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James Frank.

Record Storage?

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Hey guys,

I'm thinking of getting some long-term record storage, since its pretty safe to say now that i'm in this crate-digging thing for the long haul.

so far, being 3 years in i've got around 6-7 crates' worth of vinyl, but right now my storage is atrocious. i've literally just stacked full milk crates of records on top of each other in my closet--putting a lot of weight on the crates, which were so small that i'd have to tilt the records at a 10 degree angle to fit them in...so obivously, i gotta start taking better care o' my shiyettt.

i went looking around at furniture stores today, but then i realized i'm a regular on the most knowledgeable message board on the internets when it comes to this kinda stuff, and it just clicked.

so i'm sure this topic's been done before, but what do you guys usually use for long-term storage?

i'm thinking of getting this for around $95:

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i went and saw it in person today, it's definitely big enough to store vinyl. and each cube of space is reinforced by the wood, so there isn't any pressure exerted onto the records themselves.

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i have one of them large expedits (think they store roughly 2000 vinyl), im not sure about them smaller ones but im pretty sure they are fine for storing vinyl

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Holy shit take them out of your closet right now! Take up as much space as you need to until you get that black Ikea shelf.

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what are your guys' thoughts on just making one of these by hand? haha, i'm willing to bet i could cobble together some storage using wood from like Home Depot or something, and save loads of $ that way. yay or nay?

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i just saw the cutter guts make a sweet ass bookcase and record storage unit, he'd probably craft them custom for $$$

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what are your guys' thoughts on just making one of these by hand? haha, i'm willing to bet i could cobble together some storage using wood from like Home Depot or something, and save loads of $ that way. yay or nay?

I've built one myself which is fine if you are just putting it in your closet. But if this will be on display in the middle of your room then def go with the Ikea ones, they will look much nicer than some half-ass shop class project.

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Expedit are definitely the way to go, I have a 4x4, 1x5, 2x2, and 5 of the 2x4's all pretty full. They aren't the most stylish to have a roomful but they are perfect for organizing and storing vinyl. I have about 6,000 records and don't have to tilt any to fit, each cube is tall enough to fit any record with common packaging. Also, 2 cubes high is about table height so you can set equipment or whatever you want on them at a very accessible height. You could try to build your own but it would be tragic if your shelf crumbled and left your records in a pile if not built correctly. I would recommend going shelling out a but more and go for professional unless you're confident in your building skills.

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Also consider the fact that the time spent acquiring materials and the time it takes to build are also part of the cost depending on how valuable your time is to you. So you may think your saving money building it but it may be 'cheaper' in the long run shell out for some 'real' shelves.

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makes sense...its just that drive down to basically the only IKEA in Colorado is gonna be a bitch haha. but i guess if its for my records, i'm willing to make some sacrifices.

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my vinyl weighs a pound... my cds weigh a ton!!!!!!

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Do Ikea not offer some sort of a delivery service? (They do here in the UK)

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Do Ikea not offer some sort of a delivery service? (They do here in the UK)

it's an additional $100 to do that, which is more than i'd be paying for the actual piece of furniture.

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Ah that's annoying.

Good luck with it all though, post a pic when your all set up!

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A couple of days ago I came across a promotional video for ikea showing these shelves used as record storage.

You can skip to 2:40 if you're not interested by the guy's story. The girl looks pretty nice though.

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that was clever of them to use the shoe racks as a shelving unit for all those synths.

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