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How to Create a Wine Room at Home

Have you always dreamed of having your own wine room? Whether you have plans for a basement wine cellar or a want to transform a small unused corner in your kitchen, there are plenty of ways to add wine storage in your home! Check out these 21 ideas for how to set up, design, and organize a wine cellar.

Where to Create a Wine Room

When it comes to setting up your wine cellar, be sure to consider wine storage best practices.

  • Temperature: Your wine cellar room should be between 45 and 65 degrees (55 is the optimal wine cellar temperature) with a humidity level between 50% and 80% to protect your wine collection.
  • Lighting: Direct sunlight is bad for wine, so avoid rooms with lots of windows. Ideal areas for proper wine storage are dark spaces like basements, pantries, closets, enclosed cabinets, and drawers.

If you plan to store wine for a long period of time, you’ll need a place with little light, enough humidity to keep corks moist, and cool temperatures. If, however, you plan to drink your wines within the next year or two, many are fine to store in main living areas. Here are some wine cellar ideas for creating your perfect space!

Build a Basement Wine Cellar

Basements are ideal for wine storage cellars since their temperatures are typically cooler. Transform the whole basement into the ultimate wine storage room with a custom cooling system and built-in cabinets. Building a wine cellar on a budget or with a tiny downstairs space? Pick a small corner or wall for a DIY basement wine cellar instead, where you can add budget-friendly DIY wine racks and a small fridge for chilled wines.

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Design a Kitchen Wine Cellar

Building a wine cellar in the kitchen is convenient for storing and displaying your collection. You can incorporate a pantry with a wine fridge or a kitchen wine rack. Plus, a walk-in pantry is an excellent spot for designing a wine room, as this area is out of the way and doesn’t get as much sunlight. Don’t have a full pantry? Use a kitchen island, kitchen cabinets, or a nearby closet instead!

Turn a Flex Space into a Custom Wine Cellar

Wine Bottles Stored on the Wall of a Flex Space in Home. Photo by Instagram user @boldproperties

Photo via @boldproperties

Do you have a bonus room at home you don’t know how to use? Build a wine cellar! Take advantage of vertical space with floor-to-ceiling wine racks, wine cabinets, or storage hutches. Use darker paint colors to mimic an underground wine cellar. Put up curtains to protect your collection from light. And don’t forget to install durable flooring that can handle the weight of your wine collection!

Add Wine Storage in a Mudroom

Since mudrooms are generally close to the kitchen and have plenty of storage, they’re a great spot for installing a wine cellar. Add a wine shelf or storage drawers in your mudroom cabinets to store your wine. You can even incorporate a wine cooler to keep your white wines crisp and cold.

Store Wines in the Dining Room

Imagine hosting a dinner party and being able to choose the perfect wine from the comfort of your dining room table! Make a statement with a custom dining room wine wall complete with glass doors, temperature control, and floating wall wine racks. Or go with a cheaper alternative by building wine shelves into hutches, cabinets, or dressers.

Design Living Room Wine Storage

Having a living room wine cellar is not only a unique decor idea, but it also keeps all of your wines easily accessible whenever you’re entertaining guests at home. Turn wine storage into a work of art with wine cellar decor like floating shelves, repurposed dressers, transformed bar carts, or cork catchers.

Use Space Under the Stairs for a Luxury Wine Cellar

Wine Storage in the Basement Underneath a Staircase. Photo by Instagram user @lokalmente

Photo via @lokalmente

An under stairs wine room is an excellent use of otherwise wasted space in your home. Carve out a mini wine cellar with a cooling system and glass doors for a luxurious look. Or keep it simple by installing stair cabinets or drawers to store your wine collection in a dark, hidden space.

How to Design & Organize a Wine Room

Wine cellar design and organization will help your wine room look good and keep your wine collection safe. Check out the following ideas for building a space perfect for entertaining guests and showing off your bottles.

Install Durable Flooring

If you’re designing a wine cellar in an upper level of your home, be sure to install durable wine cellar flooring. Hardwood, cork, and tile are all flooring options that provide both style and durability. Concrete flooring is a great choice in basements—just be sure to seal it to fight against moisture.

