4.3 - Displaying And Storing Your Record Collection
When you have physical copies of albums that you love, they can be used for more than just listening. Records also make excellent home decor. You can line your walls with them on hanging shelves, arrange them in a grid on a bookshelf, or even frame individual LPs to fill smaller pieces of real estate on your wall.
One of the best parts of using records to decorate your home is that they can be easily swapped out when you need a change of scenery. You can display the jackets of albums that you have on heavy rotation while keeping the records themselves available for listening. Just make sure you have protective sleeves handy to keep LPs safe from scratches and dust when their jackets are on display.
Adequate storage for your vinyl collection is also a must. Records need to be stored vertically instead of stacked on top of each other. The weight of a stack of records can cause LPs at the bottom to be warped by the ones on top. Instead of putting your records at risk of damage by stacking them, find a storage unit that can safely store your albums in a neat line. This will ensure that you avoid all potential warping and damage from improper storage.
Record storage does not need to be expensive, and you can even repurpose pre-existing storage in your home to make room for your growing collection of albums. A bookshelf makes the perfect spot for a long line of LPs and can even be used to display favorite albums facing outwards.
Many avid record collectors prefer to have a dedicated storage unit that can also hold a turntable and speakers. If you have the budget and the space, a record cabinet with space on top for your record-playing setup makes a great addition to your home and puts all of your vinyl gear in one convenient spot.
Ultimately, record collecting is a journey. When you get started, you don’t need to have an abundance of albums or the best turntable on the market. You can ease your way in slowly, enjoying the process of finding new LPs to enjoy. Vinyl as a format is here to stay, and if you aren’t on the train already, now the perfect time to get started.