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Guide to Storing Your Record Collection

Storage: It’s yet another point of controversy and contention in the opinionated vinyl community. A patently thorny issue often begetting heated online debate and lengthy message board threads upon rearing its divisive head.

We can only ever speak for ourselves and the methods that work for us here at AM Clean Sound. With this guide we intend to do just that; here’s the AM way of doing things when it comes to storing our treasured records. It’s worked for the better part of half a century. We’re hoping it might work for you, too. 

Needless to say, vinyl records offer a warm and rich sound that digital formats just can't replicate. However, storing these delicate discs can be a challenge. Moreover, improper storage can lead to warping, scratching, and other damage that can ruin your favorite albums.

Inner and outer record sleeves

First off, there are a few specific things to consider depending on the condition of your records. Double-sleeving, or using both protective inner and outer record sleeves, is a simple and inexpensive way to keep vinyl records in good condition. Inner sleeves prevent scuffs and scratches from handling and protect the edges of the records from wear and tear. Outer sleeves protect the record jackets and contents from dust and other contaminants. Both types of sleeves also provide more storage options and can help to retain the value of the records by keeping them clean and free from damage.

To further prevent scuffs, you may want to consider upgrading to a poly-lined paper sleeve or a sufficiently rigid rice paper sleeve.

These quality inner sleeves and outer sleeves by Made for Vinyl should get you sorted.



One of the most important things to consider when storing your vinyl records is temperature and humidity. Extreme temperatures can cause records to warp, while high humidity levels can lead to mold growth. It's best to store your records in a cool, dry room with a consistent temperature. Avoid storing them in attics, basements, or garages where temperature and humidity can fluctuate.

Don’t let the sun shine in

It's also important to keep your records away from direct sunlight. The UV rays can fade the album artwork and potentially damage the vinyl itself. Instead, keep them in a dark, cool closet or in a cabinet away from windows.

Storage types

Another key factor to consider is the type of storage you use. The most common method is to keep your records in their original sleeves and stack them on a shelf, and it goes without saying that there are quite a few options for housing vinyl records beyond the ubiquitous Ikea Kallax shelving unit—a type of storage that doesn’t really offer much in terms of design and overall wow-factor. Brands like Montana and R/D Record Cabinets cost a good deal more, but offer a great deal more in terms of style and build quality. And this discretely modern shelf from Record Magazine would also make a thoroughly fetching addition to your interior. 

That said, if you’re looking for a cheap, stylish alternative, there’s always the classic milkcrate. Don't tell the fuzz about it, though

Be gentle

When handling your records, be gentle and avoid touching the grooves as much as possible. Leaving fingerprints on vinyl records is a bad idea because the oils and moisture in our fingers can leave a residue on the surface of the record that can attract dirt and dust. This can cause the record to become dirty and may lead to playback problems, such as skipping and surface noise. It's generally best to handle records with care to avoid these issues in the first place.

Ultimately, the key to properly storing your vinyl records is to keep them in a cool, dry, and dark environment and use protective storage containers or boxes. With the right care and attention, you can ensure that your favorite albums stay in excellent condition for years to come. 

Storage is important, and keeping the dust off your records is pretty crucial, too; check out our selection of vinyl care products. And our dedicated guide to looking after your record collection.

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