What happens when you don’t have proper wine storage for your bottles? Well, basically, you get more or less the same problem as our client Ken here used to have: a nearly impossible hunting spree for the bottle you actually want to pop open. Prior to his purchase of his WCI racks, Ken admitted to having wine bottles in various places in their home. As a result, they had to spend more time hunting for that one bottle they’d been craving to taste rather than actually enjoying it. So in order to give their growing collection a proper home and save them from the frustrations of “bottle hunting,” they sent in for some Individual Bottle Columns from our Designer Series wine rack kits:
To facilitate a more efficient assembly and installation of the racks, Ken utilized a nail gun which yielded some pretty awesome results. Check out these snaps of the completed wine racking assembly, all filled up with their once homeless bottles. The racks were put together neatly and perfectly fit into that empty stretch of wall in the client’s home. The addition of some clever decorative accents also helped increase the aesthetic appeal of the racking arrangement. Utilizing a nail gun was indeed a smart move because among all the methods to assembly a wine rack, this is easily the most practical one. Watch our learning video on popular ways to assemble a wine rack to see exactly what we mean!
Ken was kind enough to share his WCI experience with us as well and what he had to say about our products was certainly heartwarming:
“We’ve been enjoying our racks for some time now. I used a pneumatic nail gun and it did make the job easier. I also attached all the racks to the wall securely, and to each other to provide rigidity. I used a drop of glue at each junction point before I drove the nail, and I’m very happy with the results. I labeled the racks “Rack A”, “Rack B”, etc. and then subdivided each rack into its obvious “bin” (separated by the obvious cross pieces) and then row, column. The data base I created then tracks where each bottle is located by rack-bin-row-column. We used to have bottles all over the house and while we might know we had a certain bottle, it was nearly impossible to find it. Now we don’t have that problem.”
Building a wine cellar is really a creative process rather than a mere technical one. Sure, you basically put together a wine racking assembly and it’s no rocket science. However, that’s not all there is to it. With a wine cellar, no matter the size and shape of it, it’s not just all about “assembling” but also about “designing.” The aesthetic aspect of a wine cellar project matters and will always matter because your total satisfaction of the end results depends a lot on the visual outcome as well.
That being said, it’s our pleasure to share with you these wine cellar construction ideas that will make your project twice as fun to build. With the help of WCI’s varied selection of wine cellar accents, you’ll not only be putting together your wine racks but giving them the essential artistic touches as well.
Let’s start off with some decorative wood trim. Now you’ve heard us point out more than once on this blog just how essential a role custom moldings play in a wine racking assembly. They help blend in any gaps between the wine racks, and the ceiling and flooring, giving your wine cellar a neat and finished look. But did you know that you can also play around with these moldings, design-wise? With some choice Decorative Moldings, you can actually add more detail and high relief to the interior trim of your wine cellar. You can also do the same with other aspects of your wine cellar such as with wood paneling, wood onlays, wood grille covers, and more.
Speaking of wood paneling, that brings us to another decorative element in your wine cellar project – your wine cellar cabinets. Spice up those standard storage cabinets with custom panel doors! A very popular choice would be the Raised Panel Cabinet Doors since they are simple and elegant. But if you want a little more flair, try a Glass Panel Cabinet Door with custom etchings. Glass etchings give off a delicate charm and will accentuate your display of glassware really well. You can also go for Hand-Carved Panel Cabinet Doors or those with Wood Borders and Onlays. Still, there are also those who’d prefer a rocking combo of form and function in which case, transforming your standard cabinets into a Cigar Humidor would certainly be a clever move.
And now for the last wine cellar design tip: putting in custom wine cellar lighting! We cannot over-emphasize the importance of this design element. Custom lighting can highlight both your wine racks and bottles on display. With the right kind of wine cellar lighting, you can also create the most suitable mood for your wine room. For example, Recessed LED Downlights can spotlight your custom wine cellar ceiling while a linear LED Display lighting system will help accent your wine display racks and archways. On the other hand, if you have stained glass or other decorative applications in your wine cellar, Fluorescent Slimlites will illuminate these perfectly.