Separate the Area with Paint

Brown Wine Rack in White Room. Photo by Instagram user @meggoelz

Photo via @meggoelz

Is your wine collection out in an open space like a living room or dining room? Make it stand out with a bold paint color. Dark colors can mimic a wine cellar even in a bright upstairs room! Or display your wine collection on an elegant accent wall.

Decorate Walls with Wine Boxes

Wine Room with Walls Made out of Old Wine Boxes. Photo by Instagram user @philevans83

Photo via @philevans83

For a unique decorative touch, save the wooden panels with wine box logos and put them on the walls! Not only does this reuse the materials, but it’s also much easier than painting or tiling the walls when decorating a wine room.

Add a Tasting Table

Wine Room with a Wood Tasting Table in the Center. Photo by Instagram user @mercer.built

Photo via @mercer.built

Impress guests and make your wine room look polished with an island or narrow wine cellar table that can be used for tastings. Include wine glass storage, bottles, decanters, and chillers for a more luxurious wine tasting experience for you and your guests.

Customize a Credenza

Another idea for wine storage is to include furniture pieces in your home. Credenzas with beautiful finishes and vintage hardware can blend with existing decor in any room and provide hidden wine storage.

Opt for a Wine Cabinet

Wine rack cabinets designed specifically for storing wine can help you save space in a small home or wine cellar! They can both display and protect bottles while also offering wine glass storage.

Store Wine in a Card Catalog

Card Cataglog Repurposed to Store Wine Bottles. Photo by Instagram user @salvagecrew

Photo via @salvagecrew

This clever wine storage hack is a great way to recycle vintage furniture! Use each drawer for a bottle or two, and stick dated labels to the front for proper wine cellar organization. You can also store wine glasses, coolers, and decanters on top!

Create DIY Wine Racks

Increase kitchen wine storage and get crafty with DIY wine racks. These DIY wine holders have options for every type of room and decor style.

Hang Wall-Mounted Wine Racks Between Cabinets

Wall-Mounted Wine Rack. Photo by Instagram user @getstact

Photo via @getstact

Wall-mounted wine storage can be seamlessly incorporated with existing decor. Use every inch of available space with a mounted wine rack that can be installed between cabinets and in blank spaces.

Add Wine Drawers in Cabinets

Pull-out wine drawers not only save space in cabinets, but they’re also a handy way to keep your wine accessible! In addition, they protect your wine from sunlight and dust while in storage.

Include Wine Storage in an Existing Bar

Home wine bar with wine display and bar with bar chairs. Photo by @toddhillhomes

Photo via @toddhillhomes

An existing bar is a great place to store wine! Install cabinets with built-in wine storage drawers, or enhance existing cabinetry by adding wine racks and wall-mounted wine glass holders.

Frame the Fridge with Wine Storage

Small space living means getting creative with storage—especially if you want wine cellar in your home! If your wine room will be part of your kitchen, build wine cabinets and racks around major appliances like the refrigerator to maximize vertical storage. Framing appliances with storage is also a kitchen renovation idea that can help increase its value!

Organize with Wine Tags

Wine Bottles with Tags to Indicate When to Drink. Photo by Instagram user @wineenthusiast

Photo via @wineenthusiast

Especially if you have lots of bottles in your cellar, wine bottle tags make it easy for you to scan your collection, distinguish between different reds and whites, and even leave notes for bottle expiration dates!

Color Code Wine Storage Boxes

Wine Closet with Various Colors of Boxes. Photo by Instagram user @wine_corner

Photo via @wine_corner

Organize the type and style of your wines by color-coding wine storage boxes! Use the corresponding colors on storage boxes, drawers, or baskets to make finding your favorite vintage quick and easy.

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Looking to renovate your home to include a wine room, or looking for wine storage options outside of your home? Extra Space Storage offers climate-controlled wine storage at select storage facilities throughout the nation. Find storage near you!

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