8 Ways To Add a Small Wine Fridge in the Kitchen

City dwellers overcome space limitations and make room for the luxurious amenity

Image of a wine fridge under the stairs

Enjoy entertaining in large or small spaces

Wine fridges make a modern, functional addition to any kitchen. For wine enthusiasts and party throwers, adding a wine fridge serves up the beverage at just the right temperature.

Luckily for apartment dwellers, small wine fridges are available to accommodate even the slightest square footage. Here, Sweeten renovators worked on creative solutions with their general contractors. They can be located in small kitchen peninsulas and even under the stairs. 

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A small wine fridge enhances loft living

Kitchen with marble island and bar seating

Lia and Chris needed to incorporate a kitchen that felt organic in their industrial open loft space. Their Sweeten contractor did just that and built a seamless space connected to the living room. It turned out “we underestimated the significance of overall design in renovating,” the couple said. The overall layout included a longer peninsula with a small wine fridge. “This felt like a low-cost, high-impact amenity you don’t typically get in the city and we were very excited about it,” the couple said. It faced the living area for an easy transition from the kitchen.

The perfect gathering point

Image of a wine fridge in kitchen peninsula

As a chef/caterer, Sweeten homeowner Arnish wanted to renovate his kitchen to better accommodate his large parties and cooking activities. The kitchen peninsula became the centerpiece of the room and a gathering point for guests. Arnish added a wine fridge to the peninsula, to elevate its look and function. Now all of his entertaining needs are in one location, conveniently close by for guest refills.  

A built-in wine fridge cabinet

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When a water leak forced these Manhattan homeowners into an entire apartment gut renovation, they used the opportunity to create more modern and useful storage options. One of the best remodel additions: their kitchen cabinet wine fridge. To avoid an overcrowded main fridge, they added a small, secondary unit to optimize the space. A cabinet panel on the wine fridge door matches the rest of the kitchen cabinets for a sleek, modern finish. 

Turning unused nooks into beverage storage space

Image of a small wine fridge in kitchen nook

One of the main goals of Sarah and Craig’s Long Island City condo renovation was to maximize areas that had been previously dead space. As they worked to reconfigure the storage of their kitchen, they discovered a small nook of unused space in their bar area. The installation of their wine fridge improved the kitchen’s design and functionality. 

A family-friendly beverage fridge

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Sweeten homeowners Courtney and Jim renovated their Clinton Hill home that had become overcrowded for their family of four. It lacked practical storage options and needed a more personalized feel. They focused on the kitchen, where they gather as a family and for socializing. To increase the hosting potential of their kitchen, their newly installed under-counter wine fridge would serve as a beverage center for children and adults. 

A creative wine fridge location

Image of a wine fridge under the stairs

Alicia and Ed‘s brownstone remodel aimed to boost their kitchen’s “wow” factor. They were especially frustrated with their old refrigerator’s lack of storage space for wine bottles. The couple’s Sweeten contractor found them the perfect solution. Although their floor plan did not allow for a larger refrigerator, they found a spot underneath the staircase. No structural changes were needed. A chalkboard wall surrounds their wine fridge for a unique touch. 

A kitchen designed for foodies

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Self-professed foodies, Jessica and Jesse set out to build a working kitchen for cooking and gathering together. Their Sweeten contractor created a six-foot peninsula that was a true workhorse. It featured full-length drawers for pans and dinnerware, built-in shelves for cookbooks, and toe-level kick-drawers. Utilizing every inch, the couple also fit in a built-in wine fridge. They now have complete control over the temperature of their wine, and can easily serve beverages with their meals.

A snug fit for a small wine fridge

Image of white kitchen cabinets with a wine refrigerator

For Kayla and Jesse, it was time to remodel their 70-square-foot kitchen for a more personal feel. By working with her Sweeten contractor, Kayla was able to find space for everything she wanted in her new kitchen. One of the best pieces that she was able to add was a small wine fridge. Without compromising any necessary space or overcrowding the kitchen, Kayla was able to fit a small unit in her kitchen. As an avid cook, the wine fridge completed her dream kitchen. 

When you’re ready to get started on your kitchen or home remodel, discuss how a wine fridge can be incorporated into your design with a vetted general contractor.

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