Where is the optimal place to store your wine cooler? Well, if your wine collection has grown to the extent that you have had to invest or are looking to invest in a wine cooler, you may be wondering where the best place is to keep it is. Once you've found the perfect cooler, whether that's a built in wine cooler or freestanding, and one that suits both your needs and the aesthetic of your home, you'll need to decide on exactly where you would like it to live.
Depending on the dimensions of your cooler, it’s permanent location can take up a sizeable footprint. Whilst you may be fortunate to have enough space to slot your wine cooler among your kitchen appliances, we know this is, of course, is not always the case. Whilst the kitchen is an extremely popular place to store wine coolers for obvious reasons, there are many other brilliant ways to integrate wine cooling systems into your home.
We thought we would take you through a few of the different spatial options that you could consider when positioning your wine cooler. We will also discuss the idyllic conditions for storing coolers and the kinds of locations that you should avoid.
As we have previously mentioned, the kitchen is one of the most favourable places to store wine coolers. This is because the kitchen is a very versatile space and there are various ways that you can store your wine cooler within it. In the kitchen, one of your options is to have a freestanding wine cooler. If you have the capacity and specifically, the floor space to do this, then it can truly transform the room. Wine coolers are typically stylish and modern in their design, so when placed in any kitchen, no matter the décor, they will always add an extra level of individuality and sophistication. Having a freestanding wine cooler is also a wonderful way of creating a feature within the culinary space, especially if is placed against a plain wall.
Another way in which you could store your wine cooler in the kitchen is to integrate it within your cupboards and appliances. Perhaps you have a large cabinet that isn’t being used for anything in particular that would make a great home for your wine unit. By incorporating the cooler within the actual foundations of your kitchen, you will not be altering the overall look of the room (if that’s something you were concerned about). Instead, the cooler will sit seamlessly under the countertops, adding to the sleek and seamless appearance of the room. Additionally, if you have an island in your kitchen or if you are considering having one built, the integration of a wine cooler would really set it off. Whilst this option would require a slightly higher budget, it would look fantastic in your home.No matter how you decide to position your wine cooler within your kitchen, it will be extremely convenient. Whether you’re hosting a party, cooking for the family, or even fancying a small glass after a long day at work, having your wine cooler in your kitchen will make things just that little bit easier.
If you are struggling to find space in your kitchen to store your wine cooler or simply would prefer it to be slightly out of the way, keeping it in your garage would be a great option. Garages are typically adjoined to the house and provide you with extra space to store tools, furniture, cleaning equipment, and even cars. Garages are the perfect place to store wine coolers as they typically have a lot of available floor space and can, therefore, accommodate for even the largest of wine collections.
In your garage, you could either have your wine cooler free-standing or placed within work surfaces that have been previously installed within the room. By storing the wine cooler under work surfaces and inside cupboards, you would be keeping to the original design of the garage and wouldn’t have to worry about the cooler overwhelming the space. Storing it in this way would also be a brilliant option for those with young children who are worried about their little ones getting their hands on the glass bottles.
It is also very common for other appliances such as tumble driers, washing machines, and freezers to live in the garage. By utilizing the space of your garage with large household devices, your home will become a lot less cluttered and you will have more room for essential storage.
Additionally, if you had the budget for it, you could even consider transforming your garage into an entire wine cellar. Doing so would mean that you would always have a huge range of wines at your disposal, which would be especially perfect for those who regularly host guests in their home.
The Living Area
For those who don’t have the option of a garage to store their wine cooler, the living room can be another perfectly suitable location to do so. A wine cooling cabinet can be a wonderful addition to the appearance of your living room. Typically made of stainless steel, wood, or glass, a beautifully designed wine cooler could easily become your living area’s central feature. Another benefit of having the cooler stored in your living area is that you can always keep an eye on the temperatures of the wines. As high temperatures can be detrimental to the acidity of the wine, it is important to keep an eye on your cooler’s power source to ensure it is working and chilling as it should be.
Another way to integrate your wine cooler within your living area is to store it inside a larder. This is a brilliant option for those who want to keep their kitchen layout simple and don’t have access to a garage so want to utilize the space they already have.
