Design-Your-Own Wine Racks
This thing is great. Yes, it takes some effort to put it together. The pins are a tight fit. This is a good thing, unless you want it to fall apart and drop your wine all over the place. Get yourself a rubber mallet, a hard surface, and a six pack of beer, and go to town. The pins are sturdy and can take a hard mallet hit, don't be shy. After assembling it you will feel a nice bit of DIY satisfaction every time you look at it.
My only complaint is that some of the holes on the hexagonal beams are not perfectly centered. This causes the rack to be slightly out of square in some spots. It's barely noticeable from a distance and once you've got it full of bottles, but if you look closely it's a little wonky. I don't mind it, it adds to the hand crafted look and it's nice to have something that doesn't look like a robot built it. However some might be bothered by it. I have attached a picture of one such off-center hole.
December 21, 2013
Awesome for gift wrap!
I have lots of gift wrap and nothing to store it in. I also had a large area over our laundry room fridge that was deep and didn't know what to do with that space. So I went to The Container Store because it always seems to have a solution and I came across this wine rack. Since it was design your own I was able to add on until my space was filled!
April 2, 2014
Fits perfect under my buffet counter. Would fit anywhere, in the smallest of spaces and store the max amount of bottles.
July 7, 2014
I recently bought and assembled the 40 bottle version of this wine rack. Let me say, it is adult tinker toys on steroids! If you are experiencing a rough day, just grab a rubber mallet (a MUST), a glass of wine, and start pounding away!
You do not need to hold back when assembling this product. It is durable and with some hard hits went together perfectly. Some of the reviews mention that it is hard to align. Because I was assembling it on a hard concrete surface, I didn't have that problem. When sections were assembled, I made sure to lay it flat and hold it to the ground and hit it with the mallet until flat. I repeated the process on it's sides as well. If you take some time, and don't hold back your swing of the mallet, you can get a pretty straight wine rack! Plus it is ROCK SOLID!
I LOVE the versatility in that you can make whatever shape you would like and you can make the wine rack larger as your wine collection grows! Along with that, you can make it fit in whatever space you have! Our wine collection lives in the cupboard under the stairs, so I created a stair step pattern.
In fact, we just added to our collection and I will be purchasing the 12 bottle kit to add to our existing 40 bottle setup. I did mention that it is like tinker toys, but once assembled it looks like those great wine racks that you see in those fancy cave cellers. It's simply elegant!
May 1, 2014