In our previous articles, we talked about storing your wine cooler in your kitchen, your living room, and your dining room. Now, we’re going to take a look at two other wine cooler storage locations: in your basement and beneath your stairs.
Storing wine coolers under staircases started
as a simple solution to around space restrictions. In small houses or apartments, the space beneath your stairs is not only underutilized, it’s out of the way and the stairs’ right angles makes it an easy fit for your wine fridge.
If you have a no-wall staircase, storage is easy, but If the space beneath your staircase is walled it requires more work. We recommended recessing your cooler into the wall in these situations, the way you would in your living room or dining room, rather than sticking it in a pre-constructed storage space. Storage rooms under stairs are normally narrow, so it’s hard for the doors to open fully, and the rooms rarely have good ventilation, which means the heat from the cooler builds up and strains the motor. Recessing your cooler so the door faces out into the living area, and the rear protrudes back beneath the stairs, solves these problems.
More popular than staircases, are basements. It’s where wine’s traditionally been stored and some of the reasons why are the same reasons why it’s a good spot for wine cooler storage.
- Darkness. Basements don’t receive much sunlight. Sunlight breaks down the complex molecules in wine and upsets its internal chemistry. Keeping your cooler away direct sunlight, especially anywhere light can shine in through the door, keeps your wine fresh.
- Stable Temperatures. Heat accelerates the chemical reactions in wine. Too much can ruin it in a matter of hours. Even though wine coolers are specifically designed to stabilize temperatures and resist heat, they have their limits. Even the most powerful can become overwhelmed if they’re placed next to a powerful heat source, such as an oven, dishwasher, dryer, water heater, or furnace. Depending on the cooler’s size and type (thermoelectric wine coolers don’t vent heat as effectively), even rooms that receive lots of sun can raise the internal temperature beyond what the cooler can cope with. Basements have plenty of corners away from major heat sources, and because they’re underground, their temperatures don’t fluctuate much.
The only major drawback to basements is that you have to climb the stairs every time you want a bottle of wine, which is a real hassle if you’re entertaining and need to consume several bottles. To get around this, many wine enthusiasts use two wine coolers – a large one downstairs and a small one upstairs. The upstairs unit holds the wine they want to drink that day, while the downstairs unit protects the wine they’re saving for later.
Got your own wine storage tips? Leave them down in the comments. If you love wine and want to learn more, we’ve got more ideas on neat places to put your wine cooler in our learning center.