Vinyl Record Collection of Danzig, Misfits, and Samhain

Gimme Shelter – Vinyl Record Storage

With the sudden resurgence and in some ways the modern day renaissance of vinyl records, it has become apparent that for some this may seem like a novelty or fad, whereas others regard listening, studying, and collecting records as a complimentary necessity to their personal music appreciation. Whether you are just beginning to build your collection or need a refresher for your growing accumulation, we assembled a few pointers to make sure you are knowledgeable and organized when caring for your vinyl.

For now, let’s start with the basics. Before getting fancy and spending any money on a custom, cherry wood Jenn Atocha designed cabinet or an IKEA Kallax shelving unit; it is important to understand some fundamentals; to avoid any issues with dust build up, mold, warping, bending, or breaking.

And even on steady ground we get worn out on all of the safety sounds.  “I Had a Motorcycle” – Cheap Girls.

  • Store Vertically
    1. Never store your vinyl records flat and definitely avoid stacking your vinyl records on top of each other. This will cause your vinyl to warp or bend over time, as well as damage the jacket.
      • It’s easiest to organize your collection by records size. (7”s with 7”s, 12”s with 12”s)
      • Don’t wedge your records too tightly. Remember, they’re your babies., and if you’ve learned anything from The Weeknd, you’ll know, “Let it be, baby breathe.
    2. For future reference, vinyl records can average about 35-40 pounds per foot of shelving, with the concentration of their weight resting on the centerline of the shelf you have chosen.
      • It makes sense in the past tense, Can’t hold its weight today. “Static” – Tigers Jaw.
  • Temperature
    1. Your collection should always be stored in a room that is dry (about 35-40% relative humidity).
      • With time a mold will form and what’s can become warm. “Nonfiction” – Touché Amoré
      • Attics, basements, sheds, and garages are all susceptible to the extremes of the environment and fluctuations in temperature, even though they are technically indoors.
        1. Fluctuations in temperature are what cause warping. Shifting from cold to hot temperatures cause expanding and contracting of material, never leaving the affected item in the same condition, whether it be a vinyl record or a wooden chair.
        2. Of course, we suggest climate controlled self-storage as a safe alternative to maintain your mint collection. (This method, however, can create listening difficulties when wanting to slow things down from fast-paced Beach Slang to a more intimate, low-fi Waxahatchee, when your copy of Ivy Tripp is locked away at your closest U-Stor-It.)
  • Packaging
    1. Placing each record and jacket in its own high density (4 mil) polyethylene sleeve is always recommended. This will help maintain the crispness of the jacket to protect from dust and other airborne materials, and act as a chemical-free buffer between records. Through trial and error, our Marketing Analyst at U-Stor-It has found the optimal sizes for his vinyl sleeves, (which even fit most double LPs).
      • 7” – 7 ⅜” x 7 ⅝”
      • 12” – 12 ¾” x 12 ½”
    2. If you do opt to store your records in storage boxes (specifically 7”s), they should be cardboard or acid- and lignin-free paper stock. For larger containers, avoid anything that will retain a static charge (plastic or metal).

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