I suppose we’ve all been there at some stage. We get a bigger sound system or just a different one. Before the old one would sit on a unit somewhere but the new one takes up more space.
Wires everywhere, nowhere to stack CD’s or with the resurgence of vinyl, albums. We need somewhere to get it all organized. First, so that nothing gets broken and secondly because it just looks nice.
We need a new record player cabinet.
So let’s have a look at the best record player stands around and find the perfect one for you…
Top 10 Best Record Player Stands For The Money 2020 Reviews
1 Line Phono Turntable Station Turntable Stand + Vinyl Record Storage
If there is one thing that a music station needs to be, it is well-built and stable. You can often get a good idea of its quality by its weight. This Line Phono turntable station weighs in at around 23kg. That means you are not going to knock it over that easily.
Its job is to act as a station for your turntable, amps, etc., and of course vinyl records. We all thought the days of vinyl were over, but thankfully they have returned. But now we need to store them once again.
It is constructed of MDF or medium density fibreboard. No matter what companies say, MDF is not wood, nor is it as tough as wood. However, it is a lot better than plywood and the laminates that are so often used in furniture these days.
Its biggest negative, apart from being quite heavy is that it doesn’t hold screws very well. It is well put together though and has a nice design with all the corners rounded.
The top shelf is for the turntable and is sized so it will fit most products, even the larger Technics models. Underneath there is a smaller shelf. This will accommodate a smaller slim style amp or preamp.
If you happen to have one of the larger amps, this can be placed on the middle shelf. If you don’t need to do that, then middle shelf and lower shelf are for your vinyl albums.
The two lower shelves have stopovers to ensure your albums won’t get pushed back too far and each shelf will hold about 80 albums comfortably. It has a hook for headphones and power and connecting cables are managed, so they are out of the way.
However, you will need to assemble this item on delivery. The color is what they call carbon, which is very nearly black.
A nice looking unit, maybe a little expensive, but does the job well.
2 Victrola Wooden Stand For Wooden Music Centers
If you are looking for a stand for your music center, albums, etc., but really don’t like the idea of MDF or laminate wood then you may find this of interest.
Made completely from real wood, it has a style and elegance that immediately says that it is indeed real wood. That will enhance the atmosphere of any room it is placed in. This applies especially to the living room where it could become a centerpiece. Real wood furniture is so rare these days, so it will definitely stand out.
Real wood, of course, handles screws and other fittings so much better than ‘constructed’ woods. Its elegant construction is a good complement for all Victrola Wooden music center.
It comes flat-packed as all of these items do, but it is very easy to assemble. Being wood it has sound structural build and in most of the available colors, the wood grain showing through adds to its visual quality.
If there is a negative, it is that there isn’t much storage space if you are planning to put a turntable and amplifier on the unit, But on the second shelf, it will comfortably hold 50 vinyl albums. Care should be taken when stacking the albums as the metal supports tend to bend under too much weight.
It is a size that is not obtrusive standing 26.5 inches high and 20.5 inches wide.
It’s a nice piece of real wooden furniture, albeit maybe a little on the light side storage wise, but not everyone has an enormous amount to display. It is set at a very competitive price and is bound to attract interest.
3 Winsome Wood 92314 Leo Model Name Shelving
This is a very functional piece of furniture and can serve many different requirements. First and foremost, it is a storage area for your turntable and a small amp possibly but, it will not take albums, which is disappointing.
We say disappointing because it is made of wood with a good solid design and looks really quite nice. And whilst as we said it will take your turntable, providing it isn’t one of the very large ones, and may also take your amp if it’s not too wide the height restrictions will not take albums.
It has other features though that are positive in that you can get other shelf sizes and even wire baskets for storing objects. Wire baskets and extra shelving are sold separately.
The top shelf area measurement is 13.3” wide by 11.2” deep, so if you are thinking of using it for sound systems, you can check the size of what you wish to play on it. The clearance between shelves is 12 inches.
A little disappointing…
It is disappointing this is not designed more with sound systems in mind as it is well made, looks attractive and is made of real wood. If the necessary spatial measurements had been good for stereos, we feel sure it would have been a winner in that marketplace.
However, if you are looking for other kinds of storage facility for other objects, then this is a nice solid piece at a competitive price and definitely worth considering.
4 Bush Furniture Midnight Mist Media Stand
Something about this says ‘retro’ to us. The look and design take us back to a time when music was somehow less dangerous, and a had a style that was just different. Yes, there were rock bands, but it was more Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, both greats from the 70s and later, but bands were just chilling out, and listening was the way. Perhaps it was just us.
This unit takes us back there. Well made by a reputable company it has a contemporary feel about it. It is elegant as well as being functional.
Made with an attractive design with an open architecture look whose style probably wouldn’t fit in every room but when it does will add a certain ambiance to it.
It is made from metal and tinted glass with toughened glass shelves. It perhaps should be said at this point that while the metal looks like it may be chrome, it isn’t, it is a steel that is covered with a chrome look. No matter it looks good.
The glass shelves rest on vibration dampeners that remove any potential noise rattle. And there is a back panel that will hide away all the cables. The top shelf is sturdy and able to take the weight.
