Lego Storage Ideas & Solutions: Real Life Examples
Below I've gathered lots of Lego storage ideas and solutions from the real world, ranging from those for little kids to avid adult collectors.
Before checking out all the ideas though this is what I'm learning, both as the mother of a boy who absolutely loves Legos, but also from seeing all these cool ideas and receiving tips from many of you to create this page.
The Size Of Your Collection Affects Your Storage Choices
As usual, there are so many ways you can organize and store these tiny bricks and other accessories, including minifigures and all the other little parts that come with the sets.
One thing you definitely need to consider is how many bricks do you need to organize and store? If you've got a very small number (relatively) choose a very simple storage solution.
If you've got a huge collection, and believe me below you will see some huge collections that will blow your mind, then you need a much more elaborate system.
That's because the more stuff you have the harder it is to find those tiny little bricks in the mess.
The Age Of The People Playing With Legos Is Important To Consider
Along with the size of the collection you've got, another thing to consider when organizing and storing your Legos is the age(s) of the people playing with them.
Let's face it, kids will be kids. They like to dump out boxes of stuff and just pick and grab what they want. When they're done playing they're ready to just walk away.
If you spend all your time trying to sort all the little pieces, or fighting with them to do it themselves, no one will be happy.
So although the slightly OCD side of yourself may enjoy dividing pieces by size and color into their own areas in drawer dividers your children may like to just dump it in the drawer or box and be done.
If they're happy with that method, fine. If they dislike sorting through all the bricks though to find the one they want perhaps a more elaborate system is in order.
Whatever you choose though, make sure your child, if your storage is for a child, can withstand their tendencies to entropy without driving you batty because they mess up "your" organizational system within 15 seconds of their whirlwind of play.
Organization Takes Time: Do Enough To Make Building With Legos Enjoyable But No More
The Ultimate Lego Room: Lots Of Large Storage Drawers With Dividers
by Sam Butcher
Sam has an entire room devoted to his Legos as well, and he's got a LOT!
He uses mainly large stackable drawers, not the small drawer storage containers, because of the amount of bricks he owns.
As you can see in the first picture he tries to further divide these larger drawers by using drawer dividers which allow for more organization within the drawers themselves.
This is obviously extreme for most people with a much more modest number of Legos, but I think it is helpful to see how he does it.
He sorts by color and type.
Notice in the fourth picture that he also has a box full of unsorted bricks. It's his "to sort" box. It takes a lot of work to get this organized!
Really think about how deep you want the drawers to be before you buy something. Remember that typically shallow drawers are better for organizing small pieces, but obviously as much doesn't fit in them!
The Lego Minifigures seem to have their own organizing and storage issues, and I thought they should get their own treatment.
Unlike interchangeable bricks you absolutely don't want to lose or misplace your minifigure when building -- they're is often just one of them.
But they're absolutely tiny.
I liked this idea above from Eren who used a printer's tray and repurposed it for storing these minifigures.
Of course, there are other possible ways to organize them as well.
They have little cases branded with Lego made just for the figures, and another idea are boxes with dividers. You can use something like a bead or floss and thread organizer, or something made for Legos.
Bill is obviously quite a serious Lego collector as well, but instead of keeping everything out in the open he hides it behind his closed closet door.
He's got small drawered storage cabinets as well, but he also has large numbers of bricks in stackable plastic storage containers, all sorted.
I would suggest a balance between the size of these containers -- too big and they'll become a jumble of bricks and you won't be able to find anything. Too small and you won't be able to fit much in them and if you've got a lot of one type of brick that might not work.
I hope these Lego storage solutions and organization ideas have helped you.
After seeing all this perhaps that box of unsorted and unorganized Legos can become transformed into something that fosters creativity for yourself and your kids and you make all kinds of cool creations with your bricks.
Of course, honestly, there isn't anything wrong with a box of Legos like what is show above either. At least they aren't on the floor killing your feet in the middle of the night when you step on one this way!
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