There are 4 main types of wine racks, and each one comes in a wide range of styles and sizes.
Countertop Wine Racks
These wine racks are designed to fit on a countertop or a table so they tend to be on the smaller size. But you can find countertop racks that can hold 40-50 bottles easily.
If you want a rack that you can keep in your kitchen for easy access, a countertop wine rack is a safe bet. In addition to kitchen counter space, you can also place these racks on a living room end table, top of a bookcase, or the fireplace mantel.
Wall Mounted Wine Racks
These racks generally do the double duty of holding wine bottles as well as offering a decorative element to the wall. Many wall-mounted racks look like elaborate pieces of artwork, so you can use them to enhance a particular space in your home.
As the name suggests, these racks don't need any floor space. If your home doesn't have a lot of floor space, but has plenty of bare walls, a wall-mounted wine rack will be a great option.
Most wall-mounted wine racks that are decorative in nature can hold between 4-12 wine bottles.
If you're looking for a wall-mounted rack that can hold more than a dozen bottles, you won't find artistic options. It's because the more weight you add to a wall-mounted rack, the greater the risk of it falling. So, the rack's focus will be on sturdiness, and not on style.
Floor Wine Racks
These racks are quite similar to countertop racks, i.e., you can place them on the floor or even a countertop. However, bigger floor wine racks that can hold 100 or more bottles, can only be placed on the floor.
If you consider yourself a collector and want to add to your collection over time, we recommend a floor rack. It can easily store dozens or hundreds of bottles.
Of course, floor racks are available in smaller sizes (6-12 bottles) as well. If you have ample floor space available, a floor rack will be much better than a wall-mounted rack as there will be no risk of it falling.
Hanging Wine Racks
These may sound exactly like wall-mounted racks but there's a huge difference: hanging wine racks hang under a cabinet space or from the ceiling. In other words, they are not mounted on a wall.
However, just like wall-mounted racks, you'll need to be careful to choose hanging rack that is sturdy. Make sure it's installed properly so you don't have to worry about losing all your precious wine collection in a fall accident.
Hanging wine racks are a very good choice for people who have limited counter or floor space.