A wine rack is a contraption used to store, organize, or display wine bottles. They can be made from a number of different materials such as wood, stainless steel, and wrought iron. The size and design of a rack determine the number of bottles it can hold. It can be a massive cabinet-type wine storage system in a professional wine cellar or a simple table-top contraption that can display bottles of wine in a private home.
Apart from storing or holding bottles of wine, some racks are a piece of art themselves, worthy of being displayed and mounted on a wall. Wine cubes, which are usually made of wood, are versatile and can be stacked on top of each other to hold as many bottles as space can allow. Sculptural wine racks made from steel or wrought iron are popular decorative items in homes as they come in various designs that will fit any contemporary, modern or traditional homes.
When shipping a wine rack, it must be properly packed to ensure that it arrives without any damage. Here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship a wine rack.
Table-top wine racks made from steel, wrought iron, or chrome are usually small enough to fit in a shipping box. Wrap the rack generously in newspaper and bubble wrap, making sure that any corners, pointed or protruding parts are well padded to prevent them from puncturing the box. Place the rack in the box with packing materials on the bottom, all sides, and top. The box should be well-packed to keep the rack immobile in the center of the box.
Small wooden wine cubes or cabinet-type racks can also be bubble wrapped and boxed while bigger ones can be palletized. Some larger wine racks can be disassembled for easy storage or transport. Simply knock down a rack following the manufacturer’s directions so it will be small enough to fit a shipping box. Place any screws or bolts in a Ziploc bag and don’t forget to pack the bag with the rest of the items. Wrap each piece with bubble wrap and arranged in a shipping box such that they will not collide during transit. Use plenty of packing materials to prevent unnecessary movements inside the box during transportation.
Close the box and seal with heavy-duty packaging tape. Make sure that all flaps, including the ones in the bottom of the box, are secured and will not burst open during handling. Address and label the package and take to your local shipping company or post office.