The holidays are over, and now the real problem looms: Where to put all the new LEGO sets. Yes, we know that when it comes to LEGO storage solutions, the struggle is all too real. The good news is that we rounded up genius LEGO storage ideas that might just keep it all under control (we can’t guarantee you won’t still step on one barefooted in the night, though). From sleek new LEGO bags and bins to a DIY LEGO table, scroll down for 14 clever ways to wrangle the brick.
Stylish Storage Cabinets
You don't have to sacrifice style when it comes to storing LEGO. This sharp-looking five-drawer metal cabinet from the Container Store is offered in several bright colors (red, orange, green, aqua and more). Simply add in some of the drawer dividers, and you've got a place for every last brick.
Available at thecontainerstore.com, $74.99.
Storage Pouf from Mimish Designs
This stylish pouf is also a storage container! You kids can stash their bricks, zip and sit! Offered in four colors, the pouf makes a great seat at a play table.
Available at mimishdesigns.com, $69.99.
Under the Bed Storage
Outta sight, outta mind, is what you’re looking for all those hundreds of little LEGO pieces. You want a clean look. Whether you’re dealing with a small space or just want to maximize playable square footage, this DIY under the bed LEGO storage option designed by The Happy Housie will make things easy. Just load them in and slide for a quick, clean storage option.
LEGO Bags Organizer
When it comes to organizing all those LEGO bricks, why not turn to the creators themselves? LEGO Bags is ready to rock your world with three super cool systems you can try out: The 4 Piece Organizer Tote ($55), which features a playmat and three zip bins to keep everything (including those “in-process” projects) in place. It all folds up into one hand tote!. We also love the 3 Piece Organizer Cubes ($20) with clear windows, perfect for accessories, LEGO minifigs and other pieces you’re always struggling to find, and the Cinch Buckets ($20). We love the Cinch Buckets for travel! Shop them all here.
We love this minifig display case that’ll hold up to 16 of your master builder’s favorite characters. Baseplates are included inside each individual slot, you can mount it to the wall, place it on a shelf or flat surface, and best of all, each case is designed to look like a LEGO and is stackable, for easy storage!
Grab one (or several) for $23.29 at amazon.com
Forget fancy organizing systems. Get yourself to the local DIY store, pick up a package of plastic bins and just like that, you’ll have an easily accessible solution to your kid’s brick collection. We love the way Heidi over at Happiness is Homemade used her err… block, when it comes to LEGO. Get the detailed list of what you’ll need here.
Tackle Box for Tiny Stuff
Ever notice that LEGO sets come with a bit more, well, stuff, than when you were a kid? Yeah, us too. Using a tackle or jewelry-making box (snag one at your local crafting store) with tons of tiny compartments makes it easy to have a place for each little accessory: from food to sidekicks, tools and more. We like this bead organizer for just $3.99 from Michaels.
The creative blogger at B-Inspired Mama uses vertical storage and wall space (instead of your kiddo’s bedroom floor!) with this fun way to store LEGO. Using materials that are a cinch to grab from the hardware or discount store, label each bucket with a white paint marker and then sort, sort, sort! Get the how-to at B-Inspired Mama.
This incredible building/storage combo table looks a lot harder to recreate than it really is. Combine a trip to IKEA with the most sticky glue you can find and you’ll be on your way. Want to know what you’ll need? Skip on over to Kojo Designs for the how-to.
DIY LEGO Table
LEGO bricks are something kids love all the way through up to middle school and beyond. When Michelle from That Mommy Blog was looking for a storage solution for her son’s exploding brick collection, she came up with this ingenious Adjustable Height DIY LEGO Table and Storage Unit, which can be used forever! We love the fact that Michelle covered one side of the shelf with green baseplates, and left the other smooth for the option of building without baseplates. For the step-by-step instructions, visit That Mommy Blog.
Rolling LEGO Cart
Sometimes your kids will want to build with LEGO in their rooms, sometimes they'll want to build in the living room, kitchen or wherever else strikes their fancy. An arts and craft storage cart will also work for their bricks, especially if you find bins to organize the pieces. This one from The Container Store is great because it comes with the organizers included in the total price.
Available at containerstore.com, $73.93.
It’s a Type A’s dream. After listening to her boys say they wanted a color-coded sorting system, Jen of I Heart Organizing looked around and decided the IKEA Trofast system was the best way to go. Psst! Those nifty little labels are made with paper and Mod Podge. Get the full rundown over at I Heart Organizing.
Instruction Manual Storage
Now that all the bricks have a place, find a spot for those building manuals, too. Believe us, once one of those suckers disappear, the chances of re-building that set are slim to none. We love the simple but brilliant idea from My 4 Misters & Their Sister. Even busy parents (meaning all of us!) can manage this one. Find out more over at My 4 Misters & Their Sister.
A Builder's Dream Room
Can you imagine the look in your little one’s eyes if you turned his or her bedroom into a wall-to-wall LEGO haven? Designers Lena Seow, Vrinda Khanna and Suzan Wines of I-Beam Design did just that. LEGO boards cover the walls of this room, from floor to ceiling so kids can build with or against gravity. Plus, every creation becomes an integral part of the play space architecture until new construction is made. How cool is that? See more at hgtv.com.
The Sweep It Up Sheet
Designed by a mom and dad who needed a solution to cleaning, containing and controlling their kids’ LEGO, this amazing bag acts an activity mat, cleanup, storage and carryall solution in one. It comes in three sizes—a light 18-inch, a 44-inch and a large 5-foot size. The smaller sizes work great for travel and bringing LEGO to and from the bedroom and kitchen table. Bonus: You can wash it and it comes with a shoulder strap for easy transport.
Available at Layngo.com, $21.95 to $64.95.
— Kristina Moy & Gabby Cullen
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