By Genevieve Rust. Wine Cellar Types. Published at Thursday, May 31st, 2018 - 04:21:34 AM.
While you can purchase pre-made wine racks, you should also consider building your own. This is a good idea if you have specific wine storage needs that a pre-made wine rack will not satisfy, such as extra-wide bottles. Building your own wine racks can offer you more freedom to design according to your kitchen and personal style. You can even save money by building your own wine rack–if you do it correctly the first time. If you plan on installing a wine rack within your cabinetry, take the time to measure the area that you hope to convert and assess how many bottles could potentially fit into this spot.
However, much like wine racks and wine refrigerators, it is extremely important to measure and plan extensively before you break ground on this project. Many of the rules that you should consider when building a wine rack or purchasing a wine refrigerator still apply when building your own wine cellar, but there are more considerations as well. Because wine cellars are typically meant for large-scale wine storage and aging, be sure that your cellar is sufficiently insulated and protected from the elements.
Depending on your preference, you can choose between a traditional swing door, or sliding mechanism, or even a motorised cellar door that can be activated using a wireless remote control. The latter can offer added peace of mind for times when you may have accidentally left the cellar door open! Once you’re confident that your chosen materials have your wine’s best interests at heart, there’s no reason why you can’t get creative with your door’s design. Your cellar door, after all, will be the first thing your guests notice, so don’t be afraid to create a custom design that is unique to your cellar. Statement door styles can include solid mahogany doors that are reminiscent of some of the world’s grandest wineries or sliding French doors for a homely yet luxurious touch.
A growing trend in cellar design is for compact and hidden away cellars, such as spiral wine cellars. These are concrete, cylindrical systems that are completely watertight to keep your treasured collection safe and can store more than 1,800 bottles! Not only are spiral cellars a fantastic space-saving solution, but with a sleek trap door design, they also look ultra-high-tech. It’s not every day that a trap door in the home leads to an impressive and beautifully arranged wine collection! Since not all wine bottles are made equal, it’s also wise to consider a versatile wine rack system in your cellar design, allowing you to house bottles of all shapes and sizes. Horizontal covers are a good alternative to standard rack designs, since these can hold varied sizes of bottles securely with the labels on display.
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