Ikea BEKVÄM with DIY Stemware Rack

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Just when you thought we were done making crafty things for our apartment, we are back at it with an awesome bar cart complete with a nifty stemware rack!

No matter now many creative ideas we come up with, we always seem to be lacking cabinet space in our apartment. This is especially the case when it comes to storing wine or martini glasses. We even installed a new kitchen shelf to clear up some room but that still didn’t give us the space we needed. So back to the drawing board it was. While searching for options on the interwebs, I came across a bunch of fancy ass bar carts that seemed to do the trick. The only problem was that they were $200-$400! No thank you. So I came up with a better solution at a way better price.

What you will need: 

Step 1: Assemble your kitchen cart. You should be able to find one of these carts fully assembled on craigslist for really cheap if you look around. In our case, we just went to Ikea and picked one up because we were in the area. So if yours is already assembled, skip this step.

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The end product should look something like this…hopefully.

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Step 2: Cut your 2×4’s to size. It doesn’t have to be exact but as long as they fit the shape of your wine rack you s hould be good to go. The reason I went with 2×4’s was because it was shallow enough to be hidden by the edge of the cart as well as allowing for easy access to the rack.

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Step 3: Install the rack. This step is pretty straightforward. Drill your screws through the 2×4 and directly into the cart.

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Step 4: Slide in your glassware and enjoy! This particular rack can hold 6 martini glasses or 6-9 wine glasses depending on their shape and size.

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I’m also a big whisky fan (and a Makers Mark Ambassador) so I used the top of the cart to store my Makers Mark barware. You can also paint this cart any way you like but we chose to simply oil the surface and leave it be….for now.

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The final cost with everything brand new was ~$80. If you can get your cart used off craigslist, you could easily build this for less than $50. The best part is that the shelves also double as a wine bottle holder! Double win. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment!

Happy Halloween and thanks for reading!

 

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