For people who are new to the world of the vinyl record, knowing how to store your vinyl properly is one of the most important things. Because as we all know, record vinyl is definitely not cheap and need to be stored carefully or we will risk ruining it. Therefore, we need to be really careful when choosing a vinyl record storage cabinet. Even though you may think to yourself that using a usual cabinet will do the job, but there are actually more details that you need to take care of if you want your collection to stay intact and in good quality even after a long time. So here is what you need to know about vinyl record storage cabinet specifications.
Strong and sturdy
If you own a vinyl record already, you may have realized that it is heavier and larger than most books. Hence, you need to choose a vinyl record storage cabinet that is sturdy and strong, and also made out of high-quality material so it can contain your growing record collection. You can use strong and solid wood or metal for the cabinet’s material.
If you are a record vinyl collector, you will need a large cabinet that can store a large amount of vinyl record. However, you need to remember that you can’t store that vinyl tightly or you’ll get a ring wear marks on your vinyl collection. So if you’re looking for a cabinet to store 20 vinyl records, choose the cabinet that has the capacity of 30 vinyl records.
To prevent vinyl from leaning too heavily into each other, you need to choose cabinets with square shelves. This way, even though the vinyl leans into each other, the weight will be spread evenly so it won’t leave a mark on your vinyl records. Also, you need to store your vinyl record vertically so it didn’t stack on top of one another. Because stacking may result in warped vinyl.
The environment where you place your vinyl record storage cabinet matters a lot. Sunlight and moisture is the number one enemy of a vinyl record. Direct and prolonged exposure to sunlight will cause the vinyl to warp over time. This goes to other types of heat like a heater or fireplace as well. So keep your record away from heat.
Moisture is another thing you need to keep your vinyl record away from. Keeping a vinyl record in a damp area will cause the vinyl sleeves which are made from cardboard, absorb the moisture and compromising the vinyl record itself. You may find your vinyl record develop nasty stains, mildew, and the worst part, sticking to its sleeves.
While you’re at it, putting vinyl record storage away from dusty places is also a good idea. You may want to store your vinyl record in places with not much traffic and do dust cleaning regularly. Or at the very least, keep your vinyl record safe in its protective sleeves.