Desk and storage Unit
Having a dedicated record storage unit in your listening area is a good sign that you care about your records. A well chosen shelving or cabinet will blend perfectly with your environment and make your collection look great and easily available for playing. Luckily, you'll find a multitude of great storage solutions available on the market at all price points. So if you are committed to spend a good amount of money on your favorite vinyl, it's a logical step to spend a little more to ensure they are stored properly. However, good record storage units can be quite expensive, but they have many advantages over regular shelves which might not be solid enough or have the right dimensions. A 12" row of vertically stacked vinyl can weight at least 30 lbs, so you have to make sure your shelves will manage to stand them. It's recommended to have a solid wall divider between about every 50 records and to leave some room for easy browsing. Also, you should avoid keeping records in very leaned rows, as even a 40 degree lean can create too much pressure and result in warped records over time. But remember, the No.1 rule of record storage is to always stack them vertically. Stacking horizontally will cause warping and ring marks.
A good alternative to shopped storage solutions is the DIY method which can be cost effective, but also time consuming. This approach has a lot of advantages as it's custom made to fit your collection size and room. You'll find numerous good plans and designs with a little research. Another inexpensive option, particularly if you're looking for smaller storage units, is to search Etsy for "record storage". Here's a link to do that.
Below we put together a list of 27 practical, dedicated solutions for storing your highly prized vinyl collection, covering a large range of price and style, for both US and European markets.
More than simple record storage, Atocha Design creates handcrafted, mid-century-inspired furniture for storing records, CDs, and audio components. Their vinyl-specific designs, targeted to music enthusiasts, allow easy storage and quick access to your record collection and equipment. Careful consideration has gone into the design, engineering, and construction of the units to specifically accommodate the heavy weight of an LP collection. Their current lineup consists of: KickBack Cocktail Table, Open/Closed Series, Record Cabinet Series, Record Stand, Sidekick Leather LP Sling, Speaker Stands and The DJ Stand.
Boltz manufactures modern steel furniture with many customization options. While the company has a vide variety of products for every room in a house, they have a great line for media storage and shelving. Their LP Album Storage Racks provide steel-enforced storage for your vinyl, and have the ability to be stacked on each other as your collection grows. Additional shelves can be purchased separately and easily added on at a later date, making it perfect for both small and large record collections. Optional casters can also be added for ease of mobility.
Can-Am has been producing modular metal cabinetry since 1979. They recently added a browser style 2-drawer LP storage cabinet to their current line of thirty-eight modules, that can hold up to 560 records. It is completely compatible with all standard width Can-Am cabinets so you can configure your setup around your vinyl collection. Thanks to the modular design you can stack them and even put them on wheels. The Can-Am cabinets are available in 18 colors to match any decor and have a VOC free and hypoallergenic, rich powder coat finish.
The Cubitec Shelving, designed by Doron Lachisch, combines the exceptional strength and stability of injection-molded polypropylene with simple modular design, featuring lightweight shelves with a corrugated core. Cubitec can be connected vertically or horizontally with the enclosed hardware, and optional doors and back panels can transform the system into concealed cabinetry. Each kit includes 12 panels and creates up to four cubes, and each shelf holds up to 55 lbs. For vinyl storage you should opt for the 13.25" deep shelving kit. These cubes measure 18.25" width and 18.25" height.
DUAL Structure & Style was founded in 2001 and is best known for producing high-quality DJ lifestyle furniture including Dj consoles, DJ mixing desks and record & CD storage units. They currently make three record storage models: Hartland - with a capacity of 900 records; Portland - with a capacity of 600 records; and Boston - that can hold up to 450 records. All Dual products are available in 9 choices of highly durable, scratch and impact resistant natural texture laminates. The non-porous surface resists water and stains, and can be kept clean with with soap and water meaning there is almost no maintenance to keep your furniture looking great for years.
Made with wood frames and MDF panel walls covered by PVC veneer laminate, these affordable Open Storage Cubes are durable and lightweight, making them easy to move and stack on each other. They are an ideal record storage option for small collections and rooms or apartments where space is limited.
Glorious is part of the Reloop family and offers a good range of solid vinyl storage options. Their stackable record cubes are made of quality MDF, available in untreated wood or with black or white shrink-wrap finish. There are 4 models available: Record Box 55, Record Box 110, Record Box 110 Advanced and the Record Box 230. The 55, 110 and 230 models are opened on the side, while the Record Box 110 Advanced is opened on the top with slanted sides, allowing you to flick through your vinyl collection with ease.
Gothic Cabinet Craft is a local manufacturer and retailer of quality wood furniture, based in New York. They have been around since the end 60s and are known for their dedication to affordable quality craftsmanship. Their vinyl storage cabinets, called LP Record Racks, are hand made from solid Birch Plywood with Birch Wood Veneer Edging, and are not only built for storing your records, but engineered to last. The racks come unfinished, ready to be stained or painted, or for an additional fee they can be customized with veneer in the color and finish of your choice. Gothic also offers stackable records storage cubes with a minimalist design, that can be combined in an infinite number of ways.