Have you always dreamed of having your own wine room? Whether you have a huge basement waiting to be transformed into a cellar or a small unused corner in your kitchen, there are plenty of ways to add wine storage in your home! Below, we share ideas for how to set up, design, and organize a wine room.
Where to Create a Wine Room
When it comes to setting up your home wine room, consider the most important factors of wine storage.
- Temperature: Your wine storage room should be between 45 and 65 degrees (55 is the optimal temperature) with a humidity level between 50% and 80% to protect your collection.
- Lighting: Direct sunlight is bad for wine, so avoid rooms with lots of windows. Ideal areas for storing wine 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 ideas for creating your perfect space!
Build a Basement Wine Cellar
Basements are ideal for home wine cellars since their temperatures are typically cooler. Transform the whole basement into the ultimate wine storage space with a custom cooling system and built-in cabinets. Working on a smaller budget or with a tiny downstairs space? Pick a small corner or wall in your basement instead, where you can add budget-friendly DIY wine racks and a small fridge for chilled wines.
Design a Kitchen Wine Pantry
Building a wine room in the kitchen is convenient for storing and displaying your collection. A walk-in pantry is an excellent spot to set up wine storage, 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 Wine Room
Do you have a bonus room at home you don’t know how to use? Turn it into a wine room! Take advantage of vertical space with floor-to-ceiling wine racks, cabinetry, 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 the wine bottles!
Add Wine Storage in a Mudroom
Since mudrooms are generally close to the kitchen and have plenty of storage, they’re a great spot to set up a wine room. Install wine racks or storage drawers in your mudroom cabinets to store your wine. You can even incorporate a wine fridge 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 dining room table! Make a statement with a custom wine wall complete with glass doors, temperature control, and floating racks. Or go with a cheaper alternative by building wine shelves into hutches, cabinets, or dressers.
Include Wine Storage in the Living Room
Adding wine storage in the living room 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 custom wall-mounted racks, repurposed dressers, vintage bar carts, or modern bookcases.
Use the Space Under the Stairs
An under the stairs wine room is an excellent use of otherwise wasted space in your home. Carve out a mini 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
Good design and organization will help your wine room look good and keep your 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 creating a wine room in an upper level in your home, be sure to install sturdy 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
Is your wine collection out in an open space like a living room or dining room? Make it stand out with bold paint. Dark colors can mimic a wine cellar even in a bright upstairs room!
Decorate Walls with Wine Boxes
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.
Add a Tasting Table
Impress guests and make your wine room look polished with an island or narrow table that can be used for tastings. If the table includes storage for glasses, bottles, decanters, and chillers, that’s even better!
Make a Custom Credenza
Think of including furniture pieces in your home that can double as wine storage. Credenzas with beautiful finishes and vintage hardware can blend with existing decor in any room and provide hidden storage.
Opt for a Wine Cabinet
Cabinets designed specifically for wine storage can help you save space in a small home or wine cellar! They can both display and protect bottles while also offering storage space for glassware.
Store Wine in a Card Catalog
This clever wine storage hack is a great way to recycle vintage furniture! Take out the drawer dividers and use each drawer for a bottle or two, and stick a label to the front for each drawer to keep your collection organized. You can also store wine glasses, coolers, and decanters on top!
Create DIY Wine Racks
Hang Wall-Mounted Racks Between Cabinets
Wall-mounted wine storage systems 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 Storage in an Existing Bar
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 holders for glassware.
Frame the Fridge with Wine Storage
Small space living means getting creative with storage. 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.
Organize with Wine Tags
Especially if you have lots of bottles in your cellar, wine 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 Storage Boxes
Organize the type and style of your wines by color with storage boxes! Use the corresponding colors on wine storage boxes, drawers, or baskets to make finding your favorite vintage quick and easy.
No matter where you choose to store your wine, these creative wine room ideas will help keep your collection organized in style! Looking for other room design projects? Check out these kitchen remodeling ideas for more inspiration!
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 wine storage near you!