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WCI Mini Stack Series Provide The Perfect Wine Storage

May 17th, 2018

Going “small” in your wine cellar project doesn’t mean compromising on the essential things – like bottle storage. Our Mini Stack Series can offer the perfect wine storage in your home, even if there is limited space. But that’s not the only standout feature of these small wine racking units. There is more to appreciate about them and today’s DIY is a terrific example:

The Mini Stack Series

The clients who purchased our Mini Stacks were actually in the business of designing model homes in the real estate market. In one of the these model homes, they want to include a “wine room.” Naturally, since it was just the “staging” process, there was no point in constructing a permanent wine cellar. After all, the potential buyer might have a different style in mind for the wine room. So when they stumbled about the Mini Stack Series, they definitely found what they were looking for. These stackable racking units are compact and flexible. It is easy to stack them and outfit a room with a unique racking assembly. There are several bottle storage styles available, including one for glassware.

By stacking them one on top of the other and/or side by side, expanding wine storage can become so convenient. It’s also makes it less stressful to move the racks around if you want to change the layout or add other accessories. Moreover, these racks are crafted from quality Premium Redwood with nice assortment of stain and finish options to boot. That means you can also match the racks up with any existing decor in a room. Take this project, for example! The room was already painted with light walls and darker-hued hardwood floors. The clients chose to go with unstained versions of the racks and we think it’s a smart move. The natural pinkish-gold shades of Premium Redwood really come through in this instance:

Fully assembled wine racks

Last but definitely not the least, our Mini Stack wine racks ship fully assembled. All that you’ll ever need to do is arrange them in your home and you can immediately start storing your bottles. For model homes, this is a huge time and money saver!

“The racks arrived on time and shipped well.  After we pulled them out of the box, we just set them out. We are a builder and I was outfitting a particular room that we were showing as a “wine room”  for one of our model homes. They  are not used to capacity at this time but it’s working for us.”

~Colleen W.~

Wine Cellar Inspirations: DIY Racking Ideas For Your Wine Cellar

May 16th, 2018

Is your budget a little too tight for a formal wine cellar project? Don’t lose hope! You can still bring to life that wine cellar of your dreams. All you need to do is expand your imagination and rely on some DIY racking ideas. Putting together a racking assembly is not rocket science. Even if you’re a newbie, the right products and tools can give you the desired results. So don’t fret over those extra dollars! Instead, get inspired by these smart DIY racking ideas:

Dining Room Displays

Dining Room Wine Displays

The dining room is one of those areas in the house that can be conveniently transformed into a wine storage space for your collection. For example, the cabinets storing dining ware sets can be converted so a portion of the same can host the wine bottles. If there is an empty wall space, you can have a compact wine cellar built into it. In the alternative, you can also choose to have racks wall-mounted onto the said space. Assembling and installing the racks can be done DIY, especially if you’re planning to wall-mount them.

Wine Cellar Closet

Wine Cellar Closet Transformations

This is another racking concept that has become very popular in the recent years. A wine cellar closet can work in any residential setting. But it works especially well with living spaces with limited space. The great thing about a wine cellar closet transformation is that you can definitely go full DIY with it. All you need is to decide on an empty or unused space in your home that you’d want to convert into wine storage. Some of the more common ones are the coat closet, broom or shoe closet, or the pantry. But we’ve also had clients who converted an office space and even an extra bathroom. Once the space is decided, you can decide on your racking units and other accessories. Our small wine racks collection has lots of styles that will work very well with wine cellar closets.

Under Stairwell Wine Cellar

Under Stairwell Transformations

More often than not, people love to stash their junk in that little area under the stairs. But don’t be so quick as to take that space for granted! With a bit of ingenuity and hard work, you can turn that under stairwell space into a pretty awesome wine storage for your collection. More than just a few of our clients have done this. Some have taken the professional route and had their cellars customized by design professionals. But others took the DIY route with equally satisfying results. Browse through this section of our photo gallery and see what these wine cellar fans have wrought! ^_^

Technical Tuesday Episode #382: A Grand Mahogany x Classic Mahogany Affair

May 15th, 2018

It seems like our clients can’t get enough of Grand Mahogany! This wood option has been dominating the wine cellar scene this month – and we think it’s fantastic. Today, more love goes out to Grand Mahogany in this gorgeous project:

