Thursday, January 24, 2008
You know much of the world has moved on to CDs or iPods, but you've got a record collection you really want to keep. Here are some options on how to store them.
When this question gets asked, you can always count on someone recommending the EXPEDIT bookcase from IKEA. But there are certainly plenty of other options, in two basic categories: boxes and shelving.
Boxes and Cases
The most basic answer might be simple cardboard boxes. This one holds 50 LPs.
A step up would be an archival-quality box. This one holds 33 records.
Bags Unlimited also sells basic cardboard boxes, archival boxes, and plastic corrugated boxes made from "acid-free, waterproof and vermin-resistant material."
For a greener option, this box (which holds 45 LPs) is made from recycled fiberboard.
Crosley makes this record carrier case, which holds 30+ records.
And Eurolite makes a case that comes in a variety of colors - plus this camouflage option. Update on March 3, 2009: This looks like the case from Odyssey Innovative Designs.
Crosley makes this storage stand. Update on Dec. 10, 2014: I'm no longer finding this stand on the Crosley website.
Boltz makes steel furniture, including some shelving designed for LPs.
This LP rack from Musicdirect has steel-reinforced 3/4” MDF shelves - and you can add on an additional shelf. Update on April 2, 2011: I'm no longer seeing this on the Musicdirect web site.
The Billy Bags LP storage rack can be made to fit your needs; you can specify the number of shelves and the dimensions.
These DUAL record cabinets come in three sizes; this largest one holds 900 LPs. They are hand crafted from maple plywood and are faced with maple hardwood. Update on April 2, 2011: This product is no longer listed on the company's web site. DUAL does have other shelving options, though.
The modular RACKIT system can accommodate as many LPs as you have. Update on Sept. 12, 2014: The web site for this product has disappeared; see the comments for more information. Twocan HiFi has a product which may work as a replacement.
Tony's Woodshop provides another modular option, with these custom made storage boxes designed for LPs.
Room & Board has a lovely media center that's just the right size for LPs. Here's a picture of how someone has used it for a record collection. Update on April 2, 2011: Room & Board no longer has this specific product.
Update on September 12, 2008: I've found three more options worth a look!
Update on March 3, 2009: I've found a number of other interesting options!
Update on April 3, 2011: I've found six more vinyl storage products you may want to look at!
Update on January 10, 2014: And I've found three more!
Update on Sept. 12, 2014: I've found, yet again, three more!
Credits: About half of the original suggestions came from Steve Hoffman Music Forums, Metafilter, and Apartment Therapy: Chicago. First photo from Beautification Syndrome / Chris Ibsen.
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