If you’re an oenophile by any stretch of the word, it’s likely that you have a bit of a wine collection. For those of you who don’t already, you’ve probably dreamed of having one someday.
The only problem with having said wine collection is needing a place to store it. Not everyone has a wine cellar in their basement, and who wants to hide their fabulous collection in their basement anyway?
As a side note, I do know that the best place to store your wine is actually in your basement. However, for the casual collector or the one-glass-of-wine-at-dinner drinker, having a small collection of wine nearby is pretty handy.
Benefits of Stackable Wine Racks
There are some really great ways to display it prominently for all to see. Stackable wine racks offer plenty of benefits to the average wine collector, and being able to display them conveniently is just one of them.
Stackable wine racks are modular, which means they’re highly customizable. They grow as your collection grows, so you can start small and work your way up. You can always buy more units to stack on top of your existing racks or you can start a new rack to the side.
You can design your wine rack however you choose and in whatever space you choose. If you run out of room, simply start a new stack somewhere else. They work well on the floor, on a bench, or on a countertop.
Their design is super simple, so they’re easy to build and add onto, and they won’t detract from the beauty of your collection. It’s a hassle-free way to create something elegant in any space.
There’s very limited building, it requires almost no tools, and there’s no installation involved, so it’s great for either casual drinkers or those who aren’t great with hardware.
These types of wine racks are generally pretty affordable. While you do have to be wary of the cheaper options that can be pretty flimsy, you’ll find that, in general, stackable wine racks are much cheaper than other more permanent wine storage solutions.
They come in a variety of sizes and can hold as little as 4 or as many as 13 bottles. This doesn’t always dictate cost, so look for things like how much weight it will hold, how many units you can stack together, and how sturdy it might be.
You’ll want to make sure you’re getting a good value for the wine you want to be able to store.
Stackable wine racks give you the versatility you need with a growing wine collection. Whether you live in a small apartment or a large house, you can put a stackable wine rack just about anywhere.
You can add as few or as many layers as will fit and then fill it as full as you want with your bottles. It allows you to keep your options open. Add and remove layers as needed, rearrange them, and keep your collection fresh through the year.
Having these types of modular racks keeps your wine accessible to you at all times. Whether it’s for cooking, a casual get together with friends, or an intimate dinner, it’ll always be right there within reach.
What people love most about this storage solution is that, even if you have a more permanent storage solution somewhere else in the house, you can still use this as a quick way to store the bottles you know you’ll use right away.
If you’re shopping around for stackable wine racks, there are several brands out there that are better than the others. Look for these if you’re serious about a convenient storage solution that’s built with quality.
Wine Cellar Innovations
This company has been making stackable wine racks for more than two decades. They also make wine cubes, which offer a more modern take on the stackable wine rack. They’re fun and whimsical, so you’ll be able to display your wine with contemporary flair.
There are so many styles to choose from that you may have trouble deciding. You can browse wood, metal, racks, cubes, small, large, curvy, straight, light, dark, and everything in between.
Wine Racks America, Inc.
Wine Racks America, Inc. also makes stackable wine racks and cubes out of either wood or metal. Their wood wine racks are made of redwood and pine. They stain and seal every piece of wood with their own WineSafe™ recipe that’s environmentally friendly.
They offer four different metal styles, each with its own unique design. Some are great for small home spaces while others offer ultra modern flair or label-forward displays.
J.K. Adams modular wine racks are as unique as your bottles. You get to build one square at a time for the perfect fit. It will accommodate your odd-sized bottles and you can get kits that will hold up to 40 bottles.
It’s made of ash in the United States and has a lifetime guarantee. It comes with the pins you need to put it all together, and every rack is infinitely expandable, so if you need more space, just buy another rack and add on.
These wine racks are made in Australia of 100% radiata pine. They’re eco-friendly and require no tools to build. Even with quick and easy assembly, they’re strong and reliable, so you can display as many bottles as you want.
Continue to buy layers as your wine grows. A single layer comes in rows that hold 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 bottles. Pick the row size that fits your space and continue to stack upwards as far as you want.
Modularack offers a great value because they’re strong and can be added onto infinitely, but they’re very affordable. There’s also a smaller version of the Modularack, called Vinrack, for those who don’t want to store as much wine.
