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June 08, 2024

How big is a wine barrel?

Size Matters: Unveiling the Dimensions of Wine Barrels (and Why It's Cool)

You know we love all things wine barrels here at Oak Wood Wine Barrels! Their rustic beauty, that hint of the journey they've taken... it all translates into incredibly unique furniture. But when you're planning your dream barrel table or cozy armchair, size becomes a practical question. So, let's get down to the nitty-gritty: just how big is a standard wine barrel?

The Classic: Bordeaux Barrels

Most wine barrels you'll encounter are built to what's called the "Bordeaux" standard. These are the workhorses of the wine world, and here's what they hold:

Volume: Approximately 225 liters (or 59 gallons – enough for about 300 bottles of wine!)
Height: Typically around 35 inches
Diameter: Widest at the middle (the "bilge") at about 28 inches, tapering slightly towards the top and bottom.
Fun Fact: Back in the day, the size of these barrels was chosen because it's about the most a single person can comfortably roll!

More Than Just One Size

While the Bordeaux style is the most common, the world of wine barrels has some fun variations:

Burgundy Barrels: Slightly smaller than their Bordeaux cousins, holding around 228 liters.
Giant Puncheons: These hold a good chunk more wine – around 500 liters! You might find us repurposing one of these into a truly grand dining table.
Demi-Muids: Even larger still, clocking in at around 600 liters.
Small Barrels: Some wineries use smaller, specialty barrels for aging. These add a delightful variety to our furniture options!
Why Size Matters for Your Furniture Dreams

Knowing barrel dimensions helps you visualize your space! Here's why it's useful:

Table Talk: A standard Bordeaux barrel makes a generously sized coffee table or a cozy bistro table for two.
Seating Sweet Spot: Smaller barrels are perfect for crafting unique armchairs or bar stools.
Grand Designs: Those giant puncheons? They become incredible community tables or expansive countertops.
A Touch of Barrel History

It's believed the ancient Celts were among the first to use wooden barrels thanks to their skilled woodworkers. But the Romans really spread barrels across their empire, finding them perfect for storing and transporting wine on their many journeys.

Inspiration Corner

Tiny house dweller? Seek out smaller barrels for space-efficient furniture.
Wine enthusiast? A barrel with a glass top lets you display your favorite corks!
Love entertaining? A long table crafted from a giant barrel is a showstopper.
Let's Get Practical: Finding Your Perfect Barrel Fit

Ready to make your barrel furniture dreams a reality? Browse our collection where we include dimensions for each piece. Don't see quite what you need? We love custom projects!

Got a barrel-sized question? Or maybe a photo of your favorite barrel furniture piece? Share in the comments below!


Interested in shopping for wine barrel furniture? You can browse our full collection of items ranging from coffee tables to home bar and game sets here!