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How to display vinyl records? The 9 best ways to do so

It's common for records to look as good as they sound, which is why many vinyl enthusiasts have a ritual of putting their collection's cover art on display.

There are several options available, ranging from the straightforward and basic to the ornate and inventive, if you're seeking inspiration on how to display your record collection.

You can be all about the aesthetics and want to present your records in a way that is immediately remarkable, or you might choose something that is far more functional but still attractive. Perhaps you want something that combines fashion and utility.

Whatever your preferences are when it comes to putting your records on display, we've got you covered with a thorough list of several methods. Let’s dig into it.

The best ways to display vinyl records

Crates/ Baskets

You're wrong if you believe that record crates are a thing of the past. Depending on the tone of your area, choose a simple vintage-style crate or a bright one.

The nicest thing about the crates is how simple it is to flip through the records, take one out to listen to on the player, and put it back in just as simply.

Crates/ Baskets

Record walls

The benefit of building your own record wall is that you can switch out the records on display, allowing you to customize your display to reflect your current listening mood.

Wooden ledge options, which are essentially longer versions of the single record ledges, allow you to add a subtle touch of dark oak or light pine, or whatever fits best with your broader furniture stylings.

Record walls

Open shelving units

If you have more than a few records and the room for an open-shelving system, that lets you show your records in an ordered manner, then it's a wonderful idea to go with a simple design.

The appeal of open shelving is that it offers a clean approach for displaying records and allows easier access to your collection. Your documents look great all lined up, and using dividers, you may have them organized for simple locating. Your vinyl records will be protected from dust and other elements as long as they are contained in sturdy protective coverings.

Open shelving units

Floating shelves

A wall-mounted cabinet or shelf that is floating makes a collection of records stand out because of its starkness. If space is limited, this might be a clever solution.

You may show a modest selection of records on a floating shelf, or a floating case can often store 20 to 25 records. With one record facing out, you can alternate the record at the front of your display on a regular basis for some variability.

Floating shelves

Invisible mounts

"Invisible" mounts may suit you if you want to keep your record display as simple as possible. You can expand this display as much as you like and in any pattern you choose, whether it's a single record or a certain selection of records.

Invisible mounts

Record holders

Record holders may be found in a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes and function like a rack. They fit into a variety of locations across the house, beautifully exhibit record artwork, and are simple to sort through when choosing which album to play next.

Record holders

Frames

A trusted frame is perhaps one of the most traditional and uncomplicated display options available, but it never fails to make a particular record stand out.

Frames

Storage cabinets and media consoles

If you want to incorporate your record collection into the general design concept of your living room, a dedicated record cabinet or media console is a fantastic choice.

There are several decent, reasonable solutions available with sufficient storage, frequently with room for a turntable or record player and occasionally with a few other decorative items on top.

Storage cabinets and media consoles

Show as arts

If you have a lot of broken, deformed, or damaged vinyl records, or if you're simply bored with them, make some incredible display crafts out of them. With the correct equipment and abilities, you can create anything from bowls to décor to amazing clocks that look like they belong in a store.

Show as arts

How to protect vinyl records

Regardless of how you want to show your records, they must be safeguarded, so whatever approach you choose, make sure the following factors are adequately considered:

- Cleanliness: It's crucial to keep everything dust-free and clean, as well as to keep your records within their protective covers and sleeves when they're on display.
- Humidity: Your records should be displayed away from areas where it is likely to be humid. A well-ventilated area is crucial.
- Light: Avoid placing your display in direct sunlight, which can accelerate the terrible end of your recordings.
- Temperature: It's crucial to keep your records in a place where they won't be subjected to extremes of heat or cold. Cooler temperatures slow down the rate of record degradation.
- Weight and Pressure: When presenting records, never stack them on top of one another. Make sure they are always shown erect and are not being supported by anything.

How to display vinyl records - Conclusion

Your home's interior should reflect who you are. So, as a music lover, why not make a statement by displaying your favorite albums prominently in your home or listening area?

You are now aware of the 9 best ways for displaying vinyl record collections as well as successfully protect them.

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The CalypsoRoom Editorial Team is a skilled and diverse group of writers, researchers, and industry specialists who have access to Calypso's data and information in order to give you broad knowledge about the music industry as well as helpful advice to help you manage your music and dancing career.

Updated January 2023






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