Unplggd reader dmstudio posed this request in yesterday's A Record Lover's Storage Solution: The Atocha Record Cabinet comments: "I would love it if Unplggd could find some stylish record album storage solutions that don't involve buying new furniture. I've looked and keep coming up empty except for some boring and not too stylish storage boxes from the Container Store."
dmstudio's request* was the very same question we asked ourselves a few years back when we were looking for a decor-friendly storage solution for Emily and my modest sized vinyl collection. Our prayers were answered when we discovered a curbside throwaway vintage stereo cabinet in less than stellar condition, but in salvageable condition, and spurred on by this find, we set away on a multi-week project converting a broken cabinet stereo into a refinished and illuminated storage unit that we documented for our sister city site, Apartment Therapy Los Angeles, all for under $100 (more like $75, thanks to some borrowed tools).
We've seen similar 1950's-1970's long cabinet designs at vintage stores, thrift shops, Goodwill locations and yard sales, and these beauties often provide available storage as-is or with a few modifications as was the case with our Westinghouse unit. Another place to hunt down similar style pieces locally are Craigslist and occasionally eBay (the nicest pieces seem to hail from Canada for some reason, but shipping costs are prohibitive).
We thought we'd repost this series of how-to instructions we shared a few years back for those of you looking for a low-cost (though admittedly DIY involved) way to stylishly store and display your vinyl:
The DIY Stereo Cabinet recap:
- The Stereo Cabinet #1 - Jumpstart
- The Stereo Cabinet #2 - The Strip Show
- The Stereo Cabinet #3 - Enter Sandman
- The Stereo Cabinet #4 - No Guts, No Glory
- The Stereo Cabinet #5 - House of Stain
- The Stereo Cabinet #6 - A Stain In the Neck
- The Stereo Cabinet #7 - Moving On
*since preparing this post, dmstudio further clarified he's actually looking for non-furniture storage for his collection, since his current space lacks any additional room for any furniture. We'll be sure to follow up on this request also.