Essential Vinyl Storage for Record Collectors

Obviously, when one becomes a vinyl junkie, storage can be a bit of a problem if you don't have the proper tools. In today's post, I'll go over some of the best vinyl storage options available for those who may be struggling with (God forbid!) piles of records which are threatening to take over your living room. We want to make sure our babies are-most importantly-safe and out of harm's way, but still accessible for your daily listening pleasure. Let's have a look...

 Probably the most popular and affordable of all, is the IKEA Expedit. These come in a range of sizes and colors, and can hold a LOT of records easily. Of course, the catch is you'll have to put it together yourself, but it's really simple and takes a minimum of tool knowledge. In fact, you put it together with an Allen wrench, which is included when you buy them new from IKEA. OR if you're super thrifty like me, check your local Craigslist for them, that way you'll get them cheaper AND pre-built. They're almost always available on Craigslist, but you gotta be quick, because they go really super fast.

The other cool thing about the Expedit is you can use them as a 'table' for your turntable set-up or anything else you want to store on top. I love things that perform double-duty, particularly when they look cool too! And of course just stacks of records always look great inside, but you can place a record of your choice front-wise to show off that awesome cover art. Pretty neat, huh? Amazon also carries the Expedit, and can most times be found for a little cheaper than on the IKEA website.

So everybody knows about the tried-and-true vinyl "milk crate", but those aren't nearly as visually appealing as the Expedit or vintage vinyl storage, (which I'll get to next). There are several individuals making new crates by hand, for those who love the natural wood look. Here's a great example by PDX Woodlab, who are currently promoting their product as a CrowdSupply (like Kickstarter) project, and they are nearing their pledge goal. These are beautifully crafted crates, again, useful and cool looking. I love that there's a choice between a decorative top crate, and a stackable crate. Here's a nifty video on this project:

Finally, how could I not include some fine examples of original, vintage vinyl storage? And you won't find any cheapo wire racks here, I'm talking about serious furniture for your records, people! Yes, vintage furniture can be really expensive, but let's face it, they don't make 'em like these anymore, am I right?? And they really do come in a multitude of sizes and styles, although admittedly, most are Mid Century Modern...but who doesn't love that??! Mad Men party anyone? Here are just a couple of examples I found on Etsy. Be sure to check your local thrift stores, garage sales, Estate Sales, Craigslist, eBay and more if you want to go the vintage route. Enjoy!

from RelksReliks on Etsy
from Gremlina on Etsy

from NeatoVintage on Etsy

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