A typical basement can be a place filled with clutter, dirt, and spiders. It’s also one of the least frequented rooms in a home. But there is a way to turn your basement into a functional space. And it starts with a wine rack.
A wine rack can be transformed from an eyesore to a focal point in your basement. If you have the room, you might even want to add more than one wine rack! Here are 10 of the best wine racks for your home, based on style and function.
Are basements good for wine storage?
Although wine can be stored in regular temperature basement, basements offer one additional benefit that the other rooms cannot provide—a consistent temperature.
Basement temperature is usually about 55° to 60°F (13°to 16°C), and this provides a good storage environment for wines.
However, there are also some disadvantages of storing wines in basements, which include moisture problems like mold growth and mildew; pests like mice; vibration from noises traveling through the ground; localized floods due to heavy rainfalls, broken water pipes or sewer lines; dirt flooring with not enough space or storage racks/cabinsets for the wine bottles.
How do you keep wine cool in the basement?
By storing wine in a cellar or basement that has excellent air circulation and does not get excessively hot, like an underground garage.
If you live in an area with constantly high humidity (such as Florida), it’s best to store your wine outside, preferably next to an air conditioning vent if the area is constantly humid. You should also invest in a dehumidifier for each room where you keep bottles of wine.
Are wood or metal wine racks better?
Wood wine racks offer a more rustic and traditional look, whereas metal wine racks provide better durability and stability.
Wooden wine racks (though making sure to buy one and not make it yourself) often consist of natural woods like bamboo or teak, and often give a homey touch to any room. If you want the most traditional looking type of rack, wooden is your best bet. Wooden wine racks also tend to be less expensive than metal ones as well though their prices vary depending on size, complexity, material used.
Metal sideboards are generally much more stable than wood because wood is susceptible to warping from changes in humidity levels which inevitably fluctuate even if you live in the same place your whole life.
Wine racks are a great addition to any basement. They add a sense of organization and style to the space. In addition, they provide a way for wine bottles to be stored in an optimal environment with low humidity and low light. A basement wine rack also reduces the chance of breakage due to temperature fluctuations since it is generally cooler down below.
The cellar’s humidity can be a problem, so if you have a humidifier, you may want to turn it off before storing your wines.