How to display wine glasses

The do’s and don’ts of kitchen glass displays

The combination of decorative glassware, shelving and lighting makes quite the statement in a kitchen. If you’re looking for a way to expand your kitchen into a decorative showplace, there are a few loose rules you need to know. Discover below the do’s and don’ts of displaying glassware in your kitchen.

  • Use glass cabinets. There was a time not too long ago that glasses and crockery were hidden out of sight. Things have changed. Glass-front cabinets found at home interior stores enable you to put you best-looking pieces on display. You can get creative with the glass too. Applications range from frosted glass to painted glass. For best results, install lighting in your display case.
  • Go for wood cabinetry. If you have a striking collection of vintage glassware, a wood cabinet might be the platform you need. The delicacy of the glass contrasts well with the rough texture of wood. Lights will help bring the showcase to life. If you’re displaying wine glasses, why not store a few nice bottles in the cabinet too.
  • Opt for suspension.Space is often an issue in the kitchen. So to get around this issue, suspend a wine glass rack from the ceiling. These racks come in many different formats to suit every need. It can also be a fun DIY experience if that’s your sort to thing. Be sure to keep the height at a reasonable level. High enough to not get in the way, but low enough to reach the glasses comfortably.

Hang your wine glasses with a T-Molding to save storage space.

  • Hang under cabinets. Under-cabinets glass racks are just as practical and space efficient. Hang your rack above the sink for extra practicality points. The best part about opting for this glassware solution, is the simplicity of installation. Rails are available everywhere and attached to the underside of the cabinets in a jiffy.
  • Store your glasses upside down. The rim is the most delicate part of the glass, so brittle crystal is best stored with the rim up. Most everyday glasses should be fine to store upright though. Storing things upside-down keep the inside a bit cleaner. Remember to dry the inside well – you don’t want moisture to get trapped in your glass.
  • Display glass on open shelves. Glass has to sparkle to be beautiful. You will need to wash your glassware every other day if displayed on open shelves in your kitchen. Rather look at installing glass fronts to keep your glass breakables squeaky clean.
  • Store glass too low. If you have pets or children in the house, this is a big no-no. But even if you don’t, it’s much safer storing glassware at a comfortable arm’s reach.

Regardless of how you do it, glass display areas in your kitchen can make the room a lot more liveable and friendly. Just take some time to think about your options before taking the plunge.

Last updated on June 14, 2020

Looking for the best ways to stack and rack up your wine glasses to display your collection? These are the most creative ideas I could find. Read on!

Wine glass racks are something a wine collector would definitely need. Because it’s not only about the wines you have but also how you serve them. I don’t know about you but I’ve always had a nice collection of glassware to serve different types of wine.

It’s also a great way to decorate as well! A nice rack with a well-thought-out display will decorate your mini wine cellar or kitchen.

There are so many wine glass racks out there that it might be hard to think of what to get. But with the proper research and knowledge, you can get the most suited wine glass rack for your space.

That’s why I’ve sought out only the best ideas here, so you won’t have to waste time looking at different places for the right wine glass rack. Check these out!

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Wine Glass Holder

How to display wine glasses

There are many different kinds of wine glass holders that can be bought in your local store or online. It usually makes the wine glass hang upside down. There are different sizes because it depends on the number of wine glasses it can keep.

DIY Wine Glass Rack

A wine glass rack doesn’t have to be expensive because it can be made by yourself with a little practice and creativity. It can match the size needed and the style of the space since it’s been made by you. This is a nice tutorial.

Hanging Wine Glass Rack

This style of wine glass rack complements a modern style of kitchen or wine area. It offers storage that won’t get in your way because you’re just simply hanging the wine glass. It’s safe and easy to use.

Wall-mounted Wine Glass Rack

If you don’t like the idea of a hanging wine glasses, why not try a wall-mounted wine rack. Once made, they don’t just hold wine glasses but other bottles or utensils as well on top. It can be installed easily or even do one on your own.

Under Cabinet Wine Glass Rack

How to display wine glasses

Your cabinet can be a great alternative for hanging wine glasses plus it’s inexpensive if you already have the cabinet in place. Some cabinets are placed in the kitchen so it’s the perfect spot for making a wine glass rack.

Wine Glass Shelf

The wine glass shelf is what you use if you want a modern-looking wine rack addition to your interior. It has a sleek design and functional as the top can be used for other things like bottles, small plants, or even books.

Wine Glass Hanger

How to display wine glasses

If there’s space already available or you don’t want the hassle of doing something yourself, a portable wine glass hanger will the job as they can fit almost tight spaces and ready to use once installed.

