Refrigerators are a necessity to any household to keep food fresh and edible, but what about an old refrigerator that doesn't work anymore and is beyond repair? You can still get some really great use out of that old refrigerator. Just remove the door and you have extra shelving space for your pantry or garage. There are many other uses for an old refrigerator, so try some of these ideas.
For safety reasons never leave a refrigerator with a door unattended. It can be hazardous to young children because they can become trapped inside and suffocate. There is no way to open the refrigerator door from the inside. If you have a refrigerator with a door, always secure it with a chain and padlock.
Create a tool chest
My husband was trying to clean out his garage and needed more shelf space. We had an old refrigerator with the door missing just sitting there collecting dust, so I came up with the idea to finally put it to use.
I told him to tuck it into the corner of his garage and use it for extra shelf space for his smaller tools. He was able to place a bunch of his tools right onto the racks in the refrigerator. So that let us solve his extra shelf space problem and figure out what to do with the refrigerator, killing two birds with one stone.
Create more pantry space
Instead of throwing out our old refrigerator after we purchased a new one, we decided to keep it and turn it into extra shelving space for our pantry. I could always use more space to store cans of vegetables and other types of food that we use regularly.
We just took the door off and put it into the corner of the kitchen. I cleaned it out and just stuffed it full with all our kitchen goodies. An extra added bonus is that you can still use the side of the refrigerator to hang important notes with refrigerator magnets.
Create an outdoor toy chest
My son has a few toys outside and it isn't really practical to bring them into the house to store. I don't like leaving them out in the open so we came up with this great idea. We took the door off of an old refrigerator that was sitting collecting dust and laid it on its back. We took a piece of plywood and placed over the top to keep the rain and dirt out. It makes a perfect outdoor toy chest.
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Sources: Personal experience