D.I.Y. Industrial Record Cabinet



A storage solution for small spaces that can double as seating when you need it? Yes, please. This DIY record cabinet allows you to keep your favorite music on display and can be put together in an afternoon. All you need are some metal milk crates and supplies from your local hardware store to make your new favorite piece of furniture.




Note: The image above shows clamps and a hammer. Turns out you don’t really need them! However, you may want to add stain or paint as well as rough sand paper and a damp cloth to your supply list. I also used four locking casters but you only need two that lock.

I found my metal milk crates at a local flea market. They have a bit of corrosion on them but are still in great shape and have a nice patina to them. If you don’t have an abundance of flea markets in your area you can try craigslist or eBay. I purchased my 1x12x72 piece of wood at a major hardware store and had it cut in half to 1x12x36 on site. The small blocks of wood were also purchased pre-cut since I don’t have an electric saw at home. I put this together on my front porch. You’ll need access to an electric outlet and somewhere with good ventilation if you stain or paint your wood.


1. Lay one of your cut pieces of 1x12x36 wood on the ground. Place one 1x4x6 block of wood in the corner so that the edges are almost flush with each other. Place one of your casters in the center of your small wood block and mark the screw holes. 2. Remove your caster and block from your larger piece of wood. Drill through your block on all four marks. Place it back on your wood, hold it steady with your hand, and use your drill holes as guides to drill about 1/3 of the way through your large piece of wood. You don’t want to puncture through the other side. You also don’t want to drill through your hand. Be careful with both! Once you’re done with one, repeat with the other three corners. 3. Now is a good time to sand your wood down for a smooth finish.


4. Spread some wood glue in between each 1x4x6 block of wood and place if flush in each corner. Screw your casters in to your pre-drilled holes making sure the two casters with locks are on the same end. Wipe off excess glue. The screws will compress the wood as the wood glue dries. It’s just an extra layer of sturdiness. 5. Flip your bottom piece over and pat yourself on the back. 6. Center your metal crates on each end of your bottom piece so that the open ends are facing you. The edge of the crate should be slightly inside the edge of the wood by about 1/3″.


7. Place three NM/SE Cable two hole straps down on the bottom of each crate with one near the back and two on each side so that they are straddling bottom rods. To keep your crates from sliding, place the two side straps flush against the back of the strap as shown above. Place the back strap flush against the front of the strap. Even though they are wider than your crate rod, this counter pressure will keep your crates from moving. Mark your screw holes. 8. Drill about 1/3″ into your bottom board. DO NOT drill all the way through. 9. If you’d like to stain or paint your wood, go ahead and do so before screwing your crates down. I didn’t stain the underside of my bottom board but I did stain around the edges of the wood blocks. If you’d like to stain or paint everything, do this before step four. Follow manufacturer’s instructions on staining or painting.


10. Once your wood is dry, place your crates back down and screw your straps on. 11. Place your other 1x12x36 piece on top of your crates and center. Make sure your edges are all lined up. Carefully mark where your straps will go on the underside of your top piece of wood. Remove it and pre-drill your holes about 1/3″. Again, DO NOT drill through. 12. Place your top piece back on and center again. Screw your straps on. As shown in step twelve, the two side straps are flush against the rods with the back of the straps and the back strap is flush against the rod with the front of the strap. You’re done!


Set your record cabinet up in an ideal spot near an outlet and lock your casters. Set up your record player and enjoy styling your milk crates.


The great thing about this bench is how versatile it is. Turn it into an entry way bench to corral shoes and use it as extra seating at your next get together. Use weather treated wood and use it outside as patio furniture.


No matter how you use your new bench you can be proud that you’ve made something beautiful AND practical. Enjoy! xo. Rachel

  • Just started following your blog it’s given me so many ideas!
    I Tried the record cabinet with a different spin and I love it thanks!

  • I made this and I loooove it.

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  • This is so cute! Where did you get the medal crates though? I can’t seem to find them…

  • My makeshift drawers that have lasted the last 3 years finally gave in and collapsed. The resulting mess is yet to be cleaned because there’s nowhere for all my poor clothes to go. Instead of hunting through thrift shops for a new set of drawers, I’m going to make this and store my jeans, shorts and singlets in milk crates 😀 This is great! Rhi xx

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  • Where can I get thosemilk crates, I don’t think here they make those; send me two!