Under Counter Wine Glass Rack

If the under the cabinet can be used as a wine glass holder, why under the counter right? It’s also much cheaper if there’s already a counter available as it’s not advisable to build one just for the purpose of holding wine glasses.

Wine Bottle and Glass Holder

This one is a real space saver though it can only accommodate a number of wine glasses and a bottle. There can be bigger types too for more glasses or bottles to hold or you can get several ones.

Wood Wine Glass Holder

A classic look is what a wine glass holder made out of wood provides. It’s showing out the collector in you as wood will always be classic looking and it can be stylish too when installed in the right place.

Tabletop Wine Glass Holder

The tabletop is another part of your furniture that can be used as a wine glass holder like the cabinet or countertop. This kind of wine glass rack usually has a sleek design and best fit for a modern style.

Crochet Wine Glass Holder

This one is a really unique wine glass holder but it takes effort to do and only holds a few wine glasses. Nevertheless, once you have it, it is fun to use and can even hang around your neck.

Bar Glass Holder

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If you want a sophisticated looking wine glass holder, a bar glass holder is the go-to option as it looks really modern and classy. It’s usually used in bars hence the name so it might be a bit pricey but it’s worth it.

Ceiling Mounted Wine Glass Rack

A ceiling-mounted wine glass rack looks a lot like a DIY tool but you can get this online too. It’s one of the best ways to display your wine glasses because of its unique appearance, not to mention the top of it that can be used for displaying as well.

Under Shelf Wine Glass Hanger

If you can get a shelf for wine glass holding, you can also use the bottom part of it for hanging making it a real space saver especially if you’ve got plenty of wine glass to show. It’s versatile and easy to do.

Corner Wine Glass Shelf

If you’ve got corners that have space, even small, you can transform that space into a wine glass holder. It wouldn’t hold plenty of glasses but it’s better than nothing. It can even make the corner more beautiful looking.

In-cabinet Wine Glass Rack

Underneath the cabinet isn’t the only part of it that can be used as a wine glass holder because you can get some hangers that can be used inside a cabinet. It’s a great idea if you want to maximize everything out of your cabinet.

Unique Wine Glass Racks

This is something you can do by yourself or find something online. Unique wine glasses are out of the norm and it shows the unique personality of the owner. It can be something with your name or something that looks like a ladder.

Wine Glass Holder Made From Pallets

A basic wooden pallet can turn into a vintage wine door with the right materials and knowledge. It looks really classic and very functional. It’s easy to do and can be installed on your wall for easy space-saving.

Wine Glass Hooks

This is probably the cheapest out of every wine glass holder here and you wouldn’t imagine that a hook can be a wine glass holder too. It’s free-standing or can be hang making it really versatile for the wine collector.

How to display wine glasses

How to display wine glasses

Whether you store your glassware up or down might be a habit you picked up from your mom, or simply a response to the fit of your cabinetry. But it’s also an issue potentially on par with household squabbles like “the great toilet paper-hanging debate.” Is there really a better way to do it?

Team Up
Storing glasses rim up seems natural, since that’s how we drink out of them. Plus, this way, no lingering moisture from dishwashing can get trapped inside, like it might if you placed glasses upside down.

Team Down
Those who flip their glassware often fear dust settling inside. And some find that alternating their glasses (some up, some down) means they can use their cabinet space more efficiently.

The Verdict
Carolyn Forte, director of the Cleaning Lab in the Good Housekeeping Institute offers a compelling final word on the issue, especially concerning your pricier, fragile glasses.

“The rim is the most delicate part of the glass, so it’s best to store delicate crystal with the rim up, so there’s less weight on it,” she says. “All other everyday glasses are fine either way. Storing them upside-down likely does keep the inside a bit cleaner, but if you use and wash them regularly, dust won’t really accumulate. And if you dry the inside well, moisture won’t get trapped. I’ve never seen mildew on glasses.”

You might also consider hanging stemware upside-down on a handy rack, but consider the increased risk (however slight) for breakage if they fall. And hanging them in the open around kids or curious pets might just be asking for a floor full of sharp shards.

TELL US: How do you store your glassware?

How to display wine glasses

When it comes to storing your glassware, are you team up or team down? To be completely honest, it doesn’t really matter! But it’s so funny when you peek inside someone else’s cabinets and see things stored in a completely different way! There’s not really a right way to organize your glassware but there are a few ways that might make sense for your cabinets. If you’re tight on space or even if your only goal is get your cabinet looking pretty and to purge that novelty cup collection, these tips are for you too!