Where to Buy
Shopping for Stackable Wine Racks can be tricky. You can buy any of the above brands directly from their sites, and I would definitely recommend that if you’re looking for quality. However, if you’re wanting something that’s a bit more affordable or that you can get locally, it can be more difficult.
A lot of stores like Walmart, Target, Costco, Sam’s Club, At Home, or the Container Store carry stackable wine racks. Sometimes the selection is limited, but you can also shop for them online.
More upscale stores like Elder Beerman, Williams Sonoma, Younker’s, Bon Ton, Herberger’s, or Boston Store also have stackable wine racks, and you may find more designs you like at places like this. Keep in mind, you’ll also pay more, and they may not necessarily be of better quality.
Types of Stackable Wine Racks
While all of these wine racks stacks, there are still plenty of different types from which you can choose. There are different materials, styles, and designs. Here are just a few of the considerations you may want to think about before making a purchase.
Wood or metal
These are the two most common materials used to make stackable wine racks, although I’ve seen plastic as well. Wood and metal will be the strongest and they’ll be able to support more bottles.
However, that doesn’t mean that they’ll be able to hold an infinite number, so make sure you check every shelf’s specifications against what you want it to be able to do before you buy it.
Wood is often softer in design and will allow your wine collection to stand out. But wood can be masculine and really pack a punch, too. It’s frequently a bit easier to put together and requires fewer tools.
Metal has a cold, modern look, which many people like, and fits well in more contemporary spaces.
How the rack holds your bottles may make a difference to you as well. Most stackable wine racks have rows of curved inserts that cradle the bottle on its side. However, if you’re opting for a wine cube rather than a rack, each section of the cube will simply lump all of your bottles together.
If you don’t want your bottles to touch one another or clink together as you remove them, a cube is probably not the solution for you. Keep these things in mind as you search for the right wine rack for you.
Racks or cubes
As mentioned, a wine rack will display each bottle on its own, side by side. You can lay them out flat with the label up and the cork facing toward the front or the back. It’s up to you whether you’d like the label to be right side up or whether you’d like to be able to easily grab the neck of the bottle from the front of the rack.
Wine cubes are also stackable, and they can be a really exciting and contemporary way to store your wine, but your bottles won’t be as visible. They’ll be stacked on top of one another and they’ll be harder to look at and remove from the cubes.
However, they make wine cubes in all sorts of configurations. Some only hold 2 or 3 bottles at a time, which makes it much easier to find what you’re looking for than cubes that hold 4 or 5 bottles at once.
There are a ton of options, so if you’re looking for the best wine rack for you, here are my top picks.
I’ve already talked a little bit about the J.K. Adams wine rack, but I absolutely love the design. It’s like playing with Tinker Toys all over again. Who remembers those??
The configuration options are truly endless, so it really will fit in any space, hold any bottle, and do anything you want it to do. I just can’t get enough of it. When you use a bottle, reconfigure the rack again.
When you buy more bottles, buy more racks and add on. It’s strong enough to be added onto infinitely, and your imagination is the only thing holding you back from the coolest looking wine rack ever.
It doesn’t have to be a perfect square. It can be any shape you want in any corner of the house. It’s kind of pricey, but it’s made from sustainable hardwood, it’s durable, it’s easy to care for, and it comes with a lifetime guarantee.
- Durable and strong
- Can be added to infinitely
- Made from sustainable hardwood
- Easy to care for
- Comes with a lifetime warranty
- Highly customizable
Sorbus Bamboo Wine Rack
If you love the look of bamboo, this wine rack is great for small to medium collections. You can purchase 2, 3, or 6 tiers at a time. However, it’s only recommended that you stack it 6 tiers high. After that, they don’t guarantee that it will be sturdy.
It assembles without tools but may prove slightly difficult, due to the snug fit of the parts, which I suppose is the point. We wouldn’t want our wine rack to fall apart.
Each row fits 6 slender bottles at a time, but if you’re the crafty woodworking type, you can make the notches bigger so they fit larger bottles.
