As the new generation of record collectors are starting to emerge, it seems storage and displaying your record collection is becoming more and more popular. From dorm rooms to displaying in your own home, records have become something worth showing off and bragging about to your friends.
So, why the sudden interest?!
No one really knows but some will make speculations and to others it just doesn’t seem to matter. Records seem to be here to stay now, for the time being. A quick glance over the internet and it will not take long before you start seeing claims that vinyl record sales have exceeded digital media music.
Every collector has their own way of storage and display preference and reasons.
When records first came on the music scene, milk crates were the storage choice. You will still find them laying around time to time, maybe at thrift stores or at yard sales. I personally don’t like them because to me they just look tacky and not really something that I would want to show off to my friends. Not every milk crate will fit your records either because over time the milk companies changed their style to a smaller size. If you’re into going to record shows you will see them often. Sellers love them because they are sturdy, easy to move around because of the handle holes and are easy for buyers to flip through.
IKEA shelves seem to be the most popular way for people to store their records now days. They seem to have a class to them and look great with your turntable and receiver on top of it. IKEA shelves come in all kinds of sizes. Something tells me that they were never meant to be used for records, however, they are becoming apart of many house furniture setups for displaying record collections.
You can also buy smaller wooden crates at many local record stores, and even hardware stores now. They tend to hold 50-75 records, allowing room to flip through your collection. One thing to watch out for when buying a wooden crate is how it’s made. I wouldn’t ever buy one that is put together with staples, unless you never plan on moving your records. Your records are very heavy and those types of crates tend to break apart under the weight when carrying them. Look for ones that are put together with screws.
Another type of crate you can find at Wal-Mart is plastic bins. They kind of look like a knock off of a milk crate and are sure to measure before buying. A record jacket is typically 12 3/8 X 12 3/8 inches. You want to have more space then your record size so you can flip easily, especially if you plan to use Record Jackets to protect your collection. They come in many different colors. I noticed culpable crates too at another store like mine showing in the below photo. The Price range is usually between $10-15. A lot like the wooden crates I wouldn’t move them around too much. They have plastic hinges. They are known to break under the weight of the records.
Other people like to see their collection more when they flip through. If your handy with wood you could make something like this photo that I made a few years ago. The only problem I found with this kind of display, is it takes up a lot of room and you run out of space for a fast collector.
Now let’s talk about displaying your records. Many people like to display their favorite records and some have really cool jackets. This is one of the many reasons why some collectors buy curtain records. Some people will use small easels; others will use more cost effective methods like using a plate holder. You can find them at most dollar stores.
Now if you wanted to display them on your wall you could use house siding starter strips from a hardware store. I have never tried this method myself but have seen it used in record stores before.
In conclusion, I hope that this blog gives you some better ideas on how to store and display your record collection. Just remember; never store your records on top of each other. The reason not to do this is because it can cause warps and if a record has any dirt on it, it could push the dirt or pebble into the record, which could cause a divot in your vinyl. This is non reversible damage.