How to display wine glasses

There are so many different types of glassware you can buy. Between all the kids in our family, cousins, friends, and our own, I like to keep plastic cups on hand! ZAK has an assortment of kid friendly cups that I’m always on the lookout for. The bubbly design makes it great for grown ups too!

I also like to keep classics. These tall glasses from Libbey are perfect for a glass of iced coffee. They’re heavy and can handle the chill very well! And Jam jars by Le Parfait make the best cups for juice.

How to display wine glasses

If you’ve ever wondered why wine lovers store their glasses upside down, it’s because that’s how delicate glassware is best stored! The rims can easily crack or break if manipulated too much so it’s best to store them on a hanging rack or right side up if your store them on the shelf. Even though I don’t drink, my friends and family do, and I’m ALWAYS down for a good mocktail. I installed this Neu Home stemware rack within a few minutes and it worked perfectly for my stemware.

How to display wine glasses

To double the space in our glassware cabinet I used a riser for our smaller tumblers and juice glasses. This way I’m not wasting any space. You can also use this for plates and dishes.

How to display wine glasses

This clip on coffee mug hanger is another great way to maximize the space in your cabinet. It slides onto your existing cabinets so no tools are needed. I used it in my coffee bar area to hang a collection of white mugs. But you can also hang your copper Moscow Mule mugs or anything with a handle!

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Get to organizing your glassware and never turn back!

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How to display wine glasses

It’s easy to make a rack to store and display wine glasses beneath your hanging kitchen cabinets using standard T-molding, which is available at home centers for floor thresholds.

Here’s how to go about making a homemade wine rack:

  1. Cut Molding: Cut two or more pieces of T-molding to length (8½” long for standard 12” deep hanging cabinets).
  2. Predrill Molding: Drill two holes in each piece of molding.
  3. Determine Spacing: Position the molding on the bottom of the hanging cabinet, spaced so the wine glasses will slide between the strips (approximately 2” apart).
  4. Attach Molding: Screw the molding to the bottom of the cabinet, making sure the screws don’t protrude all the way through the cabinet.
  5. Fill Rack: Slide your wine glasses on the rack.

Watch this video to find out more.

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Sometimes the best kitchen storage idea is to hide something in plain sight, especially if it’s an attractive item like wine glasses. In this case I made a storage rack for the glasses on the underside of this cabinet. The nice thing is what I made it out of, which is T-molding.

This is a floor transition molding you can get at any home center store, and it’s made for transitioning from one type of floor to another. But if you look at it closely, you’ll see it’s T-shaped, so it’s perfect for sliding in. You mount it to the underside of the cabinet upside down, you can slide the glasses in.

I just took three pieces and cut them to 8½” long, drilled a hole in each end, and attached it with screws to the underside of the cabinet. Now for the spacing, I noticed that for these particular wine glasses, each rack had to be 2” apart. As it turns out the molding is exactly 2” wide, so I used it as a spacer block.

And now I can just slide the glasses in and they rest right on the T-molding. So not only did we solve a storage problem here, but it looks kind of cool, too.

Table Setting Guide

Stemware is placed on the table in a way that is comfortable, convenient, and symmetrical. Stemware is aligned symmetrically at the top right of the plate.

Stemware Configuration

The arrangement of stemware is based on space. At a multi-course meal, there is a lot of tableware, including a water goblet and two or three wine glasses. To save space, stemware is arranged in the shape of a triangle or a diamond.

  • In the triangle arrangement, the dessert glass forms the highest point. The water goblet is angled to the lower left of the dessert glass, and the glasses for red and white wine are placed on the lower right side. When sherry is served, the sherry glass is placed on the lower right of the white wine glass.
  • The diamond shape is the same as the triangle arrangement, except the white wine glass is angled to the lower left of the red wine glass, and the sherry glass to the lower left of the white wine glass.

At a simple meal, less stemware is required. Usually one wine glass is used along with a water goblet. There is room to arrange stemware in any way one chooses, such as in a straight line parallel with the edge of the table or a diagonal line angled toward the table’s edge.

Order of Use

Stemware is placed on the table in the order of use.

Table Manners

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It’s easy to impress at the dinner table! Just take a few minutes to read through our table manners section and you’ll be the most sophisticated diner at the table.

International Dining Etiquette

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Visit our international dining etiquette section for more etiquette tips for your next trip overseas or hosting international guests!

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Toasting Etiquette

  • The first toast given during a dinner is normally offered at the beginning of the meal.
  • Traditionally, the first toast is offered by the host as a welcome to guests.
  • Toasts offered by others start during the dessert course.

For more etiquette tips and hundreds of toast examples.

