23 ways to frame your record album covers

23-places-to-find-record-framesMany Retro Renovation readers like to collect and display vintage LPs — we looked at eight ways that readers are displaying vintage album covers in this story. Hanging album art is an instant and affordable way to turn a blank wall into a swingin’ scene — as well as display your collection. The only thing harder than tying to decide which albums are wall-worthy, is figuring out a way to hang them that fits your style and budget. That’s why I’ve searched far and wide to bring you 23 ways to frame your album covers — including both store bought frames at a variety of price points and DIY ideas. With so many options available — you’ll be sure to find a solution that fits your needs and your decorating style.

Specialty Record Frames

art-vinyl-record-framesart-vinyl-record-frame-openIf you like to use your records as well as display them as art then Play and display frames from Art Vinyl (above) are a great option. The frames come in black or white, fold down to allow easy access to the album, are designed to compensate for various thicknesses of records and have a quick release system so you can change the record without having to remove the whole frame from the wall. All of these extras do come with a steep price tag — about $60 per frame plus shipping (from the UK $30) — so this option might be out of range for those wanting to display large collections.

records-on-walls-framesrecords-on-walls-album-frameAbove: More budget friendly record frames that allow easy access are the vinyl record frames from Records on Walls. Starting at $8.99 (price goes down for bulk orders), these only frame the top and bottom of the record instead of all four sides and do not have a protective glass or acrylic cover. These frames also are able to display thicker or gatefold albums with ease. They are made of high quality plastic (in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada). If you don’t mind the look of these frames, this would be a great option for those looking to create a large — and easily accessible — wall display of records on the cheap(ish).

bags-unlimited-record-framesBags Unlimited has a variety of options to hang records (above) including matted LP frames, picture disc encapsulation frame kits, album jacket frames, jacket & record matted LP frames and circular frames. These options do not allow for easy access to the records — although several designs do offer a variety of ways to display the record and/or the jacket — which many other frames do not allow.

Frame-my-record-album-framesAbove: Another company that offers a variety of framing options for records is Frame My Record. They have wood record frames in for finishes for $19 each, frames with mats (in 18 color options) for $45, LP gatefold frames for $49 (or with mat for $79), and several option for framing both the album art and record together. These frames are also made in the USA.

Picture-frame-store-two-sizes-of-wood-framesAbove: If you are looking for some more colorful options — try The Picture Frame Company. They offer wood record frames for the hard to find 45 size (7 1/8 square) in 12 colors for $15.95 each as well as 12 colors of wood frames for full size record albums, $19.95 each. Not only is it great to have the option for more colors and sizes, but these frames are also made in the USA.

Groovey-art-record-framesAbove: If you are looking for a “frameless” record album frame — try The Groovey Art Frame — a clear, acrylic frame that hangs on the wall with one nail. Albums slide right in — allowing for easy access, or to quickly change up your album arrangement. These frames are sized to fit most single LP covers including gatefolds and most double record sets and are made in the USA. Offered in 3 packs ($45 + shipping), 6 packs ($84 + shipping) or 10 packs ($130 + shipping).

rock-art-picture-show-album-frameRock Art Picture Show has museum quality record album frames (above) -- which were used by the Smithsonian for exhibit purposes. These black acrylic frames have a slightly wider bottom for a different look from most plain black record frames. These frames do not use clips that press on records, but instead allow records to be easily slid into the frames. The frames were invented by a record collector with the mission to safely display records and sell for $16.95 each (or less for bulk orders).

frontgate-lighted-wood-LP-frameIf you are feeling extremely fancy — perhaps to display one very special record — Frontgate has a lighted album frame (above). Made with solid oak and ready to light up your LP with 16 LED lights around the frame opening — this album frame can be hung on the wall or leaned up against a wall on a shelf — though at $99.50 each plus the cost of batteries, this method of record display will likely be reserved for an album worthy of the cost. Cool idea, though!

LP-plastic-triangle-framesThanks to a tip from reader Uncle Atom — who personally buys the above triangular plastic record holders from Ebay seller dsmyser to display his vintage vinyl — we have one more framing method to add to the list. These retail for $25 for a pack of six, plus free shipping and are proudly made in the USA.

