Fitting an integrated wine cooler into your kitchen might seem like an impossible task, but there are plenty of ways to make it work if you’re willing to do some research and have some patience.
There are certain places in your kitchen where an integrated wine cooler will not fit, like the corner between your refrigerator and wall or underneath the sink, but there are many places where one can be installed with relative ease if you know what you’re doing and choose the right wine cooler to go with it.
Use these nine tips to help you learn how to fit an integrated wine cooler into your kitchen.
1) Measure Your Current Space
Before you shop for an integrated wine cooler, it’s a good idea to measure your current space. Don’t forget to measure high, since wine coolers are usually about 16-18 inches tall.
To make sure your new wine cooler fits, print out your measurements and take them with you when you visit a showroom or go shopping online.
A great starting point is 8-10 bottles of wine and a matching bottle rack. This will ensure that you can store most red wines upright and save yourself from worrying about additional storage needs later on.
2) Know Where to Get Inspiration
One of my favorite places to get kitchen inspiration is through Instagram. Browse a few food- or design-oriented accounts and see what styles you find attractive.
In order to fit an integrated wine cooler in your kitchen, you’ll need to create a lot of open space; because wine coolers have big, bulky components inside them (compared to, say, a refrigerator), they can’t be placed flush against another cabinet.
To use undercounter space wisely, you may also want to consider adding pullout shelves or drawers underneath your wine cooler—they’re perfect for storing bottles of additional food and drinks like beer and soda that pair well with your wines!
3) Test Out Different Sizes
There are many different sizes of wine coolers on the market, so it’s a good idea to take your time testing them out in person at stores and in showrooms. You’ll want to test out how well each option fits into your kitchen space, as well as its overall utility for getting all your bottles organized.
See how easy it is to access individual bottles and look for ways to maximize storage space. Take note of how much light can get into each unit and decide if you’d prefer a model with glass doors or opaque ones.
When you find one that works well, think about other pieces of furniture that would fit nicely into your kitchen setup alongside it.
4) Keep Accessories Minimal
Instead of trying to make your wine cooler fit with all sorts of accessories, think about what you need most. Fridges come in many different sizes and shapes. If you’ve selected a slim refrigerator for your kitchen, then it may not be able to hold as much as you’d like.
Before deciding on a design, consider just how much room there is in your kitchen. While some people might go for wine crates or shelves, most people find that keeping it simple will give them more flexibility to change their storage options if they don’t work out quite right.
5) Pick Counters or Cabinets That Can Do Double Duty
There are two types of countertops that can be used to house an integrated wine cooler. One is a basic custom-cut piece of granite or quartz with a built-in trough that hides your bottle’s labels and provides space for plenty of storage.
Another option is floating cabinets, which allow you to decide how much cabinet space you want for both food and drinks in one convenient location.
Think about how you spend most of your time in your kitchen and then take into account other family members who might regularly use the room—many consumers prefer separate cabinet space, so they don’t have to open multiple doors to find what they need.
6) Understand Mounting Options
When you’re shopping for a wine cooler, be sure to select one that comes with a mounting kit. Integrating your wine cooler into cabinetry can be tricky if you don’t know what kind of options are available.
Understanding mounting kits will help you determine which types of designs fit your home and lifestyle best. You may want to purchase additional components or an entirely new mounting kit altogether, so take these considerations into account when comparing different models.
Ultimately, you want to find an option that is flexible and allows for creativity in terms of how it fits in your kitchen and works with your cabinet décor.
7) Use Integrated Appliances as Design Elements in Their Own Right
If you’re planning to replace your old refrigerator with an integrated wine cooler, make sure that it fits seamlessly into your kitchen design. The best wine coolers are designed as large-format appliances that serve dual purposes as both refrigerators and wine cellars.
Choose a high-end model made of strong materials like stainless steel, which will look right at home alongside other premium kitchen appliances.
Fit your wine cooler correctly: If you’re not sure how to fit an integrated wine cooler into your existing kitchen space, here are some general guidelines to follow: First, check out its dimensions before purchasing—most manufacturers post these online along with installation instructions. Next, clear enough floor space for its legs so that it can stand upright without wobbling.
8) Consider Lighting Options
One of our favorite benefits of built-in wine coolers is how they complement your kitchen’s existing lighting. Because we know you love your current lights, we wanted to make sure you were able to create a cohesive ambiance with your new refrigerator.
To do so, simply install some or all of these daylight style bulbs (available in any hardware store) inside your built-in.
The clean white light will match most electric wine coolers and create a warm glow that’s perfect for nighttime entertaining. Plus, because they are ambient they won’t leave you feeling like a kid on Christmas morning when you open your refrigerator!
9) Keep It Open on the Counter Top
If you’re looking to fit an integrated wine cooler into your kitchen, you may be a little put off by its large and blocky shape. The key here is to keep it as open on your countertop as possible. That will help free up valuable real estate in other parts of your kitchen, like on top of cabinets or under a wall-mounted TV.
A good example of keeping it open comes from Jones Cookware Solutions , who have installed their wine coolers with cabinet doors that rest below them.
You can also find units with pull-out drawers or removable racks for convenient access when needed and efficient storage otherwise. This type of installation gives you plenty of space to store your collection while still preserving some sleek design elements in your kitchen space.
Make sure you measure your new integrated wine cooler before you start installing it. Different units will come with different measurements and they may not fit into your space properly.
It’s best to get everything measured out first and make sure there is enough room for your coolers before you begin. It’s a very time consuming process, so take your time and do it right!