Collection Help: Living with a Record Lover

Collection Help: Living with a Record Lover

Rachael Grad
Jan 23, 2012

My man loves music: he works in it, is obsessed with it, and owns a whole lot of it. Over 10,000 pieces of vinyl, cd's and box sets are sitting in boxes in our home. He collects the music and the artwork (posters, album covers, etc.) so tossing out albums and cases to save space is out of the question.

We loved Cate's post Organization Inspiration: Media Storage; however, those collections don't come close to holding 10,000 units. We are looking for storage and decor ideas for the large collection.

The collection is not nearly as large as the world's largest music collector, Paul Mawhinney, who tried to sell his collection of 3 million records and 300,000 CDs in 2008. But I find the mass of music that we have (and the awful boxes shown in image 3) to be overwhelming. While the mess is bothering me, I wouldn't want to regret getting rid of the collection, like poor Jason! I desperately want shelving or storage that could showcase some of the albums and artwork, and safely store the rest.

We are considering having storage built by a carpenter who has made bookcases for some of Canada's biggest music collections. Any advice from any serious audiophile collectors out there?

Shown in the images are a few rooms with large music collections and one photo of our very sad boxes.

1. the stairway in Ozzy Osbourne's home studio, lined with gold and platinum albums. Photographed by Roger Davies for Architectural Digest.
2. DJ T's collection at home from Taking a Peek: DJs Living Rooms.
3. part of my fiance's boxed up music collection.

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