If you’re anything like me, IKEA isn’t usually the first place you think of when it comes to having fun. Unless, of course, your primary reason for visiting is actually a thinly disguised excuse for a cheeky meatball feast – then perhaps, you could be forgiven for enjoying your weekend trips to the land of affordable flatpack.
In all seriousness, though, you’d rather be spinning some records, right!? But what if I told you there was a way to feed your vinyl habit and eat meatballs? That’s right, IKEA has plenty of storage and furniture products that just so happen to double as perfect vinyl record storage solutions. Here are a few highlights that I’ve stumbled across over the years…
KALLAX Shelving unit
The KALLAX shelving units are perhaps the most widely known option from IKEA that are suitable for vinyl record storage. They come in a variety of finishes (including the clean and contemporary white pictured) and each unit is perfectly sized for housing records. There are larger versions of the KALLAX available, you’ll just have to be a little mindful of weight – you don’t want any record landslides taking place from overloading! IKEA recommend not exceeding 13kg for each shelf.
Still don’t fancy the trip to IKEA? These units are also currently available on Amazon.
The NORNÄS range are my personal favorite vinyl storage solutions from Ikea as they’re a solid pine construction which adds immediate character and authenticity. Better still, they are easily waxed, painted, or stained to give them a custom look. I stained mine a dark walnut color to convey a more sophisticated finish that wouldn’t look out of place in a contemporary city apartment.
If you’re wondering about the added shelf in the central compartment, you’ll be pleased to know the shelf is easily removed to allow for more record storage. Equally, if you only need two compartments, simply incorporate the added shelf for handy storage of your vinyl accessories (cleaning equipment, record clamps, replacement styli, and more). For a cleaner storage option, consider adding one of Ikea’s many finished storage boxes for a plush finished look.
Getting Creative with Kitchen Cabinets
This unconventional storage suggestion comes straight from IKEA’s blog, where they invite you to get creative with “4 kitchen cabinet hacks“. Second on the list is a 40cm kitchen cabinet with legs, which, when paired with a new FLÄDIE door, makes a perfect side table and record storage unit. The beauty is, (and this is a topic for another day) almost anything large enough to house vinyl records could become a potential storage option, you’ll just have to think outside the box a little (see what I did there) about how you finish the piece. Second-hand furniture stores and antique shops are a great source of potential record storage units just waiting for your creative input.
FJÄLLBO Shelving unit
If clean cut and contemporary isn’t your thing, you might consider the FJÄLLBO instead. Built from a metal and solid wood frame, the FJÄLLBO has added built-in doors to help prevent little hands from tampering with those delicate vinyl treasures. Also, with a depth of 33cm, the solid wood top makes for a sturdy flat surface that houses most turntables comfortably. Again, perfect for keeping little hands (or even pets) out of harm’s way.
GLADSAX – Vinyl Wall Display
Looking to display your records on a wall? The GLADSAX frame is designed to hold LP-records. They’re also cheap: $7.99 at the time of writing.
Spotted a great IKEA vinyl record storage option that I haven’t mentioned? Drop your ideas and suggestions in the comments below.