I have recently come into a pretty amazing vintage record collection, and it has become a labour of love listening to my new treasures and adding more albums I love. Right now the only shelf in my home that’s tall enough to allow for them is pretty small, and if I want to add to my collection and keep it in good condition, I need a better storage system.
Ideally, I hope to find a way to incorporate the album art into my decor. I love that I have some of the most iconic albums in rock history, from amazing artists like Fleetwood Mac, Meatloaf, Dire Straights, Pink Floyd, Z Z Top, AC/DC and The Band, and it makes me proud in a weird way to display them, especially since most of them come from family members with memories attached.
Does anyone have a good system for showing their vinyl the love it deserves, beyond the bookcase? -SmashedTogether
Absolutely! My favorite way to display records is using album frames such as these:
These record frames make changing your album art super-easy.
If you have records that are, themselves, mort artistic than the album cover, these types of frames are perfect for displaying.
Check out the way that Offbeat Homie Natalie used her frames to show off her record collection — “Disney artwork from storybook/music record sleeves, given to me by my mother-in-law (retired special ed teacher).”
You can always invest in some furniture that also does double-duty displaying your records, like this entertainment center stand.
Or take some inspiration from Homie “found and sewn” who uploaded this pic to our Flickr pool. Paint a record storage crate a bright color and pop a few of your favorite records inside and put it on display on a desk top.
If you happen to find some records that are scratched up beyond repair, you might want to check out Offbeat Homie Misty’s fabulous vinyl art. She explains: “My artist friend Kristen McKain made these for me. Painted on old vinyl records (the old raver in me totally fell in love with this idea).”
If you don’t have room to display ALL your records, you can utilize my favorite way to display them on a bookshelf — in a rainbow formation! Thanks to Offbeat Homie Mod Mischief for uploading this to our Flickr Pool.
So, Homies, what are YOUR favorite ways to show off your vinyl collection?