- Assembles without tools
- Fits snugly
- Made of natural bamboo
- Assembly may be difficult
- Only fits slender bottles
Clever Chef Stackable Wine Rack
So, I know I said plastic wasn’t a great option, but these are pretty cool. Each plastic piece holds one bottle of wine. They’re U-shaped cubbies that snap and lock into each other, so you can configure the rack however you want.
They come in sets of 5 or 10, so buy as many as you want and snap and lock to your heart’s content. They’re freestanding, so you can put them on the counter, in a pantry, on the floor, or wherever you want to store your wine.
They’re not the most elegant solution, but they’re durable and affordable, so they’re great for a beginning collector or someone who wants something fast and easy.
- Fast and easy to set up
- Durable and affordable
- Great for beginning collectors
- Not very stylish
ELTOW Plastic Wine Rack
I know, I know, I said no plastic. But these are really great for the fridge. If you frequently drink wine that needs to be chilled, these stackable plastic trays are perfect. You can stack them as high as you need to and keep your wine from taking up space in the refrigerator.
If you have yet to invest in a wine cooler or wine fridge, this is a great temporary solution to keep your wine stacked vertically and out of the way. They’re made out of heavy-duty PET plastic and they’re clear, so you can see right through them as you reach for what to drink next.
The feet on the bottom of each unit rests securely on a surface or on the unit below it to give the stacking stability. They’re shatter-resistant and easy to clean, too. They hold all sizes of bottles, and to be honest, they’re really great storage containers for all sorts of things.
As a plus, they’re insanely affordable.
- Heavy-duty, shatter-resistant
GONGSHI Bronze Wine Rack
This bronze wine rack is made of three stackable units that don’t require any tools for assembly. Just insert the feet into the unit below. Each row holds 4 bottles and it’s a classy and elegant solution to your wine storage problems.
You can stack it as high as you want and it’s affordable enough to buy several sets to accommodate a larger space or collection.
It’s a sturdy design with feet that will prevent the rack from sliding on any surface. It also won’t wobble or tilt if bumped. The design is fairly basic and understated, but functional and refined.
- Elegant bronze design
- No tools required for assembly
- Not as high quality as some others
Answer: There are varying opinions on where you should put your wine rack. It depends on the type of wine and when you’re going to drink it. If you plan on consuming the wine immediately, there’s no need to worry about where you put it. You can leave it in the kitchen until you’re ready to open it.
However, if you’re putting it with your collection and you don’t plan to drink it for a while, there are some general rules. Keep it in a dimly lit, cool space. The basement or a closet is ideal. It should be protected from light, kitchen appliances, and vibration.
The appropriate temperature is between 50 and 59 degrees Fahrenheit. The storage conditions for your wine should be stable at all times, but most people aren’t too serious about it, unless they have a very valuable collection or they’re an avid collector.
If you’re looking at purchasing a stackable wine rack, it’s likely you’re wanting to display your wine prominently or drink it frequently. In that case, you should purchase one that fits in with your kitchen, dining, or bar room decor.
Answer: This depends on the type of rack, the size, the material, and the quality. You can always go for the quality. Plan about half a square foot for every 10 bottles. A cabinet that holds 100 bottles can cost anywhere from $500 to $4000.
However, I’m guessing that since you’re here, you’re probably looking at stackable racks that cost quite a bit less. You can find small stackable racks that hold up to 12 bottles for around $20-30.
Answer: A lot of people decide after a time that they don’t like their old wine racks or they simply want to update their look. If you’re fretting about buying a wine rack that you don’t think you’ll like in a year, there’s always a way you can repurpose it for good so your purchase wasn’t wasted.
Wine racks make great storage solutions for cabinets, pantries, and closets. You can use it as a towel rack or a shoe rack. Depending on its design, you can display your house plants on it, or you can get your creative juices flowing and fashion it into some sort of display case for other household items.
Answer: While you should keep your wines away from light and stored at room temperature, a refrigerator can actually help keep your wines fresh for longer. When you store wines (both red and white) at cold temperatures, it slows the chemical processes down, including oxidation.
Stackable wine racks are some of the most affordable and fun ways to display your wines conveniently. There are too many options to count and you can pick the perfect solution for you based on your needs.
They’re versatile, durable, and creative. It will make a true statement in any home, big or small. My personal favorite is the J.K Adams wine rack because of its extreme customization abilities, but there are so many others.