  • I realize I am severely behind the curve, but I just started reading and browsing your blog. By the looks of this record player I’d say it’s one that Urban Outfitters sale…. not 100% sure though. I’m just wondering how you like the sound quality of it. I’ve had my eye on it for a while, but wasn’t sure if I wanted one that hooked up to an external stereo and speakers or what. Anyway, just curious about your opinion. Thanks 🙂

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  • Whoa, now that is really awesome! I especially love the wood/metal combination. It’s so cute & looks like it fits in any small corner. I really love it.


  • This is such a fantastic idea! I was recently having a storage problem for my records. I solved it by purchasing wooden crates from my local craft store- they’re great because I can rearrange how they are stacked based on available space and my record player fits neatly on top. It would be nice though if it seconded as a bench as well!

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  • Where did you get the embroidary hanging? My mother used to have one exactly like it hanging in her bedroom. I am pretty sure she made it.

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  • I love the idea, but milk crates are just shy of 12″ x 12″ and won’t fit lps. 🙁

  • I love the idea and the art above the little record cabinet! Where is the art from?

  • Yes! I have needed something like this! I even have 2 metal milk crates waiting to be used and casters around here somewhere…. Thank you!

  • This is SO cool! I officially have a project for next weekend!!

    Thanks for sharing, A.

  • This is amazing. I am gonna make this my coffee table! so incredibly brilliant.

  • YAY! I have the She and Him Record! And this is funny that I stumbled upon this because me and my friend were planning on making record storage boxes!

  • I really love this picture. I really really want a record player, where did you get yours?

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  • Is that the She and Him, Volume 2 album? I have the same one! I love it. It’s one of my favorites. And I think this cabinet idea is awesome. I’m current;y using a wooden milk crate on its side to store my records. I love the look if it.

  • i spy bon iver, bon iver. this is wonderful, i’ll be doing it as soon as i have all the resources 🙂

  • This is awesome! We’ve been needing a little something in our hall – definitely going to see what we can salvage from our local junk yard to make something similar!


  • This looks great Rachel! I bet alot of people are going to be inspired to do this great project. I am!

  • this is perfect! my boyfriend was just hinting at me last night that his record shelves are getting a little full.

  • I love it! Been looking out for a while for the perfect display solution for our records..

  • I LOVE this!! I just got back from buying my first 2 records (well, first 2 in the past 10 years that is!) to start off our collection, so this just fits so well with what we’re wanting! <3
    Yay!! Thanks so much for sharing
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  • This is a bit tecchy for me to do but girl I applaude you for getting down with a drill, awsome job!! 🙂

  • This looks great! I think that I would probably get my bf to do the screw-driver work though.

  • This is amazing!! I plan on starting a record collection this season and knowing me, I’ll definitely need some place to store them. Thank you so much for sharing! <3

  • Super cute! Just what I need for our entryway.

    ♥ sécia

  • LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE. I even have that same record player so it’s a MUST do! I also have been storing my records in a Whole Foods bag.. Such a great idea, thanks!

  • What a cute solution! I really love all of the DIY’s you guys post. There are so many that I want to try out.

  • Wow awesome idea!! 🙂 perfect for extra seating!



  • This is great Rachel!! We have been collecting records and haven’t come up with a great storage solution yet so I’m excited about this!

  • This is so cute! I love this idea. If I had enough space I’d make one too.

    xo, rv


  • THis is so funny! I have that exact same record player and TODAY was trying to figure out where to put it and all my records in my new place. Thanks so much for the idea!! It’s super cute and a lot less expensive than buying a record stand. You are awesome!

  • This is a great project! And it would be fun to do the lace spray paint technique you guys posted recently for the top board 🙂 Or, cover it with a pretty oilcloth. Thanks for the how-to!

  • What a great idea – I’ll bookmark this project. I love simple (and fast) DIYs for practical storage solutions.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • This is one of the best DIY projects I have seen in a long time. My husband and I have been looking for an antique bench and basket combo to store our shoes in our entryway. This is awesome. Thanks for sharing! Definitely doing this.

  • Aw Rachel!
    Thanks for sharing this DIY, I absolutely love it and I’m so doing it!

  • love this! what a great idea, my records have no place to be kept, i just have to get my boyfriend to help out with this one 🙂

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