Vinyl Record Storage Hack For Ikea Expedit & Kallax Shelves | Vinyl 101

Vinyl Record Storage Hack For Ikea Expedit & Kallax Shelves | Vinyl 101

August 19, 2019 15 By Kailee Schamberger


– Hey there music nerds. Welcome to your Vinyl 101 hack. I am Sam the Record Man,
we are Vinyl Junkies. In today’s Vinyl 101 vid I’ll share one of my favorite hacks for these types of shelves right here, the Ikea Expedit and Kallax shelves. If you want more content
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videos as we go along. Hit that bell, so that you know when the videos are coming up. Whenever you read articles
about vinyl storage, Ikea always comes up, simply because it’s the most affordable
and really super-convenient way to store vinyl. These cubes here, the Ikea
series used to be called Kallax, and now it’s been changed to Expedit. The only difference is
that the top part over here is made a little thinner
with the Expedits, but remains the same strength, okay? So, these shelves, pretty much
every vinyl junkie has them. So you guys won’t be
surprised when I show you what happens when you have
shelves like this, right? You grab a pile of records,
you try to put ’em in, and (records shuffling) they kinda go in too deep, right? Now, this one goes a
whole lot deeper because it’s not stuck right to the wall. But even if it is, it kind of
just leaves space over here, which is really nice, if you
wanna just kinda like put either lighting, which I’ve seen before, or you wanna put little statues
or tchotchkes or something. In terms of convenience, for taking the records
on and off the shelf, it’s not convenient at all. Especially the case with
people with larger collection. It can be a little bit
inconvenient because, I mean you gotta put ’em out, ya gotta kinda pull the
records out a little bit in order to see what you have, while you’re shuffling through them. So, there’s the simplest of simple hacks that we can take care of. You see these? The carrying boxes here that
you get your records mailed in, or these big boxes over
here, thicker, okay? This here will make your
collection way more simple, for two reasons. I guess the first reason should
be the most obvious of all, just by putting boxes there. These here boxes fit perfectly
into the squares, right? So, I mean these are the
ones that we’re gonna see more commonly, type of thing. There’s the Vinyl Me, Please box, but I know Sundazed,
the boxes fit perfectly. Typically, you’ll notice that they have crumple zones here, right? So if you try to fit it
in this way, it works, but this way it would
not, it would be too long. So all you gotta do is
tear off these edges here. Check it. Like that, right? Just tear like that, (cardboard tearing) crumple the edges in, like that, and shove the box (box shuffling) straight in there, okay? Now in this case, like I said, you see it’s against the wall, but what it is that it’ll do
is it’ll create that space, and just make up over
here the amount of space, so that it becomes a lot easier to play around with your records. The best way to do it is go visit your independent record store. Okay, these are probably not boxes you’re gonna get a whole
bunch of because these are what they send shipments of 25 records to independent record stores. But, this one’s from
Independent Record Pressing, this one’s from Secretly Distribution. They all have exactly the
same box, they’re standard. The good thing about standard is because they’re supposed to
hold records, so check. (box shuffling) Boom. All of a sudden, you remember
that gap problem we had? Check this. (records shuffling) Boom, flush. Lot easier to check out the records, okay? So, another problem that
it takes care of is, I’m sure you’ve seen the pictures of the four by four and
five by five Ikea shelves that are all. (clicks tongue) These shelves are made to
withstand that type of weight, unless you put ’em the wrong way. Then they go sideways, and
you break your records. Well, if you’re ever worried
about that kind of thing, again, these boxes are perfect. Why? Because, think about it, right? Let’s say a four by four shelf, or a five, yeah, let’s say a four by
four shelf, that’s 16 cubes. If you have one of these
boxes in each cube, or even if you don’t have it in each cube, but let’s say you just fortify, the four corners, and you have that there, all
the engineers are saying, “Oh, well yeah, of course. “It’s a lot more structured,” right? It’s kind of like just making it so that if it moves sideways, it
moves up against the box, and the box will keep the shelf in place, and you don’t have to worry about your precious record
collection being destroyed. So in other words, those boxes, if you’re not using them to
send records back to people, or if you’re just throwing
them in the recycling, this is pretty much the
best hack that you can use when it comes to Ikea shelves. Just take the boxes, they
fit perfectly in the square. If you’re looking for the
bigger ones, like this, go visit your independent record store. Trust me, drop 100 bucks in
the store, talk the guy up, they got plenty of these boxes. They just put ’em away in the recycling. So, if you ask them to give
you a bunch of records, and you support their shop, you’ll get them without any problem. And, in terms of the mailers, well, some mailers, not all mailers fit, but, in terms of the
Vinyl Me, Please mailer, you can fit that right in. Some are thinner than others, so you might have to kind of stack ’em up, so that they go in. But, it does work. And, that’s it man, that’s
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