Stackable wine racks are the perfect solution for a growing wine collection. Racks like these usually come in sizes that hold from 4 to 13 standard bottles per rack and finishes that will fit any decor.
Modular, stackable racks are sold individually, in sets, and in kits that need as little as a screwdriver or hammer to assemble. As with a lot of consumer products, wine racks can be well crafted or poorly made and how much you spend doesn’t always make the difference so the wise shopper will look at several options before making a purchase.
Use this guide to help you figure out the best stackable wine rack options for your situation.
How much space do you have?
The appeal of stackable racks is their flexibility in size and shape. A simple curved wire rack that holds 5 bottles measures less than 12 inches wide, 22 inches deep, and stands less than 6 inches high. A sturdy wood rack that hold 13 bottle in one row will take up considerably more space, almost 4 feet of width space.
Where you plan to put the stacked racks may be a determining factor in your choice. Will the rack be displayed on a counter or table top, stored under a cabinet, or stacked in a closet for a larger collection of wines?
Stackable cubes can take up as little as 20 inches of width and height. If your wine collection will be stored in a cool basement, function may take precedence over design.
Stackable wine racks versus other styles
Stackable wine racks are generally inexpensive and can be purchased separately and added as your collection grows. Storage cubes are another stacking option but bottles will be on top of one another instead of in individual flat or scalloped slots. Other wine storage choices are more like pieces of furniture, will take up far more space, and will be pricier.
What do you want to spend?
You can buy a tomato red 4 bottle wire rack for about $10 or a set of 3 chrome finish racks for less than $20. A black or burgundy 6 bottle rack that also functions as a carrier and is made from recycled grocery carts and bread trays will run about $20 each or 6 for $115. Stackable wine racks made of wood vary widely in price and quality and usually come in several finishes with pine being a popular finish. Most wood wine racks will come unassembled and may be unfinished for you to paint or stain.
An 18 bottle Ponderosa pine rack that consists of 3 racks holding 6 bottle each sells for $49.00 at Wine Racks America . The same rack in stained redwood is $105.00. Their 36 bottle rack runs $89.00 for pine and $195.00 for stained redwood.
Stacking cubes made of unfinished pine that hold up to 12 bottles can be found at Costco for about $55.00. Crate and Barrel carries an attractive Indian rosewood 4 bottle rack that could sit on a counter top for $30.00. Stackable cubes vary between $45-70.00 at department stores but look closely at the quality of the cheaper cubes.
Popular brands of modular wine racks
Quality materials and good customer service make for return buyers and a good reputation for the business.
- Wine Cellar Innovations (www.winecellarinnovations.com) has been a designer of wine racks for over 20 years and makes durable and attractive stackable racks and cubes.
- J.K. Adams (www.jkadams.com) makes an unusual stackable rack that has been popular for over 25 years. The rack fits together like Tinker-toys©, can be configured to your specifications, will accommodate odd sized bottles, and comes in 6, 12, and 40 bottle sizes. This rack can be found at many online stores and at local stores.
- Wine Racks America, Inc. (www.wineracksamerica.com) manufactures durable pine and redwood wine racks and cubes. This company’s website states that it has had zero customer complaints.
- Winsome Wood (www.winsomewood.com) makes several types of attractive stacking units but buyer reviews are mixed so check the quality on these products before taking them home. Winsome Wood racks can be found at online and at local department stores.
Shopping for Stackable Wine Racks
Wine racks are a specialty item and won’t be found just anywhere. Most department stores, such as Target and Walmart, carry some sort of stackable wine racks but the selection will be limited. The same is true for Sam’s Club, Costco, and the Container Store. Online stores will carry the largest selection of merchandise but to find a brick and mortar specialty store try a Google search by entering “wine racks” and your location. Williams Sonoma, Elder Beerman, Bon Ton, Younker’s, Boston Store, and Herberger’s all carry stackable racks in-store. If there’s a home brewing store near you, check them out for wine racks.
A few things to keep in mind when shopping:
- Take along your space requirements and a tape measure to be sure the rack will fit when you get it home.
- Will the space accommodate more units as they are added?
- Is the rack durable enough to hold the weight of multiple bottles and the added weight as more racks are added?
- Will the rack need to be fastened to the wall for stability?
- Are the slots or pigeon holes big enough for your favorite bottles? If not, look into big bottle racks that will hold bottles larger than the standard 3 5/16″ diameter wine bottles.
- Compare prices online before going to a brick and mortar store and ask if they will match a lower price.
- When ordering online find out about returns and shipping.
Stackable wine racks are the ideal for storage as you build your wine collection. The relatively low cost lets you change your mind if you don’t like what you thought was perfect at the store and the versatility means they will fit almost anywhere. Cheers!