Find the perfect wine cabinet for your home
A wine cabinet is a convenient storage solution for your wine collection. It creates the perfect conditions for both short-term and long-term storage of wine bottles. No matter how often you drink or keep wine, you need a place to store and protect your wine from excess light, temperature fluctuations, and disruptive vibrations.
There is a wide selection of wine cabinets available on the market, some with attractive and sleek designs. However, not all wine cabinets are the same. That's why it's important to choose wisely. This guide will walk you through the process of choosing a wine cabinet that will add functionality and style to your kitchen or dining room.
The different wine cabinet types
Your search for the best wine cabinet starts with understanding the different types of wine cabinets available. Let’s look at the most common types.
Non-refrigerated wine cabinets
Apart from providing a practical storage solution for your wine, non-refrigerated wine cabinets can be used as statement pieces. They don't come with climate control systems, but some units have built-in lighting. Nonrefrigerated wine cabinets are an excellent choice for people looking for decorative storage or a beautiful cabinet made from solid wood.
Serving wine cabinets
These wine cabinets are ideal for storing wine for ageing and serving. So, you can store your favourite reds for future drinking while chilling your pinot blanc, awaiting serving.
Multifunctional wine cabinets
Multifunctional wine cabinets come with multiple temperature zones, making them a great choice for storing different types of wines. These cabinets allow you to store some bottles in the maturing temperature zone as others await serving or being brought to room temperature. It's one of the best options for long term wine storage.
Maturing wine cabinets
These wine cabinets maintain a single temperature range. They are used to store wine until it reaches its prime in a few years. Maturing wine cabinets are often used in restaurants, bars, and homes. They come in different sizes and styles to suit your needs. Compact models can fit under the kitchen tabletop, while more spacious ones can go to your dining room.
Features to look out for when selecting a wine cabinet
Now that you know the different types of wine cabinets, the next step is knowing what to look out for when choosing. Below, we take a closer look at the different features of a wine cabinet.
One of the most important things to keep in mind is how many wine bottles you want to store. Don't buy a liquor cabinet that only accommodates what you currently have. Allow for extra room if you would like to grow your collection in the near future. You also need to look at the size of bottles your wine cabinet bar will hold.
Space and location
Where do you want to set up your wine storage cabinet? Ensure there’s enough space to fit your wine or spirit cabinet. Try to avoid setting up the cabinet near the window or in direct sunlight. If your kitchen lets in too much light, it’s best to locate your new cabinet in the living room. The kitchen may also have high temperatures due to the cooking and other kitchen appliances like fridges. It’s best to store wine in a cool place. Find a place with good ventilation and ambient temperature.
Style and sturdiness
Wooden wine cabinets are strong and durable. They also add a traditional and more natural look to your space. Cabinets made from wood are best suited for traditional or country-style spaces. However, some new designs can fit perfectly in modern settings. Metal wine cabinets have a more rustic or modern look. Like wine racks, wine cabinets come in various styles and materials to suit your needs.
Freestanding vs built-in wine cabinets
As previously mentioned, you need to know where to put your wine cabinet and how much space you have. This will help you decide whether to choose a freestanding or built-in unit.
Freestanding wine cabinets
These are the most popular wine cabinets. You can put them anywhere - whether it’s in the kitchen, dining room, or home bar. Since there are no restrictions on where the unit can be placed, freestanding cabinets come in various dimensions – tall, short, wide, etc.
Built-in wine cabinets
Built-in wine cabinets are neatly hidden away in secluded areas. However, these cabinets are a bit more expensive. Due to restrictions on dimensions, they are limited in bottle capacity. A standard built-in wine cabinet can store around 60 bottles of wine. So, if you want to increase your wine collection, you may want to go for a freestanding wine cabinet.
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