5 Easy DIY Wine Racks You Can Make in an Afternoon

By Chris Gardner | Updated Aug 25, 2015 1:05 PM

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Real oenophiles are true collectors, dedicating entire rooms to storing and aging prized bottles of wine. You can search the internet for all kinds of built-in, large-scale wine storage options.

But what about the rest of us? If you’re like me, you may snag a bottle or two of a special vintage while it’s on sale. Or after enjoying a glass of red or white at a restaurant, you might buy a few bottles of the same wine to keep around for special occasions in the future. ‘Casual’ oenophiles like us need wine racks, too!

And so, here are five DIY wine racks. Each takes up just a bit of space, is built from easy-to-find materials, and can be completed in a day or less.


DIY Wine Racks

Photo: Camille Styles

Claire from Camille Styles created this simple wine rack with a Forstner bit and a single plank of cedar. Some measuring, some holes, and boom! A wall-mounted wine shelf.



Photo: Apartment Therapy

This inventive, contemporary rack was built by Lauren and Eric Wendlandt of Framework Design for their home in Kansas City, MO. The feature on Apartment Therapy shows off their handiwork. If you scroll down through the comments, you’ll see that Eric describes the process of cutting 1/2″ stainless steel rods and rounding the ends on the router table. (I had no idea you could do that with metal! Ideas, ideas….)


DIY Wine Racks

Photo: ReadyMade

This project from ReadyMade recycles cardboard mailing tubes into a DIY wine storage solution you can build into an existing piece of furniture, such as a bookshelf, sideboard, or hutch.



Photo: Curbly.com

My friend Holly spied this wine rack side table at her friend Jimmy’s home and demanded a tutorial. Thankfully he obliged, whipping up a diagram and a materials list for this unique storage piece that doubles as furniture. Visit Curbly to learn more.



Photo: ReadyMade

Lastly, this wine rack echoes the shelf at the top of this post but flips it 90° (to save more space). Built only from a simple scrap 2″ x 4″ and mounting hardware, it is certainly the least expensive of the bunch! For a how-to, check out ReadyMade.


For more DIY projects, consider:

5 Things to Do… with Beadboard
5 DIY Wood Wall Treatment Ideas
5 Creative Alternatives to Kitchen Cabinetry