How Not to Build DIY Wine Glass Storage in Six Easy Steps
Ever since receiving our twelve large wine glasses as a wedding gift, we’ve been cursed with finding a way to store them. I was very excited to finally have plans in place for functional and stylish storage for the beasts, and I had planned today to tell you all about how we built it using some simple lumber for the tracks. But, as you will soon find out, this plan just wasn’t meant to be. Here’s how not to build wine glass storage.
Step 1: Take measurements, make a list, and purchase your supplies. Feel confident that this super-simple project will go off without a hitch and crack jokes with your spouse in the hardware store. Life is good.
Step 2: Begin project by marking under the shelf along the inner edge of the left bracket so that you know where to start the first track. Visions of hanging wine glasses dance through your head. Just a few cuts with the saw, you think, and a few holes drilled and we’ll be all finished!
Step 3: Remove shelf from wall, begin laying out where wine glasses will go. Fetch measuring tape to double-check the depth of the shelf so you know how long to cut the wood for the tracks. But when your spouse walks by and reminds you that the wine glasses can’t sit all the way to the back of the shelf because the cleat sticks in 3/4″, you stop dead in your tracks.
You see, when we planned these shelves originally, we didn’t plan on using cleats, but ended up adding them in when we realized that our studs on that wall were oddly placed. But I had forgotten to adjust my wine glass rack plans accordingly, so I was humming along as if the wine glasses could sit all the way up against the wall in the back, even though that was no longer the case due to the cleat being in the way.
Step 4: Mark 3/4″ in from the back of the shelf to represent the cleat. Say a little prayer to the DIY gods that two wine glasses deep will still fit.
Step 5: Set wine glasses on bottom of shelf to see if they fit.
They don’t. $#%@&!
Step 6: Try and think of every possible way to overcome this. Buy smaller wine glasses? Make the wooden tracks longer than the shelf’s depth so they could stick out a little in front? No…everything you think of seems silly. Spend a good moment silently swearing at yourself for not thinking of this sooner. Ultimately decide that it’s late, you’re frustrated, and this project is probably not going to work, so you call it a night. Re-install the shelf and lightly bicker with your spouse about who will put the screwdrivers away. (I lost that one.)
So there you have it. If you ever want to not install wine glass storage, there’s how to do it.
Ultimately this was bad forethought on my part. I was the one planning these wine glass holders, and I should have realized that the addition of the cleats would impinge upon my planned storage space. The good part is that even without the wine glass storage, I still love these shelves, so I’m glad they’re there. We are going to spend some more time thinking creatively about how we might still make the wine glass storage work though. Jason had the idea this morning to install the tracks on a diagonal, and I actually kind of like the sound of that, so we may play with that tonight to see how it would work. Does anyone else have any other ideas for how we might make this work and avoid a complete DIY failure? We’re open to suggestions.