Vinyl records are sensitive. They can easily get scratched and if dust gets into the grooves or the stylus, your albums will skip too much for an enjoyable session. These records are also expensive and hard to find, especially if you’re looking for a specific artist or soundtrack.
So when you’re investing in a vinyl records collection, it can be helpful to build a vinyl listening room as well. It may have specialty shelves for your collection and you’ll probably want the kids and pets to stay away. Let’s check out some ideas for your retro music room.
1. Abstract Albums
If you don’t have space for a designated vinyl listening room, you can carve out a vinyl listening corner. Since your living area is small, you probably don’t have kids or pets that could damage your records. So you can safely use a hollow record rack for your table-top display, with art and plants. Under the table, a retro suitcase stores the rest of your records.
2. Surrounded by Sound
As your record collection grows, your vinyl listening room will need more and more storage options. Consider this from the start and give yourself room to expand, pun intended. In this listening room, you have a cozy leather armchair that lets you swivel and bob your head for hours. Vinyl record storage options include floating ledges, crates, and a square grid shelf.
3. Books and Music
Some of us like to throw on a favorite record and read a book. Others prefer plenty of floor space so they can get up and dance. Allow both options in your vinyl listening room, since you’ll probably have guests of both kinds. This customized shelf stacks records at the top and rows of books at the bottom. Framed art and a hardwood floor add to the room’s ambiance.
4. Home Record Store
Is that retro record store your happy place? If it is, you could carry some of that aesthetic home. Talk to the store staff or owner and see if they can sell you some display cases or tell you where they got theirs. You can even reconstruct one as a DIY project. Place your turntable on the center shelf, add ledges above, and amps on either side of the shelf. Enjoy!
5. Play Like a Pro
Maybe you’re a professional DJ that needs to upgrade your office tools. Maybe you’re more of a hobbyist and you’d rather practice for your friends at house parties. Either way, this portable DJ kit is perfect for any vinyl listening room. You can buy it ready-made or DIY with hardware castors, a grid shelf, and slots for the turntable and mixer (or just a record player).
6. Closet Comicon
Is your passion for vinyl in the closet? Whether your friends think vinyls are uncool or your living space is too tight, this vinyl closet is the ultimate solution for your vinyl listening room. You can buy one at IKEA – they call them comic closets. Or you can build one yourself. Put your record player on the top shelf (or on top of the closet) and your records in the drawers.
7. Modular Hinges
This vinyl listening room has before-and-after pics, but you can’t be sure which is which. (Or whether the before is better than the after!) So maybe scroll through the pictures and pick what works for you. That modular grid shelf is snazzy – it has hinges after every two rows so you can attach as many as you’d like. The LED strip behind the record player is a nice touch.
8. Musical Man Cave
If you’re this serious about music, your vinyl listening room needs to match up! The wall has framed art that displays your character and looks more sophisticated than posters. And yes, you can stick your favorite ones inside those frames – it will keep them pristine. The wall-mounted shelf leaves lots of dancing room. And the carpeted floor helps with soundproofing.
9. Home Studio
The average person is fine listening to tinny music on their smartphones. But audiophiles and vinyl lovers are driven by sound fidelity. So if you’re one of these, consider bringing studio style to your vinyl listening room. Set up your appliances so the turntable is in the middle with woofers, subwoofers, and amps strategically positioned. And don’t forget record shelves!
10. Retro Record Room
Stereotypes are often grounded in truth, so there are grains of honesty in there. As an example, vinyl record lovers often share a love of retro style and classic elements. So this vinyl listening room brings in those artsy arcs of character. A red accent wall, stylish butterfly speakers, and several vintage music players including film projectors and frequency meters.
11. Manly Music
The layout of your vinyl listening room is dictated by multiple factors. Maybe you have the entire basement to yourself. Or maybe you’re restricted to that corner by the radiator. You can still make it meaningful and magical. Line the walls with built-in ledges and shelves for floor space. Reflective surfaces like glossy wood floors or glass frames can affect acoustics.
12. Under the Stairs
Even if your vinyl listening room is a little cubby beneath the staircase or an attic slot, you can make it feel large and roomy. Try a strategically placed mirror to expand the space. White walls make the space seem bigger, and audio experts suggest speakers should be 2 or 3 feet from the wall. You can get as many as you like, you only need two triangulated units.
13. Minimalist Music Corner
As you think about your vinyl listening room décor, keep your eyes open. Any shelf or vintage furniture can become a treasure in your musical corner. This minimalist shelf has an open top and a grid at the bottom, so it’s perfect for your turntable and a handful of your favorite records. It’s a precious gift for a budding collector. Throw in a few records to start them off.
14. Zig-Zag Shelving
In childhood, you made friends at school or with your neighbors. As adults, we meet new friends at work or cloister around shared hobbies. So your vinyl pals probably come over for jam sessions in your vinyl listening room. Zig-zag wall-mounted shelves allow for extra floor space and the accent wall highlights your records. Grooves on the table echo your records.
15. A Library of Music
In the movies, there’s often a scene where someone is walking through the endless shelves of a library filled with dusty old books. You can create the same grand, haunting effect in your vinyl music room. Line all the walls with grid shelves so your collection feels infinite. Soft furnishings like rugs and cushy fabric couches ate useful for acoustics and dust absorption.
16. Contemporary Collections
Vinyl listening rooms are often located in the basement. Or if they’re above-ground, they’re soundproofed so they have a heavy, closed-in feeling. But this modern version is airy and spacious, which might make you worry about acoustics. To give the room an organic room, the up-to-date amps and turntables are housed in nude wooden cases. The floor is wood too.
