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Aspects to Consider While Choosing Wine Racks

15 Jan Aspects to Consider While Choosing Wine Racks

There is a range of styles and quality-levels of wine racks available in the market today. They range all the way from traditional wooden rack kits to double deep kits. Besides, you can also opt for metal rack kits, stack-able kits, and modular styles.

However, there are several aspects to keep in mind while opting for wooden racks, traditional, stackable, and double deep kits. This also goes for customized wooden racks.

What Is the Niche Size?

Typically, 3 ½ inch niches can comfortably accommodate standard 750ml bottles. However, you might not be able to store Pinot’s or odd shapes bottles. For these, you’d have to opt for racks that have a 3 ¾ inch niche size.

They can accommodate large bottles and even standard-sized Champagne bottles. However, go for a broad niche size rack if you need to store Magnum sized wine bottles. Here are a few aspects to consider while choosing wine racks:

  • Make sure that the quality of wood you choose can withstand your wine cellar’s environment. A few of the most popular options for climate-controlled wine cellars are mahogany and redwood. They can comfortably withstand the humid temperatures without attracting mildew or cracking. Avoid opting for cheap wood like fir or cedar. Even non-aromatic cedar has a smell that can compromise the quality of your wines.
  • Pay close attention to the construction of your wine rack. See to it that your front spacer bars have small notches carved into it. This maintains its structural integrity and gives it a cleaner look. Most companies don’t incorporate top or bottom stabilizers. Choose a wire rack that includes them.
  • Inspect the bottom part of your wine rack. Make sure that your cellar has a base or a toe kick that racks up off the floor. Avoiding getting wine racks that touch the ground as the bottom bottle will touch the base when you put it back.
  • Ensure that your bottle holders are polished smooth. Sharper edges can cause the labels to tear when racking or taking them out. Besides, a damaged tag can lower the value of your wine. It can destroy your otherwise excellent presentation while dining with guests.
  • Watch out for ugly screws or plugs on the front of your rack. You need to invest in a wine rack where all the screws used to assemble it are safely concealed in the back. Also, avoid wine racks that have plastic or wood plugs that hide the screws.

You need to inspect the angle of the display rows as well. They should be angled at a 15 °, any more, and your wine bottle might not touch the cork. This can cause the cork to dry out and eventually crack. Air will slowly seep in and spoil your wines.

Types of Racks

Here are a few types of wine racks that you can choose from:

  • Metal Wine Racks – Metal wine rack kits are relatively narrower than their wooden counterparts, which saves you a considerable amount of space. They usually come in either black or silver. However, you can opt for a customized color to create a unique look for your cellar.
  • Modular Wine Racks – These types of wine racks are generally made up of several components. However, the most practical and best wine racks come pre-assembled. Modular essentially means something that’s comprised of several parts. People don’t want to assemble every single piece of the rack on-site.
    Pre-assembled wine racks are a perfect choice as the installation is relatively straightforward. You need to make a well-informed decision when it comes to wine racks. Pay close attention to the quality of construction.
  • Custom Wine Racks – Customized wine racks are the way to go if you don’t want pre-sized units. Also, custom wine racks give you the freedom to select every single aspect of the rack. You have complete control of the size, material, as well as the finish. This makes them the ideal choice for wine enthusiasts that want a unique cellar with distinctive styling and appeal.

To find out how Signature Cellars can help you design and build a wine storage solution that can help protect your investment and add value to your home, call us on 1300 570 636 or email, and we will respond shortly.

Thanks for reading,
Neil Smallman
Signature Cellars
1300 570 636

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