- 1. The milkcrate
- 2. The corner shelf
- 3. The compact setup
- 4. The invisible shelf
- 5. The long and low
- 6. The magazine rack
- 7. The bookends
- 8. The baskets
- 9. The utilitarian
- 10. The old suitcase
- 11. The repurposed pallet
Love the warm sound of a record player? So do we.
Having a vinyl collection is a lot of fun, but if you are ready to begin or expand your record collection, it’s important to remember that records take up a fair amount of space.
Figuring out how you’ll store your records is vital for any music loving collector — because vinyl storage can be tricky!
Luckily, we can help with that dilemma.
There are plenty of clever ways to incorporate records into your space. In fact, vinyl can really add to the look of your home — whatever your style, there is a smart hack for blending your collection into your decor in a tasteful way.
We’ll offer 11 ideas to get you started, but first let’s look at safe vinyl record storage for UK homes — so they stay in great condition for years to come.
How to Safely Store Vinyl
Records are beautiful to look at and create a delightful, vibratory sound.
They’re also expensive! So make sure you take good care of your vinyl by following good storage practices.
Don’t stack: Stacking your records can warp them over time, as those at the bottom of the stack suffer from the weight of those on top. It can also damage the jackets.
Store them vertically: Best to store your vinyl straight up and down — leaning can also lead to warping.
Store in the jackets: Always store your records in their jackets. This is a good practice that will protect them from dust, scuffing, and other hazards.
Don’t touch the surface: Not exactly a storage technique, but remember to handle your records by touching the edges, never the surface. You don’t want the oils from your hand to transfer to the record and impact the sound integrity.
Clean them before storing: To really keep your records in great condition, you’ll want to obtain a record cleaning brush that will remove any dust and impurities before returning the record to its jacket. You can also get a spray cleaning solution for the really dirty records.
Keep these tips in mind as you go about deciding on the record vinyl storage method that is best for you. Without further ado, let’s dive in to some fantastic storage design ideas.
11 Genius Vinyl Storage Ideas
Here are 11 great ideas for vinyl storage. Aesthetically pleasing, these solutions will help you really enjoy bringing records into your home. It sure beats keeping them in a box in the garage!
1. The milkcrate
The milkcrate is perhaps the simplest and easiest to implement vinyl storage solution. They look cool, are easy to find, and can be stashed in any corner or table surface in the room. This one is a fancier wood, but plastic works just as well.
2. The corner shelf
Maximize LP storage space by taking advantage of the corners of your room. You just need a corner shelving unit like this one from IKEA — and you can store books too!
3. The compact setup
Don’t have a lot of room? This compact setup tidily organises a good number of records with a very space-efficient design.
4. The invisible shelf
Talk about minimalism — this cool design makes it look like the records are floating. The records are definitely the star of the show here, since they’re all you can see.
Credit: Design Sponge
5. The long and low
Storing your vinyl in long, low book shelves looks great and creates lots of surface space on top where you can put your record player and other items. You can also maximize the wall space on top with artwork.
Credit: The Vinyl Factory
6. The magazine rack
Not just for waiting rooms, a magazine rack is a cute and efficient way to store your records.
7. The bookends
Want to keep your records on a shelf without them falling over? Simply use bookends to keep your records looking nice in the space you already have.
8. The baskets
Sturdy baskets are another smart way to stash your vinyl LPs. These are tucked nicely beneath a bench, making good use of room space as well.
Credit: IKEA Hackers
9. The utilitarian
Want something functional and basic? You don’t need to have your records on display to enjoy having them around! This utilitarian design holds a lot of records, so you can grow your collection confident that they won’t clutter up your space.
Credit: Can-Am Vinyl
10. The old suitcase
A handsome, old suitcase can make a clever bohemian-style vinyl holder.
Credit: Apartment Therapy
11. The repurposed pallet
A DIY boho chic option for record storage: pallets. Lean them against the wall or affix them to a wall, there are a lot of ways to get creative and personalise pallet vinyl storage.
Credit: Take Me To A Bygone Era
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