Whether you have recently purchased a record player or you are a long-time collector, the design of a record player stand is key to properly storing and preserving your records.
Back in the day, record cabinets and stands were the iconic epicenters of any room, and defined any space in which they were a part of. Preservation is key to ensure the quality of the sound you are experiencing and the longevity of your records.
And if you’re in the market for a new turntable to go along with a potential new cabinet or record stand, take a look at the interactive guide below:
|Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB||$$$||Pro-Ject Speed Box Built-in|
|Rega Planar 1 Plus||$$$||Built-in Phono Preamp|
|Stanton T.92 MKII USB||$$||Transfer vinyl to computer files|
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|Project Debut Carbon DC||$$||8.6" Carbon Tonearm|
|Audio-Technica AT-LP5||$$||USB output|
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|Ion Audio Classic LP||$||Converts Vinyl to Digital|
|Audio-Technica AT-LP120USB||$$||USB Direct Drive|
|Marantz TT-15S1||$$$||Solid Plinth Belt-Drive Design|
|Jensen JTA-325||$||33/45/78 RPM|
Storing Your Records in a Cabinet
Storing your records vertically—not stacking them on top of one another—is generally the best way to preserve your albums. Often, when records are stacked on top of each other like pancakes, it can lead to warping.
You definitely don’t want that.
Be sure to keep your records upright when storing them to ensure less distortion and damage. Environmental damage is always a large concern when attempting to preserve your records. Keeping them organized, safely positioned, and away from potential heat or extreme cold is key.
The storage options recommended below will also help reduce mold and mildew, excessive dust, bending or breaking. Not only should you preserve your records from becoming unplayable but also the chemical components of the record can alter and change throughout time so be careful when storing these polyvinyl chloride discs.
15 Awesome Record Player Stands and Cabinets
The following 15 record player stands and cabinets suggested are sure to keep your records from warping, offer a variety design aesthetics and prices, and keep your space looking modern and fresh.
No matter your style or collection, here are some excellent options that offer the most bang for your buck.
Vinyl Record Shelf the Urban Outfitters stand is great for a casual enthusiast, and it holds several dozen records. This shelf is perfect for a small apartment or condensed music area. There are also two flat display shelves to use for additional support as well. This is an excellent option for your first all in one vinyl player, but may not be large enough to display your bookshelf speakers and additional knick-knacks. This stand is also easy to clean as it is made out of iron, and will keep the dust at bay and your records clean and safe.
This shelf costs about $80.
*Most Customizable Option
If you have a larger collection and a more vintage taste check out the OrWaDesigns selections on Etsy. These shelving units have a sleek design, moderate price point, and hold quite a substantial amount of vinyl. This shelf is mid-century modern inspired and has a solid construction. The shelving is made to order and comes in a variety of colors from a warm wheat color to a light stained blonde. This stand is easily customizable due to the nature of the company and easy to modify. This stand will hold a small collection, but there are various options for larger collectors by the designer.
*Best Starter Record Player Stand
Okay so you just went out to buy a record player, and you’re looking for a simple and hip record player stand and boom you’ve found it! This stand is excellent for a large collection and has a simple and functional design. If you are a newbie collector then you can start with one cube and slowly add cubes to your collection as your vinyl collection grows. These cubes have a clear sliding door to keep out dust and are made out of the light Baltic Birchwood. Get this cube in a standard color or get the basic color and customize it yourself. This design is excellent for a record collecting commitment-phobe with small and larger collections alike. Start with one cube if you’d like or continue to grow your collection after filling your initial cube (these cubes are stackable). These cubs come in tons of colors, are dust-proof, and are easy to configure.
This record storage options costs about $130.
*Most Extravagant Collector
This impeccably crafted vinyl stand is the most luxury and sturdy piece of furniture listed. This console has a space for shelving for records as well as a flat platform to place your record player on. These are custom made in New York City and come in a variety of materials and colors. This is great for someone with a medium size collection or someone with a small and very valuable collection that would need proper storage.
*The Hip But Practical Collector
One of my favorite options for record storage might be the LPBIN. For just a few hundred dollars, you get a hip and holy functional cabinet that can hold hundreds of records.
