DIY: vinyl record shelves

Updated February 21, 2017

Whether you're a long-time collector of vinyl or you've recently discovered a love of the record album, finding a place to store large, vinyl albums can cause a bit of difficulty unless you build the storage yourself. Due to the weight of vinyl records, vinyl is typically stores on shelves that are meant to hold books or other heavy items. All shelves for vinyl storage must be at least 30 cm (12 inches) wide to fit the record. Floating shelves are typically not able to bear enough weight to support record albums.

Measure the height, width and depth of the area where you want to place your bookshelf unit with a measuring tape.

Figure out exactly how many shelves you can fit in the bookshelf. Subtract 40 cm (16 inches) from your height measurement -- 10 cm (4 inches) for the top and bottom of the bookshelf and 30 cm (12 inches) for one of the shelf spaces. Divide the remaining figure by 33.75 cm (13.5 inches) to determine how many shelves will fit in the space.

Use a circular saw to cut two pieces of 5 by 30 cm (2 by 12 inch) board to the correct height for your bookshelf. Subtract 10 cm (4 inches) from your original width measurement. Cut a top and bottom board for your bookshelf to this measurement.

Glue the four pieces together to create a box using wood glue. Use a square to make sure each of the corners are perfectly square and plumb. Drill three equidistant holes at the bottom of both of the side pieces into the bottom of the shelf unit. Screw the side pieces to the bottom. Repeat the process at the top of the box.

Measure the inside width of your bookcase. Rip 1.2 by 2.4 m (4 by 8 foot) sheets of plywood into 30 cm (12 inch) wide shelves. Make each shelf equal in length to the inside width of the bookcase. Cut twice as many pieces as there are shelves.

Glue two of the plywood shelf pieces together. Make the edges of the shelves plumb and flush. Drill small holes along the long edges of your shelf every 30 cm (12 inches) on one side. Do not drill all the way through. Screw the boards together. Repeat the process until you've created the desired number of shelves for your bookcase.

Apply paintable or stainable wood filler over each of the screw holes in the shelf. Let the filler dry completely per the manufacturer's instructions. Sand the surface of the filler smooth with the rest of the shelf. Sand the entire surface of the shelf with an orbital sander. Repeat the process with each of the other shelves.

Measure from the top of the bottom of the bookcase up 30 cm (12 inches). Mark the spot with a pencil. Use a level to draw a level straight line along the inside of the bookcase. Drill three equidistant holes through each of the long sides of the bookcase approximately 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) above the lines. Position a shelf, so the bottom of the shelf sits at and is level with the line you drew. Drill through the sides of the bookcase into the shelf to screw the shelf into place. Repeat the process with each of the additional shelves.

Fill the screw holes on the outside of the bookcase with paintable or stainable wood filler. Let the filler dry completely according to the manufacturer's instructions. Sand the top of the filler smooth with the outside of the bookcase. Sand the rest of the outside of the bookcase, if needed.

Paint or stain your new vinyl record storage as desired.


After you position and set a few screws in your first shelf, slide a record onto the shelf to make sure all your measurements are correct. Always measure three times to make sure you get the same number before cutting a piece to length or size.


Always wear protective gear, including safety glasses, when using power tools, such as a circular saw.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Circular saw
  • 5 by 30 cm (2 by 12 inch) boards
  • Wood glue
  • Carpenter's square
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • 1.2 by 2.4 m (4 by 8 foot) sheets of plywood
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Orbital sander
  • Paint or stain
  • Rag
  • Paintbrush
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