How to Display Your Vinyl Records

Everyone’s growing their record collection lately, just like in the old days. Now how to store and display these beauties? Here are some neat suggestions.

Updated on June 05, 2017 23:06 pm

Camille Besinga

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Ever since records made of polyvinyl chloride (hence, the name “vinyl”) were introduced in the late 1940s, people of all ages and social statuses have enjoyed and cherished listening to mass-produced music. Whether it’s a 33 or a 45 (or heck, even the oldie 78) turning on the turntable, the distinct crackle of the record under the needle has appealed to many. They fell out of radar with the boom of the cassette tape sometime in the ‘80s, the CD in the ‘90s, and the mp3s in the 2000s. But thanks to a resurgence of all things vintage (and to hipsters, too), the vinyl record is once again gaining track as a favoured medium to listen to music.

Part of the beauty of vinyls is its packaging. Vinyl record albums are treasured like works of art—go online and you’ll find a healthy industry involved mainly in trading new and old vinyl albums for both the music content and its artful cover and packaging. Some even have album covers framed. Blame it on nostalgia, but also on that cool, hip, and contemporary hashtag: #swag.

While records are more sturdy than CDs, they can still get damaged. If you are an aficionado yourself, or would like to start building your collection and want to display your swag in your home, here are some ideas.

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Sequester a row of floating cabinets and turn it into your very own “DJ station.” Prop up records on the wall for easy access for when you want to “spin” at your own parties.

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Cubby shelves along the wall make for great storage for records. Alternate stacking vertically and horizontally to add visual texture.

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A custom drawer just for vinyls ingeniously lets listeners see—through glass panes on the front—the records their owner is proud of displaying at the moment.

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Here's an inexpensive, DIY alternative: Create a "bench" by placing a floating shelf low on the floor, populate with books, lamps, and tcotchkes on top, and store your player and records underneath.

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Stacking records vertically keeps the shape of the record and record album intact (horizontal stacking puts weight on records under the pile, and could damage them in the long term).

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Turn wooden crates into an instant record cubby-shelving and entertainment system rack...

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…or, with the addition of caster wheels and a cabinet pull, create an easy-to-move-around crate storage for your precious vinyls. Useful if you’ve got a player in almost every room of the house.

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What of damaged records that you can no longer salvage? Turn them into functional works of art, like vinyl bookends. Click on Source to get the how-to.

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