Here’s some advice: ask yourself these questions in order to optimise your space!
How much space do I have?
How many bottles must I store?
Is my room suitable for storing wine?
First of all, humidity is one of the essential elements for effective wine maturing. It is therefore necessary to choose materials suitable for high humidity levels when you choose your storage method.
In this way, favour high-quality, damp-proof materials in wood or steel for example.
Next, it is a matter of choosing the wine storage solution that best suits your requirements...
You have two options: storage modules which allow you to stack your bottles or wine cases.
Opt for individual storage or sliding shelves. They allow you to easily order your wine by region, appellation, estate, (grape variety), year or date the wine is ready for drinking...
Then opt for systems which display them upright!
Note, however that this type of storage is aimed more at wines which must be drunk quickly since it is not ideal to mature wine in this position. In fact, it is preferable to store your wine bottles flat since this allows the cork to stay constantly in contact with the wine. This prevents the cork from drying out and allowing air to penetrate... giving the wine an unpleasant corked taste!
It adjusts to the layout of your room and your space constraints by adapting to the corners of walls and low ceilings, by wrapping round pillars or even, by allowing you to create a real wall of wine.
You can also completely adapt it to your requirements by combining different types of layout: storage, wine cases, shelves, bottle displaying...
It also has the added advantage of being able to evolve with your collection!
Then you have to choose the storage that will best suit the interior design of your wine room.
Fancy a traditionally decorated wine cellar? Choose wooden furniture. For a modern and airy wine cellar, choose metal storage whose uprights will be fixed to the wall or ceiling and individual bottle racks.
A stylish wine cellar also involves lighting the room in order to showcase your wine collection. Some wine storage units have integrated lighting.
Some types of storage offer you various optional extras to allow you to put the finishing touch to your cellar layout: a "bar" module for storing your glasses, shelves for standing your bottles on...
To conclude, don’t forget that another important criterion to observe for guaranteeing effective wine maturing is lack of vibration. Favour, therefore, a storage solution which absorbs it: material such as wood, anti-vibration systems on the shelves, etc.
Now it’s your move!