Coming in multiple colors (black, white, cherry) and storing your records in the same fashion you’d see in your local record store, the LPBIN LP record storage cabinet has bins that are about 13” deep and the shelf is about 44” to 48” tall, so your days of having to bend down real low to get your vinyl records is over.
Browse comfortably to your heart’s content.
Assembling the cabinet will take approximately 20-30 minutes. It costs between $230 and $330, depending on the size you get.
The Hartford Cabinet is wonderful for someone with a fairly large vinyl collection. This is a great option for someone with a large number of records (up to 900!) and those who prefer a simplistic design. This cabinets come in a variety of colors and is excellent in a living or listening room space.
Holding up to 900 records doesn’t come cheap, as this cabinet will run you about $750.
*Best Beginner Collector Cabinet
This cabinet by Modern Arks has a mid-century barn-wood shell and a geometric ‘gold hex’ pattern on the inside is beautiful, as well as the hairpin legs. Store a variety of LPs in this awesome little space, about a hundred or so. This is great for a beginning collector, who needs a multi-functional cabinet to store their record player or goodies on top. This is a timeless and multi-functional piece at a moderate price point.
Okay–admittedly, this is probably the most creative idea for record storage. And although it’ll take some unique balancing tricks to get the records stacked, I liked that it was highly portable and worthy of at least a mention.
This cart is also durable and pretty convenient. It has wheels on the bottom and provides any audiophile with two shelving units for vinyl, and a top area to put your record player on. This cart is multi-functional as well and could be used for a variety of your technology needs, as it also comes with a three-outlet power strip. It comes in royal blue, red, and black.
From the hairpin legs to the metal record organizers, to the wooden drawers and contemporary farmhouse shell, this rack is great for keeping your vinyl damage free and very organized. This price is excellent and is a great statement piece in any home. The Novogratz Concord has two drawers for additional record supplies or other goodies for those who need storage. This is as aesthetically pleasing to your eyes and it is to your pocketbook.
This stand costs about $90.
This shelf comes in five different groovy colors, will store a medium amount of records, and has a solid construction. This classic style has three record cubes on the top and three on the bottom in order to prioritize and organize your record listening. The construction of this shelf may not be as hefty as the aforementioned cabinets but is still a solid buy.
This item costs a little bit about the $300 mark.
*Best DIY Collector
If DIY is your cup of tea, then be sure to check out this crate. This is an assembly required crate that is compiled of simple wooden slabs. If customization is important to you, then this will surely be a fun project to fit your exact needs. This is a great project for the vinyl collector that is looking for a crate in a very specific color that cannot be found elsewhere. This option is also good for those who do not have a lot of wall space and is interested in a very practical option. This crate is affordable and made with sustainable Cypress wood.
This sells for about $40.
Designed by Zak Rose, the horizontal stacking method in this bookshelf may not be the most functional but certainly can be appropriate for a variety of spaces and a great alternative to traditional cabinets. This shelf is great for someone with a small to medium sized collection and allows additional shelving to show-off objects or music memorabilia. This item is sold as a bookshelf, but it is also a unique alternative to traditional record storage options. This shelf does require set-up, but don’t worry it is not too complicated.
This will cost you approximately $299.
*Most Functionally Designed Cabinet
This console has an extremely sleek design made with an extremely beautiful mango wood, and nicely designed stainless steel legs that are thin and elegant. Regardless of if you have a contemporary or vintage style in your home this is a perfect fit. The top shelf allows you to place your records vertically whereas the bottom shelf is good for placing records horizontal and stacking the records you use more frequently. Ultimately, a great buy.
*Best for Large Collectors
This is a very minimal design that can hold up to eight hundred LPs. This design is great for those who have a large collection but need to store their vinyl in a small space. This organizer muse is assembled once it is received but is excellent once it is finished. If record organization is important to you, there is plenty of space here to add dividers into your cabinet in order to alphabetize your collection.
*Best for Small or Casual Collectors
Cheap, small, simple, and affordable what else can you ask for? If you already have a Crosley record player then this stand will go well, as it fits the Crosley aesthetic as well. This stand is handcrafted, has a hand rubbed finish, and requires a bit of assembly. It is light-weight, easy to move around, and is great for someone who just started their collection.
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