DIY Wine Rack Hacks and Hints

Last Updated on August 8, 2020

So you’ve decided that you want a DIY wine rack; now what? You probably will want to invest some of your time in making your wine rack safe, personalized, or perhaps something you constructed entirely. Here are a few do-it-yourself wine rack hacks and hints that may be of value.

Making DIY Wine Racks from Scratch

You have many choices of materials and methods for constructing wine racks entirely from scratch. Here are some ideas:

  • An old wooden milk crate
  • A soda crate
  • Either crate can suffice as a simple wine rack.
  • PVC piping (from Martha Stewart)
  • If you prefer to build a wine rack, common methods include using any tubular material that is slightly larger bigger than a wine bottle, cutting to an appropriate length, and finding some way to hold the assembled tubes together (such as inside a wooden crate for a framework instructed to hold the tubes)
  • Conceptually similar wine racks can be built from Spanish-style roof tiles or any other material that will hold/cradle a wine bottle.

Whatever your choice for building your own wine rack, you will not only enjoy your wine collection but also have the satisfaction of doing so from your own creation.

Easy to make DIY wine racks

If you are planning to assemble a kit rather than sawing metals, you can purchase a DIY wine rack kit. A kit takes the hard work and intricate cuts out of the process, and save you time. There are a wide variety of assemble it yourself DIY wine racks. Here is an example of “no hardware required” DIY kit:

9 NOOK Wine Rack - Easy 2 Step Assembly – Capacity: 12 Bottles
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9 NOOK Wine Rack - Easy 2 Step Assembly – Capacity: 12 Bottles
  • Minor Assembly Required, assembles in minutes with just a screwdriver.

Safety – Fasten your wine rack to the wall

Unless you have a tabletop wine, it’s a good idea to firmly attach your wine rack to the wall. This can keep your wine rack from tipping over (a dangerous situation) and it can save a valuable wine collection.

For a freestanding wine rack,

  • You can often use long screws to penetrate the wine rack itself and go into studs (framing members) in the wall behind the wine rack.
  • Another alternative is to use Molly bolts or similar attachment to attach your wine rack to the sheet rock or other wall material.
  • Of course this can be easier with a wood wine rack then with a metal wine rack.
  • With metal wine rack, you will have to find some way to attach the screw or Molly bolt to the wine rack itself.

If you have a wall mounted wine rack,

  • Make sure your attachment of that rack to the wall is sufficiently strong to hold the weight of the wine and maybe a passing earthquake.
  • Once again, that means you will want to find the studs in the wall and attach the wine rack to those studs. A stud finder can be a helpful aid. Here is an example of a compact and allows for hands-free use stud finder:
CH Hanson 03040 Magnetic Stud Finder
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CH Hanson 03040 Magnetic Stud Finder
  • Small and compact, easily fits in pocket
  • Powerful magnets allows hands free use
  • 2 way level for ease of marking
  • No batteries required. Scan depth: 1 inch. Rotating Level For Horizontal and Vertical Leveling
  • Soft grip for easy grabbing and gentle touch

If you don’t have access to a stud finder, there are methods to locate studs. See, for example: