Kitchen Design: Should You Reverse Your Fridge Door?

Kitchen Design: Should You Reverse Your Fridge Door?

Emily Han
Aug 5, 2011

A friend of ours recently lamented the layout of appliances in her kitchen, which required the performance of an awkward dance every time she wanted to retrieve something from the refrigerator. She felt resigned to this annoyance ... until someone pointed out a simple yet revolutionary solution: change the direction of the refrigerator door!

This simple switch – moving the door hinge so it swung open on the left instead of the right – made a huge difference in the efficiency and enjoyment of her kitchen. It was something our friend had never considered, or even known was possible.

Most refrigerators have reversible doors, and even those that don't can sometimes be changed with some extra hardware. It's a solution worth considering if you find yourself having to squeeze by an awkwardly placed door.

Here are some tips and tutorials for reversing a refrigerator door:
Getting the Refrigerator Door Into the Proper Swing at The Washington Post
How To Change the Direction Your Refrigerator Door Swings at How To Be a Handyman

Of course, you should also check the instruction manual or manufacturer's website for your particular model.

Have you ever done this yourself or hired someone to do it? Any advice?

Related: Where To Store What In the Refrigerator

(Image: Flickr member bradipo licensed under Creative Commons)

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