How to Make a Wine Rack in 7 Simple Steps | Checkatrade
Review a Trade

Have you completed a project recently? Let your tradesperson know how they did.

Advice Centre

Get Inspired! Check the latest industry expertise and read insider tips from our vetted tradespeople.

Search For A Trade

We interview and vet all our tradespeople to ensure they meet our high standards.

Join Checkatrade

Join us and benefit from the millions of potential customers who use Checkatrade to find reliable tradespeople.

Advice Centre

Grow your business! Check out top tips and expert advice for boosting your reputation online.

Login To Your Account

Edit your profile, view callback requests and ask for feedback from customers.

How to make a wine rack in 7 simple steps

Prop up your corks in style with our how to make a wine rack guide. We’re going to take you through the best and easiest way to complete this DIY project.

Prop up your corks in style with our how to make a wine rack guide. We’re going to take you through the best and easiest way to complete this DIY project.

Before we get started, it’s worth noting that you’ll need some basic woodworking skills to complete this project. Although the design we’re showing you is simple and stylish, accuracy and patience are required to get this right.

If you’re in any way unsure about doing the project yourself, why not hire a professional your neighbours know and recommend to build a bespoke wine rack for you?

How to make a wooden wine rack in 7 simple steps

How to make a wine rack. Woodworking tools.So, how do you make a simple wine rack?

First, you work out how many bottles of wine you want to house. We’re going to show you how to make a wooden wine rack that holds 13 bottles. You can adapt this design to make it longer or taller if required – no judgement here!

Tools you’ll need for the job

Here’s what you’ll need before you get started.

  • Pencil and ruler
  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Chosen wood from your local hardware store
  • Drill and wood drill bit
  • Wood primer and stain
  • Sander

How to make a wine rack lattice

Step 1: Measure your centre sections

For the centre sections of your wine rack, mark out 12 inches by 8 inches and cut with a straight edge using a circular saw. Repeat 8 times until you have 8 same-sized rectangle pieces.

Step 2: Measure your end sections

To make the end pieces, mark out 8 inches by 8 inches and cut using a circular saw. Repeat twice so you have 2 same-sized pieces.

Step 3: Mark the slot sections

As we’re teaching you how to make a criss-cross wine rack, this part is about marking the areas the wood is going to slot together to make the lattice effect.

So, take a centre plank, find its horizontal centre and mark with a pencil. From that centre line, measure to each end of the plank and find the centre of that half. Mark with a pencil. You should be left with three marks that divide the plank into thirds.

The outer marks are where your slots are going to go. From those lines, measure a straight line 6 inches along the width of the plank and mark with a pencil. From that line, measure ½ a cm on either side towards the midline and mark again. Draw a straight line back up the plank so you now have two thin rectangle slot shapes on the plank that are ½ cm wide.

Repeat this for the other 7 planks.

Top tip: Use tracing paper and cut out a paper template to save yourself some time.

Step 4: Cut out the slot sections

Once this is done, it’s time to cut out the slot sections with your circular saw. The best way to do this is to drill a hole at the end of each slot. This lets your circular saw run along the edges so the section pops out in one clean movement.

Once the sections are all cut, sand them down until they’re smooth. Use a rasp if necessary.

Step 5: Test fit the sections

Once all your pieces of wood are ready, test fit them by slotting them together at a right angle. The fit should be perfect. If not, you might need to sand down the slots a little more.

To create the finished result, take the end pieces and fit those to the first lattice to create your base. Then, add the other centre sections in a criss-cross until you get to the last piece. Fit the other end piece to create the base on the opposite end.

You should now have 7 diamond shapes and 13 places to store wine bottles.

Step 6: Apply the pre-stain and finish

Now you know the pieces all fit, dismantle the design and use some pre-stain to paint the wood. Let it dry before using your chosen finish.

Step 7: Reassemble the design and enjoy

Once the pieces are dry, reassemble the design. If there are any wobbly bits, use some wood glue to create a sturdier fit. Otherwise, place your wine bottles on your latticework and bask in the glory of a job well done!

See the tradespeople we've checked and recommend for your job


What can I use instead of a wine rack?

Alternatives to making a wine rackThere are various objects that double up as a wine rack, such as towel organisers, shoe holders, shelving units and even storage racks. We recommend making sure you store any wine as horizontal as possible, as this stops air from entering through the cork, keeping the wine at its finest.

What is the best wood to make a wine rack out of?

If you’re keeping your wine in a cellar, redwood, cedar and mahogany are industry preferred woods. However, for your DIY project, any reclaimed hardwood from your local hardware store is recommended for both environmental and eco-friendly credentials.

How do you make a wine rack for beginners?

If you aren’t confident in your DIY abilities, start small by repurposing old items such as cabinets, storage units and shoe racks. If you’re more confident, use this how to make a wine rack guide to fashion a diamond-shaped design.

Should I hire a professional?

If you’re thinking of attempting any DIY work, we ask you to think about the risks associated with bad repairs – not to mention the extra costs involved when it comes to correcting any mistakes. If you’re in any doubt about taking on a task, we highly recommend hiring a local expert your neighbours know and trust.

When you hire one of our trusted professionals, you’re able to see their profile and view their customer reviews. Even better, those reviews are from your neighbours and checked by us to make sure they’re legitimate. Not only that, but if you book one of our members for the job, we guarantee their work, which gives you the extra peace of mind and security that you and your house is in safe hands.

Which Checkatrade member could make me a wine rack?

We recommend a carpenter for the job – they will have the hands-on skill and experience to create a bespoke wooden wine rack.

If you’re wondering what a wine rack might cost to create, then check out our carpentry cost guide for some guidance. The best way however to get a good cost idea is to request quotes from at least three carpenters in your local area.

Find carpenters your neighbours recommend for the job by searching your postcode below.

Tell us what you think

Please leave your comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

What others think of this article:

No comments yet!

Also in this project

Carpentry prices guide

Carpentry is a woodworking skill that requires a carpenter to make or repair things using various types of wood. In this carpentry price guide, we’re going to discuss the different types of carpentr...

Read more
Spiral wine cellar cost guide

If you love wine, then chances are you've dreamed of owning your very own wine cellar. You might be surprised to hear that getting a wine cellar installed in your home is a lot more achievable than yo...

Read more
Cellar conversion cost guide

Unlock your cellar’s potential with our cellar conversion cost guide. Upgrade your home with this article including cellar costs, benefits and factors to consider....

Read more
Cost to plant a vineyard

Ever wanted to start your own vineyard? Wondering how much it would cost? We’ve broken down the cost to plant a vineyard in the UK, all the way from acquiring land to establishing your vineyard. Enj...

Read more