So you’ve bought your killer record collection, and your rare seven inch singles have just rounded out your favorite artist’s discography – and the whole thing is languishing in a dusty box some place, out of sight and out of mind. Why not display them?
Your record selection can say a lot about you. Why not use it as décor? Don’t tack the bare records on the wall with mounting strips, which will make the LPs unplayable and is a major music snob faux pas. Instead, use one of our ideas to turn your records into the ultimate visual statement about you. Here are 4 unique ways to display vinyl records.
Record frames are the most popular option for displaying vinyl. They look great, are super cheap online, and can also be bought at most hobby and furniture stores. They also keep your records very safe and help them avoid the elements.
However, they also make it really hard to access the record itself and can cause unnecessary struggle when you want to play the thing. Some frames also use too much pressure to keep the backing and the glass together, which can damage the record and the sleeve over time.
Record frames are best for records that you plan to store long term – autographed sleeves, mint condition original pressings, and picture discs. That way, you get the classy display piece without the hassle of needing to open the frame every time you want to listen.
Bonus tip: take the wax out, and just leave the sleeve in the frame. Voilà! No warping!
You’ve probably seen these at your local record store, lining the walls – they not only work as great displays, but give you easy access to your collection!
Picture ledges were designed originally for pictures, as the name suggests, but also work just fine for 12”s and 7”s. Mount these above your turntable for ultimate ease of access, and vinyl collector cred. Just beware of dust, as this method leaves your records exposed to the elements.
Picture ledges are available on Amazon and at most hardware stores and any place framing supplies are sold.
Record Storage Crates
This is a throwback. Wood crates used to be perfect for record collectors and crate-diggers: they were available everywhere, sturdy, and the perfect size. In recent years, the companies that made the crates have switched to plastic and changed the dimensions to deter would-be vinyl decorators from stealing the crates from behind the local grocery store.
But not to worry – you can get record storage crates built specifically to fit records. Not only are they near indestructible, they also net you considerable street cred. Keep it beside your turntable with the covers facing forwards and you’ve got yourself a serious piece of ambience.
Vinyl Record Shelf Racks
These metal vinyl record shelf racks maintain the simplicity of modern home décor. If your space is too sophisticated for the janky-but-cool wood crate aesthetic, look for one of these shelf racks to use as an inexpensive, nifty, sturdy record display and holder.
What do you think are some unique ways how to display vinyl records? Let us know in the comments below!
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