Record Collection Storage: Furniture, crates and shelving
Posted on October 26 2020
I get a lot of email and Instagram requests for help finding the best vinyl storage furniture. While I am always happy to share my list, I thought I'd make it even easier for those on the hunt to get my favorite resources for storage. While Ikea has price-point that is hard to resist for many of us, the durability and ecological impact of their products isn't great, and if you consider that your collection may already be worth several hundred, or several thousand dollars, it is absolutely worthwhile to look at other options that will serve you longer and help protect your collection for years and decades to come.
I own Atocha furniture, and have been overwhelmingly happy with the quality- we will keep this furniture forever. Many of my clients are also Atocha clients, as our products play nicely together. Atocha Furniture can accomodate all sizes of collections, from medium to massive.
If you have the time and energy to invest in the hunt, vintage furniture can be perfect for small- to medium sized collections. Many sideboards and credenzas were designed for records, and built to last. Craigslist, thrift stores and consignment shops are a great place to start, and from a sustainability and budget perspective, this can often be a win-win! High-quality furniture, even used will last a lifetime if it is made well and taken care of.
Cabinet makers in your area might be able to make something custom for you- many of my clients go this route with built-ins and custom-made furniture that can be tailored to your space.
Symbol makes a variety of furniture options, and many of my clients love Symbol. Symbol furniture is great for small to medium-sized collections.
This Ohio maker has a line of modular, stackable crates in a variety of colors and finishes, which are great for small homes and apartment dwellers. I own a few of these crates that we now use exclusively in our studio.