How to Buy Wine Furniture
Available in a variety of different materials and styles, decorative wine furniture can immediately create a warm and welcoming ambience. Deciding factors on what kind of wine storage to purchase depends on how many bottles of wine you wish to store or display, available floor space, your existing color scheme and any specific features you might require.
Wine racks come in a variety of shapes and sizes, materials and colors. The most common materials are wood and metal. Freestanding wine racks often include a table or tray-style top ideal for wine tasting or serving purposes and, depending on the manufacturer, can hold up to 50 bottles. Tabletop wine racks are also freestanding, but are designed to conveniently sit on a table or a counter and tend to hold a smaller number.
Wine bars and wine servers resemble buffets and are generally larger pieces of furniture that might require more space, depending on the size selected. Wine bars and servers are cabinets specifically designed to hold bottles. They may include drawers, removable serving trays, shelves and open or enclosed storage areas. Depending on the style, a wine bar or server can also have a glass rack. Practical and functional, a wine bar or server keeps everything in one place, both the wine and all of the accessories needed to enjoy it.
Resembling a curio cabinet in style and function, wine cabinets can vary in size from compact to medium and larger. Many styles of wine cabinets boast hand-painted detailing, dark rich finishes, accessory drawers and hanging racks for wine glasses. Ornate iron scrollwork or wood carvings are other popular decorative touches that give a wine cabinet a distinct appearance. Corner wine cabinets typically have the features that other types of wine cabinets have, but are specifically designed to stand in a corner of a room.
Wine carts combine the function of a wine rack with the convenience of a kitchen cart. While they generally hold a very limited number of wine bottles, wine carts have the added appeal of mobility. A wine cart can be conveniently wheeled from the kitchen to any place where it's needed. Wine carts range in style, from ones meant especially for the kitchen, complete with a knife block and paper towel holder to classically styled ones. More formal wine carts offer a number of stylish features, such as mirrored tray tops, shelves and drawers.
Whether you purchase a wine rack, a wine bar or server, a wine cabinet or a wine cart, keep in mind that it is an accent piece of furniture. You will want to select a style and color that will seamlessly blend with your current decor while adding its own character to your dining or entertaining area.
Wine furniture is gaining in popularity simply because it is a stylish way to store and display wine. Wine furniture, including wine racks, is designed to accommodate any sized collection, from large to small. I hope these general guidelines will help you find the perfect wine cabinet or wine rack that will make entertaining more enjoyable.