If you're a big wine collector (and drinker!) having a sound storage system at home is key. And while most wine lovers would enjoy a home wine cellar complete with all the bells and whistles, a wine rack is likely more realistic. Plus, wine racks are great! They allow you to organize bottles horizontally, which keeps oxygen from slipping in through the cork for the best conditions possible. And wine racks also happen to be ideal for small spaces, where staying organized and tidy is always welcome. Ready for some creative wine rack ideas and shelf storage tips? We've rounded up our favorites, so read on and clink, clink to better wine storage and home bar design.
A wooden rolling wine rack displays bottles and is strategically placed between the living room and open-concept kitchen slash dining room in this home designed by Darryl Carter. It's also taller than your average bar cart, which means more room for booze! Wine Bottle Cooler
A closet-sized wine cellar can be optimized with the right materials and smart storage hacks, like metal racks secured to the walls. Here, Michelle Morgan Harrison outfitted a living room corner with a closet-sized wine room and sectioned it off with glass. If you go the same route or leave yours out in the open on a nonenclosed rack, "be conscious of your exposed, says the designer. Too much direct sunlight accelerates aging, so UV-filtering glass and low-voltage LED bulbs will do wonders.
In this bar by designer Vani Sayeed, the cabinet uppers are designated for bottles of wine while the prep sink and under-counter refrigerator drawer allow for seamless serving and quick clean up. Pull-put trays also enable extra counter space in an instant.
This freestanding wine rack is perfect for any small-space dweller since it includes shelves and individual leather slings for bottles and glassware. It's slim enough to slide into a corner without blocking any prime usable space, and the minimalist design ensures that it doesn't take up too much visual real estate either. That way, we can focus on the superb lines of this sofa in a living room by ETC.etera.
Minimalist and modern, this wine room designed by Studio Griffiths only has the essentials: wall wine racks for plenty of bottles, task lighting, and the proper storage conditions (temperature and orientation are everything!).
Here's another custom wine rack situation to take inspiration from. Lauren Liess carved square niches in the Jeruselum stone wall at this wine bar and fitted it with rebar to store wine bottles.
Here's another strong case for turning a small walk-in pantry or closet into a wine room. Tamsin Johnson Interiors opted for a black marble backsplash and a khaki-toned paint color to embrace the mood and physical constraints of the room. The built-in wine shelves are angled for safe storage.
Leanne Ford Interiors wisely placed a wine rack on the wall between the kitchen and the open dining room. If you live in a small apartment and only keep enough wine around for the occasional guest, then a wall-mounted wine rack like this one is all you need. It's also a great additional piece if your entertaining space is far from your cellar.
If you want to go the custom route and have wall space in your dining room to dedicate to a sculptural wine storage unit, take note of this space by Catherine Kwong Design. The entire back wall is dedicated to wine, which is stored in indivudal units. It makes entertaining easier when you can simply grab and pour without even leaving the room.
More of a bar cart kind of person? Though they don't usually allow for horizontal storage, they work just fine! Displaying family photos and easy-access waters for guests on a circular bar cart gives this living room designed by Bunny Williams and Ferguson & Shamamian Architects even more character. The cheeky statue of Allen Iverson in the corner is a fun surprise, too.
You don't need a full room to create a stylish and climate-optimized cellar. Take note of this wine cooler integrated into a kitchen island designed by Pembrooke & Ives. Of course, this is more involved than your average wine rack, but it's a great idea if you're starting from scratch.
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