If you could send one song to an alien civilization—one ultimate song to showcase the depth and talent of humanity—which song would you choose?
Luckily, NASA didn’t have to face this choice. In 1977, they sent two records into space, each record containing nature sounds, 55 languages and 27 internationally famous musical pieces, including Mozart’s Queen of the Night aria and “Melancholy Blues” by Louis Armstrong.
Thankfully, you won’t have to travel any further to find eight accessible and chic ways to store your favorite vinyl (and none of them involve spacecrafts).
They’re all right here:
(Atomic Ranch curates the best of Mid Century Modern Design to share with our readers. Some of the products you’ll see featured in this story are affiliate links, which means that if you click through and make a purchase, AR will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.)
#1. Prather Storage Racks
Handcrafted and environmentally responsible, Prathermade designs several display and storage options in a range of different wood selections, including maple, walnut and cherry. It’s easy to find a model that complements the aesthetics of your home. Prices vary depending on the design. Browse their selection at prathermade.com.
#2. Hand Forged Metal Record Stand
Simple storage racks like this one are a chic choice for keeping your collection of vinyl records organized, up front and center. We found this one on Etsy for $109.
#4. Record Player Stand with Vinyl Storage
The options are endless when you get to choose the height, length and stain to customize this record stand and storage. Perch your player on top, and fill the center shelving with all the records you can fit!
#5. Vintage Walnut Record Album Storage Cabinet
If you’re like me, sometimes your organizational skills are best kept behind closed doors. Cabinets are a great way to keep your records cool and collected while retaining an uncluttered room. You can find this circa 1950s cabinet on Chairish.
#6. Crosley Record Carrier Case
Ideal if you’re planning on moving records long-distances in a car or plane. This tan case will keep your sleeves from getting scratched and your records from being (dare we say it) shattered.
#7. Vinyl Record Storage Shelf
Inspired by the all-wire racks of the MCM-era, this stand adds two horizontal shelves on top to rest your record player. It’s a slender and classic approach to record storage that will keep your living space organized and chic. Find it here at Urban Outfitters.
#8. Record Frame
Display your album covers like the works of art that they are with an album frame like this one, found on Amazon. The pinewood is in its natural state, so you have the option to leave it as-is, or customize it with stain or paint.
#9. Mid Century Modern Three-Piece Record Cabinet
This cabinet is elegance itself, with white laminate fronts and a large interior to give your record collection the home it deserves. At $2,600, this piece is an investment in timeless style.
#10. BESTÅ Storage Unit
Rounding out our selections with a budget buy from the ubiquitous IKEA, the BESTÅ cabiner offers storage for a wide variety of keepsakes, including vinyl records. The BESTÅ storage system comes in a variety of colors (white, black, black-brown) and styles. Prices vary depending on units and size. Check out the selection here.
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