Vinyl head with your collection stashed in boxes? You should be ashamed of yourself. Those vinyl records are meant to be displayed. No, not in the way a teenager organizes their room. Stuffed in a bookcase or piled on a coffee table doesn’t start the conversation. It gets you on an episode of hoarders.
Kate Koeppel has you covered. Her studio, located in San Francisco, is all about making sense of your vinyl collection. Need it in alphabetical order? Done. How about by genre? Check. Decade? Come now. If you’re not organizing by at least the decade, you’re not committed to your hobby.
Listening to vinyl is supposed to be about a conscious break from our daily grind. Your collection is not only an extension of you; it is the reason people keep hinting for the dinner party to be at your house. Everyone has Spotify. Facts being facts, it just doesn’t compare.
A transplant from Washington to San Francisco, she brings serious design chops to organizing that mess. Kate earned her MFA from the California College of the Arts to complement her BA from the University of Washington.
What’s the story behind the dividers? Months of design and materials testing. All to get the perfect, laser-etched divider that looks as good as your collection. Organized and displayed the way a vinyl collection should be.
It’s on you to tell your friends to put it back where they found it. Unless you’re like me and want to organize it again and again. What can I say? It’s oddly enjoyable…
Every vinyl divider is handcrafted right in California. Materials are sourced locally, and local crafters assemble the final product.
If you’re not a vinyl nut, Kate’s studio does offer book and CD/DVD dividers with all the style you will ever need.
Vinyl Record Dividers[divider]Stencil[/divider]
Love the stencil look? Sets of six and all 26 letters are for sale. Rather go horizontal in your storage over vertical? It works great for a shelf or an unused bookcase. Seven-inch dividers are also available for alphabetizing your vinyl record collection. Pricing for the stencil sets start at $100 for a 6-panel set of 7-inch dividers and hit $320 for 26 panels of organizational goodness.[divider]Futura[/divider]
Vinyl aficionado with a love for typography? Etched in the Futura typeface, you have the same choices as the stencil designs, plus you can pick up genre dividers.
Genre packages include a set of two, a set of four and a set of six. What are your options? Endless comes to mind. From Blues to Classical to Techno, it’s all there. Including the decades if that’s what you choose.
It’s missing the ‘everyone leave my house’ genre for guests that think leaving a party involves a two-hour goodbye session. We all know those types.
Pricing for Futura panels starts at $70 and hits $410.[divider]Mrs. Eaves[/divider]
Ok, sans serif was shown some love with Futura, what about our serif fans. The Mrs. Eaves collection has you covered. All the same options as Futura set in the classic Mrs. Eaves typeface.
Regardless of which you choose, all the panels are laser-etched last a lifetime. No flimsy material or you making the design mistake of treating your vinyl collection like a filing cabinet.
I like my Kindle as much as the next person, but sometimes you want to curl up with an actual book. Book dividers are Kate’s newest product and come in either a set of six A-Z dividers or sets of two, four, six and ten genre dividers. Display that sci-fi collection with pride.
Pricing starts at $44 for a set of two and goes to $210 for a set of ten dividers.
Vinyl is great, but a full bookcase and organized? There’s nothing better.
If you are a collector of vinyl, DVDs or books, you owe it to the collection to get it organized. You don’t have to be mildly OCD and alphabetize it, but at least go genre or decade.
It puts your hobby as a focal point in your home, and the design of the dividers will drive just as much conversation as what it organizes.