We also should probably mention -- although it should go without saying -- that a floor-to-ceiling
shelf full of records may be more than a floor can support. Tall, heavy shelves are best put on the
ground floor, and should be bolted to wall studs so as to avoid a Collyer-style demise.
I also have to agree with Cheryl about width between verticle supports, especially for shellac. The
metal shelves will sag under extreme weight in the middle.
In the end, if cost isn't a factor, I'd always recommend hardwood plywood custom-built cube-type
units like my brother had made. Those things will outlive all of us. He's moved them twice, the last
time at least partially filled, and they have survived all of this unscathed. I am probably going to
spring for a custom-made wall-sized assembly along the same lines, so I can once and for all have
all my records in one place within easy reach, when I build my retirement house.
My parents sprang for a wall-sized custom shelving system when they moved to the suburbs. In 45
years of living there, it never filled up completely, so I would call it well-thought-out. The top
shelf (which was accessible only by ladder) was for 7" reel tapes, all the way across the room. The
rest of the shelves were for LP records and 10" tape boxes. The shelves were built into the wall,
and the wall itself was load-bearing, on top of a brick foundation wall. There was an extra beam and
support poles attached under the floor in front of the shelving unit. By the time we cleaned out the
house after my mother passed, the shelf was about 90% full. That kind of planning is my goal.
CDs are a whole other topic. More and more, as I rip most of my CDs into a networked storage system,
I'm leaning toward library-style metal drawer cabinets. Those things co$$t, but they are a
super-efficient way to keept a lot of CDs in a thing that is more high and deep than wide. The
drawers allow easy access for those times I'd want to look at a booklet or re-rip to fix a bad
-- Tom Fine
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Sent: Sunday, February 23, 2014 1:22 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Record (LP) shelving
>I have thousands of records and books and many shelves. There are two keys to sturdiness. The width
>between supports is best at 24" or less, for stronger ones 30" works, but no more and the shelf
>sags no matter what material. The other crucial factor is side support of shelf. Little pegs etc
>are simply not strong enough to hold weight. The shelf needs to be solidly attached and I agree
>with screws, I like them supported rather than just screwed into ends. Solid boxes work but there
>are limits to how high they are stacked and they should be connected.
> My best shelves are wood that I made 30+ Years ago and they have been moved and reassembled. I
> made bolted together upright ladders for both ends and spaced between sections, my longest one is
> 8 feet, most are 6ft. 4 ladders are best. These are 6ft tall. For 78s i also add addition
> Masonite record support boards in the middle of sections. I will try to take some pictures and
> send them later. You are going to live with these for many years go ahead and invest in solid
> sturdy shelves.
> Cheryl Thurber
> Sent from my iPhone