Why Don’t People Reverse Their Fridge Doors?

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Q: In so many of the House Tours and House Calls that you show on Apartment Therapy, I’ve noticed that the refrigerator doors open incorrectly. They open in such a way that it’s clearly inconvenient and blocks the rest of room, or opens into the cabinets or work area…

Doesn’t anyone know that you can change the refrigerator door to open either from the right or left? It doesn’t take a contractor or handyman to do it either. All you need is a screwdriver and someone to help you (hold) with the doors while you take them off and put them back on.

I’m amazed that so many people have such non-ergonomical refrigerators. It would drive me crazy if my refrigerator doors opened backwards to my work area.

(I’ve also noticed this too on several design shows on TV. I’m really surprised that the designers don’t fix that before they do the reveal.)

P.S. Washing machine and dryer doors can be changed too. -Sent by Janis

Editor: Fun fact: I did not know that refrigerator doors were reversible until I read the comments of a recent Good Question, so I suppose my answer to Janis is “No! I didn’t!” I’m now considering flipping the door of my fridge… What about the rest of you? Is this common knowledge? Have you ever flipped your refrigerator/washer/dryer doors? Would you like to but haven’t bothered, feel intimidated, or need help? Please weigh in!

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