It isn’t just for music centers of course and could be made to have a range of uses including a smaller TV, Blu-ray, DVD, etc., but it is music we are looking at.
The only issue we have with this unit is it probably isn’t suitable for storing vinyl. The fit size isn’t quite right, and the weight might be a problem. Therefore, maybe not ideal for LP record storage.
However, it’s a nice unit and well made and looks attractive and isn’t too expensive. And whilst the shelves are not adjustable they are removable.
Ok time to relax now where did we put our ‘Pretzel Logic’?
5 Pangea Audio Vulcan TT Turntable Stand
This is a three-shelf stand that has been made to support turntables and other sound equipment. The top shelf is at an ideal height for a turntable. A second shelf for maybe an amp or another piece of gear but importantly a third shelf that will take up to one hundred pieces of vinyl.
The recent resurgence of vinyl has made this type of storage units important, but it is also necessary they are equipped for the job of holding the weight, not only of the turntable and the amps but of the vinyl itself. This unit does that.
It has to hold a lot of weight and with an attractive open design that meant building in a lot of rigidity and stability. Heavy-duty shelves and top and most importantly, a steel bracing system create the strength that is needed to carry the weight.
The unit has been designed with what the manufacturers consider the best height differences between shelves. But they also realized that this needed to be flexible. You can, therefore, remove a shelf or add others into this modular design.
It also comes with four cones that fit over the leg support points so that no damage is done to hard floors through the weight carried. The leg supports are adjustable in height. The shelves themselves are vinyl covered to be scratch resistant, and the lower shelf has a supporting edge at the rear to ensure albums are not pushed back too far.
It comes flat-packed but is easy to assemble and is at a great price. I suppose the only thing you could criticize is that it only comes with one shelf in the basic format, but it is possible to buy extras if needed.
This best record player stands is a very functional, well-made, and durable unit. And is a great item for record storage ideas if you are looking to use it for a stereo and vinyl storage unit.
6 Ryan Rove Hamlin Glass Component Stand
This is a unit designed to be flexible in its storage options. It allows you to customize it to suit whatever you have in mind. Shelves can be moved around or just not used at all. And they have a facility to alter the distance in height between the shelves from 3 inches to 33 inches. That makes it extremely versatile.
It is made from a durable metal tubing, and thick tempered glass and each shelf can support a weight of 75 lbs. It is designed very much with an open space feel to it, which is a good idea if you are using it to store amplifiers etc. They can get very hot and in enclosed spaces that could be a problem. The glass shelves all have beveled edges.
Of course, it doesn’t have just stereo music storage capability its options for use are quite varied, and it is strong and stable enough for a variety of uses. Home theatre, DVD, gaming equipment or even just books, (do people still read books?)
With this kind of open plan design, the support structures must be stable; otherwise, the unit will move and even sway under heavyweights. This is especially important for items where glass is a principal component. One potential issue that comes to mind is that the spacers that are at the positions where the shelves sit and the legs join together are plastic, not metal.
It is a nice looking unit, but we think some serious evaluation of weight support might be in order. It’s a mid-range price for a unit of this type.
7 Novogratz Concord Turntable Stand
“Hey Marty, we’d better get to the DeLorean, quick.”
This is going to take you back in time to another musical age with the Novogratz Concord Turntable Stand.
It’s a very simple stand, not very glamorous, not made from wood and with a little design fault which we will come back to. But there is just something about its simplicity to do the job. Its job is to hold your turntable, maybe an amplifier underneath, and your vinyl albums. It will do that just fine.
It’s made from MDF and laminated particleboard, or chipboard as it is known in some places, and is finished with white vinyl. Very 60s/70s, indeed. What really does interrupt the space-time continuum is the legs.
Definitely, 60’s inspired black metal hairpin legs that are actually quite stable. Not being of wood construction then the weight load it can actually hold will have to be watched as MDF and particle board tend not to offer great stability in their screw and other fittings.
You have plenty of space on top for your turntable and four neat compartments below for your albums. The shelf below the top is the problem and is where the possible design fault we previously mentioned comes into play.
You may want to use it for your favorite albums, but you may also want to put the amp for the turntable in there and therein lies the problem. The amp is going to have connecting wires to the turntable and a mains lead.
What do you do with them? The back is solid, and no holes made to feed them through. So in our opinion, that is negative, and if you want to put an amp, or your flux capacitor in there, you will have to make some holes.
Apart from that, this best record player stands is fun, and at a price that is very attractive and may well have come from the era, it represents. Maybe a vintage retro look is not for some people, and others are not ready for it. But either way, it is still one of the best record player stands currently available.
“But your kids are going to love it.”
8 Prepac Triple Wall Mounted Storage Cabinet
Rather than being a unit for stereo systems or vinyl albums this unit is more appropriate for the storage of CDs and other similar sized entertainment packages. It is a good combination of the practical use of storage space and an attractive design.
It’s also a good solution if floor space is limited and placed above another unit housing the stereo system itself would provide an ideal storage and display solution for someone with a lot of CDs.
