WHERE SHOULD A REFRIGERATOR BE PLACED IN A KITCHEN?
The refrigerator placement in your kitchen should contribute to a convenient cooking experience with natural flow. Unobstructed sightlines, easy traffic flow and proximity to working spaces should all be considered when deciding where to put your fridge:
Corners. Kitchen designers often put refrigerators in corners so the fridge doesn’t obstruct sightlines or traffic paths. An open kitchen door is less likely to get in the way when there are multiple cooks in the kitchen. While you may linger in front of the fridge, you don’t necessarily work in front of it. Keeping the fridge in a corner allows you to grab what you need, then move into the center of the kitchen for prep and cooking. Make sure to leave enough room to fully open doors if placing one side against the wall.
Near a countertop or bench. If there isn't a countertop directly beside the refrigerator, make sure there is some directly across from it. You’ll want a place to put groceries as you load them into the refrigerator and to set fresh ingredients as you pull them out.
Part of a kitchen “working triangle.” This is the classic “rule” for kitchen layouts, though it should be considered more of a guide. The triangle is made of the fridge, stove and sink. Each line should be no less than 4 feet and nor more than 9. The triangle shouldn’t be cut off by more than a foot. Of course, if your kitchen has an island in the center, it will likely obstruct the lines of the triangle slightly.