Are you looking for the next big feature that will make your house stand out? How about a wine cellar? Before dismissing the idea as too lavish or expensive, keep in mind that wine cellars do not necessarily have to be large underground spaces filled with barrels.
There is even room for one in an apartment. Let’s talk about this in a little more detail.
Why even have a wine cellar in the first place?
There are actually plenty of reasons why everyone including yourself will have a wine cellar in their home. The most convenient is that wine cellars allow you to preserve wine and even enhance it. Since wine is perishable after all, it is a good idea to have a way to prevent it from being spoiled. Wine cellars are designed to do this by maintaining a constant temperature and humidity inside and reducing vibrations.
It is also convenient to have a wine cellar right there in your home. It allows you to have one personal collection of wine bottles and easy access to them, which means you do not have to shop every time you need to meet. You will always have something special waiting for you for such an occasion.
Wine cellars also offer another benefit: they give you one way to store and organize your wine bottles in an efficient way. You can use labels to distinguish between different wines in your collection or come up with your own storage system.
There is also another reason why someone wants to put a wine cellar in their home and that is it actually improve their expertise on wine. In fact, a wine cellar is more likely to be interested in learning more about wine preservation, varieties, and so on. We are not saying that a wine cellar will immediately make you a wine connoisseur, but it does at least put you on the right path to becoming one.
What is the difference between a wine cellar and a wine cooler?
These may look like the uninformed eye, but wine cellars and wine coolers are actually very different from each other. A wine cooler is only meant to be a way to store wine for a short period of time to bring it to the correct serving temperature. It is not designed for wine storage or long-term storage.
By comparison, a wine cellar is a dedicated space where wine is stored for long-term storage and for long periods in general. It can include a wine cooling system and it maintains a constant temperature, it controls the humidity levels, the light levels and prevents vibrations. There are all sorts of different types of wine cellars. You can put one in the basement, in a closet or anywhere there is room for it.
The space under an interior staircase can be used for many things, including as a wine cellar. Depending on how much space you have there, you can choose from all sorts of stylish designs and storage systems that would make this space a cool feature and even a focal point of the house.
Under the wine cellars of the stairs
Emphasize the wine cellar with a bright and transparent design. Full-height glass walls and doors and open shelves with backlighting can give you the desired effect. This particular design was done by studio Architectural Plastics.
Minimalist and efficient
Keeping things simple is a great way to make sure you use the limited space under the stairs to its full capacity. Make it extra efficient by maximizing the wine cellar’s storage capacity with space-saving racks and shelves.
Encapsulated in glass
Sometimes a problem with the space under the stairs is that you can not easily see and access it. But here the strategy compensates for that. The wine cellar is encased in glass, and the fact that the stairs make a turn really helps with the location. It’s a design by Patterson Custom Homes.
Next to the stairs
Instead of squeezing a small wine cellar under the stairs, you might be able to build something bigger and better next to the stairs. In this setup by Associated Design, the stairs wind and wrap around the basement, which was specially built for this little nook.
Framed and exhibited
Having a wine cellar under the stairs is definitely a cool feature you should be proud of. Put it on the screen and make it stand out by exposing the interior with glass partitions. Lighting is also important. For a traditional design, take inspiration from this setup of studio Case Design.
A shared design
There are several elements and features that can be included in the design of a wine cellar. There are individual display racks as well as wine refrigerators or shelves, and these can be paired together in many different ways. In this design by Bill Cook Luxury Homes, everything is done in a simple, practical and elegant way.
Various storage options
It can be convenient, and it would also look interesting to include more than one type of storage for the bottles when designing a wine cellar under the stairs. Check out Sommi wine cellars for some inspiring ideas in this regard.
Large and spacious
The design of the wine cellar depends on the type of stairs. A long floating staircase like this leaves plenty of space downstairs for a large and spacious basement. The whole thing is encased in glass, which reveals the wall behind the racks and the stairs themselves.
The combination of staircase-wine cellar can be designed as a pair right from the start, but this space can also be reused later. It is a valid idea, even for old houses. This particular design of Cellar Maison is a fitting example.
Emphasis on verticality
The wine racks can be placed against the wall and cover the entire space from the stairs down to the floor. This emphasizes the height of the wine cellar, which in this case is quite long, which is also emphasized by the horizontal line of bottles running through the center of the wall. Check it out on pinterest.
This wine cellar under the stairs has a modern design based on puzzle-like modules that fit together perfectly. It is also all custom built to fit under the stairs and behind the glass railing that extends all the way down. Check out Genuwine Cellars for more ideas and details.
Room divider combination
When space is not limited, there is room for some really impressive wine cellar designs, like this one. The floating staircase is a beautiful sculptural feature, and the basement provides a unique room divider. Check out Demax Staircase & Railing on pinterest to learn more about it.
A compact design
This wine cellar in acrylic and oak may not be as large or as impressive as some of the others, but it certainly fills this space under the stairs perfectly. It was designed by Sorrell’s Custom Wine Rooms in the same style as the rest of the house.
A tight squeeze
Even if you do not have a floating staircase or an open space just below it, you can still manage to mount a wine cellar in this area. This is located to the side, into the stair wall. It is small and narrow, but nonetheless very practical and quite elegant. Check out One Kindesign for more details.
A secret room in plain sight
The space under a staircase is like a secret space, and it still retains that mystery, even when it is actually visible and visible. Making it a wine cellar is a good use of space, no matter what size it ends up being. Check out this design and more on pinterest for inspiration.