When browsing Pinterest and Instagram for your kitchen remodel, you will see many kitchens with appliances that hide in the background. Not everyone desires giant white or stainless steel refrigerators. Not all dishwashers should mess with the continuity of the cabinetry. To accomplish the seamless look and hide those appliances, you’ll need to get a panel-ready appliance. That means that the front of the appliance is built in a special way where your cabinet maker custom makes a wood door. The door covers your appliance in the same style and finish as the rest of the cabinetry in your kitchen.
Tips on Making the Kitchen Cohesive
Many customers want to have the appliance pulls from the same collection as their other cabinet hardware. This keeps the design cohesive throughout. If that is your plan, don’t purchase the cabinet hardware separate than the appliance pulls. Get them all at the same time. Not every brand makes a complimentary appliance handle in each collection. How terrible to order cabinet handles and have them installed, before finding out that a coordinating appliance pull doesn’t exist!
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There are not any rules on the size of the pull you use. Just make sure it will fit the appliance. Watch for water/ice dispensers. The most common sizes, in order of popularity, are 12″, 18″, 8″, 7″ and 15″. Appliance pulls mount onto typically 3/4″ thick wood panels, affixed to the appliance. Appliance pulls do not physically attach to the appliance itself—only to the wood panel.
While refrigerators and freezers are the most common panel-ready appliances, they are not the only ones. You can find just about every appliance available—dishwashers, dishwasher drawers, ice makers, wine coolers, warming drawers, wall ovens, or trash compactors.
When you are ready to buy your panel ready appliance, order the appliance pulls from The Hardware Hut. Everything gets delivered around the same time. Then, the cabinet maker and contractors can begin installation.
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