When You’re Not Spinning Your Records This Season, Use Them as Art
Seven displays for your mini masterpieces.
Updated Sep 29, 2021 6:52 AM
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It’s not a party until someone puts a record on. Motown, hip-hop, classic rock—everything just sounds better when it’s coming from a turntable (sorry, Sonos), especially when you add a crackling fire and good friends to the mix. We know you know what to do with your vinyl when the crowd arrives, but what about when the noise stops? Store your favorite tunes somewhere other than a standard bookcase, and they’ll speak for themselves.
In L.A. designer and former DJ Kate Davis’s living room, for instance, an acrylic side table doubles as a home for coffee-table books and albums (the niches in the legs hold the pieces upright). Whether you save the spinning for special occasions or host nightly listening sessions, these seven clever products will showcase your collection for what it really is: a work of art.
If you want to set your queue…
Determine the evening’s playlist (or just show off your top 10 most-played albums) with this LP block, handcrafted in San Francisco. The engraved Now Spinning panel can easily be swapped for ones of genres or the alphabet, depending on how organized you want to be.
If you’re sick of staring at a blank wall
IKEA’s picture ledges are the simplest solution. Nothing you put on them has to be permanent: You can go from the peaceful vibes of Solange’s “A Seat at the Table” to Jimi Hendrix’s psychedelic “Bold as Love” in an instant. Simply screw in the shelves and lean away.
If you want to stand out (and save space)…
Mount them all on the wall with a deeper floating shelf. Don’t be fooled by this one’s almost invisible design: It can hold up to 88 pounds’ worth of good melodies.
If you prefer to flip through your stacks…
Nothing can totally compare to the feeling of leafing through fresh albums at the store, but this large birchwood stand will get you close. The sturdy shelf, which ships flat in a box and slots together effortlessly, offers two possibilities: Line everything up in a row or lay them flat.
If your anthology is only getting started…
This metal rack, the perfect squeeze for a small side table or desk, brings back the good old days, when playing the triangle in elementary school was considered cool. While we’re assuming your taste has evolved since then, the simplicity of this silhouette never gets old.
If the oldies is your go-to genre…
The Beatles, Elvis, Bob Dylan, and the rest of the gang can all live happily in this vintage Plattofix rack from the early 1960s (it holds 50!).
If you practically live on the dance floor…
Putting your precious records on the ground sounds scary until you see this steel rack (it can also be used for reading material), which features a smart hoop design that acts as a protective barrier. Safe and sound.