Moving Up A Size: Making Larger Furniture Work

Last week, we hauled our pint-sized fridge onto the front porch to defrost the freezer. The process wasn't going as quickly as we would have liked so we helped it along by chiseling away at the 4 inches of ice (with a hammer and flat head screwdriver). At first, huge chunks of ice were flying out of the freezer, according to plan. But then, our screwdriver accidentally hit a coil, which proceeded to spray an endless stream of freon. To make a really long story short, we succeeded in breaking our refrigerator/freezer combo. The silver lining: our landlord (reluctantly) bought the standard apartment size fridge we've always coveted. Once it arrived, however, we realized it stuck out like a sore thumb. So despite our spacious fridge, we had to get used to what seemed to be a new eyesore. Here are a few things we've done to make the new addition to our kitchen work...

  • Give it time. Instead of trying to reconfigure the entire room (which would be virtually impossible) we waited a few days to try and get used to our new fridge. It's almost been a full week and the large size doesn't bother us nearly as much as when it first arrived.
  • Focus on the positives. The height of this new piece of furniture actually makes the ceiling look taller, therefore opening up the space.
  • Snap some pics. For this post, we had to take pictures of our new addition. Imagine our surprise when we looked back at the photos to find our new fridge looking quite normal in the kitchen nook.

Apartment Therapy readers--have you ever replaced a piece of furniture with a larger version? If so, how did you make it work?

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