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 available on Amazon (affiliate link) (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 — alas, the shop now seems to be defunct (2019)] 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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  1. Michael Abrams says:

    I’ve been trying to purchase plastic triangular record holders and cannot find them anywhere. If anyone knows where they are for sale I would love that information. Thanks.

  2. Susan H. says:

    Thank you so much for yet another awesome, resourceful article. I especially appreciated Kelly, former framer, warning about the potential of the album cover fusing to the glass (I had that happen with one of my favorite family photos). I have some autographed albums, and I hadn’t considered that. That’s disappointing, though, because I don’t like the matted look for albums, not to mention the increase in price. That said, my reason for posting was to recommend the record frames at Aaron Brothers. They’re a plain black well-made frame. They’re either $9.95 or $14.95, and twice a year — January and July, I believe — they go on sale for “buy one, get another for a penny.”

  3. Warren says:

    Its 2016, not 1973. My feeling is, that all this needs to be modernized and brought up to date. I’ve been wanting to find a digital photo viewer with a square 12.5 or 13 inch screen that could continuously change full size IMAGES of my album covers, instead of having to actually put the cover in a frame. This makes far more sense to me, all around. It doesn’t sound like that tall of an order, but like the song says… I Still Haven’t Found… What I’m Looking For.

  4. Kelly says:

    I have some of my grandfather’s records that were recorded in the 1940’s. They don’t have the typical album cover. Instead, they have the paper, square shaped covers and that’s it. What’s the safest way to frame some of these? They are still good to play but for now I just want to frame them, so easy access is not the primary concern. Thank you!

  5. Sharon 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.

  6. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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

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