Simple Play Kitchen Narrow Fridge

play kitchen narrow fridge
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Build your own play kitchen with our free plans!

This smaller, narrower fridge features a freezer and fridge compartment. 

Works with our Simple Play Kitchen Sink and Stove Plans.

Photo by In Between Chaos modified with a bottom mount freezer

childrens kitchen fridge plans
Play kitchen dimensions shown in diagram


Shopping List
  • 12 feet of 1x12 board
  • 1 - 1x10 @ 12" long
  • 1 - 1x2 @ 2 feet long
  • 1/4" plywood @ 12" x 36"
  • 2 sets of hinges
  • 2 magnetic clasps
  • handles
Cut List

2 - 1x12 @ 36" (Sides)

2 - 1x2 @ 11-1/2" (Bottom Trim)

3 - 1x12 @ 11 1/2" (Tops/Bottoms)

1 - 1x10 @ 11 1/2" (Fridge Shelf)

1 - 1/4" Plywood @ 13" x 36" (Back)

1 - 1x12 @ 12" (Freezer Door) - may need to trim to fit

1 - 1x12 @ 20 1/4" (Fridge Door) - may need to trim to fit

Cutting Instructions


Step 1

Simply build the box as shown above. I use finish nails and a pneumatic nailer, and of course, glue, and Grace’s kitchen is still going just as strong as every. In fact, it’s now in her playhouse.

Step 2

Now add the back. Nail into the shelves too. You can use shorter nails on the back, for example, 1 1/4″ ones.

Step 3

And add the doors. I love euro style inset hinges (also work for full overlay doors) like these for concealed, easy to mount and inexpensive hinges.


Sara (not verified)

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 06:50

Oh wow!! Super inspiration for my half finsihed kitchen in the garage. I'm thinking I might keep my first fridge for a "pantry" to store all of those kitchen items in and make throw together a smaller fridge. Are there any plans for little dining tables with chairs. I was thinking of attempting a "mini farmhouse table" design so it will look neat next to the big one I hope to build after we move. Oh my. Looks like my weekend just got busy!! Thanks for the pics and the new plans, looking forward to everything else you have up your sleeve for Christmas. This year is our first "handmade" Christmas and I'm LOVING it!!

Jeanne (not verified)

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 07:02

I really want a mantel on my fireplace upstairs but I don't know how hard it would be to attatch it to brick. It's quite wide. It's very 70's so I want to faux paint the brick so it isn't off white for something that looks more natural, but I would love a great kind of rustic matel. I just want to learn how to attach it to brick so if you can address that I'd sure appreciate it!

Christy Panzarella (not verified)

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 07:13

Anna, I love the kitchens. I'm crafty, and creative, but not a builder by any means. My husband and I are going to tackle a few projects to make our home baby friends. (Brooklyn is 3 months, and our house is mostly glass items, that are with in reach for a baby!) I love all these things you have for Grace. Hopefully after we build the TV Stand with the lil drawers, and the coffee table on wheels ... I will have gained the general knowledge of tools, and enough confidence to tackle these projects. I would love to give my baby girl a doll house, and then a kitchen. You're the best. I appreciate all your free plans, your CAD skills, and your likeliness to my style. You are amazing, and Grace is lucky to be your lil princess.

Lisa (not verified)

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 07:19

Is it wrong that I want to have another baby just so I can make one of these for her? Or maybe build a time machine so that I could build a play kitchen in the present and then take it back in time with me so I could play with it when I was little. Do you have any time machine plans? :D

Jamie (not verified)

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 07:24

I'm working on a fridge inspired by your original PB photo, as we speak! I'm a first timer, so I hope it turns out well!

Anne-Marie Hud… (not verified)

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 07:30

These kitchens are so awesome! I don't know how many times I have gone back and looked up the Crafting Chicks to have them all in the same place!

I can not wait to get your "gift" project plans! I want to compile (cut, measure, etc) a small project as a gift for my 6 year old that he can put together himself. I was trying to come up with something on my own, but now I might just wait for your plans and see if there is anything I can adapt for his age! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously love you Ana White!!! :)

Rosie T (not verified)

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 07:34

I can't believe you posted mine on here. Thank you! I need to send you the picture that include the curtain finished and in... my serger would NOT play nice the night I was trying to finish... but its done now. I'll get you a new photo... when I can get the play room cleaned up! Which, could be a while... we've got intentions for a Cameron-inspried media wall to help with that. :) Love the new fridge, by the way.

Bcubed (not verified)

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 08:07

Ya know Ana, Good for You! How wonderful of you to post pics of what others can do with your plans. This is one whole post dedicated to the work of others. Maybe that is why others give credit where credit is due, like Krista does, making and selling items that originated from your designs and giving the credit for the original back to you. You complement the skill and imagination of others that have taken your ideas and made them theirs, publically. Takes a pretty big heart and confident soul to do that. Grace has a pretty wonderful role model to grow up with. Lucky little girl. Thank you for all your hard work and intestinal fortitude. From me in Louisiana to you in Alaska, Thanks!

