Choose the right floor for your wine cellar

If you have this kind of cold and damp old cellar, you can be congratulated. You have the perfect conditions to convert your current spider storage to a tasteful wine cellar.

A restful environment for the wine

Of course, wine doesn't absolutely have to be stored in a cellar, but it is most often there that we have space that we aren't using for anything else. Damp cellars are highly unsuitable as storage spaces for winter clothing and superfluous items – due in particular to the humidity. Filling a cellar with textiles is like inviting all kinds of mould home for tea.

Wine, however, should preferably be stored in an environment with a humidity of between 55 and 75 per cent. Moreover, it should preferably be significantly cooler than the indoor temperature one usually thinks is comfortable. The thermometer should stay somewhere between 12 and 16 degrees. Nor should the bottles be subjected to light because it can change the precious liquid. White wine that is exposed to light can, for example, turn brown in colour. In other words, the cellar is the perfect place to store wine.

These conditions can undeniably be a strain on the floor. Add to this that wine bottles weigh quite a bit. A rule you can work from is that 500 wine bottles weight one tonne – the floor has to be able to bear the weight. You might think that 500 bottles sounds like too much, but keep in mind that you should both store the wine and have an opportunity to drink it – then a considerable number of bottles are needed.

Vinyl flooring is an excellent choice for the wine cellar

Vinyl flooring is sustainable and will not buckle from the moisture in the wine cellar – which is a risk with wood flooring. At the same time, it is fully possible to lay Pergo's parquet and laminate floors as they are laid floating and therefore have the possibility to move. Cellar floors are most often made of concrete – so remember that it's important to have a moisture barrier between the concrete and the flooring you lay.

You can indeed use a stone floor in your wine cellar, but then you won't get the same soft and warm floor as with vinyl. The vinyl floor is also noise dampening, which makes the room pleasant to be in – it won't have that cold and bare cellar feeling. Moreover, vinyl is soft, which hopefully saves your bottle if an accident were to happen and you drop it.

With the vinyl floor, you have many different alternatives when you choose the style of your wine cellar. Lay a wood floor, slate floor, concrete floor – or why not a patterned floor?