Where to Put a Freestanding Wine Cooler
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Where to Put a Freestanding Wine Cooler?

David J Sharp
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In this article we’re going to be discussing the common question that we get asked here at Love Craft Wines.

Where exactly can you place a freestanding wine fridge?

Well, although this may seem like a simple question to answer, the meaning is somewhat ambigious, because it’s clear that some people are refering to the overall environment/setting where you can keep a freestanding wine refrigerators, whilst others are referring to the specific placement within the setting.

We’ll be addressing both of these today, alongside featuring some other frequently asked questions surrounding the topic.

So without further ado, where should you put a freestanding wine cooler?


There are several environments or settings that you can use a freestanign wine fridge in. These will obviously vary due to your requirements, but we wanted to display some of these below.


Having your wine cooler in the kitchen is the most popular option. Usually these are large freestanding units, which are full-length wine coolers.


The basement is another popular area to store your wine cooler, as it’s cool and lacks natural light, which is especially good when storing wine, as natural light can damage wine over time.

Additionally, it means that you’re not cluttering your living space, with the unit being hidden away in the basement.

Living/Dining Room

Storing your wine cooler in the living/dining room is a good option for those who potentially lack the space in their kitchen and don’t have a basement.

This is only really possible if you have a sufficiently sized living room or dining room.

Home Bar

Although this is a little more unusual, home bars are getting more popular. This is the perfect place to place your cooler, giving your home bar a nice finishing touch.

Commercial Setting/Bar/Restaurant

Large-sized wine coolers are most commonly used in commercial environments, where large amounts of wine needs to be stored, as the bar/restaurant/hotel will have more of an increased demand for selling it.

Commercial wine fridges are undoubtedly more expensive than smaller units, given that they range in bottle capacities from 60 – 300 bottles, depending on the budget.


Freestanding units usually have ventilation located at the back of the physical frame, and this vent is responsible for making sure that the unit has enough airflow, and is able to maintain a consistent cool temperature internally.

Because of this, these wine coolers have to be placed in locations where this airflow is unrestricted, so it requires an open space.

Therefore, these units cannot be used within an undercounter or built-in setting.

Alternatively, depending on how large the unit is, they are also appropiate for use as countertop wine coolers, as long as their ventilation is not restricted.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here we’ve done our best to address any frequently asked questions that we get asked; Please feel free to leave any we’ve potentially missed within the comments section, and we’ll answer it and add it to the list of FAQ’s.

Can a freestanding wine cooler be built in?

No, a freestanding unit which has it’s vent located on the back or the sides cannot be installed within an undercounter or built-in setting… The reason for this is simply that it will compromise the unit’s airflow, and cause it to overheat.

Not only would this damage and potentially break the wine cooler if done for long periods of time, but it would also jeoprodise the stored collection of wine.

However, it should be noted that a built-in wine cooler (one that has a front-facing vent) is versatile in it’s ability to be placed in both a undercounter/built-in or freestanding position.

David J Sharp is a wine equipment expert, having previously worked with some of the best wine cooler manufacturers within the USA. Today he works as a full-time wine cooler and wine cellar consultant for small and large clients alike. You can find out more about LoveCraftWines here.

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