Record Store Day: Vinyl Record Storage Ideas

April 16th 2016 is Record Store Day as millions of Vinyl enthusiasts new and old descend on local Record Stores (like our very own Apollo Music here in Port Coquitlam) to grab the latest cuts. With Vinyl Records making a huge comeback in recent times – many collectors are looking for new vinyl record storage ideas for their beloved LP’s.

And with all the special edition Vinyl Records that you’ll be buying today – you too are probably going to need some more storage! We’ve trawled the web for D.I.Y Vinyl Storage projects using simple building materials like Plywood. Check out the feature below and tell us which is your favourite. Remember we sell a wide variety of Plywood products suitable for making some of the storage solutions you see on this page – and we would love to see some of your projects featured in next year’s Record Store Day Blog!

Until then – happy hunting on National Record Store Day in Canada!

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 record-cube Record Album Storage Cube, a hand-made box made of the finest clear pine joined with hand cut dovetail joinery. Each “cube” will hold approximately 80 LP vinyl record albums in beautiful archival storage. A perfect place to keep all your “golden oldies”. Finished with Danish oil and natural beeswax to a silky touch. Insides are finely sanded but without finish for better protection of record albums. The perfect way to store your collection. Each cube may be stacked in any number of ways and may also be used to make make interesting book shelves or storage cabinets. [Source]
Vinyl record storage bin for Day Old Blues Records in Shreveport, Louisiana. Stained pine wood and plywood. September 2012 [Source] freestanding-vinyl-record-bin
 simple-plank-crate Unfinished Oak Record Shelf unit with a fitted 1/4″ Baltic birch plywood inlay. The unfinished inlay is a ready-to-use, solid bottom plate that can be easily added to any of our Oak and Ambrosian Maple record shelf units. This add-on makes our shelving incredibly versatile, accommodating both smaller-than-LP-size vinyl and opening the door to a myriad of other functional storage possibilities. And if you frequently add, remove, and/or reorganize your records, inlays help protect album corners from snagging if accidentally dragged across the bare shelf frame. [Source]
More than simply record storage, New York designer Jenn Atocha creates vinyl-specific furniture pieces so aesthetically pleasing they can serve as an anchor for an entire room.  Hand-crafted with finish options ranging from walnut (below) to maple, cherry and oak, the furniture is designed specifically to support the weight of a large record collection, each drawer holding up to 95 LPs.What we love most about Jenn’s designs is the ability to flip through records easily and quickly see the cover art with each.  There are multiple furniture designs with a variety of customization options should you require extra space for 7″s or CDs.  This piece is called The Record Stand (from $1,275). [Source]  record-stand
 plywood-record-crate WAKA WAKA Record Box:For all those who want a handsome solution for record storage or for those who want some modular shelving for things other than records, this simple plywood crate construction with cut outs for carrying is a cost effective and simple solution. [Source]
 One place that has several great options for vinyl storage furniture is Etsy.  While perusing the creative online mercantile we came across the furniture of Stan Pike.  Stan is based in Greenfield, MA and has a handful of great vinyl storage pieces, including the Horizontal Vinyl Record Storage Cabinet ($499)  pictured below.  Made of clear eastern pine and pieced together with hand cut dovetail joinery this is a piece that looks like it should cost about three times what it does. [Source]  plywood-record-cabinet
modern-record-storage-bench English furniture maker Hugh Miller’s Folded Record Bureau is a play on both form and function, incorporating the features of a vintage 1985 Bang & Olufsen BeoGram 5000 turntable, complete with original controls, installed flush into a long record shelf with a fold for magazine storage at one end. [Source]
DIY this record shelf out of 1/4″ ply. Hide the bracket supports inside (covered by records) Mount against 1/2″ ply. Pre-sink reverse directed screws into each shelves 4 corners. [Source] wall-mounted-record-storage

BONUS FEATURE: How to look after your Vinyl Records in 7 Easy Steps

Whether you’ve just started collecting – or have been digging through crates since you were old enough to have pocket-money, storing your records in the correct way helps protect the vinyl itself as well as the sleeves and artwork. We’ve compiled a 7-step guide to how to take care of your vinyl records so you can enjoy them for years to come. Treat them with respect and they will last a lifetime – but remember, records are meant to be played, so don’t be afraid to put the needle on the record!

1. Be sure to Bust the Dust

To protect from records from gathering dust, store them in their original cardboard cover – inside the inner sleeve. All new records come with inner sleeves which are made from paper or plastic, but some people mistakenly discard them. If you’re buying used records which don’t have inner sleeves, most record stores now sell acid-free plastic sleeves.


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2. Keep it Cool

Heat is a record’s worst enemy and if they’re allowed to get too hot records will warp or even melt. Store your treasures away from heat sources, such as baseboard heaters, open fires, potbelly stoves etc. Sunlight will also damage records both from heat and UV rays so keep them away from direct sunlight. Planning a trip to the record store before hitting the beach? Think twice before leaving your records in a hot car – you could return to a nasty surprise.

3. Do not add Water

Keep your records dry and away from damp areas. Humidity will provide a fertile ground for mold growth, which can destroy your limited edition covers and artwork. Do not wash your records in the kitchen sink. Use specialist cleaning equipment designed to remove dirt without damaging the surface.

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4. Upright is Alright

Upright is the best position to minimize damage. When storing in this way – try not cram them too closely together as this could damage the cover or the vinyl itself. Storing your records piled on top of each other can cause them to become warped. Some collectors also insist on storing records in a relatively airtight container or cabinet as additional protection, along with regularly vacuuming around them to keep the records dust-free. For the most part though – the inner sleeve and cover should provide enough protection.

5. Handle with care

Records are obviously fragile, scratch easily and will sometimes break when dropped. However, even holding them with care can cause problems as the oils from your fingers are left behind and build up over time, so it’s important to hold records by the sides or the center label only.


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6. Keep ’em Clean

Keeping your records clean will minimize the potential for damage from dust and other particles which could result in scratching. Dust catchers are a good investment and it’s good practice to use one each time you place you record on the turntable to collect dust prior to placing the needle. To clean dirty records, obtain a soft, lint-free cleaning cloth. (soft cotton or muslin are good choices) Dampen the cloth with a cleaning mixture made from 1 part isopropyl alcohol and 4 parts distilled water (20 percent isopropyl to 80 percent water). Note: Do not use this mixture on 78s because they’re made from shellac Wipe in a gentle circular motion from the edge to the middle or vice versa. Allow to air dry.

7. Maintain your Turntable

A poorly maintained record player can harm your records. Keep the turntable clean and buy a good quality needle/cartridge which will not only protect your vinyl but also improves sound quality. Setting your turntable’s anti-skating mechanism correctly means that the needly is balanced correctly and not applying too much pressure to one side of the groove. See your turntable manufactures handbook for how to do this – or check out these youtube tutorials.


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If you don’t feel like cleaning your vinyl records in the traditional way and are feeling brave – why not give this method a whirl. This YouTube tutorial shows you how to deep clean a vinyl record using white glue!

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