10 Surprising and Genius Ways to Store Booze

The more ways to fit booze into my apartment, the better.

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Sorry, traditional bar carts: Your 15 minutes of fame are up. Here are 10 unique ways to store your alcohol.

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Vintage Suitcase

Modern-day Samsonites won't work for this. You'll need to scour Etsy and eBay until you find a piece of old-school luggage you love. Prop it open, fill it with booze, and you've got yourself a working bar.

BUY NOW: Vintage Suitcase, $125; Etsy.com

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Towel Racks

When you stack double rod towel bars on top of each other, as shown on IkeaHackers.com, you get a sleek, modern wine rack. Winos can extend it as far down the wall as they want.

BUY NOW: Gatco Double Towel Bar, $39; Bedbathandbeyond.com

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Canoe

Water babies will appreciate Etsy seller PoppasBoats' store. He makes wooden canoes with shelving, so when they stand upright, you can store all your favorite bottles inside.

BUY NOW: Row Boat Book Shelf, $139; Etsy.com

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IKEA Shelf

IKEA's Kallax cube units might be the big box store's most hacked piece of furniture, so its place on this list shouldn't come as a surprise. You can buy an x-shaped piece to fit in one of the cubes, and it holds wine bottles perfectly.

BUY NOW: Kallax Shelf Unit, $145; Amazon.com

BUY NOW: Cube Storage Shelf X, $8; Walmart.com

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Fruit Crates

Wooden apple crates stacked on a wire rack or bookcase work overtime: They look incredibly rustic-chic, and they hide the fact that you're sipping on Two Buck Chuck instead of fine wine.

BUY NOW: Classic Apple Crate, $35; Etsy.com

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Wooden Barrel

This is hands-down the most meta way to store your liquor: Let someone craftier than you carve a door out of an old wine or whiskey barrel and fit it with shelves. You'll get the honor of organizing your prettiest bottles inside.

BUY NOW: Wine Barrel Bar, $449; Etsy.com

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Old-School Television Set

When the bloggers at Whiskey Ginger (now the owners of an Etsy shop) got their hands on a 1960s TV, they popped out the screen and retrofitted the piece with shelving. The trend has since become a Pinterest darling.

BUY NOW: Vintage TV Cabinet, $507; Etsy.com

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Card Catalog

Twenty-somethings: Card catalogs are the cabinets that used to hold a library's directory back in Grandma's day. Everything's stored digitally now, which means hundreds of the vintage pieces are for sale on Etsy and eBay. They come stacked with anywhere from just a couple drawers to a whopping 72, each sized just right for your pinot.

BUY NOW: Vintage Library Card Catalog, $699; Etsy.com

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PVC Pipes

All it takes are some sanded, painted, and glued PVC pipes of varying sizes to create an expensive-looking wine rack. The crafter over at Adventures in Creating has a simple tutorial.

BUY NOW: Genova PVC Pipe, $9; Amazon.com

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Milk Crate

Most vintage milk crates have bottle holders already built inside, and they're secure enough to hold bottles of booze when titled sideways on the wall.

BUY NOW: Milk Crate, $85; Etsy.com

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