How to display wine glasses

Bars are notoriously good places to make friends, but we aren’t used to thinking of them as hotbeds of design inspiration. However, that’s very much the situation in the home of New York Times bestselling author Leslie Bruce, who called on Jesse DeSanti to help renovate her Laguna Beach, California, residence. The two women, both mothers, bonded over the idea of installing a small in-home bar where there had previously been a butler’s pantry upstairs. “We’re really on the same page about the different things we’re going through,” says Jesse. “Moms need drinks, too!”

Utilizing two small walls that come together at a corner, Jesse made the space big enough for Leslie to keep cocktail ingredients and her glassware collection—and wash them up after use—without having to go downstairs. Much like a small kitchen, there are a few drawers and open shelves for storage. And then to show off some of the glassware, Jesse took a cue from real bars and added a few rows of hanging racks under the open shelves. “To be quite frank, they’re cute,” she says. “Since it doesn’t allow for that much storage, you can pick your favorite glasses to go there to let them sparkle a little more. It’s an aesthetic look that breaks up the lines of shelving.” Flipped upside down and hung from from the stem, a glass won’t collect dust, won’t get stuck on the shelf when you need to reach one, and won’t be hidden out of sight where you can’t enjoy the look of them.

No cabinets? No problem.

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Better yet, these hanging racks turn an unused part of your kitchen—that empty space right under the cabinets—into useable, attractive storage. So whether you’re a coupe collector or the lucky owner of a teeny tiny kitchen, they’re a great tool to keep in mind. Jesse sprang for short, gold stemware holders from Amazon to match the Anthropologie stools and CB2 pulls in Leslie’s bar, but we rounded up a few alternatives depending on your look.

Introduction: How to Make a Wine Bottle and Glass Display

How to display wine glasses

How to display wine glasses

How to display wine glasses

These wine displays are constantly my biggest seller at craft shows and also one of the easiest things to make! Make sure to watch the video above for more details and tips. You ready to dig in and Make Something? Let’s go!

Step 1: Ripping and Gluing

You can use any combination of woods and styles. In this example my two outside pieces are 2″ wide, with the middle piece 1 ½” wide and separated by ¼” strips. The final thickness will be ⅝” thick. Rip all the pieces on the tablesaw and glue up. I’m using ¾” thick material that will be planed down to ⅝” in the next step.

Step 2: Plane to Thickness

Once the glue dries plane down the blank to ⅝” thick. Thickness can be anywhere from ½” to ¾” but I find ⅝” looks the best.

Step 3: Attach Your Pattern

Attach your pattern to your blank with spray adhesive. A light coat is all that’s needed.

Step 4: Drilling the Holes

Before cutting out on the bandsaw you’ll want to drill the three holes with forstner bits. The middle hole is 1 ¼” and the two outside holes are ⅝”. I’m using a drill press but a standard drill will work just fine.

Step 5: Bandsawing

Next you can cut out the shape on the bandsaw. I like to cut as close to the line as I can without touching it for final shaping at the disc sander. I’m using a ⅝” blade.

Step 6: Sanding

Now you can sand down to the line using a disc or palm sander.

Step 7: Round Overs

I like a very slight round over on my wine displays. Here I’m using a 1/8″ round over bit mounted in my router. This can also be done with sanding.

Step 8: Sanding

And speaking of sanding. Remove all machine marks and sand smooth with a random orbit sander or palm sander.

Step 9: Finishing

For a finish I like to use a couple light coats of a wipe on satin polyurethane.

Step 10: You Made Something!

That’s it! These are my biggest sellers at craft shows. Make sure to watch the video above for more tips and details! Visit my website for more info and the pattern .

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Question 1 year ago on Step 3

Where can i download the pattern?

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Question 2 years ago

How can I make it not wobbly? I’m afraid it’ll lean to much to the side and dump the glass.

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Answer 1 year ago

I’ve found that using a 1/4″ roundover on the center hole that rests on the bottle makes it more stable. I agree with the creator that an 1/8″ roundover looks better (subtle, sleek) on this project, so I only do the 1/4″ on the BOTTOM side of the hole and an 1/8″ on the top (display side) and all edges.

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Answer 2 years ago

If you can chamfer (or bevel?) the center hole slightly so it fits more with the angle of the bottle neck that may help. Not sure how you could do that though, sanding maybe?

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Reply 2 years ago

You can use a chamfer router bit to accomplish that

How to display wine glasses

I downloaded these plans a while back and have been selling these at craft shows. They always go over great! Thanks David

How to display wine glasses

longtime subscriber to your youtube channel! you do great work and inspired me to start selling my stuff thanks!