The Utility Room
A utility room is another prime location to place your wine cooler. Utility rooms are compact, useful spaces that are typically used to store practical equipment and appliances such as ironing boards, washing machines, tumble driers, and pet supplies. It functions as both a means of storage and an area to carry out chores such as laundry and washing dishes. Considering the multi-purpose functions of a utility room, it is no surprise that the space is such a popular option amongst British households to store wine coolers. If you are concerned about your wine cooler taking up too much space in your kitchen or looking out of place in your living area, storing it in your utility room can be a great way of working around these issues.
Depending on the size of your utility room, you have the option of selecting a freestanding wine cooler, a countertop wine cooler, or a built-in wine cooler that could live amongst the rest of your appliances. Assuming that your utility room lives close to your kitchen, whilst your wine cooler will be hidden away, it will still be extremely accessible.
What Are The Ideal Conditions For Storing A Wine Cooler?Wine has a highly temperamental chemical make-up that be easily unsettled by improper storage. This is why it is so important to ensure that your wine cooler is stored within the right environmental conditions. There are several factors that you will need to consider before positioning your wine cooler to ensure that these conditions are met and that your wine is sufficiently stored.
Wine needs to be stored at the correct temperature to ensure that its balance and flavour remains. The perfect temperature of your wine will depend on a variety of factors such as its alcohol percentage, level of tannin, and the amount of fruit in its ingredients.
Wine storage temperature should always remain as constant as possible in order for it to mature correctly. As a rule of thumb, the lower the temperature at which the wine is stored, the slower it will develop, whilst the higher the temperature at which wine is stored, the faster it will mature. This is because heat speeds up reactions whilst cold slows them down. Drastic changes in climate can cause your wine to expand and contract, meaning it is much more likely to oxidize. So, if your cooler is stored in an area that is subject to these fluctuating conditions, your wine is much more likely to spoil.
Direct sunlight can be just as harmful to wine as drastically fluctuating temperatures. This is because UV rays can actually penetrate through glass. Sparkling wines such as prosecco and champagne are particularly susceptible to this damage, which is why they are commonly sold in tinted bottles or wrapped in paper. The light essentially provides heat which causes an imbalance in the chemicals of the wine. This imbalance can have adverse effects on the wine’s ageing process and ultimately, ruin the wine’s taste.
To ensure that your wine collection is sufficiently protected, you should store your cooler in a relatively dark room or at an angle that is facing away from direct sunlight. Whilst many wine coolers will come equipped with UV resistant glass, the wine may become vulnerable if exposed to strong light for extended periods.
VentilationTo ensure that your wine cooler works efficiently and effectively, you will need to assure that it is sufficiently ventilated. Most under counter and built-in wine coolers are equipped with front-facing ventilation systems, meaning they can be easily fitting amongst appliances and other surfaces. Free-standing wine coolers, on the other hand, are typically equipped with rear ventilation systems. This means that you will need to ensure that there is a sufficient amount of space between the wine cooler and the wall, for the ventilation system to function properly. If a wine cooler vent is blocked, it will have to work twice as hard just to keep cool, using twice the amount of energy. This is not only incredibly un-sustainable, but it can have all sorts of detrimental effects on the quality of your wine.
When it comes to long-term storage, it is thought that vibrations can be particularly harmful to the development of wine. Vibrations can impact wine by speeding up its chemical reactions, altering its ageing process, and hence, ruining its taste. The movement is thought to prevent the wine from producing natural sediment which essentially reduces the amount of succinic and tartaric acid found in the wine. Essentially, the more vibrations that your wine cooler is exposed to, the worse it will likely taste over time. This is why you mustn’t store your wine cooler directly on top or next to appliances such as washing machines or refrigerators. Instead, you should store it in a space that is completely free from all kinds of impact.
Space and measurements
Measurements are extremely important when installing a wine cooler in your home. Before deciding on where you would like to position your wine cooler, you will need to take into consideration its measurements and the measurements of your home space. For example, if you are looking to situate your small wine cooler inside of your living room larder, you will need to ensure that it not only fits comfortably, but that has sufficient room around it for ventilation, and that you can close the door properly in front of it.
When you are deciding on a place to store your wine cooler, there are several locations that you could consider. Whether you want to seamlessly integrate your wine cooler into the layout of your kitchen or whether you would simply prefer to keep it hidden away, there are various options that you could explore. Due to the fragility of wine, you simply need to ensure that your wine cooler is positioned somewhere that is sufficiently ventilated and protected against temperature fluctuations, surface vibrations, and direct sunlight. As long as these conditions are all met, you should have no issues at all with the storing of your wine collection.
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