Vinyl Station record cabinets are designed to allow easy flipping of vinyl, and playing. Easily browse through 70 or 80 of your records in the 'flipping bucket', remove the record and place it on the turntable. All at waist height.
Ergonomic design to flip and play more
Ergonomic designed furniture is designed for functionality, comfort and ease of use, plus ease of movement for the human body. Most record cabinets are low in height, which means you need to bend over to flip records, choose, place the record on the turntable, and then place the needle. And when that side of the album has played, after 30 minutes or so, you need to flip over the vinyl for side B. Then repeat.
Vinyl Station records cabinets are designed to make this entire process as easy and simple as possible, and we believe you will play your vinyl more often. Whilst one record is light, the act of bending over, twisting and playing a disc can be a challenge.
Vinyl Station record cabinets were designed with the same considerations as ergonomic furniture. Unlike traditional record cabinets that are low in height, and make 'playing vinyl' not so easy, a Vinyl Station delivers on ease of use and functionality.
Ease of use includes easy access, and showcasing vinyl to encourage you to approach the cabinet, then engage by flipping through your collection at waist height. The vinyl buckets also help the process of removing vinyl from its sleeve, whilst leaving the sleeve in the bucket as you safely place the vinyl on your turntable avoiding damaging the record and the sleeve. Together, these benefits make the entire process easier.
“My father was my first inspiration. He had an incredible stereo and a turntable, and I was told not to touch it. But I’d go back and touch it anyway. I gained a respect for the turntables when I was a kid. When I was a teenager, I came up with a ‘cueing system’ to work the turntables because they didn’t have it at that time.”
Why is it important that furniture is ergonomic?
It is important for furniture to be ergonomic because it can have a significant impact on the comfort, health, and productivity of the people who use it. Ergonomics is the science of designing furniture and other products to fit the needs and capabilities of the people who use them, taking into account their physical, cognitive, and emotional requirements.
Ergonomic furniture is designed to support the natural movements of the human body and minimise the risk of musculoskeletal disorders, such as back pain, neck pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Different types of ergonomic furniture are designed to promote good posture, which can help to reduce strain on the muscles, joints, and spine, and improve circulation and breathing. Ergonomically designed chairs, cabinets and desks in the office environment, allow for ease of use and improved productivity.
The same aspects are applied to Vinyl Station records cabinets, ease of use and productivity with facilitating the steps playing vinyl:
4. place sleeve whilst carefully holding the record
5. place the record on turntable
6. play the record
Ergonomics also aim to promote good mental health, and as any audiophile would agree with, playing more of your favourite records does just that.
Designed for ease of use
Vinyl Station has designed record cabinets to be easily used to play vinyl. The first aspect however is ‘approachability’.
We consider ‘approachability’ in the following way
1. Appealing to look and then engage – Vinyl looks cool, stacked side by side vertically, but mostly when those fantastic pieces of artwork look at you. These iconic images, like Warhol’s banana draw the eye, and bring an impressive feature to any room. Plus, Vinyl Station record cabinets are made from sustainable materials such as recycled plastic, available in a wide range of colour mixes, which will be a feature in any home
2. Easy to browse and flip, consider
3. Removing the vinyl, and having the ‘bucket’ to safely leave the cover or sleeve, and inner sleeve, whilst you place the vinyl on the turntable
4. Ease of replacing vinyl
The ‘two bucket’ Vinyl Station
The two bucket vinyl station allow for more playtime. As the playing track or side comes to an end, the user can be already searching for and deciding the album, so they’re ready to replace and play again.
Does this really matter?
Whilst, approaching furniture design in this detail is specific. We assure you, a Vinyl Station will encourage you to play more often, and flip more discs.
Popularity of vinyl
More and more people are getting into vinyl, and those who have always collected and played vinyl are only more obsessed with the physical aspect of music, the ‘sound’ and crackle. Global sales of vinyl records have been increasing over many years and jumped more during the pandemic period. In 2020, the vinyl market generated over $619 million in revenue, which was a 23.5% increase from the previous year. The United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Germany are among the top countries for vinyl sales. The rise in demand for vinyl can be attributed to various factors such as nostalgia, sound quality, and the collector's market.
How did Covid impact record sales?
Lockdowns and spending more time at home, helped us to rediscovered the joys of collecting and listening to vinyl. This has led to an increased demand for vinyl records, and some record stores and online retailers have reported record sales during the pandemic. Perhaps people turned to vinyl as a form of entertainment and a way to pass the time during periods of isolation and boredom.
The vinyl music ‘experience’
Vinyl records provide an immersive music listening experience that can be more rewarding than simply streaming music on a digital platform, perhaps aided by the physical aspect of choosing and playing a vinyl disc. Are we more invested in this music playing method than simply pressing the screen on your smart phone. This ‘immersive’ and physical aspect may have contributed to the increased popularity of vinyl during lockdown periods, as people sought out more engaging and meaningful ways to consume music.