FINDING YOUR SOLUTION
Sometimes, one’s dreams of starting or expanding wine storage in the home can be hindered by a lack of suitable space. Whether there really is a lack of space; or perhaps that ideal location has been allocated for another purpose.
The latter is a common issue among many of our clients, yet with a little creativity there is always a solution.
In this article we share with you five innovative ideas courtesy of our past clients in resolving this challenge, together with photographs of their winning solutions. These ideas may or may not directly resolve the limitations you have but reading this article and going through this process yourself, to see how others have resolved their challenge, will likely unleash your creativity Juices.
SO, LET’S GET YOUR GRAPE JUICES FLOWING
1. UNDER STAIR WINE RACKS
Generally, considered somewhat redundant as a useful space for most items; under the stairs becomes a focal point for locating a Wine Rack for three simple reasons.
Your bottles will sit flush at the front edge of a somewhat underutilised void, giving you both easy access to your wine collection and a unique conversation starter.
With a bit of imagination and play, you can create a wide array of aesthetically pleasing, decorative effects. Depending on your taste in wine; either reds, whites, or a combination of both, you could create patterns with the bottles, change these patterns according to various festivities or seasons, or even for that special one-off event, like Valentine’s day [now there are some serious brownie points right there]!
Given the width of the staircase, there will always be a void behind the bottles, which allows your imagination to run wild with backlighting. Why not experiment with spotlights from across the room; from behind; above or below the bottles. Or perhaps use coloured lights to enhance the decorative effect of light shining through the various colours of the wines.
NB: at this point we advise you pour yourself a glass, sit with your newly installed racks or pen and paper and contemplate your options. By the time you have finished the bottle you will likely have converted a previously bland staircase in the entrance lobby, hallway or dining area, into a showpiece the envy of the neighbourhood. Now it’s time to invite them in for dinner and drinks.
2. CEILING MOUNTED WINE RACKS
These little bad boys can set any room on fire and have unlimited upside when it comes to creatively storing your wines. Regardless of location, they simply become a feature for the ages.
In the kitchen: Make sure you keep them away from direct sunlight or simmering heat below. Perhaps over the breakfast bar?
In the garage, near the pool deck or the Gazebo BBQ? For a practical, blokey bloke, install them over the workbench or just beside the glass front refrigerator next to your beers.
The Man Cave – Over your new bar, pool table, dart board or movie theatre
Ceiling mounted wine racks generally position your bottles around eye level, making them easy to access and catalogue.
If you are contemplating this option, what is important to consider is the accessibility to ceiling joists, either exposed or hidden. Of utmost importance is the weight of your collection and fixing them securely is of paramount concern.
As a rough measure a wine bottle will weigh just under 1kg. A Wine Rack containing 100 to 200 bottles is … well! 100-200 Kg ….“doh”!
There is no question as to whether our wine racks are capable of safely holding this weight and our custom designed wall mounting brackets, are still in place right across Australia, even after 15 ++ years of installing them.
Suffice to say, if you have secure overhead joists that will support this weight, we have the mechanisms to securely and permanently attach them. We can discuss this, when we assist you with your design.
3. WALL MOUNTED AND FRAME MOUNTED STRIP RACKS
This category is expansive and simple to explain! Wherever you have a Wall and a bottle, you have a Wine rack! Hell, we can even store them upright in the middle of the room as if like magic in mid-air. The easiest way to explain the vast array of possibilities with this option, is to look at the photographs below, and start creating immediately.
From the vast expanse of an entire wall to a tiny space in the entrance lobby behind a glass wall, these mounted strip racks can be customised in our factory to flow from floor to ceiling. It’s your call.
You can start with a few bottles and as you build your collection, just keep adding more capacity to your collection
4. THE MAN CAVE OR UNDER THE HOUSE
This category of storage reflects endless diversity in creativity, clearly the extent of your creativity is dependent on the specifics of your available layout [and whether have permission to do so because you let your partner buy those shoes they have always wanted].
These creative solutions include but are not limited to …
- Exciting artistic mancaves where you and the boys can sit for hours, playing pool, darts or cards.
- Or perhaps you and the “Missus” can enjoy a quite little sneaky one together on the leather couch.
- Or whether you have a tiny little nook in an underground alleyway where you can store your precious wines amongst cool circulating air, providing natural temperature control.
- Or the ultimate: perhaps your 110-year-old Federation masterpiece has its foundations over a sandstone pit that has been begging you to renovate and bring it to life as your own private Wine-Ark. Quietly storing your “precious” in its own specialised retreat.
5. INSIDE A CUPBOARD OR WALL CABINET
You may already have a wall cabinet that currently contains books, old ceramic plates or one of those old footie trophies you haven’t dusted off for years. You can now pack them all away and display your prize collection of fine wines befitting your status as a connoisseur. Or why not renovate an alcove in the kitchen or entranceway that can create a complete theme or mood for a particular desired outcome.
These unique spaces offer exciting opportunities to “simply create”.
As you see from the images here, many others have simply converted a previously underutilise space and turned it into a feature. Now it’s your turn.
As you can see, there are no shortage of ideas, we trust we have at least wetted your wine-loving-design-storage-appetite. Over the years we have worked with a wide variety of customers and assisted them in resolving storage issues whereas previously they thought they were unable to find a suitable location.
Our offer of an obligation free design & quote is only a phone call or email away. We are happy to assist you in turning your ideas into wine racks.