11 Best Resources For DIY Vinyl Album Storage

DIY Vinyl Album storage

Nearly two years ago I published this post and it still is popular. There are some good reasons to make furniture on your own and LP record storage units are no exception. It’s usually cheaper this way and results can be as good or even better than bought shelves, cabinets or crates. I decided to give this post a little facelift. Some of the original ideas and solutions I wrote about here are no longer available online so I just removed them. But still – DIY is a great answer to the question of how to store records.

But at the same time I found some new interesting staff I would like to share with you. That’s how the original post was about 7 Best Resources For DIY Vinyl Album Storage and this new, updated and refurbished one is about 11 solutions. I hope you’ll love it and if you will – give it a like and share it with others!

While searching internet for LP record related subject I found out that a lot of you are interested in self-made storage solutions. It shouldn’t be much surprising – vinyl is popular and DIY is popular, so why not bringing them together? Dedicated storage units you can buy are frequently quite expansive. If you’ll go for some regular shelves – they might be not sturdy enough. There are some popular solutions like Ikea’s Expedit and Kallax systems and that’s great, but not everyone must like the design or have an Ikea retailer in the neighbourhood. Beside that – is there something more rewarding then building yourself a proper vinyl album storage unit? Custom made just for your collection? I don’t think so.

I found some most interesting and best guides out there for you to use as an inspiration or detailed plan for your storage project. Check them out and let me know what you think. You might even send me a photo of your DIY unit after building it!

If you are not into DIY, don’t have a time or just have two left hands – check out my vinyl record comparison chart. It will make your storage unit shopping decision process a bit easier.

1. Ikea Kallax for Vinyl Storage… on WHEELS

Material: Particleboard, Fiberboard, Acrylic paint, Paper, ABS plastic (IKEA)
Hight: 57 7/8″ (without wheels)
Width: 30 3/8″
Depth: 15 3/8″

Well – as you can see in the title, there is “Ikea Kallax” written so… it’s not DIY or is it? Some might say that IKEA is as DIY as they could manage. But this one is not only that. Sure Kallax is the famous successor of Expedit, which was one of the most popular LP records storage system. But in this video you will see how to put it on wheels. I like shelves on wheels as you might now – just look here. I love all wheeled furniture to be honest. Man – mobility is great. So – this one is probably not the most advanced DIY project but it’s easy and very useful idea. So if you still can’t roll your vinyl collection around your room – definitely check it out.


What I like about this one:

  • Wheels obviously :D.
  • It’s very easy to follow – no DIY experience needed.
  • Nice extra tips (notice sponge rolls).
  • It uses a very popular storage unit – Kallax. Probably a lot of you just happen do have one.

For another great unit on wheels you might want to check Sandusky Lee Red Steel Mobile Book Case.

Source: Ikea Kallax for Vinyl Storage… on WHEELS

2. Making A Vinyl Display Unit

Material: Plywood (half of an 8ft x 4ft sheet), Hairpin legs
Hight: 41.8″
Width: 27.56″ (shelf width)
Depth: 11.8″

You will love this one. I do for sure. It’s a step by step clip showing how to make a stylish vinyl display cabinet. It looks a bit advanced DIY but – what the hell, just go for it. The video is really detailed and Keith will definitely answer your questions if you will find yourself in the need of help. Just look at this one. It’s really beautiful. Imagine how much you would have to spend on this kind of unit in the shop – like here and here. Make it on yourself and spend the rest on records. You will need some hairpin legs for this project. Amazon is a good place to get them. Just look a this 28″ Hairpin Legs offer. They are very sturdy and have a lot of good reviews.

What I like about this one:

  • Great design.
  • Metal legs.
  • Detailed and professionally made video.

Source: Making A Vinyl Display Unit

3. Displaying Vinyl Records: How To Make Album Cover Frames

Album Cover Frames

Image comes from Anthony Altorenna’s Hubpage I link to in this article.

Material: Wood, plaxiglass
Hight: 14″
Width: 14″ (shelf width)
Depth: 3/4″

This one is not exactly a storage unit. Album cover frames will let you display your favourite or maybe the most valuable record’s covers on the wall. We all love cover art. A big part of the vinyl record’s magic is about beautiful large covers. A lot of them become iconic like this one below for example:

Abbey Road - The Beatles

Abbey Road – The Beatles, 50 Coolest Album Covers on shortlist.com

This is a really simple and fun DIY project to decorate your walls with some true art. Try to make more then one and change your stair wall or corridor into a small vinyl album cover gallery.

What I like about this one:

  • Easy to follow.
  • Looks great on the walls.

Source: Displaying Vinyl Records: How To Make Album Cover Frames

4. DIY Record Display Shelf

DIY Record Display Shelf

Material: Wood
Length: As long as you need.

A very similar idea to the previous one. Might be a bit more complicated and you will need some woodworking tools for this one. What you’ll get is a narrow display shelf for your records. It can be as long as you need and looks great painted black. I really like the idea of displaying a long row of album covers along the entire wall. It may not be the best way to secure your collection but what fun would it be to keep it all hidden from the eyes.

