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2 Inexpensive Ways to Improve Your Kitchen Without Remodeling

December 29th, 2022 | 2 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf

Remodeling can be expensive, time-consuming, and life-disrupting.

If you don't like the look of your kitchen, or you want to improve it to sell your home quickly, there are two ways to improve the look of your kitchen without the expense and time.

In this article, you will learn about improving your kitchen's look with just two simple hacks, plus we'll also share a few design tips along the way.

Let's get started.

2 Inexpensive Ways to Improve Your Kitchen Without Remodeling

The two best ways to improve the look of your kitchen without the expense and disruption of remodeling are replacing your existing freestanding refrigerator and range with a counter-depth refrigerator and slide-in range.

Counter Depth Refrigerators

Bosch-HII8056U-Induction-RangeCounter-Depth Refrigerator and Slide-In Range


Counter-depth refrigerators sit seamlessly in your 24-inch cabinet, so you don't see your refrigerator's black textured sides protruding.

A counter-depth refrigerator looks much better than the standard refrigerator, which can protrude into your kitchen as much as 8-10 inches.

counter-depth-vs-full-depth-refrigeration-1Counter-Depth (Left) vs. Full-Depth (Right) Refrigerator


Counter-depth refrigerators will significantly improve the look of a smaller kitchen or an island. They are also a good improvement to consider if your refrigerator is centralized in your kitchen.

As I said in an earlier article, "3 Reasons to Never Buy a Counter-Depth Refrigerator," you lose space with the decreased depth.

You may need that capacity with a family of four or five or with heavy usage.

If you are remodeling and need a larger capacity, consider placing a standard refrigerator at the end or the other side of the kitchen.

counter-depth-refrigerator-installedStandard Refrigerator With Custom Cabinets Built Around It


You can build an enclosure around the refrigerator to match the look of a counter-depth refrigerator.

But aesthetically, counter-depth refrigerators are an improvement, and starting at $1,500 is far less expensive than demolishing your kitchen and starting over.

Front Control and Slide-In Ranges

cafe-appliance-slide-in-range-with-backspashSlide-In Range


There is nothing wrong with your current freestanding range.

However, a range with controls on the front allows you to see your backsplash without seeing a range backguard. It just looks better.


Front Control Range


One word of caution: If you're replacing your range with a backguard, check the backsplash first. If it looks old or stained, you can always cut a piece of steel as your new backsplash and mount it from your hood down to the top of your range.

Like a counter-depth refrigerator, a front control range will cost around $1,500, so together, you will spend $3,000 or more depending on if you want some options.

Here are two tips to save money: Wait for a holiday like Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, or Black Friday to buy an appliance. Many manufacturers will promote 10-35% off.

Stay with one manufacturer to maximize any rebates. It is worth the wait if you don't need to replace your appliances immediately.

Overall, both options are excellent alternatives to remodeling for far less money.

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve Sheinkopf is the third-generation CEO of Yale Appliance and a lifelong Bostonian. He has over 38 years of experience in the appliance industry, and he is a trusted source of information for consumers on how to buy and repair appliances.

Steve has also been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Consumer Reports, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg Radio, the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur, for his knowledge of how to buy appliances and appliance repair.

Steve is passionate about helping consumers find the best appliances for their needs, and he is always happy to answer questions and provide advice. He is a valuable resource for consumers who are looking for information on appliance buying, repair, and maintenance.

Despite being the worst goalie in history, Steve is a fan of the Bruins and college hockey, loves to read, and is a Peloton biker. The love of his life is his daughter, Sophie.

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