Frugal Wine Rack

Here at Frugal Wine Making, I’m always looking for ways to save a couple of dollars in my wine making. One way I did that was by building my own wine rack in the new house. I read a thread in Wine Press about how to make a wine rack out of pallets. I didn’t have any pallets, but I did have some left over lumber from the house.

On a standard pallet, the support boards are just 2×4 lumber. I measured a standard 750ml wine bottle and sure enough, it measures just under 3 inches. A 2×4 measures 3 1/2 inches wide. So, if I take 2 pieces of 2×4 and nail them to each end of a piece of 3/4 inch plywood, I have a stackable wine rack!

Here is a picture:

Frugal Wine Rack
Frugal Wine Rack

I did have a pallet, but it was pretty broken up. I used the center of it for my base, but a pallet base is not necessary. I had several strips of 3/4 inch plywood left over that measured 9×32 inches, so that is what i used for my plank. I also had some pieces of 2×4 left over and I cut them to 9 inches. I stood the 2×4 on their sides and laid the plywood on top like I was making a step. I nailed the plywood to the 2×4 and then stacked them on top of each other. I then used 2 inch drywall screws to attach each self to the one below it by driving the screws at an angle to go into the board below.

One improvement I do plan on making is adding a center 2×4 to the wine rack. I noticed that the plywood planks are starting to sag a little bit. The next time I’m at Lowe’s, I will pick up a 2×4, cut it into 9 inch sections and put them in the middle of the rack for support.

My rack is only 43 inches tall. I would not make it much taller without attaching it to the wall some how. I wouldn’t want to risk the wine rack falling over.

I have 9 shelves that hold 9 bottles each. With some left over lumber, I was able to build a 81 bottle wine rack. If you add the pallet on the bottom, and the small racks on the top, I have plenty of storage for wine. I just wish I had more full bottles than empty ones. 🙂