Project #: 303276
Series: Custom/Vintage View
Wood: Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 2027

Vintage View Wine racks

All the right elements came out to play in this relatively large wine cellar construction. Custom wine racking units were utilized to equip the room with tons of bottle storage. The versatility in racking style is especially spotlight-worthy. You can see how individual and bulk bottle storage racks were cleverly mixed and matched in this assembly. The Curved Corner Racks, in particular, have contributed significantly to the seamless flow of the layout. Plus, this is coupled with custom curved crown and base moldings. They ensure that awkward gaps between the racks, floor, and ceiling are accounted for. The resulting effect is a flawless transition of the racking units and a truly professional look for the wine cellar:

Grand Mahogany x Classic Mahogany

So what else is special about today’s Tech Tuesday feature? Well, for one thing, these wine racks are all crafted from Grand Mahogany.  Grand Mahogany is a fairly new addition to WCI’s slew of wood options for custom wine cellar projects. It replaced Prime Mahogany, being the more superior Mahogany sub-specie. Grand Mahogany is a plantation grown hardwood and at a glance, you can immediately see how attractive it is. The wood sports a uniform color, with slight variations that go from medium to pale pink. As for the hardwood, it has a moderately coarse grain pattern. For the most part, the grain pattern is straight but can be slightly interlocked in some cases.

As far as quality is concerned, this wood can give sapele and cherry a run for their money. It easily matches them in hardness, density, and grain texture. Grand Mahogany also showcases impressive durability and stability. It can easily match up to sapele, hard maple, or cherry in these aspects. Long story short, this wood is the complete package in both quality and appearance. That’s why a wine cellar project using this wood choice is worthy of the spotlight. But that’s not all! The wine racks are further dressed in Classic Mahogany Stain. If we’re talking about horses here, then this wine cellar is a thoroughbred – a Mahogany one. We are definitely all for this Grand Mahogany x Classic Mahogany affair. Do you love it as much as we do? *Cheers*

Why Every Wine Cellar Needs Our Curvy Wine Cubes

May 14th, 2018

On the hunt for truly unique wine racks for your wine cellar? Look no further! Our Curvy Wine Cubes will bring that distinct flair to your wine cellar project in more ways than one. If you haven’t come across this wine racking style yet, it’s about time that you did. These contemporary units are quite amazing, both in the aesthetic and functional aspects.

Curvy Wine Cubes

Versatile and stylish racking arrangements…

There is so much to say about the Curvy Wine Cubes that we’ll have to break it down one at a time to fully appreciate them. Let’s start with the versatility of the cubes in terms of bottle storage options. This particular collection comes in concave and convex configurations. The units are stackable like most WCI racking products. When stacked one on top of the other, the cubes form one-of-a-kind, curvy silhouettes. Bottle storage can be done individually or in bulk, thanks to these racking styles:

Note that the above-mentioned styles are also available for the convex cubes. And that’s not all that the collection can offer. You can also choose from the “popular packages.” These essentially consist of a combination of stacked concave and convex cubes. Moreover, you can further customize these packages with the addition of “display trays.” That means apart from storing your bottles, you can also gain the advantage of showcasing your best labels. This feature makes the cubes work not just with residential wine cellars, but with commercial applications as well.

Versatility notwithstanding, the Curvy Wine Cubes also come with other add-ons that increase their charm. A racking assembly with a curvy profile is already attractive enough. But with the wood, stain and finish options thrown in, the racks can be styled to complement other wine cellar decor. Currently, the cubes are available in Premium Redwood and Rustic Pine, and in five different stains and finishes.

Curvy Cube Stacker

The Curvy Wine Cubes are also one of the most space-efficient racking units you can find. With the help of specific accessories, they become even more functional. First up is the Curvy Cube Wall Mount Hardware Kit that allows you to wall-mount the racks. This makes it possible to utilize the cubes even if you don’t have a formal wine room. Second, there’s also the Curvy Cube Tabletop. Create enough prep space in your racking assembly with this tabletop while conveniently storing your bottles below. Third, there’s the Curvy Wine Cube 2 Bottle Deep Display Tray that’s available with our “popular packages” or as individual add-ons to the cubes. Last but not the least, the Curvy Wine Cube Base Platform can give your wine racks an extra height boost.

All these being said, we definitely feel every wine cellar needs the Curvy Wine Cubes. So why not grab some for yours as well! ^_^