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How To Choose A Wine Rack

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A growing wine collection means you'll need a place to store all of it but if your collection is constantly growing, what is an efficient way to store it all? Wine racks are a versatile and often affordable means to store a growing wine collection. There are so many different styles and configurations to suit your collection and your space. We wanted to offer you a simple guide for choosing your perfect wine rack.

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Wine Rack Styles

Stackable or Modular Wine Racks

These customizable modualr wine racks offer the ultimate flexibility and versatility for any wine collector. These wine racks come in a variety of configurations, capacities, and sizes, which allow you to piece them together to suit your space or your collection.

If you're a novice wine collector with a smaller collection, you can start with a smaller wine rack and add on pieces as you need them. This keeps your wine storage solution incredibly affordable and doesn't require a large commitment to a wine storage solution. If you choose to upgrade to a wine refrigerator or home cellar, you didn't invest too much money into your first wine storage.

Wine racking systems are also excellent for those with niche spaces and need something that will fit in a very specific space or configuration. Since these wine racks often start small and can be stacked to create larger storage, you can really customize your wine rack to suit your space.

Tabletop Wine Racks

Those with a smaller collection or those who have a flare for decor will love a beautiful tabletop wine rack. This decorative and functional piece can be placed on a console table or on your kitchen countertops for easy access and add a decorative touch to the room. These are mostly designed for display but those with a smaller collection will find them useful for organizing a collection. Tabletop wine racks are limiting because they need to be placed on a table or surface, taking up space. They also tend to be smaller, which may not work for many people. The benefit of these tabletop wine racks is that they require little to no assembly.

Wall Mounted Wine Racks

Wall mounted wine racks also have limitations because not only do you need wall space but you need mountable wall space. However, wall mounted wine racks save a lot of space by utilizing unused wall space. Additionally, they make a sophisticated wall display and turn your wine collection into decor. These wine racks vary in size and can be suitable for a large wine collection as long as you have the wall space. These wine racks do require some assembly but they are overall easy to assemble and maintain.

Commercial Wine Racks

Typically designed for retail and commercial purposes, these industry-grade or commercial wine racks are often large and strong structures that can hold a large bottle capacity. If you have a very large collection or you're looking for a heavy-duty means of storing your wine, these large commercial wine racks are ideal. They can often hold and display a large capacity while offering easy access to the wine. These more industrial looking racks can also be a great decorative rack for any home or cellar.

Custom Wine Cellar

A custom wine cellar is often very expensive and high maintenance but it will allow you to achieve your perfect wine storage solution to your specifications. You can also implement these wine racks in your custom home cellar, especially the modular wine racks, which can be stacked and combined to create customizable solutions. While a custom wine cellar is a dream for any wine collector, when space is limited, wine racks are a great alternative to a built in cellar.


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Wine Rack Materials

You can find wine racks constructed of a wide variety of materials. Whether you are looking for something strong and functional or something as a practical decor piece, there are many options to choose from.

Wooden Wine Racks

Wooden wine racks are classic and timeless designs that will suit most homes and businesses. The wood can be stained various shades to suit any decor offering a very traditional and sophisticated look. These wooden wine racks are often easy to assemble and maintain over time. They are flexible and are often modular, making expanding and stacking your collection easy.

Metal Wine Racks

These metal wine racks offer a more modern and industrial look. These come in a variety of configurations and styles, from wall mounted racks to stackable lockers and rack styles. These wine racks are very secure and heavy-duty, often able to hold a high capacity. Be aware of the quality of the metal of the wine rack you choose because poorer quality metals can easily bend, break, or scratch your bottles as you retrieve them. Something else to keep in mind is that metal racks can also corrode or tarnish over time.

Other Materials

Less commonly found are wine racks made of other materials like glass or plastic. You may find glass details with wood or metal wine racks for decorative purposes but due to the delicate nature of glass, it can't support a lot of weight. Same with plastic, it can easily warp or break when a lot of weight is applied to it. If you find a plastic wine rack, it will often be a small tabletop or decorative wine rack that can hold a very limited capacity.


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Factors to Consider Before Purchasing

Before adding to cart, there are few factors to consider to ensure you select the perfect wine storage. With so many options available, you will want to consider which aspects of your collection are the most important to you.

Capacity

This is the most important factor to consider when building out a wine storage solution. Before determining a wine rack style, you need to consider the size of your current collection and if your collection will be consistent growing.

Budget

Modular wine racks and even some wall mounted wall racks are a much more affordable option for those who aren't ready to commit to a large storage solution. These wine racks also let the collector slowly build to a large collection.

Your space

If the space in your home or business is large or flexible, you will have many racking options available however; if you have a small space, you may want to consider smaller or modular wine racks. Measure your space well and account for any plans to grow your collection and storage. Make sure to add a couple inches for the bottles, if they stick out of the wine rack.

Position of your wine bottles

Most wine racks will have your wine resting horizontally, which is ideal because the wine will be in constant contact with the cork and prevents the cork from drying out. A vertical design is more decorative and isn't ideal for long-term storage.

Stackable bottle design

Some wine racks will allow you to stack multiple bottles on top of each other, maximizing your capacity but this may cause damage to the bottle or labels as you are trying to retrieve them.

Texture of the surface of the rack

The texture of the surface of your wine rack will affect the preservation of the label and bottle. A rougher texture could damage the label and bottle as you are retrieving the bottle. Smoother surfaces will also allow you to easily slide the bottle in and out without damaging the wine or bottle.


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