Making Room for a Freezer in a Small Space

This is the first part of my 3-part series on freezers.  Check back next week for the second part.

One side of our living room

I’m not sure whether I’ve ever mentioned the fact that I keep my chest freezer in a corner of my living room.  Yep, that’s right, it’s actually in my living room!

As I was preparing to start GAPS, I realized there was no way I was going to be able to buy large quantities of meat or store my own pre-made meals in my tiny freezer that’s part of my refrigerator.  And I had no idea where I could put a larger freezer.  After all, my husband and I live in about 640 square feet in the heart of Boulder.  We don’t have a garage; we don’t even have a little storage unit on our balcony.  Space tends to be at a premium.

It so happened that I was looking for ideas from my local WAPF chapter about freezers and where to possibly put one.  That’s when Meghan of Whole Natural Life mentioned that she lived in a similar-sized space and had a freezer.  In her bedroom.

I love my freezer!

It made me re-think the freezer possibility.  We had actually just recently done some rearranging and moved our piano to the other side of the living room.  We had been debating whether to get a big, comfy chair or a small table to put in the space.  I suggested to my hubby that we put a chest freezer there.  He thought I was kidding!

I tried to make it clear that I was completely serious.  I also decided to sweeten the deal a bit to help him come around to the notion of a freezer in our living room.  After all, it is a pretty unusual thing to do.  He had really been wanting to get a wine fridge.  I suggested we get both for our little empty corner.  After thinking about it for a few days, he was on-board with my plan!

While Craigslist is a great way to find used freezers for cheap, we decided to get a brand new one that was rated to be very quiet.  We didn’t want it to be too noisy in our living room with a freezer running.  We found one and were able to have it delivered; a big plus when you live on the second floor!

Our "kitchen annex"

And yes, my hubby got his wine fridge.  We found a great deal for one on Craigslist.  Now that we knew what we were doing with this space, we added some bookshelves above, since staying organized in a small space is all about vertical storage.  I was able to move my cookbooks out of a kitchen cabinet and free up a bit more storage space.

Now we have our “kitchen annex” as we like to call it.  Chest freezer, wine fridge, cookbooks, oh and the occasional storage of egg cartons to return to the farm.  Ahh, I love it when a story has a happy ending!

Check back next week for the second part of this series: Keeping Track of the Depths of Your Freezer.

Do you live in a small space?  How did you make room for a freezer?

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  1. Lisa says:

    Great idea!

    I know you bought a new one, but for anyone considering a freezer from craigslist– make sure to check reviews on the brand/model before you buy. Some of the cheaper models have been found to not actually freeze food that is at the top. And a really old freezer isn’t a bargain, with the amount of electricity they use (sometimes over $20/month) it would cost less to buy a new, efficient one.

  2. Meghan says:

    Love that you’re writing about this. As you know, my chest freezer is near and dear to my heart. :)

    Getting your freezer delivered was smart. We bought ours from the Sears in Westminster and then got a friend to help Jesse carry it up to our third-floor apartment. There was no way I was going to be able to do it with him. When we moved it for our recent move we actually discovered that it has wheels on the bottom – but those were of course no help for all the stairs!

    Putting shelves above is a good idea. I’ll have to look at that for our new setup. I have a bunch of wasted space above the freezer and dehydrator in our new place.

    To anyone thinking of buying a freezer, I would advise getting one larger than you think you’ll need, as long as it can fit in your space. We got the smallest one we could find, thinking that we wouldn’t need it for much, and now I wish we’d gotten a much bigger one! I’m constantly throwing stuff in the freezer. Although, Jesse does have a theory that there is sort of an infinite amount of freezer space – if you have more stuff that must go in, you will rearrange to make it fit. Of course there’s a limit to that but we’ve found that we can often fit way more in the freezer than seems possible.

    • Mindy says:

      What a bummer to get that freezer up so many stairs! We appreciated having ours delivered!

      I love having shelves over our freezer now. Any extra storage space is very welcome! Just be sure plan your shelves with your door open. : ) We actually can’t quite open it all the way, but really wanted to fit 3 shelves above it. It works out pretty well for us.

  3. Jeana says:

    This was so encouraging, thanks!! I live in a small two bedroom apt with my two children and thought a chest freezer was out of the question. I really need one though. Most people don’t have a rabbit hutch in their dining room but I do, so why not a freezer in the living room;)

    • Mindy says:

      I’m so glad you found it encouraging, Jeana! I love that you have a rabbit hutch in your dining room. : ) I think you should definitely add a freezer to your living room!

  4. JMR says:

    I bought a freezer and a quarter of beef several months ago. I live in a spacious condo. Soon, I’m moving across the country to a small 1 bedroom apartment. I’m planning to put the freezer in the living room with a tablecloth covering it (some kind of skirt/velcro thing, I’m thinking). Now I just have to figure out how to move all the frozen food that’s in the freezer.

    • Mindy says:

      I’m always glad to hear about someone else who is making a freezer work in a small space. : ) Moving frozen food across the country is quite the challenge! I’ll be interested to hear how you manage it.


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