It is listed as having space for over five hundred CDs and over 200 DVDs. To be able to handle the weight of those, without the actual weight of the unit itself, it will need to be made very well and be extremely strong and stable.
It is constructed from high-quality laminated composite woods and is mounted on the wall. It has an easy to hang rail design system and comes with an instruction booklet. You can, of course, hang the unit at whatever height is best for you.
It is quite a size having a width of 48 inches and is 34 inches high and 8 and quarter inches deep. You may need some help in the hanging process.
This is delivered flat-packed. And the shelves are adjustable in their internal position to suit your requirements.
Our only concern with this unit, spacious and attractive as it is, is that not being made from actual wood it may not be the most rugged. Composites are known to have weaknesses with screws and other fittings that are similar, and you would hate for this to have a bad or worn fitting and come crashing off the wall. It might be unfair, but is a consideration.
9 Nexera 101012 Jasper Audio Tower
This is an attractive and extremely functional unit for housing a stereo system, CDs and even vinyl albums. And its use will extend beyond stereo systems, but that is what we are dealing with here, so let’s concentrate on that.
It has four storage shelves, including the bottom level but excluding the top which is able to hold most turntable size objects. These shelves and perhaps, more importantly, the rear of them are of an open design.
Firstly it allows a decent amount of airflow around the electrical objects which can get hot. And secondly, it allows for control of all the wires connecting the units to each other and to the electric mains thus making it all neat and tidy.
All the shelves are adjustable in position to suit your individual requirements, thus allowing you to choose which objects to store and how.
It is constructed from MDF and particleboard which means that it won’t be the strongest piece of furniture you may have, but it is designed to sit in on place and so as long as it is moved carefully it all should be ok.
Designed and made in Canada, it will be delivered in a flatpack and will require assembly. It has a Dark Truffle laminate finish.
As a piece of furniture, it looks ok, and as a functioning unit for stereo systems and, CD’s and albums, it is good. And at the price, it is very good value for money.
10 Crosley Furniture Brooklyn Turntable Stand
This is an interesting unit that is designed to hold component style turntables. Having this, one of the best record player stands, displaying your turntable is going to raise some eyebrows in any home.
This unit is made from solid hardwood and finished with veneers that are treated to give it an almost antique look and then supported by sturdy, heavyweight steel legs. You get the feeling firstly from looking at it and secondly from its weight that it has been built to last. It is delivered flat-packed but is easy to assemble.
The turntable sits on the central platform shelf, and over it and behind the Crossley logo there is a shelf for storing your favorite vinyl albums. Below the central platform shelf, there is a small shelf for storing any other components that might fit in size.
At the back of the central platform, there is a small recess that will allow you to feed cables in and out to keep it all neat and tidy. There is also space between the legs, but I’m not sure what you would place in there.
It is an interesting piece of furniture, and a strong, sturdy build, with steel and real wood. And is very eye-catching and different.
Firstly, where would you put your amplifier. Turntables tend to be extremely quiet without one and secondly; there is limited space for albums, CD’s, etc. Speakers, presumably you could just sit either side of it or where you wanted as is the case with most units. But the lack of amplifier space really worries us.
It is a big strong unit though so I expect some will find a way around that issue.
Best Record Player Stands Buyers Guide
Sometimes it’s a right old mess. Cables everywhere, nowhere to store your CD’s or albums. It just needs a unit to get it all into one place as functionally as possible.
But what do you want to put in or on the unit? Does it need a turntable shelf on top, does it need space for an amp and any other equipment? Does it need to hold CDs and Vinyl?
Maybe you are considering that you can amalgamate a lot of media into one large storage area and forget the equipment. There are options in the items we reviewed in all those options.
The manufacturing components, in our view, are also a vital consideration. Are glass-sided cabinets ok? Are they a potential danger? What about the actual construction material.
MDF and chipboard or other composites are notorious for wearing especially where screws and other fitments are concerned. But it does seem to be the favored material of many of the manufacturers, presumably to try and keep costs down.
We can understand that, but it won’t help to hear a crash in the night and come down to find the unit, and its contents spread all over the place and some nasty scratches on your new wood flooring because the board a screw was inserted in just flaked away.
It isn’t an easy choice because you also want it to look nice and fit into the ambiance of the room in which it will be located. If it’s for a ‘den,’ then it’s not so important because maybe you are the only one in there but in your living room? It’s got to fit the style of the room.
We can look at what we reviewed and say this one is better than that one, but for what you might want it for, it might not be.
The easiest way is to decide what it is you want to store. How much of it there is, and what you want the unit made from. That way the choices get easier as some options will fall out of contention.
So, What Are The Best Record Player Stands?
We would want something that is just functional. No glass shelving or sides involved, plenty of airspaces, so the equipment doesn’t get too hot, sturdy frame with room for a turntable, amp, CDs, and Vinyl.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t find what we wanted that was made from real wood, so we had to go with an MDF construction.
We love the retro feel of some of the units we reviewed, which made them very tempting but in the end, we went for the…
It does all we need and whilst it is not the cheapest in this best record player stands review, it is well made and very functional.
That’s what makes it, for us, the best record player stand currently available.