Valentine special: IKEA loves Vinyl

(Note: LJC readers personal collection pictures have been copied to a permanent page under Jazz Trivia/Other Collectors/LJC readers collections)

IKEA record storage, LJC 2012




London Evening Standard Friday 15th February, 2013


Its not often an advertisement in a newspaper cheers me up, especially not the London Evening Standard, but today in glorious colour…

Harry may not share my taste in jumpers, he wouldn’t get away with holding a vinyl record like that in my house – thumb planted squarely on the grooves, but his heart is in the right place: 4,500 records. That’s what I call a collection. However Harry has just one problem, in common with me, it looks like he is about to run out of space.


Just a thought.


If anyone would be willing to send me a picture of their record collection on shelves, and a rough count, I will be happy to publish it in this ” Confessions of a Record Collector” corner on LJC .You don’t have to be in the picture!. Anonymity preserved under any name of your choosing. It’ll be our secret. You know you want to!. No prizes but your 1600 pixels of fame. Londonjazzcollector (AT) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk



Readers Collections

1. LJC contributor – Jeffrey‘s storage bins.


I love this! A record store-simulation without having to leave home! And no price tickets Great! The woodwork designs can be found at AudioKarma if there are any carpenters out there. Jeffrey tells me the inspiration for the design is no longer having to squint to read record spines – you can simply flip covers, as nature intended. Grrreat!

2. LJC contributor Tim‘s “retro” black and white collection


Now this is seriously cool. Bulk storage has room to breathe – space for more records, and a near-turntable storage area for current listening. Oh and a few random boxes of overflow that haven’t made it to either area. Sound familiar? Great stuff. Thanks Tim.

3. LJC contributor Dave from Atlanta, the Upstairs Downstairs solution


Dave’s two thousand records in an Upstairs Downstairs storage solution – a big  “hands on” area next to the turntable for the “good stuff”, that’s neat. But what’s that I see?  Is that red and black Impulse spines grouped together? I have often thought about filing by label rather than artist, whatever works best for you. Then there is something lurking in the cellar, the morgue, boxed but alphabeticised, for the “haven’t figured what to do with these” stuff. Life below stairs. Brilliant, Dave, thanks for sharing. Oh, I have Oprah on the line…

4. LJC contributor Phil from CT, illustrates domestic harmony


Perfect solution, Phil integrates his “small” vinyl collection into a domestic setting, as a living room sideboard, in white.And great covers on display in front of the less attractive record spines. For some of us, records are banished to the “man cave”. Nice one, Phil. We also see Phil Jr. being inducted into to the fine art of crate digging. Get ’em while they are young.

teaching kids about physics

Later, you could may be introduce junior to the finer points of mono and stereo recordings…that is “real” stereo as opposed to…oh never mind.

5.LJC contribution from Sonny, who favours Red


Shades of Redd, and another fan of Expedit for displaying covers. Neat! I like the saxophone as objet trouvé.

6. LJC contribution: Matty’s Man-cave from Holland

Matty_Records-final 1600

Apparently this is just the vinyl section. As much space again is available for the Evil Silver Disc opposite. Great! Thanks Matty. I just love seeing shelves of vinyl.

7. LJC contribution: John has sent in this photo of his cool urban setting for some choice records. The Blue Train poster sets the cool tone and I see a Dyson on hand to make sure things stay cool.


Umm…cool, John,  and nice to see the flag waving with Stan Tracey  down there on the bottom right. Just room for a few more records before every collectors dilema kicks in: where oh where to put the second Expedit?


Plenty more space if you want to put your collection on Dr LJC’s couch.




10 thoughts on “Valentine special: IKEA loves Vinyl

  1. Ikea also had a product called the Fonolit. It was exactly that, a gooseneck lamp with adjustable clamp that is perfect for turntable illumination. Mine is 15 years old and still going strong.

  2. Thanks for posting my photos. Previously I had a few LPs in frames, yet I really like how this looks. Plus the records are easily playable and interchangeable. For the record, I do love a good spine. Just imagine a shelf with miles and miles of Impulse! black and orange…man.

    As for the little one, Allison loves watching records spin round and round!

  3. I especially like the shelves so that records can be displayed on the wall with easy access. And I wanted to add that in the video you can see that he has some amazing vintage sampling drum machines, including the E-mu SP-1200.

    I also wanted to mention that I am a proponent of small, concise record collections. I believe in having a small collection capable of being fully appreciated. A lot of DJs feel obligated to have thousands of records; it’s kind of like a size-of-your-extremities thing in the DJ community haha. I don’t subscribe to that way of thinking, but it’s easier now that I use the same digital DJing software he does which interfaces with my turntables. So my record collection is right around 100 records, all as pristine as possible, very appreciated and very well taken care…you just can’t do that with 1,000 records let alone 10,000!

    There will be a post in my blog about this fascinating topic of the theory of vinyl collection sizes 🙂

    • Hasn’t he just!. You have to ask if IKEAs ad agency had any idea of the the business of listening to records as opposed to just storing them. Those speakers, everything, rubbish. Duh, I just answered my own question.
      Its great storage though, I love Expedit – its “record-sized”

      I have a “working formula”, that you should keep roughly in balance the amount you spend on HiFi and the amount you spend on Records: 50/50. At the moment my record collection has added up to more than the HiFi, sio I am upgrading some of the HiFi.

      Another record is just one more record, while an upgrade in the HiFi can be equal to 1,000 new records.

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