My wife & I decided to switch our bedroom with our studio/office. The new office has wayyy better natural light and it’s a bit bigger, and since we spend more time in the office than the bedroom, it only made sense. So this is what the new AGB headquarters looks like.

I got an Expedit bookshelf from Ikea for my records. It was a cinch to put together, is nice & rugged, and extremely useful. It can be mixed up easily with the other sized Expedits, good for when my collection exceeds its limits. Also, my turntable sits right on top. Couldn’t love this thing any more. It’s absolutely perfect for records.

I’ve talked about my DIY CD shelves before, but I might as well mention them again. They’re as simple as it gets. Five 7 foot boards cut in half with a bunch of L-brackets screwed on, both for hanging on the wall and some mini ones of the sides acting as bookends. I’m starting to run out of room, but that last shelf is overcrowded with double & quadruple cassette cases, so I might just need a better place for those.

Speaking of cassettes, that’s the last thing I don’t have stored properly. They’re stacked in the crate on top of the records, with no rhyme or reason, no alphabetizing or anything. I haven’t quite figured out how to keep them organized. Feel free to leave a comment about what you do with yours.

The only thing that’s missing from all of this is the art & posters. Most notably, two Christmas gifts from Elise: a custom made letterpressed “AGB” poster by Repeat Press and a clock made out of an old record cut out in the shape of a bunny by Pavel Sidorenko.

I know you don’t all blog & have hardcore blogging stations but I’m curious to see how everyone else stores their music. What kind of shelves do you use? Is it all alphabetized? Are you obsessive and have it stored autobiographically? Do you just say “Fuck it” and throw everything in a crate? Or have you gone 100% digital and you don’t you even physically own any music. Actually, if that’s the case, it might be better if you didn’t tell me.

3 Responses to “AGB HQ”

  1. thom says:

    I have all my CDs over 3 HUGE shelves in my basement. everything is alphabetized by artist and in chronologically by release date. I don’t have that many cassettes so I usually set them on top of the CD shelves near where they would go if they were in my CD collection.

    My records currently have no rhyme or reason, just stacked in a few crates in my living room. I need to get a bookshelf for them.

  2. Nick says:

    Nice setup. My vinyl is currenty in some stackable crate sized boxes from Walmart. Got them on sale and they’re terrible. I need that Expedit shelving.

  3. Jen says:

    I use the smaller vertical Expedit from Ikea. It’s perfect. I looked everywhere for a shelf that would hold my collection and that was the best I was able to find (and most cost-effective). I organize mine by genre/time period. It starts with 90’s paisley underground/alternative/dream pop, then goes to 80’s punk/new wave then 70’s punk/pop/underground then 60’s rock n’ roll and folk, then I keep all my old timey jazz records together; Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Coltrane, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, etc.

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