In Room Mini Fridge? How do you Hide it?

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Looking for nice looking way to have/hide a mini fridge in the room.  Found one that looks like an end table that has been discontinued.  Man tables seem to be another option but they hinge from the bottom which seems awkward to me.  Just wondering what clever ideas you have that look nice and are easy to keep clean....

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Anyone seen the compact fridge Man Tables?  http://mantables.com/ 

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here is a nice store bought one.

https://www.nathosp.com/product/mc329_c/kitchenette_units

 

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I've seen that, hoping for something less conspicuous....I use them for some supplies....good company.

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I had thought to get them and use them as the night stand. BUT when my wonderful guest bought one and left it for me (as she said she was going to) I put it in the hall - accessible to everyone and no noise to contend with. And yes, I do sometimes hear it - when my door is open as it is in the a\hall directly above me.. All I hear is a tiny noise that takes a moment to identify.

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Take it out, put one in a common area. As a guest I cannot bare the HUM of the fridge and it boosts on and off all night. I unplug them!

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Two things make me want in room fridge....some meds must be kept in a fridge...and around here smoked fish is a BIG thing with some people.  Don't like the idea of anyone being able to take someone else's stuff.... you can always unplug them...I do..

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white pine wrote:

Two things make me want in room fridge....some meds must be kept in a fridge...and around here smoked fish is a BIG thing with some people.  Don't like the idea of anyone being able to take someone else's stuff.... you can always unplug them...I do..

I agree with you 100%. Raw fish moreso than smoked. cool

My two reasons for not wanting a room with a fridge:  1) noise (what is it the compressor that makes the noise, they all make a noise, some worse than others, and 2) cockroaches.  I will pay EXTRA to not have a fridge in the room, or a self "kitchenette unit" for cooking meals - in certain parts of the country. 

(This is me, this is not everyone, I am a freak about these things)

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

...and 2) cockroaches.  I will pay EXTRA to not have a fridge in the room, or a self "kitchenette unit" for cooking meals - in certain parts of the country. 

I love my Terminix guarantee!

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Arks wrote:

Joey Bloggs wrote:

...and 2) cockroaches.  I will pay EXTRA to not have a fridge in the room, or a self "kitchenette unit" for cooking meals - in certain parts of the country. 

I love my Terminix guarantee!

As I typed that I wanted to add a disclaimer, not speaking about a high end luxury rental kitchen. I am only speaking about "a room" with a kitchenette unit. Not cabin or cottage, or such, either.

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HA HA... we are alike JB. The first thing I do is unplug in room refrigerator. Can't sleep with that noise Smiling

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I would add, for the common room, get one with a glass door. This way you can see if there are things in the fridge. Mark a shelf for each room and when they leave and there is still stuff, you know you have to deal with it. (Two weeks ago, it was free cheese day around here! woohoo!

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I don't have them in the room, only a shared fridge in the common area. 

One word of advice, if you do place them in the rooms make sure they are silent OR that you place them in a cabinet with sound control. 

When traveling and staying in places with one in the room THAT noise is what bothers me the most as it goes on and off. 

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I stayed at a B & B and they had the mini fridge recessed into the wall so it was flush with the walls.  Just cut a whole the size of the fridge in a wall and slide it in if possible.  You will have to figure out how to run the wiring though.

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scrambled_eggs wrote:

I stayed at a B & B and they had the mini fridge recessed into the wall so it was flush with the walls.  Just cut a whole the size of the fridge in a wall and slide it in if possible.  You will have to figure out how to run the wiring though.

Problem with built-ins is that when it dies, you may not be able to find one that exactly fits the hole.

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Only reason I might actually look for a BeeJays... http://www.bjs.com/twin-star-tresanti-end-table-with-compact-refrigerator---rose-cherry.product.194420

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Jon Sable wrote:

Only reason I might actually look for a BeeJays... http://www.bjs.com/twin-star-tresanti-end-table-with-compact-refrigerator---rose-cherry.product.194420

 

Ok, finally!  That is a good thing.  I will order for three rooms.

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That one is no longer available.....

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Really like the look of that one but it is no longer available.  Wish it were, the price was good too.

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There is a company that makes them, but $450. http://mantables.com and here is one someone built (without the door. http://ana-white.com/2012/01/xl-snack-cabinet if you do add a door, you need to vent in the back, fridges need air.

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We have large built in cupboards in all our guest rooms and the mini fridges are in them. I built a fairly rudimentary frame out of wood that is attached to the wall,  for them to sit on so they're not sitting on the floor. 

If you've not bought the fridges already I would recommend you buy the silent type, they're more expensive than a standard fridge, but we spent 4 days last week staying in the room we've refurbished which has a non silent fridge and we both found the noise of it clicking on and off, plus it's humming during the night quite annoying. The old silent fridge broke towards the end of last season so we put this other one in the room which is a spare we keep in the garage (got it cheap when a local B&B shut down). It was so annoying that we've already ordered a silent replacement.

 

Although having said all that I don't find the life span of the silent fridges very good. They only seem to last 3-4 years. Caldura is the make in the UK.

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I do hate the look of the mini-fridge but people love having them.  My idea is to build a cabinet around it with maybe books or a lamp on top.   Maybe we will get to that someday.   It is low on the priority list.

But I am very interested in other ideas.  Those things are not pretty.

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TheBeachHouse wrote:

I do hate the look of the mini-fridge but people love having them.  My idea is to build a cabinet around it with maybe books or a lamp on top.   Maybe we will get to that someday.   It is low on the priority list.

But I am very interested in other ideas.  Those things are not pretty.

Worse than not pretty is how LOUD they are when they start up at 2 AM. I've pulled the plug on most of them or turned them off if that was an option.

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