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Build your own wine rack



Kenyans would like to believe that they can one day feature in a Hollywood movie. Looking back at all those romantic movies, a bottle of wine plays a significant role.  Some of us know that the older wine gets the better it tastes, let alone how much a good bottle of wine costs now days.

Kenyans can spend up to seven thousand shillings a bottle on a good bottle of wine of the self, but many of are unaware of how important it is to store wine and more important how to store wine elegantly.

“Storage is an important consideration for wine that is being kept for long-term aging. While most wine is consumed within 24 hours of purchase, fine wines are often set aside for long-term storage. (T. Stevenson “The Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia” pg 46 Dorling Kindersley 2005).

Wine is one of the few commodities that can improve with age but it can also rapidly deteriorate if kept in inadequate conditions. The three factors that have the most direct impact on a wine’s condition are light, humidity and temperature. A fourth consideration can be security for expensive wines. Historically the storage of wine was handled by wine merchants but since the mid-20th century consumers have been increasingly storing their own wine in home-based wine cellars (”

What we are going to show you today is how to simply construct a wine rack at home.


All you will need some timber, a wood working hand saw, a hammer, a measuring tool and a pencil.

Step 1

Determine the size of the wine rack. Some wine racks can fit on a kitchen counter which can come in handy when cooking or hanging out in the kitchen or can be fitted in a home bar usually set aside in a specified point of the living room. Feel free to go as big as you want depending on the size of the bar or kitchen top.

As you get into the design, make sure the wine rack holds the bottles horizontally as this ideally keeps the cork wet and keeps debris out of the neck of the bottle.  You want your wine bottles to always look clean and presentable.  A horizontal bottle also adds a classic look to the wine rack

Step 2

Determine how many bottles you plan to store. There are two different ways store wine bottles: in a diamond shaped slot or a flat box like slot.  In this design, we will work with the diamond shaped slot.  While working with two boards, cut out the ridges that will hold the wine rack together.  Make sure the ridges are precise and to detail so as to avoid having a wobbly rack.


Step 3

When done with the ridges fit the two timber boards together and bind with wood glue.  Leave to stand for a few hours so that the two pieces can stick together well.  Allow it to dry and then file the edges to achieve a smooth finish then paint the surface.  Finish off the job with a quality wood polish.

There, you have your own wine rack, built proudly by you for display to all your guests


1) Have fun with the project. Design a unique wine rack that will make your friends envious.

2) If you cannot think of a simple yet creative design, buy a wine rack kit available from most hardware stores. There are many designs to choose from and you are still building your own rack.

3) Add slots for wine glasses to save more space.

4) When building slots to hold multiple bottles, make sure your slots, along with the rack itself, are able to sup                  port the weight of full bottles.


Written with guidance from VirPanesar. Pictures courtesy of Panesars Furniture