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Re: [ARSCLIST] Closet shelving for LP Records
I second Brandon's sentiments below.
I have 2 of the largest Ikea units as they were the most affordable (and
best looking) solution for my needs.
Perhaps the original question could be answered better if we understood
how much storage is needed?
Linear feet, height, etc.
These Ikea units are very adept, but not adjustable.
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
[mailto:ARSCLIST@xxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Brandon Burke
Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2008 1:15 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Closet shelving for LP Records
Professionally speaking, i would never endorse wooden shelving for the
storage of recorded sound media, as its tendency to absorb moisture is
That said, i know that IKEA's EXPEDIT series is often used for this
(While i do not use these at home, i know several people who do and are
perfectly happy with them. Metal shelving, after all, is more than a
little difficult to incorporate into one's living space tactfully..)
On Feb 5, 2008, at 12:01 PM, michael wrote:
> I'm new to the list but just saw a thread a few years back about
> storage ideas for for vinyl records, and was wondering if I could
> solicit some advice on affordable and proper shelving.
> My storage area is a closet with sliding doors, so it doesn't have to
> be pretty--I just want proper storage and good access to the records.
> I plan to also use this area to store boxed ephemera and other
> The space is about 28" deep, 90" high and 64" wide, so there's room to
> work with.
> I have several ideas:
> I had used storage crates for years (sort of like  below), which is
> probably the cheapest solution for vinyl, but I abandoned them after
> becoming worried that the open design wasn't good for the sleeves.
> they're so cheap, I'd go back to using them if I knew it was ok for
> the records.
> Lowes and Home Depot sell this 5-tier industrial chrome shelving 
> that supports 350lbs per shelf. I like this option because it's cheap,
> but the open wire design would require a few mods: some kind of wood
> top would have to be cut for each shelf, a small lip put on the back
> to keep the records from pushing back against the wall, and a couple
> of tall thin lengths of wood would have to be inserted up through the
> furthest holes in the wire on each side of the unit to keep the
> records from falling out the sides.
> I also saw that a company named Gothic Cabinet Craft make a number of
> record shelves that would certainly work  if stacked, but this is
> not as cheap.
> Finally, I found a cube system at Staples  that's attractive to me
> because--just like the old milk crates--the shelving is easy to move
> and rearrange and could also function as transport if and when the
> collection is ever moved. And these are about $20 each, which isn't
> too expensive but a minimal 9-crate solution will already drive the
> price up to $200.
> Any thoughts on these, or can anyone suggest a better, more affordable
> 1. http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?
> 2. http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?
> 3. http://www.gothiccabinetcraft.com/shelf-rack-base-14x30x42-
> 4. http://www.staples.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/
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