Make Your Own Stemware Rack

What You'll Need
Power Drill
Molly Bolts

A stemware rack can be the solution for storing your stemware. Instead of leaving your stemware in the back of a cupboard, only to be taken out on special occasions, why not build a beautiful and decorative place to store them? Stemware racks can be placed even in small areas like kitchens, utility areas or any nook and corner of your house. Here’s how you can create your own stunning rack for your stemware.

Step 1 - Pick a Location

First you need to look at your kitchen as a whole. If you don’t have a good space available overhead you may want to consider a shelf style rack. You want to make sure that the rack won’t be in the way, and people won’t bump in to it while passing through the kitchen area. Also look at doors and cabinets, as this can cause a problem if you place your rack to close them.
Step 2 - Designing the Rack

You can opt to choose a kit available at most wine stores or hardware stores, or to design one on your own. You can choose to use metal or lumber for the rack. If you do opt for a kit, make a list of items which you need and assemble those items first, before you start work. It can get very frustrating to start work and then find that you don’t have what you need at hand.

Step 3- Assess the Weight

Depending on the material and the structure of the rack, you need to assess how much stemware the rack can hold. Usually the steel and wooden ones are quite hardy can can hold considerable weight.

Step 4 - Paint or Finish

Once you are done with assembling the frame work, add some paint or varnish, so as to cover up the screw holes or chipped ends. A coat of paint also makes sure that the rack lasts longer.  

Step 5 – Fit the Channels

When creating a stemware rack it’s important to make sure you have the materials to create channels. This is where you will slide the stemware in to place. You can use a router to create the grooves necessary for the channels. You want to do this before you start to hang the rack as it will be much easier. Your channel will want to be approximately 3 inches wide by ½ inch deep. Attach the channels one at a time, ensuring proper spacing between them. For larger stemware, you will want a slightly deeper channel. Many people will have one section for wine glasses with the standard channel, and another section for larger items like pilsner glasses and such.

You will also want to make sure you have included several deeper slots in the sides of the channels. This will serve as a space to remove the stemware from the rack without any hassle.

Step 6 - Install the Rack

Once you have all the components ready, you can start to install them. If you have chosen to secure the rack underneath a shelf you may want to install some wooden blocks on the inside of the shelf to attach the rack to for added support. If you are installing the rack directly on the ceiling you want to try to find studs to secure the rack to. You may need to use molly bolts depending on where you are placing them.