Looking for wine rack ideas that will work in your kitchen no matter what the size? Well, we have you covered. Keeping your wine in optimal condition is important, and the best place to keep your collection is pride of place in a wine rack rather than hidden away in a cupboard.
Good spots include integrated wine racks that are part of your fitted kitchen design, in a freestanding, purposely designed unit or a small rack that can be placed where you want it for ease of access. Ideally, they need to be stored slightly tilted and most definitely out of direct sunlight.
Check out our favorite ideas for storing your wine collection and if you are after the best wine fridges we have a must-have guide for that too.
1. Keep wine on hand while you cook
We all like to have a sip or two of wine whilst cooking don’t we? And this super handy built-in rack is just the ticket. You can store your favorites on the top shelf alongside olive oils and wine vinegar, so they are all at hand for adding in that splash to your cooking too. And the glass holder is a genius idea, keeps them neat and tidy and on view rather than tucked away in a cupboard.
2. Pick a cabinet with a built in wine rack
This fabulous '50s-style unit is a great modern take on a classic old design and the wine rack is the star of the show. Placing it directly down the middle gives the unit a decorative feel - all those different colored tops add the perfect design element and the ribbed glass doors complete the fifties look.
3. Pick a freestanding unit for storing your wine
This beautiful wine rack is crafted from European Spruce and has a galvanized sheet metal top that is both practical and perfect if you like an industrial style kitchen. It holds up to 32 bottles that sit at an angle allowing the cork to stay moist, choosing a design like this allows you to see which wine you want to use easily too. The freestanding nature of the design gives you the freedom to move the unit around too.
4. Integrate a wine rack into your kitchen
If you are having a kitchen designed and fitted and you love wine, then why not have the wine rack fully integrated into a kitchen dresser? It offers a seamless look and we love how the shelf is bare wood that contrasts against the paneling of the unit - and you can keep all of your glasses in the side cupboard and decanters underneath the last shelf – stylish and practical.
5. Choose a budget-friendly (and small kitchen-friendly) wine rack
There are plenty of great floor standing wine rack ideas to choose from that won’t break the bank - these are a good option if you don’t have a built-in wine rack in your kitchen. Look for a design that offers more than simply being a wine rack, like this design for example – it has a wooden top that you can use as a shelf, what’s not to love?
6. Store your wine in a lower cabinet
We don’t all want our wine on display, and actually, some are better kept away from direct sunlight as UV rays negatively affect it, so keeping it in a lower cabinet or cupboard is a great option. Wine also likes low humidity – hence wine cellars. Keep your bottles safe by ensuring they have individual spaces on the shelves as shown here, it’s important that they don’t lie flat and can’t roll off.
7. Switch your wine rack for a cooler
If you’re a wine connoisseur then investing in an integrated wine cooler is definitely a great idea. Wine does last longer when chilled and a wine cooler offers a more specific refrigeration than a normal fridge. They are also designed to allow your bottles to lie flat rather than upright in the fridge.
8. Tight on space? Try this clever wine rack idea
It’s always worth checking out nifty ideas that save space and money. This clever design from Ikea (opens in new tab) can be fitted under shelves or on walls so you can free up other areas, ideal if you have a small kitchen. This handy stainless steel design holds four bottles, if that’s not enough then simply buy a few and have them in a row.
9. A drawer of wine? Yes please!
This fabulous wine rack idea can be implemented if you design your own kitchen, isn’t it super cool? It’s space-saving and stylish and we love how it keeps the wine out of the way whilst keeping them safe and flat - did you know that wine should be stored flat if it comes with a cork?
10. Go for freestanding over fitted
There’s lots to love about this unusual wine rack. It can house 12 bottles and you can keep your glasses in the handy compartment below the shelf, which incidentally is ideal for your cock screw to live. The racking is shaped to hold the bottles so they’ll be snug where you place them. And the worktop can be used for serving your wine to your guests, win win!
11. Make your wine rack portable
Love hosting yet feel you’re missing out from dashing to and from the kitchen to serve drinks? This beauty means you can keep your drinks in one room, wine is stored underneath and the gin can go on the middle shelf next to the glasses. And the best thing about this trolley is that it’s foldable so you can use it outside or take it away with you.
12. Pick a wine rack that makes a statement
Sometimes it’s nice to have a designer piece in your kitchen, a beautifully designed wine rack that can be on display at the end of a worktop or on your kitchen island. This design can be used vertically or horizontally and holds up to 6 bottles, it’s made from oak and will certainly stand the test of time.
13. Invest in the perfect piece
If you’re a wine lover then this spectacular drinks cabinet could be the key to all of your entertaining dreams! It has hanging space for wine glasses and enough space for twenty bottles of wine. Crafted from MDF with a walnut veneer and natural lacquer finish, this really is a sleek and stylish option. There’s a movable shelf in the middle for easy access to the wine you want to use on the night whilst the others can be stored below, and we love the ribbed tempered glass drawers that finish the look off perfectly.
14. Go for a wall mounted wine rack to save space
Using a wall-mounted bottle stand is ideal if you want to save space - we don’t all have oodles of space in our cabinets or room for built-in wine racks. Some wine bottles have beautifully designed labels, this wine rack allows you to show off 10 of your favorite varieties whilst keeping them off your surfaces.
15. A piece of art or a wine rack?
If you fancy something less conventional this beauty is worth checking out! Crafted from black iron in a circle, it will hold up to fourteen bottles horizontally! You can have it wall mounted in your kitchen or dining room and it will create a striking decorative aspect too.
What else can you put in a wine rack?
Love wine so much you rarely have more than a couple of bottles living in your wine rack? We hear you. But a wine rack can be used for handy extra storage for loads of other things. Roll up your newspaper and magazines, keep water bottles in there, store your spare tea towels.
If you have no use for a wine rack in the kitchen, see if you can put it to use in other rooms. Pop one in the bathroom to neatly display your towels, put one in your home office for pens and stationary, use one to store your most used cleaning products so they are always easy to access. We have even seen wine racks being used as planters out in the garden.
Where should I place my wine rack?
The best place to store a wine rack it out of direct sunlight and away from anywhere that's like to fluctuate in temperature. So away from windows and any appliances would be the perfect spot.