Talk to our design consultants today and let’s make these wine cellar design ideas and so much more happen to you and your wine cellar!
We’ve been talking about our WineMaker Series wine racks often as of late, like in our last Testimonial Thursday feature. But we’ve also been focusing a lot on the “functional” aspect of this wine rack kit, so now it’s time to switch it around a bit. Luckily, we managed to get snaps of this recent project from a client in Warren, OH, utilizing several racking units from the WineMaker Series. This Tech Tuesday episode is more than enough proof that the series is capable of turning out not just functional, but beautiful wine cellars as well:
Project # 267074
Wood: Platinum / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 1194
Where: Warren, OH
So let’s check out this stunning project which consists of an entire wine room outfitted to store over a thousand bottles in a variety of storage options. Despite the fact that the main racking elements hail from the WineMaker Series wine racks kit, there are also several custom accents that really amp up the “beauty” factor on this project. Case in point: the gorgeous Cabinet Doors with Raised Panels and European Hinges in the same Dark Walnut stain as the racks (see top image).
We particularly love how the racks were interspersed with the white stone materials to create a stunning contrast of light and dark hues between the walls and wine racking assembly. Plus, the knotty grade of wood used for the ceilings and some parts of the walls really enhanced the vintage flavor of this wine cellar. Notice, too, that smart accent pieces were added here and there such as that elegant lighting fixture and the wine barrel tasting table. Moreover, recessed lighting was also integrated which helped highlight the contrasting hues and textures in this entire project.
So here we have some truly great shots of the various WineMaker racking units: Individual Bottle Columns with Display Rows, Open Diamond Bins, Adjustable Wine Shelves, and a Standard Archway with Tabletop option.
Why should one invest in a wine tasting table? Well, we can give you more than just one reason for that! Essentially, a wine table provides functional working space and extra bottle storage to boot. But that’s not all. Wine tables can also enhance the look and mood of your entertainment area. If you set one up in the center of your wine cellar, it actually transforms into a wine tasting table where you and your guests can gather round and share your tasting experiences and more.
Check these babies out!
Naturally, we wouldn’t be broaching the topic of wine tasting tables if we have nothing to show for it. But it so happens that we’re called “Wine Cellar Innovations” and we live for providing wine storage solutions in all forms, shapes and sizes – including incidental storage solutions in the form of wine tasting tables. In other words, the extra bottle storage these tables provide are added perks that really make them worth every dollar you shell out.
So first off, we have two awesome options from the Designer Series – the 108 Bottle Tasting Table and the Wood Case Storage Tasting Table. Both come in our top four wood choices – All-Heart Redwood, Premium Redwood, Rustic Pine, and Prime Mahogany as well as a variety of stain and finish options, including lacquer. Apart from providing the perfect spot for prepping your wine and other beverages, these tasting tables let you store tons of bottles. Moreover, you can easily mix and match them with other racking elements in your wine cellar.
Next up is the Redwood 180 Bottle Wine Tasting Table. This product can store even more bottles while providing the necessary space for decanting your wine and even displaying your fine wine accessories. The racks below offer full bottle coverage as well as beveled rails and eased edges for safe and comfortable storage. Want a bulk bottle storage version of it? Then check out the Redwood 216 Storage Wine Tasting Table.
Our next item on the list is this uber unique Wine Barrel Table. It’s crafted from authentic aged wine barrels that have been used many times by wine makers. So apart from being eco-friendly, you get an authentic vintage decor for your wine cellar or any room in your home. Plus, the beautiful glass table top can be done up with customized etchings for a reasonable up-charge.
Lastly, we have the Oak Wine Bar. This is definitely one of our favorite products because it doubles as a home wine bar that can hold up to 28 wine glasses, 48 bottles of wine and a collection of cognacs and ports on top with space to spare. Made from Red Oak with a dark stain finish, this wine table is both a classy and functional addition to your home.