Clever IKEA vinyl storage hacks are the weekend overhaul you didn't know you needed in your life. Striking the right balance between form and function when storing your record collection can be difficult. And these clever hacks offer the inspiration you need to get the perfect blend of both.
For many, a vinyl record collection isn't just about listening to the music (although they do offer a beautiful sound) - it's also a form of art that needs to be displayed as such with beautiful vinyl storage ideas.
But the storage solution also needs to be secure, safe, and accessible. And, if you're on a budget, affordable. The IKEA Kallax is often used in IKEA hacks for vinyl storage as the individual shelves are a glove-like fit for records.
And, of course, the finest vinyl collection is nothing without the ability to listen. Take a look at the guide to the best record players for our top picks.
You can choose to simply customize your unit with inserts and pieces from IKEA (as above), or give it a real glow-up with a dose of creativity. With this in mind, we've tapped a number of influencers to share their chic IKEA vinyl storage hacks below. Hopefully, that's music to your ears...
IKEA vinyl storage hacks for a stylish way to showcase your records
1. Ooze a retro look with the IKEA Kallax
It's no wonder IKEA Kallax hacks are so popular - it's such a versatile piece, and can be used for bookshelves, bench storage, and a display unit to name a few. Its cubby holes are also the perfect size to play host to all your vinyl records.
'The records fit so perfectly in the little cubbies,' says Christina of cuddlepill.com. 'We were able to place my partner's record player (he was very excited about this purchase) on top.
'It was a nice touch to the retro feel we had going with the speakers. The only thing that we weren’t sold on? The fact that everyone knew this IKEA piece, and that it just kind of looked, you know, basic.'
She continues: 'Finally, I realized there was a way to make the IKEA Kallax our own. I fell in love with the Svea 150 legs (opens in new tab) at Pretty Pegs (opens in new tab) – they were the perfect match for our Kallax system and immediately brought it to life.'
2. Create a mid-century modern console
This striking IKEA vinyl storage hack is simple but so effective. Take one IKEA Kallax shelving unit, add two Kallax door inserts, and a set of mid-century style legs - et voilà! You have a chic new display console.
Romina @toujourspaloma (opens in new tab) says: 'We just added a wooden board on the lower side, and then mid-century table legs - you can get them anywhere, from Etsy or Amazon to some hardware stores.'
Make a real statement of your vinyl collection by adding shelves above the console to display the records with the coolest covers.
3. Use an IKEA Billy bookcase to make a stylish display cabinet
Take a leaf out of Melanie Lissack Interiors (opens in new tab)' design book and make your vinyl collection part of a larger display of objet.
Melanie cleverly took the Billy bookcase and gave it a complete overhaul to become a bespoke statement shelving piece.
The interior designer added Art Deco-style wall lights down the center of the bookcases and wallpapered the back of the units in a cracked-gold design by Harlequin via Style Library.
The unit offers the perfect place to store a vinyl collection as well as books, ceramics, vases, and plants for a design statement. See exactly how Melanie created the piece in our IKEA Billy bookcase hacks.
4. Upgrade an IKEA Vittsjo shelving unit for an ultra-chic vinyl storage hack
This creative and super-stylish IKEA vinyl storage hack found the perfect balance of prettiness and practicality.
'The purpose for our nook: Sit. Relax. Enjoy music,' explains Scott, of yellowbrickhome.com (opens in new tab). 'We knew this would be our funny little room to play our records, read a good book and hang with the pets.
'To make this happen, we needed a place to stash our vinyl collection, and after painting the room Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal, we finally assembled an IKEA Vittsjo unit that was originally intended for our future kitchen renovation.'
He continued: 'They’re inexpensive and well made, but because records are heavy, we needed to reinforce the glass shelves they come with for something that can bear the weight.'
So he set about reinforcing the lower two shelves with plywood, and adds: 'We added wood shelving not only for the warm look it provides but again, to give us enough support for all of our records.'
5. Go wall-to-wall with the IKEA Kallax for a vinyl storage showpiece
The owner of this cool space, @mugidingdong, says: 'Kallax is a classic choice among vinyl collectors, as the size fits nicely.
'We added the legs so that we can clean it more easily - plus it looks nicer, too.'
And why stop there? Create a music poster gallery wall idea for the ultimate funky finish.
6. Channel a vintage vibe with old-school speakers and record player
If you don't need a huge amount of space to store your records, this small IKEA vinyl storage hack is ideal.
Invest in a 77cm x 77cm IKEA Kallax shelving unit, add mid-century modern legs and finish with some vintage-inspired styling.
'We needed a record stand for an old (broken) record player my partner found at a garage sale and had been tinkering with all summer long,' says Alicia of curbly.com (opens in new tab).
'Using an IKEA Kallax shelving unit, and a set of Pretty Pegs (opens in new tab) legs, we created a record stand that’s made up of simple lines and a little mid-century character.' Simple but effective.
7. Wall-hang your IKEA Kallax vinyl storage for a unique focal point
OK, not a hack as such, but this is a unique and stylish way of storing your vinyl with an affordable IKEA product.
Rather than the usual shelving unit on the floor, try hanging a Kallax on the wall. This way, you'll create a practical solution for your vinyl storage whilst also making a talking-point piece.
This is a thoughtful small living room storage idea, saving on floor space by making use of the wall; it's also sociable as well as stylish.
IKEA says: 'This is a smart, small yet airy studio with an industrial feel, where making use of height frees up floor space.
'High up on the wall there is a row of cabinets for things you don’t need daily, like files and bedding. For things you use more often, like records, a wall-hung shelf is a space-saving solution.'
Ruth Doherty is a lifestyle journalist based in London. An experienced freelance digital writer and editor, she is known for covering everything from travel and interiors to fashion and beauty. She regularly contributes to Livingetc, Ideal Home and Homes & Gardens, as well as titles like Prima and Red. Outside of work, her biggest loves are endless cups of tea, almond croissants, shopping for clothes she doesn’t need, and booking holidays she does.
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