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The Complete Guide To A DIY Wine Rack – Considerations And Instructions

Considering building a DIY wine rack? Check out our guide on styles, considerations, and instructions on just one of your fabulous DIY wine rack options.

Whether you only have the occasional bottle on hand or you’re the proud holder of an extensive wine collection, you’ve probably considered getting yourself a wine rack.

Not only do wine racks allow you to have a dedicated place to store your wine, but they can also add a great decoration to any space. When you start considering building your wine rack yourself, you get even more options for making the perfect addition to your kitchen or other room.

Depending on your choice of style, a pre-purchased rack can quickly start to cost close to $1000. Deciding to make a DIY wine rack can not only save you money but let you customize your stand any way you want to fit your collection size and design needs.

Determining the Style

There are almost hundreds of options for how you can build your DIY wine rack, which is both exhilarating and overwhelming at once. If you have a clear image in your head of what you want your wine rack to look like, you may not need this section. However, if you don’t quite know what you’re looking for, we’ve compiled various styles to keep in mind.

Floor models are some of the most common that you’ll see while shopping. These racks often consist of several shelves and can hold many bottles. Shelves may use curved slots or spaced frames to help keep bottles in place. These racks generally are durable and can last a while, giving your wine collection sturdy support. If necessary, replacing such a frame is simple.

You can also set up a floor standing rack as a column, allowing for multiple bottles of storage that takes up less horizontal space. A wine rack with each shelf set to fit one bottle can easily enter any floor space while still giving ample room.

Tabletop Racks

Unlike floor models, which can hold a substantial number of bottles, tabletop racks tend to store only a few bottles of wine. These racks will fit on a table or counter without any trouble. If you want a frame that is in a convenient location and suitable for display purposes, you may be interested in build yourself a tabletop one. Usually, these racks have a small number of shelves that can fit a few bottles each.

Many tabletop options are also wine holders. These serve as an ornamental addition beyond just giving you storage choices. Most often, wine holders work in situations where you want to give everyone easy access to different wines, such as tastings.

Wall Mounted Racks

While tabletop racks can help preserve floor space, sometimes you don’t want to give up your counter area either. This style of shelves instead hangs from the wall, making for both convenient storage and eye-catching decorations.

Your wall-mounted rack may include a quirky and artistic design, or it can be as simple as a small shelf space that supports your collection. You can even build your wall-mounted rack to store your wine glasses as well.

Hanging Racks

An even better way to conserve space is to set up a hanging wine rack. You can take advantage of cabinet positions in your kitchen and slip in a frame right in the gaps. Since you’re working on a DIY project, you know that your rack will fit right in the space without any awkward spacing concerns. Hanging racks also provide excellent storage for your glasses and make for great display pieces.

Some other hanging racks mount directly to the ceiling. After you’ve scoped out your space, you can add this type of stand right above your kitchen or dining area for accessibility. You may want to try building a more straightforward hanging rack from wire or go all out and craft a larger wooden piece. Either way, you’re sure to impress your guests with this style.

Wine Cabinets

While not quite as much of a rack as the other styles, wine cabinets are still very much a storage option that you can make yourself. You can also build a cupboard to fit all your necessary accessories—if you allow one shelf for bottles to lie horizontally, another shelf for glasses, and then include drawers for corkscrews and other accessories; you have a very versatile storage option on your hands.

Cabinets provide a permanent and closed option that looks great in any area of the home, from the dining room to wine cellar. If you have your cupboard in an accessible location, you can also set up the top as a ready serving location for any occasion.

Wine Carts

For those who love to have a portable option, a wine cart provides much of the same benefits of a wine cabinet, just with additional wheels, allowing for both mobile and compact storage. A trolley will give your wine serving impact at gatherings. You can build your cart to be like a cabinet, or you can mix it up to be more like a cocktail car with both storage and glass hangers for extra flair.


A cube provides both simple storage and an easy DIY wine rack project. Cubed wine racks tend to have an X through the middle of the box shape, providing multiple stylish shelves. As your wine collection grows, you can quickly build matching cubes and stack them for great storage.

Other Considerations

A few other things to keep in mind when picking out your wine rack style:

  • Note that most wine racks are either wood or metal. If you’re working on a DIY project, you’ll more likely use wood, but some crafty metalwork can also give you a unique home creation.
  • Wine storage comes in both horizontal varieties. Since vertical storage can dry out the cork and affect the wine, it’s only suited for short-term storage. Flat wine racks are better for preserving taste and quality.
  • You can also combine different resources, using wood for one part of the rack, while incorporating metal and other materials for a unique mix. The only limit here comes in your creativity and crafting skills.

Building a Custom Wine Rack

While you can make any of the above wine rack styles, we’re going to focus on a simple DIY design that requires minimal cost, time, skill, and materials. For this project you’ll need:

  • Nail gun
  • Tape measure
  • Power miter saw
  • Drill bits
  • ½” round-over bit for the router
  • Hole saw
  • Electric drill
  • Router
  • Table saw
  • Pocket jig
  • 1 1/2″ wood screws
  • 3/4″ plywood
  • 1×4 poplar

Step 1: Taking Measurements

The exact amount of materials you’ll need will depend on the correct size and scope of your project. Start out by measuring the height and width of the wine rack location, then determine how much wood and poplar will be necessary.

Step 2: Building the Face Frame

he face frame will be responsible for holding the rest of your DIY wine rack together. You’ll want to cut the poplar with the table saw so that it is 1 1/2″ thick, then cut those in accordance to your frame measurements. Secure the face frame pieces together using the pocket jig.

Step 3: Building the Body

You’re going to build the body of with four pieces of plywood. Take your measurements for the face frame and reduce them by 1/8 of an inch and cut the plywood accordingly. First secure the parts together with wood glue and a clamp, then screw them in place. Attach the face frame and the body with the pocket jig.

Step 4: Constructing Shelves

On a 1×4 piece of poplar, use the base of a wine bottle to mark openings. Use the hole saw to drill out holes slightly larger than the bottom of the bottle. You’ll repeat the same procedure on another piece of poplar with the neck of the wine bottle.

Once done, cut the poplar boards in half with the table saw and use a 1/2-inch round over bit to rout the edges.

Step 5: Assembling Pieces

Attach the shelves with wood screws through the sides of the unit while making sure all shelves are evenly spaced and the back shelf is slightly higher than the font. Nail a thin piece of plywood to close the back of the rack. You can then paint or stain the unit as you like. Once dry, you can mount the wine rack to studs in the wall with wood screws.

While you can quickly complete this rack within a day, there are many other DIY wine rack instructions available. Do a little digging to find the one that fits your exact style and collection needs. For more designs and additional instructions, you can search through sites such as Pinterest for ideas.

No matter your expertise as a wine collector, you’re still going to need a place to display your wine. Shopping for full wine racks can do the job, but they can also easily be expensive and not quite fitting to your home. Building a DIY wine rack is an excellent alternative for any wine aficionado.


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