top, width from right to left, and depth from back to front. Don't include handles or knobs in your measurements and ensure the unit will be able to fit into the cabinet cut-outs that you have at home. If you have an overhead cabinet, make sure your new microwave will fit underneath it.
Don't Forget To Find the Best Pathway To Place Your Appliance!
When learning how to properly measure for new home appliances, don't be fooled to think that all you need to do is take the size of the unit of interest and the area where you want to place it. You should also not forget to consider the best pathway to receive and install your new piece of furniture. Indeed, to have a smooth delivery and installation, you'll want to avoid it getting stuck along the way.
To ensure that you'll be able to easily place your new appliance where you were planning, find the narrowest doorway and measure it. Your new piece should fit through it. If it doesn't try to find an alternative way to have your new appliance delivered or figure out a strategy with the store or with the delivery company.