Tonia (not verified)

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 08:53

Perfect timing. This is what I am going to make for my daughter fo Christmas. I think she will LOVE it. Thanks for the inspiration. I will post it here once I get it done. Guess that means I need to get started!!

Kirsten Wright (not verified)

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 09:08

Ana, you never cease to make people feel awesome!!! You will always be my online favorite, I hope we get to meet one day :)!!! I always rave to everyone about your site, even today I showed someone new your site and they were D.Y.I.N.G. I can't wait to show you my tall shoe rack I designed and built recently. I holds about 45 PAIRS of shoes. You are such an inspiration!!!!

Rachel (not verified)

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 09:19

I love all the kitchens on your site but they were just too big for our home. I'm excited at the narrow fridge plans. Is there any chance you will post a plan for a one piece, compact kitchen like those sold by KidKraft? They are well priced but my guess is that they wouldn't hold up all that well to continual use by multiple children.…

Katie (not verified)

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 09:20

Wow!!! I've been eyeing this kitchen for a long while now. The bigger question at hand is ... Can I make this before Christmas AND how will I make it without my two daughters knowing what I'm up to? Hmm.... I might have to make them a little bigger, as my girls are 7 & 9 and still love to play kitchen, babies, house, etc.

Tonia (not verified)

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 09:29

I agree with you. I always LOVE to build . I am just not to great at it. But Ana you give me the confidence and guidance tha I can build. Thanks for sharing all of your talent and others!!

Stephanie (not verified)

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 09:50

I love all the cute kitchens! Thanks so much for sharing the pictures and sharing so much with all your fans. Maybe I am in the minority opinion, but I was a bit outraged that someone would try to make money off the plans you give away so generously for free. Your name was not listed on the website. I had to hover over a one word link at the bottom in extremely small print to find where you were given credit.

I have followed your blog every day for more than 6 months and I share it with everyone and anyone that I can. All my friends and family know who Ana White is because I talk about the amazing things you do all the time. Thank you for being so inspiring:-)

Brook (not verified)

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 09:56

Thanks for featuring Ellie's kitchen Ana! She loves it and still plays with it everyday. Love all the play kitchens. They are so cute. Especially love the apron sink, what an awesome idea. I'm always amazed at how creative people are! As always thanks so much for all your great plans. I am working on your ledge shelves this week.

Blue Eyed Yonder (not verified)

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 11:00

Ana - You truly have a heart of gold. How sweet of you to feature all of the wonderful play kitchens you have inspired. I loved browsing through the pictures and seeing all of the creative interpretations. There must be lots of happy kiddos out there. I want one in a big girl size! :-)

Thanks again for the sweet email and words of encouragement. You really made my day. Grace is so lucky to have a mother like you.

Jill (not verified)

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 13:34

Those are all so amazing! I'm not ready to build one yet, but I've been accumulating accessories. I have a faucet, a toaster and the handles for the fridge and cupboards! Beautiful pieces. These are sets that can be handed down to children and grandchildren. Nice work, Ana :)

Anna (not verified)

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 14:18

what a beautiful plan you have made Ana. My little one would love one of them for Christmas I am sure. Cant wait to forward the link to DH for a do it together project. ;)

happy247 (not verified)

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 10:38

I love love love these kitchens and would love to build one for my daughter for xmas...but must admit i am a little confused by all the mentioning of a smaller fridge, versus the regular fridge, etc. are there two seperate sets of plans for the regular size versus the more compact one? I just want to make sure i dont make a fridge that is super small compared to the sink and stove? any information would be helpful. Thanks

kath (not verified)

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 17:21

I just found your website a few days ago and already have a long list of projects! But, first up, play kitchen for Christmas for my little girl! Once I feel confident with that, on to the narrow farmhouse table. I can not wait to start building! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful plans and your amazing talent!

Rambling Renovators (not verified)

Mon, 11/08/2010 - 19:14

Oh wow, thanks for featuring our kitchen Ana! We finally finished the fridge too and our little Chloe loves to play kitchen every day.

Thanks so much for creating and sharing your plans. There are dozens more happier children around the world because you helped so many moms and dads find their inner DIYer. Thanks for the constant inspiration!

24-7mom (not verified)

Fri, 11/12/2010 - 12:05

Very inspiring kitchens! Too bad my kids are grown up! I am interested in Ana's comment about Krista at Blue eyed Yonder finding a way to sell her work and give credit back. Since these plans are not to be
used for commercial purposes, are people getting individual permission from Anna. I am interested in selling furniture but I want to do it ethically. Maybe I missed something. I looked at Blue Eyed Yonder but didn't see any mention of knockoffwood or Ana. Any thoughts? TIA

24-7mom (not verified)

Fri, 11/12/2010 - 14:52

I just realized that the tone of my last post might be viewed as a criticism of Blue Eyed Yonder. I certainly didn't intend it to be. I congratulate Krista on her success and entrepreneurial spirit. She is obviously doing this in an ethical way, I am just a little confused on the guidelines.

