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Creative wine storage hacks for your apartment

March 26, 2020 | Apartment Living

At first glance, some people might not list Detroit as one of America’s great wine cities. At second glance, they won’t want to leave. Downtown Detroit and environs are chock full of all manner of vino delights, from casual stop-ins to award-winning elegance. Bonus points for all this wine-based goodness is the equally enticing selection of Detroit luxury apartments within easy walking distance or relaxing Uber ride.

Many of the city’s most popular apartment destinations is the Lofts of Merchants Row, boasting a who’s who of loft living amenities that will please even the most discerning of renters. For those Row residents who are wine fans, it can be tricky to store selections of your favorites in the relatively limited space of an apartment. Keep in mind that it’s always best to store bottles horizontal so the cork stays wet.

Fret not—You might not have an aged wine cellar at hand but these creative wine storage hacks will make it a snap to keep plenty of bottles on hand, from decorative displays that make your living space pop to innovative DIY options.

Wine refrigerators

In a perfect world you’d have a designated refrigerator in which to store your collection. Apartment living doesn’t typically allow for that but there are several brands of compact wine fridges that solve the problem. Most of these mini coolers fit just right under a countertop (or on it) and offer controls to dial in ideal storage temperatures. Store as few as 6 bottles in some models and even better, the Vinotemp sports dual controls for red and white wine.

Go modular

The understated casual look of the J.K. Adams modular rack is an excellent choice for luxury apartments in Detroit, with an ideal blend of modern design with the warm glow of real ash wood. You can build this rack into an array of shapes to hold a dozen bottles or 200. Put it together yourself and watch it blend seamlessly with your surroundings.

DIY it

Lots of creative DIY options are available to incorporate wine storage into your existing space.  Try out these “why didn’t I think of that” ideas:

  • Buy or make X shelf inserts and install between existing wall shelves for a space-saving and attractive display
  • Slide a section of common lattice into an empty cabinet and it becomes a banquette
  • Don’t let the narrow space on the side of a cabinet go to waste—install bottle-length shelves with tasteful trim moulding
  • Mount a slab of barn wood to a wall, tap in pairs of old railroad spikes, and you have an instant rustic wine storage system with the versatility to go anywhere

Table it

Or countertop it. Lots of clever wine storage models make use of existing counter or tabletop space. Try the vertical rack option with bottle cradles interspersed like tree branches. Or the minimalist rack built from staves of reclaimed wine barrels that holds bottles at the perfect angle, is light and space-friendly, and comes in a variety of wood finishes.

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