It's the little innovations in your home that will truly benefit your interests. When those interests are wine-related, you may want to look into creating your own wine cellar. The traditional looking wine cellar from the 18th century chateau is no longer the regiment of in style. It's actually more about someone's particular interests and tastes, and usually it's a bit artistic as well. For wine connoisseurs, various free spaces in their home have been transformed into wine cellars. Clever placement and functional designs have proven to work. Here are five different ways that people have found to create a wine cellar in their humble abode.
1. Stairway to Heaven
If you have a staircase in your home, then you know it takes up a lot of space. However, you can also get a lot of storage from under those stairs as well. In fact, the area beneath a staircase is very practical for a wine case, and the temperature may be just right to allow your wine to age with some flavor. There are plenty of ways to use a trendy wine rack or to cut your own to match the shape of your staircase and fit beneath your stairs.
2. What's In Your Closet
Why, it's wine, of course! You can practically convert any unused space in your home into a wine storage area, but the closet is a wonderful choice. A coat closet, washroom closet or even the closet in your bedroom can work as a miniature wine cellar. If you have a small collection of wine with nowhere to put it, you can build or install an upright rack that sits on the wall. In addition, the humidity in the room and UV light should also be monitored, but the wine rack may go perfectly well in a guest bedroom closet that doesn't get used very often.
3. I Store More Than My Daewoo in Here
Your garage is another clever choice to store wine. If you are planning to renovate your garage at some point anyway, there's no better time than to turn one part of your garage into the perfect wine cellar. You have to first set up a temperate area for your wine cellar and ensure that you will avoid oxidation by keeping the proper humidity levels. You also may need to install a wine cellar cooling unit if the temperatures are jumping up and down in your garage. You will also have to seal your garage doors if you were unsure about that. This is important to keeping out UV light.
4. It's in the Basement
Wine cellars and basements go pretty well together. It's like the modern underground cavern filled with wine, and you can really do some creative stuff with this space as well. You can create an authentic cavern look with stone passageway leading down into your cellar with some other rustic furniture and artwork to set off the mood. You have to be a bit careful again about the temperature as well as light in your basement. You don't want too much of either getting to your precious wine collection. A vapor barrier will also need to be installed in order to achieve the best humidity levels for your wine. Insulating the walls will also give you more performance.
5. Keepin' It in the Kitchen
Do you have some extra space in your kitchen? What about a cabinet that's not in use or what about the island in the center of the kitchen? There is extra space somewhere if you have a small collection. You can create a wine rack in the middle of your island, storing horizontally and showcasing them through a transparent or partially transparent pane of glass. However, it may even be cool to hide the wine collection inside the island, which would allow you to eliminate any light source.