Owning physical copies of your favorite albums is the best way to experience music. They’re collectible, tactile, and in many cases, beautiful works of art. Best of all, with the right recording, mastering, and production, they sound fantastic.
Unlike streaming services, of course, records take up space…
As your collection grows, you’ll need to pick the best vinyl record storage solutions to suit your unique space and home.
If your living space is relatively large, this could be as simple as up-sizing your storage cabinet. However, if space comes at a premium in your home, you might need to get increasingly creative in finding additional space each time you return from the record store with another stack of wax.
There are many vinyl record storage options available to suit all record collections great and small. For the longevity of your collection, there are also a number of principles you should follow to store your records safely. For today, though, we focus on vinyl storage containers, cabinets, and display options. Here’s our pick of the best:
The Ubiquitous Ikea KALLAX
No article on vinyl record storage would be complete without IKEA’s very popular KALLAX shelving unit. They’re arguably the most common solution among vinyl enthusiasts for housing medium to large collections. The 13″x13″ cubes are perfect for housing 12″ LPs, and the unit comes in a selection of dimensions and finishes at a very attractive price.
Just be mindful of weight. Records are heavy, so for the best support, ensure your records are sat on the full-width boards of the KALLAX unit and not the shorter dividers. Ikea recommends not exceeding 13kg (28.6 pounds) for each shelf.
Novogratz Concord Turntable Stand
This mid-century-inspired turntable stand is perfect for a living room vinyl setup. The addition of drawers makes it easy to store all your vinyl record accessories out of sight for a clean, contemporary look. It features a shelf for records underneath, with the addition of handy dividers to break up your collection and prevent excessive leaning.
Modway Render Mid-Century Modern Vinyl Record Storage Display Cabinet
There’s just something about the mid-century style that really suits record cabinets. Helped, of course, by the fact vinyl was at its peak during the post-war mid-century modern art movement.
The sliding slatted door and walnut effect looks really sharp and allows for plenty of storage for both records and accessories. Your turntable can sit right on top, making it a great listening station and centerpiece in your home.
MODERN VINYL Record Holder
Although a good record shelf or cabinet is the best and safest way to store records, there is a place for more artistic options that create a sense of style in your home.
This matte black record holder can house 160-200 LPs in a way that makes them a focal point in the room.
Crosley ST66-PA Manchester Entertainment Stand
Although Crosley is best known for the cheap and cheerful suitcase-style record players famously mocked by audiophiles, they also make some pretty cool retro accessories.
This wooden mid-century style stand has a shelf for records that can house around 20 albums while doubling as a coffee table or record player stand.
For more compact record player stand options, view our complete guide, here.
Urban Outfitters Corner Store Vinyl Storage Rack
Urban Outfitters sell vinyl as a lifestyle and undoubtedly contribute to vinyl’s resurgence among younger listeners. As a fashion retailer, they focus predominantly on the aesthetic of vinyl and make some really cool storage solutions that celebrate the beauty of vinyl records. One example is this gold metal rack with compartments designed to house 12′ LPs.
Restored Antique Cabinets
If you’re feeling adventurous and would like something truly unique, consider looking at up-cycling an antique cabinet. I took this 1960s teak cabinet, applied some chalk furniture paint for modern style, and installed hairpin legs for a timeless mid-century look.
There are plenty of similar cabinets available on e-bay, or you can check your local antique dealer if you have one.
Flight Cases for Storing Records While Moving House
If you need to transport a large record collection, you’ll need a suitable container to protect the records in transit. This flight case can hold up to 150 records. It’s a worthwhile investment, particularly if you’re shipping records abroad in a container or moving long-distance in a removal truck.
Victrola Wooden Record Crate
Record crates are handy for record overflow. Sometimes, when a collection grows beyond your primary storage, having a few crates around allows you to store any extras safely.
I like these in particular for their wood construction and the retro Victrola brand. Perfect for tucking underneath cabinets or in closets—basically anywhere you can find to stash away black gold.
Bespoke Record Storage
To really maximize space in your music room, you could consider having a bespoke record storage unit made. Many hand-made furniture suppliers can make a listening station/record storage unit to your specifications. Take this example below from Fletcher and Mils. The customer specified a message engraved across the solid wood top (I like the sentiment, by the way), plus a wine rack—even better.
Bonus: Display Your Vinyl Records on the Wall
While this doesn’t strictly come under the category of vinyl record storage, it does perfectly complement your listening space by displaying your vinyl as art.
Twelve Inch vinyl display systems use magnets instead of the traditional frames to create a minimalist look while retaining access to your records for playback. With the adaptor model, you can also display the disc itself. Perfect for picture discs. It’s a pretty neat way to store and display your vinyl.
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I contacted the folks at Fletcher and Mills and was greatly disappointed to find out they do not ship to the U.S. They look like they build a great product. Anyone have any other companies that make a similar product as Fletcher and Mills? Thanks.
Hi Andy, check out http://www.vinylstation.com.au
Kallak falls apart if you are not careful. I would love to buy the Dovetail storage unit but the price is a bit steep
Trying to download “record cleaning tools”. Does not work.
I don’t think any run-down of record storage solutions isn’t complete without mentioning Mapleshade (http://www.mapleshadestore.com/). They offer modular units so you can buy them as your collection grows, and they’re purpose built from solid wood so they’re also built to handle the weight of the recorrds.
These are well build and look sharp, plus are a nostalgia item for us old-people.
The Konnect cubes from B&Q are simple good value boxes. Just the right size for 12″ LPs and singles.
Record dividers anyone?
It’s a tough job to find the right storage. Personally from experience I would never use anything that does not have a top cover of some sort over the vinyl. Dust penetrates sleeves from everyday activities esp dusting, hoovering etc. Accidents do happen, imagine red wine going over some of these open displays…ambient or natural light affects sleeves and vinyl as well. The first step anyone should take before they ‘store’ their vinyl is to look at protective sleeves otherwise they could be creating a problem for themselves in the long run without realising it.
I have been using the Crosley Everett console to hold my Audio Technica AT-LP5 turntable and about 200 albums.
The turntable is hidden by a hinged lid and there are two very large sliding doors which cover the vinyl storage area.
The Crosley Everett is a mid century design that looks great in my 100 year old home.
33rackit record storage racks are the best record storage system on the market.
Hope you’re well Ian. Would love to do a proper review of your products someday. Happy spinning.
For storing LP’s for moving (house) a Really Useful Box 35L XL will hold just over 100 albums and cost £15 each from stationary shops…a little more cost effective that the £200+ for the flight case you suggest !
Cool. Good affordable option, though much less durable.
The XL is durable enough for a moving house scenario and capable of being left in the rain or in standing water without worry, where as the flight cases will allow water in. The added bonus to these boxes is how they can stack for storage. The additional weight of a flight case may need to be considered as well. As far as durability I wouldn’t like to say. Flight cases for air flights (but I wouldn’t use the ones you show) XL for all home use. I got my XL’s in a 2 for 1 offer – one of my best vinyl investments.