woman pulling out an under the stairs wine rack in her foyer
Photo: John Ellis
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Store Wine Under the Stairs

Some people have wizards living under their stairs; you can have wine. This nifty under-the-stairs wine-rack keeps wine out of the way but still convenient during a holiday dinner. The pull-out storage is a custom-built unit that holds up to 32 bottles. The beadboard front panel is the same piece cut out for the opening, so the cabinet blends seamlessly into the wall.

Inspired to do the same? First, make sure your stairs are self-supporting and that there's no hidden wiring or ductwork in the way. Once you're in the clear, construct a box to your specs out of ½-inch plywood. Then add slide-out shelves fitted with cutout fronts that cradle the bottles' necks—or simply fill the box with a prefab wine rack. Finish with heavy-duty glides and a decorative front panel or cabinet door.
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