Narrow wall framing?

Old 03-20-14, 10:40 AM
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Narrow wall framing?

We are designing a kitchen remodel, and are planning on opening up the backside of an existing closet, and closing off the other side which currently has 4' bi-fold doors. The plan is to move the refrigerator into this newly opened closet space. My question is, I want to maximize the depth of the closet opening to get as much of the refrigerator recessed as possible, so due to the small opening is it feasible to frame-in the current 4' opening with 2x4s set on their side, with drywall on both sides ... to gain the additional 2" in depth? The base plate would have to be 2x2. Thanks.
Old 03-20-14, 12:51 PM
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I've seen walls behind fridges like you mention with the 2x4's turned sideways. I've even seen one where they used 3/4" plywood. Of course it was a non-load bearing wall and just separated the fridge from the closet. I don't think I would try it in any place that showed but if it's just a closet... Just make certain you do not have any wiring or plumbing lines in the wall before you start sawing away at it.
Old 03-20-14, 07:23 PM
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And don't forget to wire and install an electrical outlet in the new refrigerator space. Most closets don't come equipped with outlets, and the wife won't like having an extension cord poking out into the kitchen.

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