Where To Put A Freestanding Wine Cooler?

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Written By Roseanne

Charlie's been a wine enthusiast for 20+ years. He and Roseanne have a vast amount of experience and expertise in wine refrigerators.





TWe’ll be talking about the frequently asked question around here at Love Craft Wines in this article.

Where exactly can a freestanding wine refrigerator be placed?

Even though it may seem like a straightforward question, there is some ambiguity in the meaning because it is obvious that some people are referring to the general setting or environment where a freestanding wine refrigerator can be kept, while others are referring to a specific location within the setting.

Both of these will be addressed today along with a few other frequently asked questions about the subject.

Where should a freestanding wine cooler go, then, without further ado?


You can use a freestanding wine fridge in a variety of settings or environments. These will obviously vary depending on your needs, but we wanted to show you some of them here.


The most common choice is to place your wine cooler in the kitchen. These are typically sizable freestanding wine coolers that extend the full length of the unit.


Another well-liked location for your wine cooler is the basement because it’s cool and dark, both of which are beneficial when storing wine because natural light over time can harm the beverage.

Additionally, because the unit is hidden away in the basement, you are not clogging up your living space.

Living/Dining Room

For those who might not have enough room in their kitchen and don’t have a basement, storing your wine cooler in the living/dining room is a good option.

You can only really do this if your dining room or living room is big enough.

Home Bar

Home bars are becoming more common, even though this is a little more uncommon. This is the ideal location for your cooler, adding a nice finishing touch to your home bar.

Commercial Setting/Bar/Restaurant

Large-sized wine coolers are most frequently used in commercial settings where large quantities of wine need to be stored because there will be a higher demand for the wine to be sold by the bar, restaurant, or hotel.

Commercial wine refrigerators are unquestionably more expensive than smaller models because, depending on the budget, they can hold 60 to 300 bottles.


Freestanding units typically have ventilation at the back of the physical frame. This vent is in charge of making sure the unit has enough airflow and can maintain a constant cool temperature inside.

Because of this, these wine coolers must be placed in areas with unrestricted airflow, necessitating open space.

In an under-counter or built-in setting, these units cannot be used.

They can also be used as countertop wine coolers, depending on how big the unit is, provided that their ventilation is not restricted.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve done our best to answer any frequently asked questions that we receive here; however, if there are any that we may have overlooked, please feel free to leave them in the comments section and we’ll address them and add them to the list of FAQs.

Can a freestanding wine cooler be built in?

No, a freestanding unit with a vent on the back or the sides cannot be installed in an under-counter or built-in setting. The reason for this is that doing so will restrict the unit’s airflow and lead to overheating.

If this were to continue for an extended period of time, it would not only endanger the stored wine collection but also damage and possibly break the wine cooler.

It should be noted that a built-in wine cooler (one with a front-facing vent) is adaptable in that it can be set up in both an under-counter/built-in and a freestanding position.

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