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Creative wine rack ideas in small spaces

Creative Wine Rack Ideas for Small Spaces

Are you a new collector with a small but mighty collection of wine? Or do you have a lot of wine but not a lot of room in which to store your collection? This guide is for you. Below, we’ll explore wine racks for small spaces.

Not all of us have the space, budget or ability to build an entire wine cellar to store our wines. And some of us don’t even want to create a dedicated cellar. However, if you find yourself with more than one bottle of wine on hand, you definitely need a proper storage place to hold your wine. Otherwise, your room or even your entire home can get cluttered quickly with bottles stored here, there, and everywhere. This can also make it difficult to find the specific label that you’re after.

Bartender showing wine bottle with a wine rack behind

But perhaps the biggest reason to create a proper storage spot for your wine is a matter of protection. Not having a dedicated wine storage spot can lead to poor storage practices. To protect your investment against premature aging and expiration, you need to ensure that your wine is properly stored. That includes storing sideways, avoiding direct sunlight, and other considerations that we’ll discuss below.

Even if you don’t have an entire room to dedicate to wine storage, you likely have a wall or closet or niche that can work amazingly well. In this post, we’ll focus on wine storage for small spaces.

Rack in the photo: VintageView One-Sided Floating Wine Rack Kit (21-63 bottles)

What if you have a larger collection without adequate room to store your bottles in the same space? Don’t feel like you need to store all of your bottles together, especially if you simply don’t have the room to do so. Take note of all of the unused spaces around your home. There are probably more than you think. If you think creatively, you can use those spaces to neatly and properly store your bottles. Feel free to employ multiple ideas from this list in your home.

Let’s get started.

6 Creative Wine Storage Solutions Around Your Home

1. Under the Stairs

The awkward space under your stairs is usually a catch-all for random things, but why not make it intentional? Actually, the space under the stairs is one of the best places you can store your wine. It's almost always dark, which also makes it a cooler spot in your home temperature-wise. These are two things that your wine needs to thrive: Darkness and coolness. And it's already built-in to your under the stairs space.

What's even better? There's no need to create a custom rack for under the stairs. You can easily find, buy, and install pre-built racks in this unused space that would fit perfectly.

Here is a wine rack that works great under the stairs:

VintageView 'Under the Stairs' Wine Wall Rack Kit (63-189 Bottles)

Shop This Here: VintageView 'Under the Stairs' Wine Wall Rack Kit (63-189 Bottles)

2. Living Room Focal Point

Luis Fernando Olaverri once famously said, “Wine is the only artwork you can drink.” And that perfectly applies to this next suggestion. Consider turning your art collection into a dynamic work of art. With the right rack, your wine collection can turn into a focal piece in any room that it's in. Whether you're displaying 10 bottles or 100, there's a rack that's capable of holding your collection. And be sure to select a high quality rack that reflects your unique style, be it modern, traditional, or something in between.

Shop This Rack: VintageView Wall Wine Racks 3' (9 to 27 bottles)

3. Add it to the Table

Table top storage can be a great option if you only have a few bottles of wine on hand. Storing your wine on the table top will instantly elevate your decor and make the wine the centerpiece of your room — quite literally.

Instead of creating a focal point with only part of your wall, consider dedicating an entire wall to your collection. This is a great idea for those of you with large collections but no space for a dedicated cellar. Depending on your rack and spacing, a wine wall can store hundreds of bottles of wine. If you choose a wine display wall, you can go for an ultra slim appearance, turning the bottles on their sides with a racking solution like this:

HZ Wall Rails - 3FT Metal creative wine rack for small spaces

Shop This Rack Here: HZ Wall Rails - 3FT Metal Wine Rack (9 To 27 Bottles)

4. Hang Your Wine

No room to store your wine on the floor or on the wall? Look up. Your ceiling can be the perfect storage spot for your wine. Some wine racks can be suspended from the ceiling and house not just your wine but also your wine glasses. This type of storage can be a show-stopper and add dramatic flare to your dining room or kitchen. It's a good option to add this type of hanging wine rack above a bar or table. It's an attractive storage solution that can work in tight spaces.

