You’re not the only person thinking about appliances that don’t fit through the door. This is a more common problem than you believe.
One of the last thinks customers think about when purchasing appliances is how they get them inside. They always look at prices, specifications, and how the appliances look but rarely think about the logistics behind getting them inside.
The real problem comes with old front or back doors as these are typically least than 36 inches wide.
Modern doors width – 36 inches
Old-school doors width – 32 inches
Doors made before the ‘90s width – 30 inches
While 32 inch doors are still being made today, they aren’t as popular. Lowes sells twice as many 36 inch doors compared to 32 inch doors and almost 3 times more than 30 inch doors.
Most Lowes washing machines have a width of 25 to 29 inches.
Almost all Lowes dryers have a width of 27 inches.
Most Lowes refrigerators have a 36 inch width followed by refrigerators with 30 inch depth.
The majority of Lowes ovens are 30 and 27 inches wide.
Most Lowes ranges are 30 inches.
The majority of dishwashers at Lowes measure 24 or 18 inches in width.
Appliances that don’t fit through doors may get inside by removing their doors. Getting them on one side or moving them indoors through the window are also good alternatives to returning them as they lose warranty if disassembled further.
Here are some of the most common solutions to getting all of your appliances indoors whenever you don’t have the most generous door width.
1. Take the door off to fit appliances easier
One of the easiest solutions against appliances that don’t fit is to get the front door off. This might gain you anywhere between 3 and 4.5 inches on average.
Taking hinges off might also gain you a couple of inches.
Removing the front door or the back door whenever you cannot get appliances indoors is a 2-person job.
You need a pair of helping hands to get the door off. Putting it back might be more difficult so it’s always worth asking for help.
2. Remove handles from appliances to get them inside
Many appliances come with handles which make it difficult to get them through narrow doors. You can remove handles on ranges, refrigerators, and ovens to get the large appliances indoors easier.
Removing the handles off these appliances doesn’t void the warranty in most cases. Even more, you should ask the seller’s moving company if this is safe when it comes to warranty policies.
3. Open the refrigerator door and rotate it around the doorframe (fridge must be shorter than the door)
One of the oldest tricks in moving refrigerators through doors where they don’t fit is to rotate them inside.
You may be able to do this by placing a large refrigerator on large towels.
If the refrigerator still doesn’t rotate indoors you may need to remove its door or doors in the case of side by sides.
One of the biggest drawbacks to this solution is that the refrigerator needs to be shorter than the door itself for it to stand.
4. Get refrigerators indoors through the window (applies for old doors below 32 inches wide)
It’s not uncommon to see doors with a width of 30 inch or even 28 inches when it comes to old homes.
New appliances and refrigerators are now larger than before and may be more difficult to get indoors.
In this case, it might be a good idea to see if you can get the refrigerator indoor through the window.
Getting a few more people to help is mandatory here as there’s a lot of heavy lifting of the largest home appliance.
5. Get dishwashers and washing machines indoors through the window
Dishwashers and washing machines also need a lot of attention when moving indoors. Washing machines cannot be moved easily since they are heavier than other appliances.
However, you might be able to move the washing machine and the washer vertically through a ground-level window if it’s not as tall as the window.
At least 4-5 people are needed for this job but it might save you time returning the appliances.
6. Remove refrigerator doors if the refrigerator doesn’t fit through doors
Another good solution for refrigerators that don’t fit through doors is to remove their doors. A door plus the hinges might take at least 3-4 inches of the refrigerator’s depth as most doors are quite wide.
Make sure to ask if removing the door is according to warranty policies.
This task is easy for those who’ve done it before. A screwdriver might be all that’s needed to take the fridge doors off.
7. Remove oven door to make it fit narrow doors
Some ovens that can’t make it through the doors might be taken indoors by removing their front door. This allows you to save 2-3 inches and pivot the oven inside while on its side on the floor.
This solution might not be recommended by warranty policies, so make sure to check the documentation of your oven before taking its door off.
8. Get oven through narrow doors sideways
Some major appliances such as refrigerators can be moved sideways. Rotate the appliances on one side while getting help, move them indoors, and rotate them back before placing them down.
This solution allows most standard appliances get indoor easily.
9. Remove washing machine door to gain 2 inches and squeeze it indoors
Washing machines aren’t made to be transported on their side. This means you need to get them indoors on their feet.
In some cases, you can rotate washing machines indoors along the hinges of a removed door when you remove the loading door off the washing machine. This gains at least 2 inches, sometimes enough to rotate the washing machine inside.
10. Consider removing the door from the dryer to squeeze it inside
Dryers may be transported on their sides for a short period slowly. You may tip the dryer to one side to get it indoors and then slowly put it back on its feet. Make sure to read the transportation guidelines of the manufacturer before.
Both washing machines and dryers might sometimes be tipped for transport, mainly with care. They are not made for long-distance tipped transportation but they might withstand short periods of tilted or side-based transportation.
All of these methods are tried and tested when it comes to appliances of various sizes. It’s always best to measure your door, the width, depth, and height if your appliances before buying them to ensure them easily fit through the doors.