Basic record frames

basic-record-framesI easily found quite a few options today for a basic, no frills frame for your vintage album covers. Many of these options come in money-saving multipacks, which are great for people wanting an inexpensive way to frame a large number of records. The down sides to these frames are the lack of easy access (if you play as well as display your collection), and I’m unsure of the quality of these options. It is probably best to try to find the frames in a store to asses the quality versus price for yourself. Frames can be found at:

Inexpensive DIY options

Frame your furniture

rekordit-record-framesLast, if you don’t have the wall space to display your records — why not consider combining an Ikea Expedit shelf with Rekordit™ frames  (above) to create a good looking way to mix record storage and display. The frames are pricey — $78 for two — but if you are a serious record collector, this might be just what you need to hide the bulk of your collection behind the album art of a few of your favorites.

No matter what your budget or style is — surely one of these record display systems will be just the thing you’ve been searching for to display a few special records — or even your entire collection — in your own unique way.

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Comments

  1. says

    Thanks for this post! I’ve been putting off buying some for awhile but I just saw on Joann’s they were half off today so I went ahead and purchased some. :-)

  2. says

    I really like the play and display frame. It makes total sense for records you still love to listen to, and you can easily change around covers you want to show as art. Also, the album cover cabinet is a great idea. I know my husband would want that one! Thanks for posting!

  3. Terri says

    I bought the Michael’s 3-pk a few months ago. Then I bought a few more albums and got the next frames up in price from Michael’s. I was much happier with my second purchase. The three 3-pks included 2 unusable frames. The new purchase was awesome! There are tension clips on the back to hold the frame in the glass. Love them! One frame is about the cost of the 3-pk, but so worth it!

  4. Kelly Wittenauer says

    A few words of caution from a former picture framer. If the album cover sits against glass for awhile, they can become stuck together. Trying to separate them will pull the cover apart, or at least pull some of the print off. This can be avoided by using a frame or mat that spaces the artwork form the glass. Heat, as from hanging them above a functioning fireplace – or humidity, like in a bathroom – will increase the risk. This is true of other types of artwork printed on paper, as well as album covers.

    Love the idea of displaying covers, but use caution to avoid damaging these wonderful collectibles.

  5. Justin says

    I purchased 3 of the frames from Target, and am really pleased with how they turned out. I would like to get more, but don’t have much more wall space available. Plus with 1000+ records, that would take up a lot of wall space.

  6. Scott says

    Even if you aren’t inclined to put records on the wall, these frames could come in handy for alot of other applications too.

    Finding square frames is not the easiest thing in the world and I don’t think I’ve ever even seen anything like those circular jobs from Bags Unlimited before.

  7. Joe Felice says

    I have never thought about hanging album covers. I have considered putting some old 78s and 45s on the wall, though, but never could figure out a way to make it look good.

    But something I would like help with is how to make CD covers from album/record covers. I scan the album cover and save it, but albums are square, CDs are not, so when you size the saved pic to fit inside the CD case, there is white space on the sides. If you stretch the pic to fit the space, it becomes skewed, i.e., flattened. I am trying to put all my albums onto CDs.

  8. Marie says

    Thanks for posting this! Been wanting to do this for a while but could never find an affordable option. Question: does anyone display their albums with both front and back of jacket showing? If so, how? My old Genesis albums were famous for their artwork and it stretches across both “panels” of the gatefold album cover.

    • Smittyfan says

      Does the glass touch the artwork inside or is there some space between the glass and the album? Getting my very first vinyl album in the mail soon, and it being a special limited edition autographed one don’t want the autograph to transfer onto the glass or the album to stick or transfer to the glass and get ruined. Never framed an album before so shopping around for the best suited frame as well as value for my money.

      • rcr says

        did you find a frame with matting so the cover does not touch the glass? I have a signed album as well to frame

  9. Matt says

    Thanks for this post! i just ordered 3 wood frames (2 regular & 1 gatefold) from Hobby Lobby for much less than the 1 gatefold was going to cost me elsewhere.

  10. says

    You can find great deals at recordwall-it.com record frame company that allows you to instantly change your records and displays them on the wall.

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