Story by Dane O’Leary
Those with DJ equipment and a badass collection of music on vinyl have usually spent a significant amount of money creating their dream collection. Wouldn’t it be a shame to put it all to waste? Slopping your DJ setup together and shoving all of your vinyl into a box?
When you’re in a small apartment where space is a precious commodity, you’ve got to be strategic about storing and implementing your vinyl and DJ equipment so that it’s safe while also being accessible and maximizing available living space.
As such, here’s how you should store your vinyl and incorporate your DJ setup in a small apartment so that your space is still larger than life.
If you have a space for a modest tv, you have space to DJ (Nice wheels!)
Setting Up DJ Equipment with Limited Space
Most DJs tend to be so preoccupied with their equipment and record collections that decor and design tend to either fall by the wayside or are disregarded completely. However, especially in small apartments where space is limited, it’s important to consider things like decor, layout, and design to maximize functionality. Without a designated room or area for equipment, you must be creative in integrating a DJ setup in other areas of the home.
One of the most common areas used to house DJ equipment is the living room. It’s also a great space to incorporate shelving for vinyl, which can function as a design element too. Using a writing or office desk for DJ equipment has become popular, whether in a living room or elsewhere in an apartment.
Most desks have a slide-out keyboard drawer plus storage for things like cords, headphones, and other components and peripherals. Some desks can be compact to take up minimal space without sacrificing storage. Additionally, the design or layout of some desks is so functional for holding DJ equipment that it appears they were built for the express purpose of holding DJ equipment.
If you’re looking for something more creative, installing either one or perhaps a few floating shelves that are deep and reinforced enough is another great solution for storing turntables and other DJ equipment. Floating shelves can be stacked one over the other with as much vertical space between them as you need to accommodate larger and heavier objects, but in a way that doesn’t take up very much space.
Converting an entertainment center into a cabinet for DJ equipment is another option that offers efficiency as well as style. Though more expensive, arguably the best, most practical way to store DJ equipment in a small apartment would be to build custom pieces, creating a solution that combines the functionality of a desk with storage for vinyls and other components, but can fit comfortably within a limited amount of space.
How to Store Vinyl
When it comes to storing music on vinyl, there are dos and definite don’ts. One of the things you shouldn’t do is stack vinyl on top of one another.
Whether they are in their sleeves or not, stacking vinyl has proven to cause warping, cracking, scuff marks, and ring wear on the cover’s artwork. It’s also important not to “wet play” vinyl and to refrain from touching them with your fingers.
For storage, most die-hards emphasize keeping vinyl and their album covers in acid-free, high-density polyethylene sleeves. There are smaller sleeves for the vinyl themselves that fit inside the album covers as well as larger ones meant to protect the album artwork as well. Most recommend using the larger at the very least or both if you want to be doubly cautious.
Storing records vertically, like books on a shelf, is the most popular, effective, and the safest way of keeping and organizing a collection of vinyl. While this method allows you to store a lot of vinyl in a limited amount of space, it’s important that you don’t have them too crammed together; vinyl should have a bit of breathing room or buffer space in between them. This helps to protect vinyl from damage and allows you to vacuum or dust in between them more easily so that debris doesn’t get caught into the grooves of the records.
The space where the records are kept should be safely away from any sources of heat or sunlight, which can severely warp and damage them.
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