How to Use a French Door Refrigerator Next to a Wall

French doors on a refrigerator feature two doors that swing out from the center in opposite directions. A freezer drawer is usually installed at the bottom of the refrigerator unit, under the French doors. The width of each door on a French door refrigerator is half the size of the door on a traditional refrigerator. This means that the amount of space needed to open the doors for a French door model is less than the amount for a single-door refrigerator. So you can use a French door refrigerator closer to a perpendicular wall.

Stainless steel refrigerator
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French door refrigerators keep the refrigerator at eye level.

Step 1

Measure the space where the refrigerator is placed. There should be 1-inch of space on both sides, behind and on top of the refrigerator to allow for air flow to the condenser coils in the back, as recommended by GE appliances, a maker of French door refrigerators.

Step 2

Measure the distance between a perpendicular wall and the refrigerator.

Step 3

Push the refrigerator away from the perpendicular wall so there is at least 2 1/2 inches of space between the side of the refrigerator and the wall to allow for the French door to swing open, as another French door manufacturer, KitchenAid, suggests.


Athena Hessong

Athena Hessong began her freelance writing career in 2004. She draws upon experiences and knowledge gained from teaching all high-school subjects for seven years. Hessong earned a Bachelor in Arts in history from the University of Houston.