Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Hang A Ceiling Wine Rack

If you want to hang a wine rack from the ceiling, either to save floor space or for design reasons, first take a good look at your ceiling. You will need a solid foundation to mount the rack on, and if the ceiling either has no solid studs or is compromised in some way, it may not be the best idea. The last thing you want is for that case of Bordeaux to come crashing down unexpectedly. The other thing to consider is that the temperature is higher at ceiling level. Red wine typically needs a long-term storage temperature of around 55 degrees Fahrenheit. That said, if a ceiling rack is the answer for you, it's not too difficult to hang. Does this Spark an idea?


Hanging the Wine Rack

1. Check the wine rack to see what the mounting points are and the diameters of the holes to use. If there is hardware provided, you may be able to use that, depending on what you find in the ceiling. If there is no hardware, you will need metal braces with holes punched in them to go around the bars of the rack.

2. Check the ceiling for studs. Use a stud finder if you have one, or you can drill small pilot holes. If you hit a solid stud, you can hang directly from it provided you can get a grip with screws. More likely, the studs will not be placed in line with the fixtures on your rack, so you will need to use anchors appropriate to your wall material. Use a little quick-drying spackling compound and a sponge to fill pilot holes, if necessary. You can dab on some touch-up paint as well, if the rack won't hide the holes.

3. Place the rack against the ceiling and mark through the holes from which you will hang the rack with a pencil. If there is no hardware on the rack itself, put the braces in place and mark through the holes in braces onto the ceiling.

4. If you are drilling directly into studs with screws, mount the rack. If you are using anchors, get plastic expanding anchors appropriate to your ceiling material (either Sheetrock or concrete). Make sure the anchors are rated for the weight of the rack and wine. A case of wine (12 bottles) weighs between 30 and 40 pounds. Calculate the weight of the wine accordingly and add on the weight of the rack. Drill the holes for the anchors per the instructions on the packaging. Fully insert the plastic anchors in the holes.

5. Mount the rack by screwing the screws into the anchors. Test the rack manually before filling it with wine.

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