AMANDA (not verified)

Wed, 12/01/2010 - 08:09

Question...I'm about ready to tackle the kitchen for my daughters Christmas gift. I LOVE the look of the wider kitchens and the more "classic" looks, like the doors that are on some ovens. Are there plans for these (I haven't seen them) or are people just smart enough to adjust the plans themselves??? I really want the look of these kitchens, but I'm afraid I can't figure it out!

Amy (not verified)

Wed, 12/01/2010 - 16:32

I am building this for my daughter who is 2 1/2. Just today we looked through a kids catalog and I couldn't beleive all the kid kitchen toys there are. I must say, I am hopeful mine will be better and last longer than some of the ones you can buy! She is hoping Santa will bring her this for Christmas...I am hoping she loves it as much as I have loved making it! Thanks for all your plans Ana - its inspirational.

Kristin (not verified)

Tue, 12/21/2010 - 07:09

I'm building these (last minute of course) for Christmas. How do you guys get the paint to look so good? Mine looks awful. Maybe we picked the wrong wood? Despite the sanding, it feels rough. I'm using regular house paint and tried spray paint, but I don't have the patience. Any finishing tricks would be appreciated!!

Tiencia (not verified)

Sun, 12/26/2010 - 02:13

Thanks so much for the plans. It took me about 4 full days to complete (didn't do it all at once) but got it done in time for Christmas. I added an extra piece by doing the "sink" twice with just a flat counter top for extra counter space-my kids use it to prepare the food, play with the toaster, blender, cut fake veggies, etc. I had originally bought cloth to make the sink skirt however thought it would make the piece a bit too girly (I have a boy and girl). So I decided to leave it open and use the material to make aprons and chef hats.The knobs are from Hobby Lobby, sink bowl is a $4 dog bowl from Walmart and the faucet was about $14 on efaucets. For the grill I used a floor vent from Lowes and made the burner details using a paint marker (can get from any craft store). Thanks again-it was definitely the highlight of Christmas.

Krysia (not verified)

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 13:43

LOVE LOVE LOVE the plans Ana. Sorry, I'm a bit confused though. Most of your plans start with a shopping list for supplies. I'm planning on this as a first project along with the fridge and stove for my son's b-day in 1 1/2 weeks. I had printed the plans and was making my shopping list (hopefully shopping tomorrow) but didn't see any way from this post to determine what I needed to build it. Now I'm getting nervous about starting AGAIN (I was GOING to make it for Christmas!) HELP!!!

Krysia (not verified)

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 13:43

LOVE LOVE LOVE the plans Ana. Sorry, I'm a bit confused though. Most of your plans start with a shopping list for supplies. I'm planning on this as a first project along with the sink and stove for my son's b-day in 1 1/2 weeks. I had printed the plans and was making my shopping list (hopefully shopping tomorrow) but didn't see any way from this post to determine what I needed to build it. Now I'm getting nervous about starting AGAIN (I was GOING to make it for Christmas!) HELP!!!


Mon, 05/23/2011 - 09:12

I'm going to build a kitchen and playhouse loft bed with stairs for my step-daughter. She's 6 almost 7 and probably close to being too old for this (we are going to make the kitchen taller) BUT she still has some insecurities from her parents divorce and still is not able to sleep on her own AND as a result of that hardly ever stays here with her dad and I. We get her every other weekend but she usually ends up sleeping @ his mom's because she lets her sleep with her. She saw the plans for the bed and the kitchen and was super excited that we would build it for her and it could be painted and decorated like she wanted:) She even agreed to sleep in there once it was built! So who cares if she grows out of it in a year?! If it makes her happy and she will spend more time here which will help our relationship with her then it's well worth it:)

Lori Obregon (not verified)

Thu, 08/04/2011 - 22:10

Hi Ana. I so admire you and all of your amazing building designs! I'm building the play kitchen for my daughter's 3 year old birthday. I'm so excited to get it completed and give it to her.

I was wondering where you buy your euro style hinges. I only found one that is like your picture at Home Depot and they are quite a bit larger. Do you order yours online. I've been google searching and still haven't come up with anything under $5 per hinge. Any advice on this would be so appreciated.

Thank you for sharing your building plans with the world!

Warm Regards,


Mon, 08/23/2021 - 04:03

Merci beaucoup pour tous les super plans que vous nous offrez.
Je veux justement réaliser une cuisine pour la maison de poupée d'une mini american girl. Vos plans me seront très utiles, une fois redimensionnés.