How to install a bar refrigerator in a cabinet without problems
People who like to drink beer, wine, liquor, and even some who only consume non-alcoholic beverages will often think about installing a wet bar in their home. A well decorated bar can add a note of class to your place. A common appliance that should not be missing in a wet bar is the refrigerator. You will have to consider purchasing one of these for your new bar!
Installing a refrigerator in a cabinet behind the counter is not very difficult and you may be skilled enough to tackle this project on your own. If not, you can hire someone who has the necessary carpentry skills to do the work for you. Any competent handyman is likely to measure up.
Next, decide whether the new refrigerator will be installed in an existing cabinet or a new one that can be “made to order.” Bar coolers come in all sizes and configurations. You want what works best for you. If you are using an existing cabinet, your size options will be smaller.
You will also need to consider the approximate internal dimensions according to what you will be storing in the cooling unit. If you use two-liter bottles, you will need higher shelves. Wine bottles need to be placed on their sides, which requires deeper shelves.
If you are going to use an existing cabinet, your choice of sizes will be limited to the dimensions of the cabinet, for the most part. You need to make sure there is a gap at the top and on both sides. This will facilitate access. If the appliance protrudes slightly from the cabinet, additional wooden slats can be added to accommodate it.
Making a new cabinet to fit your new ‘fridge’ shouldn’t be too difficult, assuming you have a basic talent for woodworking. Be sure to use strong, durable wood for construction and to allow space for air to circulate and heat to dissipate. You will also need to have an electrical connection nearby.
You can buy a new bar fridge that is already built into a cabinet, so to speak, by design. These models are typically priced significantly higher than a regular refrigerator, making building your own cabinet not only practical but more economical. If you want to try your luck with some DIY (do it yourself), this is a good project to tackle because it is not too difficult and the results should be nice. And every time you go for a cold beer or other drink, you’ll feel a little personal satisfaction from a job well done.