You’re in the market for new appliances. That’s great! Bringing new appliances into your home
can modernize your space and make for some new & exciting talking points.
BUT, are you taking the right steps before you shop for appliances? Proper planning can make
installation MUCH easier down the road. Improper planning, however, may lead to
Imagine this: You’ve found the perfect gas range that complements your space. You go through
the purchasing process and you couldn’t be happier. Then, on the day of installation, you find
out that your range is 3-inches too large for the kitchen. 3-inches may not seem like a big deal,
but when you’re going through renovations, every centimeter counts.
As one of the leading Appliance Experts in Rhode Island and New England, Kitchen Guys is
here to ensure that your shopping experience is a success from the start. Let’s run through
some of the decisions you can make before purchasing to ensure a smooth appliance
For any project involving large objects, a measuring tape is your best friend. Knowing the proper
measurements allows you to narrow down your selection of appliances; alternatively, it may
encourage you to make more space for appliances with renovations.
There are a couple measurements to consider when purchasing your new appliance.
- The Path of Delivery – In order to install your appliance, it first needs to make it through
the front door. Measure the path of delivery to ensure that the appliance will make it
through doorways, hallways, and into the space of installation. If it doesn’t fit, your
installer may be able to remove doors from the appliances (like refrigerators) to gain a
couple inches of room.
- Measure the Opening – While some appliances are freestanding, many require an
opening or space between cabinets or counters. The “perfect fit” is a snug space that still
allows for movement of the appliance back and forth, but not side to side. If an appliance
(like an oven) is too small, you may find yourself dropping food between the oven and
the counter. If it’s too large… it’s time to reconsider. THAT is why measuring first makes
a big difference.
KNOW YOUR POWER & FUEL SOURCES
Every appliance requires a dedicated electric source. Identify all outlets prior to installation to
ensure your appliance will receive the correct power source. The same goes for gas appliances
(like ranges) and appliances that may require water lines (like refrigerators). Knowing where
those sources are located will save you headaches down the line in your appliance shopping
KNOW YOUR PRODUCT
On the topic of gas and electric ranges, it’s important to consider the best fuel and energy
sources for your home. If you unintentionally purchase a gas range when you meant to buy
electric, you’ll either need to deal with installing a gas line or returning your appliance. Not fun.
A good kitchen is a well-matched kitchen, and matching appliances help bring a level of
consistency to your home. Let’s say you’re in the market for a microwave, a dishwasher, and an
oven; stainless steel is a great option, as they modernize the space. However, mixing things up
(like, say, a white microwave, a black dishwasher, and a stainless steel oven) WILL be
noticeable, and NOT in a good way. Keep things consistent by picking a color and sticking to it.
Kitchen Guys is your go-to source for the best scratch & dent appliances. Our Pawtucket,
Rhode Island showroom offers over 400 appliances to choose from. Visit our showroom and find
out how you can save up to 70% off your next appliance.
And don’t forget to bring your measurements!