However, if you choose a hanging wine rack, be sure to rotate those bottles frequently. Wine stored in higher spots in your home are more vulnerable to heat, since it rises. To avoid premature aging, frequently swap out these bottles with newer bottles as you don't want hanging bottles to collect dust.

VintageView 'Wet Bar' Wine Rack Kit (18-54 Bottles)

Shop This Rack: VintageView 'Wet Bar' Wine Rack Kit (18-54 Bottles)

5. In or Above Your Dining Room Buffet

Do you have storage furniture in your dining room for your plates, glasses, silverware, and other serving necessities? Consider adding your wine collection to your buffet, too. Some buffets come with built-in wine storage. But if you already have a dining room storage cabinet that does not include this feature, you can add it in two ways. Either you can place a table top wine rack on top of the sideboard buffet, or you can hang a wine rack above your buffet. If you choose the second option, your wine collection can serve double duty as an impressive work of art.

Fusion Wine Wall (Label Forward) - Alumasteel (4 Foot)

Shop This Rack: Fusion Wine Wall (Label Forward) - Alumasteel (4 Foot)

6. Wheeled Wine Cart

Instead of keeping your wine stationary in one spot of your home, consider adding it to a cart. This way, your wine can be wheeled from one place to another whenever necessary. For example, if you plan to host a dinner party, you can move your wine collection from its usual home (perhaps in your dining room) to a temporary spot where you'll entertain (such as your living room). The wine cart option is great if you don't have any other way to store your wine and can't or don't want to drill holes into your wall for hanging or wall-mounted wine storage.

Two wine bottles on a golden bar cart

Please note: While it's not recommended to move your wine too frequently (as movement can cause a chemical reaction that can negatively affect your wine), it's usually okay to do this for wine that you plan to consume immediately. Be sure to avoid any road bumps!

Smiling woman in striped top doing the 'no' arm sign

Don'ts of Wine Storage

Now that we've explored some of the most creative places to store your wine collection in your home, let's take a look at what you should avoid when storing your wine.


Two wine bottles and two vintage champagne wine glasses with wine on a table
  • Don't Store Your Wine Above the Refrigerator

Refrigerators vibrate and that's bad for wine. The constant shaking of the bottles will disrupt the sediment present in the wine and cause the wine to turn bitter.

  • Don't Store Your Wine in Warm Spaces in Your Home

Wine should be stored in cooler temperatures (usually between 55°F to 60°F, or 12°C to 15°C). If you don't have a cellar or a dedicated wine cooler, be sure to store wine in the coolest part of your home, whether that's a basement, under the stairs, or some other area where you can ensure cooler temperatures.

  • Don't Expose Your Bottles to Excessive Light

Too much light, especially sunlight, can cook your wine, which will cause it to age rapidly.

  • Don't Store Your Wine Upright

Unless your bottles use screw tops, each wine bottle should be stored on its side. This ensures that the cork remains in contact with the liquid and prevents it from drying out, allowing air to seep into the bottle.

  • Don't Use a Kitchen Refrigerator to Store Your Wine

Not only does a kitchen refrigerator get too cold for wine storage, but it also doesn't have the necessary humidity to prevent bottle corks from drying out.

Dining table with plates of food, wine glasses and a wine bottle

Final Thoughts

We hope you’ve discovered new and creative ideas for storing your wine in smaller spaces. Be sure to abide by the best practices mentioned above to avoid ruining your wine collection.

If you have the space, try out a few different storage options to find what you like best. Then, as your collection grows, you can adjust your storage methods accordingly. Happy wine collecting!

Start shopping for your wine rack storage solution here.

Randy Green

I have been passionate and in the business of designing and helping clients with wine storage since 2016. I'm also a partner/owner of a general contracting company where we have the privilege of bringing these designs to life. We also have expert and licensed wine cellar cooling technicians to help our customers select the perfect cooling systems for climate controlled wine cellars.
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