Storage is an important part of any collection. It is a combination of presentation, space, function, durability, flexibility, and price. I have spent the better part of the past year researching the best storage options for my growing CD collection. I’ve been putting off buying anything and the CDs I’ve been acquiring have been going into boxes and that’s killing my filing system! So I need help…..
As it stands (literally), my CD collection is housed in three 750 CD displays made by hand by Boston, MA woodworkers, Bostonwood. These display cases have been my only storage option for the price = $125 each. They do the job and they take up only one small wall in our small apartment. The only drawback is that these units sometimes have a flaw in a shelf where you can’t stand the CDs up but you have to lay them down. One of my cases has this flaw on the bottom shelf. We didn’t have a shop class in high school so I wouldn’t know how to fix it. I like these cases because I can get them for a good price locally and they do the job. I’m leaning toward just buying another one.
My dream solution is Can-Am Cabinet. These cabinets are the high end of storage solutions. Steel construction, locking drawers, different colors, and you can add to the set-up. Only problem here is price, they are very expensive.
To save space, I looked into the Jewelsleeve. It’s a nice idea: remove the jewel cases from the equation and house a large collection in a small space. They have very nice cabinets to go along with the sleeves but they look like something I could buy at an office supply store cheaper. My reservations about removing the CD and artwork from the jewel case to a plastic sleeve would be justified if ANY CD of mine was ever damaged. Also, there’s no way to display the collection and the pricing is on par with Can-Am.
So where to from here? A bit of Googling and all sorts of racks, carousels, cases, and sleeves are a click away. Most of the racks/cases are similar to the ones I have now.
Volkher Hofmann at Livingwithmusic.com has written a few good articles on the subject of storage and also has some recent pictures of his collection and setup. Very nice!
So what do you all use? Can anyone help me find something?