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Glass Rack Sizing: How to Figure Out What Size Glass Rack You Need

When our Operations Manager first said we were adding glass racks to our inventory I was super excited as customers and prospects had been asking us for these. When our first samples arrived though it suddenly occurred to me I had absolutely no idea how to tell a customer or prospect what glass rack they should be buying. I needed to learn pronto. Thankfully though, glass rack sizing isn’t a particularly difficult concept once you’re taught it. I’m going to walk through a glass rack sizing scenario below utilizing our Serenity Crystal Champagne Flute and our Victoria 28oz Crystal Wine Glass.

1. You always start with a basic glass rack.

This is what keeps your glasses from falling out of the rack and features handles so you can carry the glass rack.

2. Measure the widest part of your glass – whether that is the foot, the stem, the bowl or the rim.

For the Serenity champagne flute the widest part is the foot which measures 2.75” inches wide. For the Victoria 28oz wine glass, the widest part is the bowl which measures 4.5” inches wide.

3. Once you’ve measured the widest part of your glass, you want to find the compartment size that best fits the width of your glass. You will only have one full drop extender and one basic glass rack.

Number of CompartmentsCompartment Size
9 compartment full drop extender 5.9” x 5.9”
16 compartment full drop extender 4.4” x 4.4”
25 compartment full drop extender 3.5” x 3.5”
36 compartment full drop extender 2.9” x 2.9”
49 compartment full drop extender 2.5” x 2.5”

Based on the table above, the Serenity champagne flute best matches with the 36 compartment full drop extender. The Victoria wine glass best matches the 9 compartment full drop extender.

4. To ensure the height of the glass is covered, you choose as many half drop extenders (in the same number of compartments that fit your glass width) necessary to cover the entire height of the glass minus the basic glass rack height and full drop extender height.

The Serenity Champagne Flute has a height of 9.13”. The Victoria Wine Glass has a height of 8.9” and the Victoria old fashioned glass has a height of 3.5”. Each half drop extender regardless of the number of compartments has a height of 1.56”. Each full drop extender regardless of the number of compartments has a height of 3.5”. Therefore, in order to ensure the Serenity Champagne flute is properly secured you would need:

Basic glass rack + 36 compartment full drop extender (3.5”) + 4*[36 compartment half drop extenders (1.56”)] = 9.74” which fits the Serenity Champagne Flute height of 9.13”.

Or

  • 1x Basic Glass Rack
  • 1x 36 compartment full drop extender
  • 4x 36 compartment half drop extenders

In order to ensure the Victoria Wine Glass is properly secured you would need:

Basic glass rack + 9 compartment full drop extender (3.5”) + 4*[9 compartment half drop extenders (1.56”)] = 9.74” which fits the Victoria Wine Glass height 8.9”

OR

  • 1x Basic Glass Rack
  • 1x 9 compartment full drop extender
  • 4x 9 compartment half drop extenders

Note that the basic glass rack’s measurements are not included because when the full drop extender is secured into the basic glass rack, it is flush to the base creating no extra height requirements.

5. Then you need to figure out how many glasses you need to wash, store and transport.

If you need to store 50 champagne flutes, and each glass rack that properly secures the champagne flutes stores 36, then you would need 3 of the basic racks, 3 of the 36 compartment full drop extenders and 12 of the 36 compartment half drop extenders.

If you need to store 110 Wine Glasses, and each glass rack that properly secures the wine glasses stores 9, then you would need 13 of basic racks, 13 of the 9 compartment full drop extenders and 52 of the 9 compartment half drop extenders.

If you’re interested in a quote for any of our glass racks or need help with sizing them out:

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