With vinyl records making a huge comeback over recent years, many people are starting to collect them. If you want to ensure the longevity of your vinyl records, then you should make an effort to store them properly in a dedicated record storage box.
There are certain rules that you need to be following – e.g. the records should be stored upright – and complying with them is the easiest with a specially designed vinyl record storage case.
Now you have a record player and good collection on vinyl, it’s time to buy a quality record box. Here we review the best record boxes on the market along with some alternative storage solutions depending on your needs.
If you are very concerned about the physical safety of your vinyl records, then the LP100 vinyl record storage box by Gorilla may be the right option for you. This storage box might be an especially good option for safely transporting vinyl records.
If you have plenty of vinyl records, then you’ll be glad to hear that this thing can take up to 100 12-inch records. It also has a max weight capacity of 18 kilograms, which should be more than enough to withstand those 100 records.
What you might also like about this vinyl record storage box is its reinforced construction with aluminum corner guards and strong latches. Such a build also allows you to stack more than one LP100 storage boxes on top of each other. The tall rubber feet of the LP100 box also makes sure that the handle of the box beneath it won’t be interfering with it.
Gorilla also backs this storage box by a lifetime warranty, which is a testimony of the manufacturer’s confidence in the quality of the product. You could also expect this thing to last you a lifetime!
The not so good thing about the LP100 vinyl record storage box is that it’s a bit bulky, but that’s the price you have to pay for the 100-record capacity.
· Takes up to 100 12-inch records
· Strong build
· Lifetime warranty.
This vinyl record storage case by Retro Musique is a little bit simpler than the LP100 storage box, but it’s a fairly interesting product nonetheless.
Like the LP100, Retro Musique’s storage box again has corner guards and a fairly beefy lock to ensure the secure storage of your vinyl records, but the build of the LP100 box was a little tougher. Retro Musique’s box doesn’t need to be as tough though since it’s designed to hold up to around 35 vinyl records.
A unique feature in this storage box is its front flap that allows for better access to your vinyl records, making browsing through your collection a little bit easier. The handle on the top makes carrying this thing easier as well.
What we also particularly like about this storage box is its beautiful rose gold color. This color won’t fit all interiors, but it looks spectacular nonetheless.
· Fairly compact
· Takes around 35 vinyl records
· The front flap allows for convenient record browsing
· Beautiful rose gold color.
· Little information is available on the product
This seems to be the exact same storage box we’ve just overviewed. Pretty much the only difference between the two Retro Musique storage boxes is color – the turquoise color scheme of this guy will probably be a better choice for more people than the rose gold color of the previous Retro Musique box.
In terms of design, you are getting the same box with reinforced corners and front flap providing better access to your records. The vinyl record capacity is again 35, and the convenient carry handle is also here.
· Quite compact
· Fits 35 vinyl records
· Easy record access through the front flap
Finally, we have the Glorious Record Box, a small but hefty unit that’s claimed to hold up to 110 12-inch vinyl records.
Like the Ikea Kallax, the Record Box is a great option if you are looking for something more simplistic. This thing sure can’t boast the rigidity and full protection of the Retro Musique and Gorilla storage cases, but it will work many more interiors, not to mention that it’s going to be easier to clean.
This particular Record Box comes in black. If you happen to have the Glorious Mixstation or Mix Extension, then this thing should visually match them perfectly.
Aside from that, the Glorious Record Box is designed to be stackable, so if you have many more than a hundred records, you could get a few of these storage boxes and put them together to get a nice and roomy storage area for your music.
· Holds up to 110 records
· Minimalistic and easy to clean
· Stackable with other Glorious Record Boxes
· Will fit many interiors.
· Again won’t fully protect your records
Record Box Alternatives for Storage
The Kallax shelf isn’t designed for vinyl records specifically, but it’s a great choice if you are looking for a simpler storage area for your records.
This thing has got no fancy features – it’s just a regular shelving unit. With that said, with 13 kilograms of weight capacity per each shelf, this thing is pretty durable. Not only that, thanks to its simplicity, it’s very easy to clean – just a single wipe with a damp cloth will be mostly enough.
With the boxes overviewed above, you’d probably have a harder time cleaning since they have plenty of nooks and crannies for dust and dirt to settle in.
What you may also like about the Kallax shelving unit is that it will fit many interiors precisely thanks to its simple design. Its white color is also a good thing when it comes to interior integration.
With all that said, the biggest disadvantage of the Kallax shelving unit is that it provides little physical protection to your records and thus isn’t the best option for moving records from place to place. But it will keep your records nice and organised at home!
· Simple and easy to clean design
· Will fit many interiors
· Doesn’t provide much protection to your records
Choosing The Best Vinyl Record Storage Box
There’s nothing really difficult about choosing a vinyl record storage box – if you know what you need, then it will be easy for you to choose the very best option.
If you have no idea of what to look for though, let’s talk about a few things that are important in vinyl record storage boxes.
First comes the physical protection of your vinyl records. This is probably the reason why you are looking for a storage box for your records in the first place.
Do you need protection levels provided by such storage cases as Gorilla LP100? Perhaps no.
Some of the cases where you would want to have a fully enclosed storage box are:
· You want to be able to safely transport your vinyl records, especially if you are DJing on dedicated mixing turntables.
· You for some reason want to keep your vinyl record collection away from others’ eyes.
· You want to keep your records away from dust.
· You just want to make sure that your records are away from harm’s way.
If these don’t apply to your case, then you may go for simple shelves or storage boxes like Ikea’s Kallax or the Glorious Record Box.
Also, keep in mind that your storage box should allow you to store your vinyl records in an upright position. This is the best position since it doesn’t put stress on your records. Specialised record storage boxes will always allow upright storage, but non-specialized options may not.
You may also want your record storage box to be stackable. Stackability allows you to place several storage boxes on top of each other in a tidy and stable way. Storage cases not designed to be stacked on top of each other may not be strong enough to take the weight of another case, or they may have an odd shape that prevents stacking.
When sellers write “up to 100 vinyl records”, it’s usually a bit stretched. A storage box that is claimed to take up to 100 records will most likely take 100 records under ideal conditions, e.g. if you have very thin record jackets.
But while the numbers claimed by manufacturers aren’t too accurate, you could use them for comparison and base your decision on them. If you have about 100 records, then you’d want to go for a storage case that can take 100 records at least.
Whether you’ll be putting the storage case in your room or using it to transport your records from place to place, be sure to pay attention to the size of the desired case. Your case needs to be compact enough to fit in your car or in the room’s corner that you want to dedicate to your vinyl records.
Finally, think about the design of the record storage box as well. If you’ll be mostly using the case to transport your records, the design won’t be as important. But if you’ll be permanently keeping it in your room, then you may want to make sure that it fits your interior.
Though there’s nothing too difficult about picking the best vinyl record storage box for your needs, you should be able to understand what you want to make the right choice.
A bad storage case is probably not much better than just stacking your vinyl records on top of each other. So be sure that you buy a storage case that will provide the required protection and that will perhaps work with your interior. Our guidelines should be able to help you with that!
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