How to DIY a Wine Fridge into your Home Décor
Whether you’re new to wine or an avid collector, we want to make sure you have the best storage for your wine bottles and growing wine collection. However, your storage does not have to be boring, uninspired, or hidden away (unless you want it to be). Here are 8 ideas for how to incorporate a wine fridge into your home.
Making sure your wine is stored at the correct temperature is vitally important for the longevity of your wine and the pleasure of drinking it. A wine refrigerator, or wine cabinet, is a good idea and can easily be added to your home. Whether you want to add a small wine fridge to your kitchen island or are interested in freestanding wine coolers to have in your dining room, we’ve got you covered because wine cabinets come in a variety of sizes and styles.
There are some differences between wine fridge cabinets and wine coolers, and the biggest one is temperature. Wine fridges are smaller and typically have only one temperature zone, whereas wine coolers are larger and have multiple temperate zones, which means you can store white wines and red wines at the specific temperatures they need for optimal storage. The perfect spot for your beverage center is the spot that works best for your lifestyle.
How to Incorporate a Wine Fridge into your Home Décor
If your kitchen has an island with a sink, or if you have a second smaller sink in your kitchen, add your wine fridge next to it. It’s one of the best spots because there is always traffic in the kitchen, and you’ll have the beginnings of an awesome wet bar. Our Loft 400 wine cooler is a great choice for under-the-counter installations. It holds up to 46 bottles and has 2 temperature zones so you can store your white wines and red wines at the correct temperature. If you have a small space, under-counter cooler options may work best to maximize your wine storage. We offer flexible designs, and most models can work either under the countertop, tucked between cabinets as a built-in wine cooler, or freestanding.
Cozy Apartment Bar
If you rent an apartment, you will want something freestanding so you can easily move it with you. A wine chiller can be small but mighty, and getting creative with your layout in an apartment will make your wine storage dreams come true. Set your wine fridge next to a bar cart where you can store your wine glasses, liquors, and cocktail accessories. Small apartments can still be great, inviting entertaining spaces!
Under the Stairs
Many two-story homes and homes with basements have awkward, unused storage areas under the staircases. It’s easy to let it become a “catchall” place where you throw all the stuff you don’t know what to do with. But imagine if you had your wine storage there! You can convert the unused stairs closet to wine storage. The only thing you need to remember is it will be at room temperature unless you put a cooling unit like a wine fridge underneath the stairs. That’s the beauty of our wine fridges; they function like a simple storage wine rack but take things to the next level by cooling your wine to the correct degrees Fahrenheit and preserving its “shelf life.” It’s an optimal place to store because of the limited light. The Loft 400 double cooler is another great option for under the stairs because it can hold up to 92 bottles at two different temperatures. This is a great start to making your own wine cellar!
With a small space that you own, you can still have built-in wine fridges. Think about any unused space you have in your home. Any existing cabinet that is empty can be altered to fit a small wine fridge. Just make sure there is access to an electrical outlet and proper ventilation. It may be as simple as taking off the cabinet door, or you may have a true DIY project on your hands to cut the space to fit your wine fridge measurements more accurately.
Hosting a Super Bowl or even a poker night while having inadequate beverage storage is challenging. If you have extra space to work with, and you like to have a variety of beverages on hand to offer your guests (or for yourself!), try a medium size wine cabinet that doubles as a beverage cooler. These are great for entertaining as they have multiple temperate zones and can serve as a beverage bar of sorts. The two-door cabinets hold white and red wine on one side, and on the other, you can refrigerate canned drinks at a third temperature range. The two sides of the beverage fridge accommodate temperature changes to keep all your preferred beverages properly chilled and stored. All your preferred beverages can’t be stored in your kitchen fridge for multiple reasons–that’s why this Summit Beverage Center is perfect for the man cave. It has multiple temperature zones, so you can store white and red wine and your favorite craft brew at optimal temperatures. Now you can dedicate your kitchen fridge to snack storage and keep your favorite drinks on hand, chilled, and ready to go.
Why should men have all the fun? Ladies, this one's for you. Create your own lady lair for a space to sip wine and unwind. Turn on your favorite TV channel, light that candle you’ve been saving, and pour your most decadent wine into a glass. This Summit wine cooler holds 102 bottles at one temperature, and the sleek, elegant design will have you feeling more relaxed than ever.
Wine Tasting Room
Now, if you have a larger open space and a large wine collection, we offer large and extra-large wine cabinets that can house upwards of 200-300 bottles of wine at one time. While you could keep this in your garage or basement, these sleek designs with glass doors really showcase your wine collection. For the wine connoisseur super-hosts, consider converting part of your basement to a wine-tasting room. The Transtherm Double Castel wine cabinet will hold up to 418 bottles and has 3 temperature zones so even your sparkling wines can be stored safely at the correct temperature. Invite friends over on a Friday night for a dinner party and then head to your wine room for a tasting of your favorites from your collection and make lasting memories. While you may consume some bottles here and there, your collection is ever-growing, and chances are, with enough dinner parties, you’ll end up with more wine than you started, not less! Don’t stress. You can open multiple bottles, and you don’t have to worry about finishing them in one sitting. Our Vintner Wine Dispenser allows you to have 3 bottles of wine open at a time. Easily pour with a touch of a button and still keep a tight seal on your wine!
If the upscale wine bar isn’t your décor vibe and you have an unfinished basement or a spare room that could use some sprucing up, consider converting it to a speakeasy. The sleek design of our Loft 1200 wine cooler blends well with any style of décor and can hold 166 bottles at two different temperatures. With the right storage, you can think more about this week’s entry password and less time worrying about where to put all your favorite wines.
And the last thing, when you’ve outgrown your wine fridge or wine cooler, you may want to consider building a wine cellar. Wine cellars are fairly simple to install or build, and we can help with all your wine cellar design needs. When wine is a true passion of yours, you deserve to have the best equipment, especially for the long term. A wine cellar is a great addition to your home, and there are different ways to build them.
For one, you can add it to the ground floor of your home if you have a guest room or office that can be converted. You then have a good location for a wine cellar. An unfinished or partially finished basement is another good choice for a wine cellar, and not just because it would be in your house’s cellar. Wine should not be exposed to direct sunlight, and a basement would be dark enough and have plenty of room for the ultimate wine cellar for your precious collection. If you’re investing in your wine, you should invest in your wine’s cellar, and we can help you with all of your needs.
There is a wine storage solution for every budget, collection, and space. You can make a DIY wine fridge cabinet solution, find a space for a built-in wine cooler, or build a wine cellar that the finest restaurants would envy.
Contact Wine Cellar HQ today and let us help you protect your wine collection and solve your storage needs.