Does anyone use regular (flat) wire racks for bottle storage?

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  1. Jun 8, 2019 #1

    DIYer

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    I've been looking at wine rack options and was leaning toward the Trinity wine rack from Costco. It's 4 shelves, 36" wide x 34" tall. Then I saw this regular wire rack, also 4 shelves and 36" wide but 54" tall.

    https://www.costco.com/TRINITY-4-Ti...x-54”,-NSF,-Dark-Bronze.product.11738132.html

    This means I could raise the bottom shelf up enough to fit not just gallon jugs, but probably even buckets and carboys underneath. It could also be used elsewhere in the house for normal storage purposes later if I taper off in this hobby and don't need to store dozens and dozens bottles of wine. :)

    I know I would need to add something to the sides so the bottles don't roll off, but other than that, are there any gotchas I should be aware of? I plan to stack two or maybe 3 rows high in each shelf (the weight limit per shelf should allow that). Does anyone else use this type of shelf rather than the one with the scalloped shelves for bottles?
     
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    No one, huh? Oh, well. I guess I am going to be the guinea pig then. I decided to go with this one. It should fit rather nicely in an alcove in the back of a closet that I just cleared out for homebrew storage.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071NZC4CD/

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    I decided to use the smaller space at the back of the left-side of the closet instead of along the left wall, which is what I was originally thinking. I could have fit a 36-in wide one there, but it would stick out too much into the space and make it difficult to move stuff around. I will put carboys for aging on the floor in front of it.

    This 24-in wide rack should hold 6 wine bottles across each shelf, then 5+4 on top of those, for a total of 90. I plan to anchor it to the wall, and rig up something on the sides (to keep bottles from rolling sideways) and front (to keep the necks tipped downward). Since I am the trail-blazer on this, I will post pictures when I have it completed. :)
     
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    Can't offer any advice, but looking forward to your pics.
     
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    Update: I got the rack today, and it could NOT fit more perfectly in my little closet alcove. The feet are just inside the quarter round molding on the floor, the sides are about an inch from the walls, and I have enough room to stack 2 rows on the top shelf.

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    As far as keeping the bottles from rolling, I found these nifty silicone mats on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CMXJJD7

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    They are made for cans or small soda bottles, but if you cut them so each scallop is a separate piece, you can use them for wine bottles and snug them up next to each other, so you don't waste the spaces that would be between the bottles if you left them whole (as I have in this photo). I have not cut them yet--I just ordered a small number at first to make sure they would work. When I get them all (ten 5-piece sheets), I will cut them down.

    I can fit 8 standard (3-in) wine bottles across each shelf, with the first 4 triple stacked (8+7+6) and the top 2 double stacked (8+7), which adds up to 114 bottles (almost four 6-gallon kits). I could do another triple stack underneath, on the floor, for another 21 bottles, but I'm going to put the beer bottles there.

    All I have to do now is anchor it to the back wall. I am not going to worry about the sides. It's so close to the walls that the bottles can't slide out.
     
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    Another update: This is the rack stacked with empty bottles. The silicone cradles are under each bottle on the lowest rows and I put foam shelf liner between the stacks. It seems very sturdy, doesn't wobble when I jiggle the rack a bit.

    With the narrower screw-top bottles from the LHBS, I could have gotten 8 on the lowest rows, but with the cork bottles I got on craigslist ($5 a case), I can only fit 7. So the total number on the rack is 98, plus a couple dozen screw-tops in boxes (they can stay upright), so I have enough bottles for 4 kits!

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