What I like about this one:

  • You can adjust it’s length to your needs.
  • Looks great on the walls.

Source: DIY Record Display Shelf

5. DIY Record Box

DIY Record Box

The image comes from premeditatedleftovers.com blog.

Material: Wood, screws
Hight:14″ (without wheels)
Width: 14″
Depth: 24″ (inside)

On the premeditatedleftovers.com blog I found this nice and easy to make wooden crate. Crates will always be one of the most popular ways to keep vinyl records. They are easy to move and rearrange. You can always have one or two, when you are still building your collection and then buy (or make) more with time. This one here is a really simple and clean design. The best part is that you can follow the exact dimensions from the post or adjust them to your needs, making your crate longer or shorter. Great idea. Of course I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t recommend you to attach wheels to it :D.

What I like about this one:

  • Nice and clean design.
  • Adjustable dimensions.
  • Detailed instructions with a lot of photos.

Source: DIY Record Box

6. DIY – Simple Record Shelves Plans

DIY - Simple Record Shelves

The image comes from Official Periodic – The Periodic Table of Hip Hop Elements Blog

Material: Wood
Hight: From floor to ceiling  (the example presented is 77″)
Width: Depends on you (the example presented is 60″)
Depth: 12″

This is a really detailed step by step guide for building your own DIY LP records shelf. It’s really great because beside plans and guide it gives you a lot of handy tips like how long the single shelf should be to support records without bending in the middle. The shelf itself is very simple but – I can tell you the best things in life are simple. The author of this project is a true records lover and he put a lot of work to explain everything. You probably can’t get much better in the DIY step by step. The guide was even updated once with a smart money saving idea.

The best points about this project:

  • A lot of drawings and even printable plans.
  • Flexibility – you decide about dimensions you need.
  • Nice extra tips.
  • Optional 7″ shelves part for your 45s.
  • Smart special ideas I saw nowhere else like felt finished inside of shelves for smooth records sliding!
  • Extra guide for a beer holder you can attach to your new vinyl records shelf!
Highly recommended stuff. And remember to read the comments as well. And if you’re not a DIY type, just check out this ready to get Urbangreen Media LP Record Cabinet. Or all the other options I write about on my Shelves page.

Source: DIY – Simple Record Shelves Plans

7. Diy project: record crates | Design*Sponge

Material: Plywood
Hight: 12″
Width: 13″
Depth: ~13.5″

Crates have a lot of dedicated users out there in the field of record storage. Nothing strange in it because they are one of the cheapest and most flexible way to store vinyl records. They are easy to transport, stack on shelves, move around. They make your room look like some retro records store. They are flexible. If you have 70 records – you can have only one crate. When your collection grows to 140 – you buy the second one. Or better make! This guide is exactly for this. This is really easy and straightforward. You just need some cutting and some glueing and then some painting and voila – you’ve made yourself a nice record crate. The guide is well written and detailed enough. Probably this is one of the best solutions on this list for the less experienced handyman.

Why it’s worth checking out:

  • Simple design and work-flow.
  • Detailed cut planes.
  • A lot of photos.
But again – DIY may not be your piece of cake. If that’s the case – there are some great options for you as well. Check out my Crates page or just go ahead with this super cheap and popular Atlantic Record Crate.

Source: DIY project: record crates

8. Youtube videos about building a DIY vinyl record storage

Well, at first I wanted to choose one best clip. But it occurred that there are so many of them, that it’s simply impossible to pick just one. So here you are – below you will find some great videos which will show you how to build your record storage unit. The order is totally random. But believe me – it should just be a start point for your own research – there are a lot more to see out there!

1. HOW TO – DIY Vinyl Album Storage Shelf by patrick wayne

Material: Plywood
Hight: 74 1/2″
Width: 48″ (shelf width)
Depth: 12″

This isn’t a video really, more like a slide show showing you some photos and some instructions. But it’s really detailed, there are all materials, measurements and needed tools given and the unit looks sturdy and modern. I would probably add a white painting to it. If you are looking for something easy – give it a try.

Source: HOW TO – DIY Vinyl Album Storage Shelf

2. How to Make A Record Cabinet by pierangler

Material: Plywood & wood boards
Capacity: ~750 LP records
Hight: 48″
Width: 41″
Depth: 15″

This one is quite similar to the first one. There are tools, materials and measurements listed on few slides. Then you will see screens showing you some tips and photos from the making process. What you will not find here are detailed instructions. So the assembling will not be that easy. You will have to see the clip and try to connect the photos with materials list – it will be a small challenge for the less experienced makers but it will be rewording for sure. A small tip from me is to watch the video and try to draw some simple plans. After few times you will probably have a decent sketch with all the needed dimensions.

