Tired of stepping on LEGO pieces? Here are three LEGO storage solutions for your child's large collection that will get them organized.
It's official. The playroom has been overtaken by LEGO. Somehow, our son has accumulated thousands upon thousands of these little plastic pieces. To prevent them from getting stepped on or lost forever, I needed to come up with a new Lego storage solution, stat!
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Our previous LEGO storage situation involved separating the pieces by set and keeping them each in their own labeled box in a storage tower similar to this one.
We even added an additional, smaller one on top for even more storage. You can see them in the corner of his DIY Lego table set up below.
We have far more than six sets now, and there are more than six colors of LEGO, so we needed even more storage. I picked up a huge 1600 piece box of random pieces on Black Friday last year, and we were tossing every loose Lego we find into the box. If our son is looking for one piece to finish a creation, he needed to dump the entire box onto the floor and sift through it.
So I started researching a new LEGO storage system. A lot of the great ideas I found either were made for a smaller collection or didn't allow for the level of OCD organization I was looking for. I wanted to sort by color, and to some extent, size and shape. I narrowed it down to these three options.
Lego Storage Option 1: Small Parts Drawer Cabinet
This one has lots of drawers in two different sizes, so he can separate the larger pieces from the smaller ones and sort by color. It comes in either black or red and gray, which matches his brightly colored decor. The drawers can be removed if he's building something with a lot of one color, or he can pull a drawer open to grab a single LEGO without disturbing the others. It can be mounted on the wall or kept on top of his desk.
I attached a brick to the front of each drawer with double sided tape to make it easier to find the part he needs.
Lego Storage Option 2: Wall Mount Parts Rack
There are lots of different versions of these kinds of bins on the market, but I liked these because there are multiple sizes in bright colors.
Lego Storage Option 3: IKEA Trofast
It became clear pretty quickly that our son wasn't going to sort his Lego pieces with any resemblance of organization! He just needed places to quickly spot what he was looking for in his vast collection.
I bought two IKEA Trofast drawer units like the one above, put them on wheels and turned them into giant Lego bricks! You can check out the full tutorial on how to make this IKEA Lego table here.
Eventually he even outgrew this huge Lego set up, so I added a DIY Lego desk to the room as well. This gives him tons of space to build, and fifteen bins for storage.
These DIY drawer dividers keep the parts separated for more granular organization. We keep the same color family within the drawer, and sort them by size and shape with the dividers.
The Ultimate Lego Storage and Organization Set up
Remember this scene from The Lego Movie?
Legoland California had the actual set, all exactly as it was in the dad's basement. We went back to it three times during our stay so
we our son could check out every detail.