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Integrated fridges for office cabinets

Mini fridges are perfect for a wide range of situations and locations where a full-size fridge would be either too big or too impractical. In these situations, the need for a fridge may still be there, but you don’t want its presence to be noticeable or overstated.

A good example of the type of location we’re talking about here is an office or boardroom. Imagine a monthly meeting in a boardroom, for example. Professionalism is paramount here, so while you may want a fridge handy, you wouldn’t necessarily want it to be visible all the time.

Integrating fridges into cabinets

In some situations, you may not mind your mini bar fridge being on show. However, if you want to keep it tucked away out of sight, and yet have easy access whenever required, consider installing a credenza cabinet somewhere in your office.

A credenza is basically a cabinet that has a large spacious interior. As such it is ideal for housing a mini bar fridge, providing you make sure there is ample space around it for the air to circulate. Some will have holes in the back to help with this, and to ensure you can feed the power lead through to plug in your fridge.

Some credenzas are designed with a top that has a lip on three of the four sides, leaving the front open. This is perfect for storing glasses or disposal paper cups, as well as other convenient snack items. If you want to provide a one-stop location for cold drinks in your office or boardroom, a credenza complete with an appropriate mini bar could be the ideal solution. Be sure to get the interior measurements of the credenza you are considering, so you can be certain your chosen fridge will fit comfortably.

The versatility of mini bars

iceQ 48 Litre Silver Fridge

Your first thought when the words ‘mini bar’ crop up is probably the type of mini bar you would get in a hotel room. However, there are mini bar fridges available that can store more than just alcohol. These are compact and yet provide a lot of storage for small offices where a supply of cold drinks is required. They are also ideal for storing cartons of milk for tea and coffee made on the premises.

A good example of this type of mini bar fridge comes from the reliable iceQ range. The iceQ 48 litre fridge comes with a removable internal shelf which can be removed to ensure you can fit in as many drinks as you need to. There is even a small ice box inside for holding an ice tray. The solid door ensures the unit looks smart and unobtrusive – something that might be required if you wish to maintain a professional and minimalist appearance in your office space. The door can even be locked if its for a private office space.

iceQ 49 Litre Glass Door Display Fridge

On the other hand, if you want to see what’s inside the fridge without constantly having to open the door, iceQ offer a similar version of this mini bar with a glass door. The iceQ 49L glass door fridge comes with two removable shelves and no ice box to allow for more items to be displayed inside. The glass door maintains the even temperature inside the fridge whilst allowing people can see what is stored inside without having to constantly open the door. This can come in very useful in the warmer months.

Serving the needs of cabinet makers

Some businesses require their office furniture to be made specifically for them. They will hire a cabinet maker to design and create the furniture they require, and they may also request certain items to be integrated into the furniture. Mini fridges could be among these requests.

The iceQ mini bars are among the more popular ones to be purchased for this reason. There are other brands out there as well, some of which provide larger mini bar fridges that are capable of being integrated into cabinets in this fashion. The main thing to remember is to allow for sufficient airflow around the fridge. Try to allow up to 10cm around the sides and cut a section out of the back to prevent the tank from overheating. When considering which fridge would suit your needs, you should consider where it will be placed and how many people are likely to use it. While a compact fridge is a good idea, you don’t want it to be so small it will need constant refilling. By looking through the various options available to you, you can determine which fridges will make the most sense for you.

The advantages of this style of fridge

We’ve already seen how a compact fridge of this type can be neatly hidden away inside a cabinet, which looks far better in any office or boardroom. Yet there are other advantages too.

Board meetings can be dull and everyone’s attention can wander after a while. Stopping for a convenient break to hand out some cold drinks could help everyone maintain their attention span. It might be interesting to see how beneficial a fridge of this kind could be in terms of how efficient your workforce is, if you’re considering getting one. In fact, you might find you invest in more than one once you see how good they are.