much more space efficient but may cause deformation with some softer semi hard cheeses.
I ran into that same problem over the past year. I decided to store a relatively new and somewhat softer Beaufort on its side in the door. The rind of the cheese wheel had been developed and was looking quite nice
when I vacuum-sealed it. As part of my cheese-checking/turning ritual, I went to turn this cheese and the one side had mashed down. I was horrified.
What had I done to my poor cheese?
I tried to gently smooth it out and "correct" it inside the bag. That helped a little. Time, I figured, would be my friend and help to bring my disfigured wheel back into a "wheel" shape. It had a flat tire, after all. You can still see some residual lines where the "flat" was at the top of the photo.
You can believe it when I think twice now about storing cheese wheels on their sides. I make every effort to store them flat.Don't let a cheese go flat!