17. It’s Curtains for You!
When someone says they have a small apartment, you assume it’s dingy and unlit. This studio apartment is tiny, but because it has snowy surfaces, French doors, and a balcony, it seems large and spacious. So you can use a circular white floor-to-ceiling drape to carve out your vinyl listening room. Rectangular grids fill one wall and can hold your record collection.
18. The Right Equipment
Having the right gadgets and supplies can elevate your vinyl listening room. But even if you don’t have high-end speakers and power amps, you can build what you need from local bits of scrap. Visit a junkyard and look around. The metal bit of school chairs or TV aerials offers low-cost support. Combine a record crate with a record stand and add a few ledges.
19. Verified Vintage
If you’d prefer a more traditional look in your vinyl listening room, here’s one you can emulate. The burgundy walls suggest the lavish country club glamour of billionaire parlors and smoking rooms. The room has grandiose leather couches, multiple record players, and wood speakers with rich grain detail and glossy topcoats. The can lights reduce overheating.
20. Simplicity Wins
When you have limited space to work with, the last thing you want is clutter. This vinyl listening room is restricted to a single wall so it needs to stay neat and light in color. The wall grids make the location of your vinyl record collection permanent. A ledge at the top lets you store vinyl crates and art while one grid at the bottom stores your portable record player.
21. Black and White Wonder
Technically, this vinyl listening room has a black-and-white theme, but it leans more heavily towards black. The black wallpaper has white floral etching to echo the white window trim, record player shelf, and skirting boards. The black speakers have pretty copper cones that echo the guitar, and the black leather armchair has a matching footstool padded in red.
22. Reverse Your Wall Unit
Wall units were initially designed with a TV slot as the centerpiece. But you can convert it into a vinyl listening room. The TV slot becomes the framework for your record players. Add a desktop lamp to avoid that insert getting too dim. The rest of the wall unit can hold record crates and book selections. You can even slit baskets and boxes into those unused grids.
23. Lost in Time
This vinyl listening room is simultaneously rustic and contemporary. The wireframe on that tale lamp looks right out of the colonial era, but it’s fitted with a retro tungsten bulb. The basic shelf has hollow metal tubes and distressed wood planks reclaimed from a local junkyard. The wood-themed record player sits on a lower shelf rather than the top surface.
24. Whirlwinds of Records
The average vinyl listening room is littered with framed photos of classic musicians and top bands. You might even see some period memorabilia – a jukebox, festival souvenirs, or shag rugs. But as your record collection grows, some vinyl will eventually get ruined. Upcycle them into vinyl record butterflies or clocks that grace the walls of your listening room.
25. Posters Work Too!
They’re not just for high schoolers and college kids. If you have a poster with special significance to you, you can tastefully mount it in your vinyl listening room. To avoid clutter, all the elements of this musical space are centered on the back wall. The shelves are built-in and record players are stacked on a shelf closer to the wall. Put the speakers closer to you.
26. Brick and Bunting
This dingy basement corner converts into a vinyl listening room with just a few upgrades. That dank brick wall is whitewashed to make it brighter. Mount black ledges and drape black buntings along that wall. The mesh wall also has records hanging on it. A hollow open shelf holds the record player plus additional record crates. And of course, a cozy padded chair.
27. Modern Midwest
You know the stereotypes. A Midwest vinyl listening room would probably have guitars and banjos and stale tobacco tons bluegrass tracks. But this brightly light version is a whiff of fresh air. It’s focused on a single wall, where the abstract floral painting softens the space. The turntable, speakers, and lamp give a modern touch and that floating shelf is practical.
28. Luxe in Vinyl
There’s just one thing missing from this high-end vinyl listening room – records. The walls are glossy, but the rugs in the middle balance out the acoustics. And each of the record players has an individual stand with tiers for their separate accessories. Abstract paintings make a pretty backdrop for the speaker set-up, but a few record crates would be helpful.
29. Overhead Storage
Certain items have become cultural shorthand in the interior décor space. Dark woods indicate luxury and elegance. White open spaces are modern and minimalist while metallics are industrial and artsy. This vinyl bar and lounge lean into its dark woods, with recessed LED below the counter. The records are stored in overhead cabinets to allow floor space.
30. Maximize the Attic
In a past life, this attic may have been cluttered and dusty. But with a bit of sprucing up, it makes the perfect vinyl listening room. And with a gorgeous view too! The walls are whitewashed and a colored desk lamp tints the room a pretty shade of peach. For record storage, milk crates work fine. Glass frames keep the posters from fading or getting dusty.
31. Vinyl Boardroom
This ambiance feels a tad too formal for a home studio. But if you like to have high-powered meetings in your vinyl listening room, this could be an interesting idea. The middle of the room has a long table and leather office chairs. The walls are fully covered with backlit record shelves that make it easier to browse titles. The speakers are sunk into the room’s rear wall.
32. Wood and White
Vinyl record collections have to start somewhere. That’s why those modular grid shelves are so popular. You start with two rows with six to eight grids and you keep tacking on shelves as you go. In this beginners’ vinyl listening room, the wooden speakers echo the hardwood floor. The speakers have white fabric to match the boxy white couches. It’s a decent start.
33. Soft and Simple
Our final vinyl listening room has a serenity to it. The record table is a simple shelf with sliding wooden doors. And circles are an important motif in this space – from the sliding door handles (or rather holes) to the cylindrical see-through stool and that bright yellow planter. The shag rug further softens the room while absorbing any dust or distortions.
What are your favorite vinyl listening room ideas? Show us some photos in the comments!