A bar in the game room was always a must. As we began planning the bar, we wanted it to be unique, functional, and classy. Yes, this was a game room, but we still wanted it to feel cohesive with the style of the rest of our home.
I’ve always loved the look of hanging wine glasses (plus it would free up so much space in our cabinets), so we decided to tackle a hanging wine glass holder on our bottom shelf.
If you don’t have option shelving, that’s okay! You can also attach these wine racks to the bottom of cabinets. It’s a simple and inexpensive DIY!
Alright, let’s start DIYing!
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What You’ll Need
- (2) 36 x 3/8″ square wood poplar dowel
- (2) 1/4 x 2 x 36″ poplar board
- 1.25″ nails
- Stain or paint (we used black spray paint)
- Liquid nails
How to make a wine glass holder under cabinets
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Step 1: Cut your wood
Cut your square dowels to 7.5″. We chose 7.5″ because our shelves are 9″ thick and two wine glasses were 6.5″. We wanted to give the wine glasses the extra 1″ so that we wouldn’t have to worry about placing them exactly on the rack every time.
Cut your 1.5″ poplar boards slightly longer than 7.5″.
Step 2: glue
Glue your square dowels on top of the poplar boards. Center a square dowel on each board. Then clamp or place something heavy on the boards while the glue dries.
Step 3: paint or stain
Spray paint or stain your wine glass holders.
If you’re using spray paint, I’d highly recommend Krylon Fusion. It’s our absolute favorite spray paint. It goes on easily and never seems to scratch or peel. In fact, we used it to spray all of the hardware in our kitchen!
step 4: determine spacing
Cut a piece of cardboard or spare wood to 3.5″ to act as a spacing guide for your wine glass holders. Make sure to test the spacing for your wine glasses and adjust the spacing accordingly. Our wine glasses are pretty standard, but it’s always good to double-check!
Mock up the spacing for all of your holders to make sure they are centered on the shelf or cabinet as you wish.
Step 5: assemble
Nail in your first wine glass holder. We nailed in each piece 3 times. Be careful here. You need to make sure that you are nailing straight and through both the poplar board and the square dowel.
Place the cardboard spacer between the holder that you just nailed in and the next piece. Once everything is lined up, nail in your next piece. Repeat until all of your holders are up.
There you have it! Your DIY handing wine glass rack is complete! There’s something about hanging wine glasses that looks so fancy.
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Hello!! I love your bar transformation. I am planning on doing some shelves this weekend and love what you did for the wine glasses. I am confused in step one where you explain “First cut two pieces that are 1.25″ wide. Set one piece aside and cut the second piece to be a little shorter than 3.5″.” What do you mean by cutting a second pieces a little shorter than 3.5? I tried to understand where this is used and can’t understand what you mean. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
Hi Janeth! Thanks for pointing that out. It’s actually not a part of this tutorial, so I’m not sure how it ended up there! I went ahead and removed it 🙂
Thank you SO much for such a speedy response! I had commented on your game room reveal a month ago, and just realized yesterday you had responded. I’m sorry about that! Yesterday I ordered the brackets you linked for the shelves since I will be following your tutorial. Do you know what else I could use for the “.25 x 1.5 x 36″ poplar board”? I tried searching for it on the lowes webpage and didn’t have any luck.
Thank you again for such great inspiration and information!!
You can also use pine if they have it! It doesn’t have to be exact–just close to 1/4-1/2″ thick. You can generally find these boards right underneath the racks of the main 6-10′ lumber. They have a few little shelves that they store them in
Oooh yes, I’ve seen them!! For some reason I was thinking it was a different type of material. Thank you again, I will be working on the shelves this weekend and I truly appreciate all of your help!
Of course!! I hope you love them 🙂
What size of boards did you use for the shelves?
We used 2x10s and cut them down to a little under 9″ wide and 30″ long