Installing your own wine cooler might seem like a daunting task at first, but it’s actually not as difficult as you might think. This how-to guide will walk you through the process of installing your own wine cooler into an existing cabinet space.
You’ll be enjoying chilled wines and spirits in no time at all! (If you’re looking to install wine coolers in an entire new dedicated bar area, we suggest contacting an experienced general contractor for that job.)
This article will walk you through each step of the process, including finding the perfect wine cooler and what tools are needed to complete the job.
1) Determine the location
First, you will need to determine where you would like to have your wine cooler placed. Keep in mind that most refrigerators for wine are sold as freestanding units (meaning no installation is required) or built-in (requiring an opening be cut into your cabinet).
Another thing to consider is that a typical refrigerator needs 4 of space from its back wall, so ensure there is enough room behind where you plan on installing it. Figure out if you will install a freestanding model, or open up your existing cabinets and install a built-in unit wine cooler by measuring your existing cabinets and determining whether they are high or low boy style.
Once you’ve determined where it will go and what type of refrigerator you want to purchase, measure twice before purchasing anything.
2) Get the cabinet door ready
Once you have selected your wine cooler, it’s time to make sure you have everything you need to get started. Depending on what type of refrigerator or cooler you buy, and how many bottles you intend to store, there will be a few different prerequisites for installation.
If you are installing a small two-bottle cooler into an existing cabinet it’s probably unnecessary but if your thinking about getting anything with more than one shelf or compartment then be prepared.
You may need to purchase shelves depending on what comes with your wine cooler and if they don’t fit inside your existing cabinet door frames then some carpentry skills might come in handy!
3) Build your box
Measure your space and take it to a home improvement store for help selecting a wood that fits. Remember, wood shrinks as it dries out, so make sure you allow enough extra room at each end to account for that.
Cut your wood to length and cut your corners at a 20-degree angle, then place on saw horses or nails on 2x4s, so you can easily work with them without putting too much weight onto your saw blade. Stain or paint as desired.
4) Build and install your collar support
The collar support is what attaches to both sides of your wine cellar and supports its weight. You’ll build these now, while they’re easy to reach. Start by cutting a piece of wood from your scrap pile (you can also buy new lumber) that measures 3/4 inches thick by 2 inches wide and is 8 1/2 inches long.
This is for one side of your wine cellar, so be sure to make another one for the other side. Once you have both pieces cut, fasten them onto each side of your cabinet using 5-inch wood screws (you might need shorter ones).
For added security, you can add corner brackets and additional screws at 90-degree angles on each end. Don’t over tighten or you could split your wood!
5) Attach it to the cabinet
Every wine cooler needs a mounting bracket or shelf, and there are two ways to attach it to your cabinet. You can either screw through it directly into your woodwork, or use a L-shaped bracket (also called an L-bracket) that slots onto both sides of the woodwork and has holes for screws at right angles.
No matter which method you choose, drill pilot holes before screwing anything into place; it’ll make getting everything level easier.
6) Wire up your temperature controller
If you’re installing a temperature-controlled wine cabinet, your next step is to wire up your temperature controller.
Most controllers come with all of the necessary wiring and connections. However, if you’re using a thermostat from another source, make sure it has at least two terminals for wires—one for power and one for ground. Each will require their own two-wire connection.
Make sure that each wire is also connected to an appropriately sized fuse (generally 15A). Using too small of a fuse could cause serious problems with your equipment over time. Wiring up a temperature controller is pretty straightforward, but more importantly—it’s also safe!
7) Add insulation
If you’re a wine connoisseur, a wine cooler is an absolute must. Even if you just like a glass of wine every now and then, having one at home means your favorite bottle will always be ready to drink at its ideal temperature.
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8) Modify your doors if needed
Getting rid of your old refrigerator and installing a wine cooler can feel like a big project, but there are ways to do it without spending too much time or money. If you already have an empty space for your new appliance, then all you need to do is buy a cabinet kit from your local home improvement store.
If not, you’ll probably need to remodel some parts of your kitchen—but even that is fairly easy if you know what tools and materials you need. Either way, make sure to follow these nine simple steps to ensure everything goes smoothly
A wine cooler is a great luxury for entertaining and it can really spruce up your home. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to achieve that luxury feel; if you have an existing cabinet, you can install a wine cooler within that cabinet rather than getting rid of it.