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9 Creative Vinyl Record Storage Ideas

Sheetal Mandora
For an overgrowing vinyl library, one of the most essential tasks is to organize and store all those heavy LPs. With these creative vinyl record storage ideas, let's set the 'records' straight.

Vinyl Record Maintenance Don'ts

1. Stack them over one another.
2. Touch them with bare fingers.
3. Clean them with a t-shirt or dry cloth.
4. Leave them out of their sleeves unnecessarily.
Call them vinyl, phonograph, or gramophone records, or Long Play (LP) records, only an ardent collector knows the anguish of not having adequate storage space for them. There's absolutely no way the records should lie in a heap on the floor. You require a proper organizing and storing method so that you can find them as quickly as possible.
However, that doesn't mean you need to make an extravagant purchase. There are plenty of inexpensive and creative ways you can get the job done. And, you can start by giving these ideas a chance.

Display and Storage Options

Pay close attention to whether any of these ideas will complement your home's d├ęcor. Apart from implementing an idea, what you should also focus on is a smooth transition (storing option) so that you don't end up spending too much.

Search for a storage unit or space depending on the diameter (12", 10", 7") of the records.


Store the records in a chest and use the chest as a coffee table or side unit in the living room. This way, you can flip through the records easily and can keep them concealed when the need is over.


An oldie, but definitely a goodie. Somehow, storing records in crates is one of the most easiest and affordable ideas.
Check on sites like eBay and Amazon for inexpensive wooden or plastic crates that have handles on the sides and can accommodate records. You can purchase them in bulk and stack them on top of one another or on their sides so they don't take up a lot of space.

Wicker Baskets

Use wicker baskets as storage units. Select baskets that are deep enough to accommodate the albums properly, and place them in any available shelf space around your home.

Floor Showcase

If you have an unused showcase or cubby unit, stack the records side by side in it. And if you're worrying about concealing the open showcase, cover it with a clean, flat sheet or install short curtains.
On the other hand, if there is enough space, you can even store the albums in wicker baskets with lids and then place them inside the unit.

Wall-mounted Showcase

Putting the records up on display is a way of showing-off. Of course, it will be a task to put them all up. In such cases, keep only a handful of records on the showcase. Store the rest in labeled boxes.


Make space in your cupboard to stack your records. The cupboard doesn't have to be in your living room. Choose a room you like to listen to the music in, and find a space for the cupboard there.

Floor Bookshelves

Similar to a making room in a cupboard, you can utilize the space available in a floor shelving unit. Also, you can keep the player on one of the shelves for convenience.

Wall-mounted Bookshelves

Depending on the space available on the bookshelf, you can either stack the records together, or you can place them in a container or box vertically and then keep it on the bookshelf.

Coffee Tables

If you don't have a large collection, a coffee table with a shelf can be converted into a record storage unit. Just remember to stack the albums side by side (vertically), and not on top of one another.
If you cannot use any of the existing furniture (shelves, cabinets, etc.) or boxes to store the records, do make it a point to visit Ikea or your favorite furniture store. You are sure to find many more storage options that can be used to store your pride and joy.