Your vinyl collection represents a very personal investment of time, taste, and appreciation for quality listening experiences. Every album, a story; every sleeve, a conversation piece.
Displaying your favorite records can be a rewarding way to create a space that reflects you and your musical journey. And you don’t need to damage your wall to do it!
Read on for several creative, damage-free solutions to hanging vinyl records without using nails or screws. Bonus: some of these solutions make it easy to remove records so that you can still listen to them or switch out and rotate your display.
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A word about protecting your albums. Be sure to choose a wall that does not receive direct sunlight, as this will surely warp the vinyl. Similarly, choose a room that does not experience too great a fluctuation in temperature.
It is also important to follow any product-specific directions to prepare your wall. For example, many products suggest cleaning the surface with rubbing alcohol before affixing the mounts.
Taking careful precautions to use these products specifically as recommended can reduce the risk of your beloved albums falling off the display and sustaining damage.
Wide World of Adhesives
Many vinyl enthusiasts have enjoyed mounting success simply by using wall-safe adhesives applied directly to the record sleeve. (To minimize damage to the sleeve, you can choose to use a protective cover.)
The simplest and most basic way to hang your vinyl without damaging the wall is by using a wall-safe tape such as painter’s tape.
Make sure it is graded to support the weight of an album. For example, many common wall-safe tapes are made for lightweight posters and cannot sustain objects heavier than poster paper.
If you choose to go this route, keep in mind that it is a temporary one. It is a good idea to replace the tape every 6 months or so, especially if you live in a humid environment.
Products like sticky tacks and mounting putty can offer a stronger bond (and peace of mind) than tape. Simply place a small ball on each corner of the sleeve and mount according to the directions.
Note: Unless you’re mounting sleeveless albums that you don’t care about, do NOT place sticky tack directly onto a record. This is a surefire way to damage the vinyl.
These nifty little strips take a lot of headache and heartburn out of the nail-free vinyl mounting process. They are specially designed to do no damage to walls, they are easy to use, and they are effective on numerous surfaces.
With a weight limit of up to 20 lbs for the extra large strips, it’s no surprise that they are a popular product for renters and dorm-dwellers.
You can apply them directly to your album sleeve or protective cover, or you can use them to mount some of the other products in this article.
For a long-lasting, extremely adhesive bond, consider using a heavy-duty, double-sided tape.
Important: you do NOT want to apply this directly to your vinyl or sleeve. It’s rated heavy duty for a reason. A product like this should only be used to mount frames or shelves. When it’s time to remove the tape, follow the directions closely as it can damage walls and other surfaces if not used correctly.
Now that you’re familiar with the most basic nail-free mounting and bonding methods, let’s explore some specialty solutions that can amp up your display without damaging your vinyl or your wall.
Frames, Shelves & Hangers
If you’re like a lot of collectors, you might be uncomfortable placing any kind of adhesive directly on your sleeve. Or perhaps you’ve had one too many nightmares about that vintage, limited edition gatefold falling right off the wall.
Thankfully, there are some very practical products on the market that can give you a bit more confidence in the sturdiness of your display. And they look great, too.
Plus, these solutions make it extremely easy to access your mounted albums in the instance you would actually like to play one or rotate the collection on display.
Floating, Magnetic Hangers
Few design trends have the lasting aesthetic appeal of the floating display. For a seamless, sturdy, floating mount, consider these specialty magnetic album hangers.
The primary benefit of these hangers is that they use magnetic attraction instead of adhesive bonding to connect your album to the wall. Each hanger uses two pieces: one magnetic disk that mounts to the wall and another magnetic disk that slides inside your sleeve.
It is worth noting that this unit comes with a screw to attach one disk to the wall; however, it is not uncommon to use the Command strips or double-sided tape listed above.
Another benefit to this system is that you can easily remove albums that you want to listen to or switch out your display. Simply place the other magnetic disk in a new album sleeve and hang!
These hangers also work with gatefolds.
Vinyl Display Frames
Make no mistake: these are not your standard picture frames. These cleverly-designed album display frames include a subtle button at the top that pops the frame open for easy access to the record.
You might also be pleased to find a sturdy, acrylic viewing window that provides protection against dust and light rays.
Like the magnetic frames, these units come with screws for mounting; but you can use Command strips or heavy-duty tape for a more damage-free approach.
Finally, you can take a more traditional approach to displaying your vinyl with these record-sized acrylic shelves.
Simply measure, mount nail-free with strips or tape, and place albums aloft! Switch out as frequently as your musical mood dictates.
A Twist on the Push Pin Method
Visit any vinyl forum and you’ll find the folks who just use push pins to essentially border their displayed records. It’s cheap, it’s easy, it doesn’t hurt the album, and it’s relatively sturdy.
For a damage-free twist on this method that’s easier on the wallet than frames and shelves, consider using Command hooks and tabs. Like the strips we’ve already discussed, Command’s hooks and tabs affix to the wall using adhesive. No nails, no screws, no sticky residue.
To be sure, this method will test your patience and measuring skills. Be mindful of where the bottom of the hook and the top of the tab fall when you’re measuring. (Hint: it is not the same as where the adhesive strip ends.)
But the principle is the same as the super frugal, tried-and-true push pin method. Arrange hooks at the bottom and tabs at the top and/or one side to effectively create a sturdy border around your album. Don’t forget to leave one side open in which to insert the album!
Hanging your favorite records can give your space a personalized, home-y feel while showing some of your best conversation starters! And you don’t need nails or screws to do it.
Depending on your wallet and comfort level, you can try anything from damage-free wall adhesives, to specialized frames and hangers, to a strategic hook and tab solution.
Now Spinning: a hip, stylish, damage-free record display!