That kitchen cabinet above the fridge is always a bit of an problem.
Most cabinets are twelve inches deep, but your fridge sticks out more than 24 inches.
If the cabinet above the fridge was only 12 inches deep, it would be hard to access.
You basically have three choices for your storage space above your fridge:
1) This one is not practical as mentioned above, but you can install a twelve inch deep cabinet above the fridge. But because its hard to get to you will find you use it to store things you use rarely.
2) Install a twenty four inch deep cabinet that has a false back wall twelve inches in from the front. This is the most common configuration available. Here you have essentially wasted space (the back twelve inches) in exchange for a cabinet this is easy to get to and use. Because this is the most common configuration, these cabinets are the cheapest.
This last option is my personal favorite.
3) Although these will generally cost you more, you can get a twenty four inch deep cabinet. This is the most practical, and what tends to happen is you store rarely used items in the back (the stuff you only bring out at Thanksgiving and Christmas) while using the front for more day to day items.
There is not one best answer. I strongly prefer option three, but it will increase the cost of your cabinet. If you have ample storage space elsewhere, option two may serve you and your family best. If storage space is at a premium elsewhere in your home, the extra cost of option three might be worth it.
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