Source: How to Make A Record Cabinet

3. Building Custom Vinyl LP Record Shelves Walkthrough by SupraWes

Material: Plywood
Capacity: ~1000 LP records
Hight: 83″
Width: 60″
Depth: 14 3/4″

This one is a serious instructional video. The first two ones were only a few minutes long. This one is over half an hour of DIY movie. The interesting thing is that in the first few minutes the author talks about the cons of a popular IKEA Expedit unit. He talks about the thick frame which takes space you could use for more vinyl records otherwise. And the funny thing is that IKEA was thinking exactly the same while changing Expedit into Kallax. Of course the giant Swedish retailer decision was not made because they care about your vinyl collection but because they care about the amount of materials used to build the unit. And Kallax uses less then Expedit, so it’s just cheaper and more ecological. And you need to know that deforestation regulations are quiet a serious problem for such a big manufacturers like IKEA. OK, but to the point.
There is a lot of talking in this one but the guy is a true vinyl fan so it’s not boring or anything. He shows his drawings of the unit, talks about materials and design idea. It’s quite detailed and you shouldn’t have any problems with making your own unit after watching it. From the comments section you can see that he is active on his channel so if you need some more informations – just ask for them.
And then there is the best part – the whole assembling process is filmed. All the cutting, glueing, sanding, mounting etc. It looks quite professional actually. And if you ask me – the finished unit looks great. Simple and slick.

Source: Building Custom Vinyl LP Record Shelves Walkthrough

9. How to make DIY Vinyl Storage – Sam Newton Music

Material: Plywood
Hight: ~14.20″
Width: 16.14″
Depth: 12.80″

This post’s author is Sam Newton, an Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist. I strongly recommend to listen to some of his folk and blues influenced tunes. I like them a lot, Sam has a very original and distinctive sound. But what’s important for us right now is that Sam is a vinyl records fan as well. He made his own vinyl record storage system and shared it on his site www.samnewtonmusic.com. Nice guy, isn’t he?
The unit he made is extremely simple which is great, it looks nice, it’s easy to make and it’s stackable. What more could one want? There are some detailed and comprehensive instructions in this great step by step guide. With a lot of photos, materials and tools list and everything you could possibly need to make yourself one of those little cubes.

What I like about it:

  • Detailed instructions and photos.
  • Nice stackable design.
  • The author is a guitarist!

Source: How to make DIY Vinyl Storage

10. I Built A Vinyl Record Shelf! – JohnVantine.com – DIY

Material: Plywood
Capacity: ~500-600 LPs
Hight: ~38.625″
Width: 27″
Depth: 20.75″

This post shows you how to build a storage solution which is more like a shop stand then a standard shelf or cabinet. But it’s great because it will expose your records and give you an easy access to them. The author of the post isn’t the owner of the design and plans provided here but he gave a proper credits to Audiokarma thread. And the plans are really great and professional. On the original thread you will find even some 3D drawings of the unit.

What I like about it:

  • Detailed instructions and cut plans.
  • Great design – make a bunch of these units and you can open your own LP records shop!

Source: I Built A Vinyl Record Shelf!

11. DIY LP Vinyl Record Storage Box with Wheels

Material: Plywood
Hight: ~12″ (it seems so)
Width: 12″
Depth: 16″

Crate again! But not a regular one. A crate on wheels! And I really like storage units with wheels. On my vinyl record shelves page you can find one. This is a truly great idea. It looks nice and is very practical. Records are heavy and having wheels in your unit makes transporting them around your place much easier. You won’t find any detailed plans and instructions in this post but to be honest – it’s just a plywood box. Anyone with some skills and DIY experience should be able to make this one without much trouble. So this isn’t a guide really, more like an inspirational post with some photos to take pattern from.

 

 

What I like about it:

  • Wheels!

Source: DIY LP Vinyl Record Storage Box with Wheels

While using one of above DIY guides directly, making your own unit and taking some inspiration from all these great ideas or just buying some storage solution, you will have to keep in mind that LP records aren’t books, CDs, DVDs etc. They are big, heavy and delicate. You will need to take some good care about them and follow some rules. See my Vinyl Record Storage Guide to learn more and avoid all the common mistakes.

As always – don’t hesitate to comment or share this post! Use the social buttons bar on the left! Do you know a good DIY storage solution? Share it in comment or by writing to me on my contact page!

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2 thoughts on “11 Best Resources For DIY Vinyl Album Storage

  1. hi ther, was wanting to know what is the VCLT Pile for? if its for donating to a special group.id love to know what are the records for you surely can donate some to me,if thats what they are for/.also this
    have you ever did the pallett album crate style. YES That ugly old pine,that is rough as dirt,but if you pass a sander on each strip of pallett after you use the size templet online, and either leave them pale whiteish,or you can stain them or even paint them. ,but again what does that pile your donating to. is it a special type of music that certain people listen too. and also im looking for an older model turntable. IT was put out by technics,but it was called LINEARTECH 1700 DirectDRIVE. Id love to have one again thanks for the great page too

  2. hi there,

    what does VCLT Mean about that stack of records you named along the wall.

    what type of music is that.and who do you dontate it to

    happy new year

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