Vinyl has been in the midst of a serious comeback in recent years. The resurgence hasn’t been exclusively for throwing on a turntable, either. I’ve seen purses made from vinyl LPs stitched together, fruit bowls fashioned from melted vinyl, and my kids gave me a clock for Christmas made from a well-worn Rush 2112 album. But vinyl—and, specifically, the album covers—is also popular for decorating. I just used a bunch of old album covers to help decorate my office, and what made the project easier and less expensive than expected was IKEA Gladsax frames.
It figures that IKEA would be all over this trend. Gladsax frames are specifically designed for framing vinyl.
They’re made of black-painted aluminum, with glass and a backing board (with mounting clip) that’s painted black on the side that faces the viewer, ensuring there are no sloppy white spaces visible between the edge of the cover and the edge of the frame.
Installation was easy and once you’ve done one, they take maybe a minute at most.
A spring clip is used in each corner that holds everything in place while adding just enough pressure to ensure the cover stays flat against the glass. The clips do require a little force to pop off and they have sharp edges, but they offer the flexibility of accommodating everything from single to even triple albums.
Here’s the end result.
Not bad for $7.99 a pop. It’s also very easy to access the cover inside once installed, so if you want to change things up you can simply pop the clips and switch up the album cover for a new one. If you’re looking for a way to display some of your vinyl collection and add a bit of a retro vibe to a space—easily, economically, and without damaging the covers—the IKEA Gladsax frames are a no-brainer.