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40+ Awesome Lego Storage Ideas

Yesterday on facebook I shared our Lego Storage for my sons room and then asked to see some of your Lego storage creations.  I can’t thank you all enough for sharing them with me and WOW there are some really fantastic ideas.  I have shared them all below.

 These Lego Sorting Labels may help you too!

 and in this post are loads more ideas

Readers Fantastic Lego Storage Solutions

Shared by: Paulette E – Ikea units on castors to roll out to living area when friends come over and roll back to their room so baby can’t eat them.  Wow, this set up is awesome and so cleverly put together, I love the idea of it being on castors.

Shared by:  Amy S – Hubby built a table into the corner for the city of Lego. There is more and plans to build a smaller second self above that

Shared by:  Debb S – using ikea expedit

Shared by Melinda G – using Ikea storage tubs

Shared by Debb S – using the Ikea Dilling container (which fits perfectly under beds)

Shared by:  Jessica L – Ikea expedit shelf  and ikea samla tubs, sorted by colour

Shared by:  Josslyn H – 2 drawer system from Kmart, sorted by colour, 5 drawers for people parts, animal pieces, ninjago/chima weapons and other bits and pieces. 

Shared by: Sandy A – Ikea shelving unit.  Each drawer has its own colour. Sandy is going to paint the wooden frame white.

Shared by:  Sandy A – inside the drawers, sorted by colour

Shared by:  Brandi M – Duplo storage, work in progress.  Brandi is going to add wheels, a top with lego boards and add labels to the tubs.  

Shared by:  Sandy A – Keep lego people in 3 tier tub from dollar store (I love this tub)

Shared by Sabine G – sorted by colour in tall plastic drawer trolley

Shared by:  Sabine G – these drawers are also good for storing the books and lego plates

Shared by:  Natasha H – Another Ikea unit, this unit appears to be a favourite

Shared by:  Rebecca A – Cute labels, would make it easy to find what your after

Shared by:  Leanne M – Another Ikea Trofast storage system, the shelves above area  great way to display the lego

Shared by:  Leanne S  – great lego area on wheels

Shared by Pippa S W – Sorted by colour, unit from KMart a few years ago

Shared by:  Pippa S W – Sorted by colour, but we like to keep “sets” together as much as possible in zip lock bags with the booklets in them.

Shared by:  Ffyona R – Another great cubed storage idea

Shared by Ffyona R – Lego table, this is cool!!!

Shared by Lisa B – Plastic drawer set

Shared by: Kirsten U B – Sorting lego by colour into plastic containers

Shared by:  Sonia J – Keeping manuals in clear tubs

Shared by:  Jane I – Homemade lego play track. Jane also sorted spare lego by colour into desktop filing trays.

Shared by:  Samantha M – storage tubs with dividers that fit under the bed (Howards Storage World sell something very similar)

Shared by:  Kylie M – Each row on the right side is colour coordinated and colour goes from single stud bricks on the left to the 2×4 stud bricks on the right. Then there is also spaces for things like figures, windows, wheels etc

Shared by: Monique L – now this is a lego collection!

Shared by:  Monique L – Sorted by colour in takeaway containers

Shared by Sonia J – Using the Sistema containers to store lego, built lego storaged in daughters wardrobe

Shared by:  Alison J S – Grandma made this lego bag which also doubles as a play mat.  

Shared by:  Melissa A – Ikea Trofast sorted by colour

Shared by:  Kirsten W – Home made lego table, tubs from Big W

Shared by:  Nikki J – Ikea expedit

Shared by:  Sarah N – This is a very organised nook, again Ikea Trofast system

Shared by:  Gabrielle B T – The ones that stay intact once built are put on a high shelf. The plastic storage boxes are from Bunnings

Shared by:  Cindy V – Under the bed storage

Shared by: Angela H – lego storage bag and play mat

Shared by: Tash L – sistema plastic boxes to store lego pieces

Shared by:  Kirrily H – Purpose built Lego area built on top of bunk beds, strong wood supports both adult and child.  If guests come over they remove the wood and add in a mattress.  Pool noodle is placed at the end so no tiny lego pieces fall out.  I think this is a great use of space.  

Shared by:  Jasmine S – Lego table with storage box. Made by my hubby from a $10 Ikea side table, Trofast storage box and a couple of sliders. Holds a lot. 

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  • jenny

    does everybody find that sorting by colour is the best way for kids to use. My kids seem to keep some sets in sistema clip lock containers, but we have an abundance of mixes stuff in an under bed box.ReplyCancel

    • Tess

      we found that not only colour is important – but more important seems to be size! My boys like to sort by colour and by size, it makes it easier to find the small pieces when building the complicated things apparently.ReplyCancel

    • Naomi Cartner

      I think size is more important than colour.ReplyCancel

    • I colour sorted all our lego a while back to find that my lego mad child ceased playing with the lego altogether! It seems his mind prefers the caos of a mixed tub and is inspired to create as he sifts through various lego. This being said we keep our various ranges sorted and clearly labeled in boxes ie, ‘city’ ‘ninjago’ ‘cars’ etc. A small display of lego only is all we allow as he is expected to do dusting himself (which he hates) and this also means minimum distraction when he’s getting ready for school or supposed to be doing chores. Also, in school holidays I allocate a space in the rumpus for him to set up his entire range into a LEGO CITY.ReplyCancel

      • Niki

        After reading your comment, I asked my son. He has the same preference as yours, meaning the mixed legos. He says looking through the mix allows him to get new ideas and change up a design as he goes. Having them organized makes him feel confined to one design because he is zeroed in on one piece. I would think if he designed less and did sets instead, it might be different.ReplyCancel

    • nickisboss
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      By colour is actually not that good, it’s harder to find a piece when they are all the same colour. By size and type is much better, and i keep the colours mixed because you can easily spot the different colours when they are mixed. I tried both systems in my childhood.ReplyCancel

  • My son has aspergers and he loves lego but gets overwhelmed when there is too much together in one box, and won’t play with it. I sorted his lego yesterday into the drawers just like you did and almost immediately he began to play with it again. “I love this idea Mummy,” he told me, “Can you also label the green blocks, alien blocks?” He was thrilled and I am too!ReplyCancel

  • We got the yellow lego table for christmas too … but it doesn’t hold much lego … only one of the stackable blue boxes …. and there is no lego mats on it …. If I had my time again I would be building one of these other brilliant ideas out of the ikea furniture instead of wasting $150 … lolReplyCancel

  • Paula Brodie

    We recently separated out our Lego into colours but removed the smaller special pieces that make some of the more special things out of the general Lego sets. I also left out all the wheels, windshields, seats and steering wheels. We found that the boys (4 & 3) were now creating more rather than just playing with the built things, it was great. Although our range has increased and needs a reorder with bigger boxes – but I’m waiting for the next round of birthdays before I do that!
    Also, I’ve been downloading and saving on our computer all the Lego manuals from the website so we have a back up if one goes missing or gets over used!ReplyCancel

  • love to see all these ideas for Lego storage. We currently just have the yellow lego holder which if not done up correctly opens when daughter drags it out (which is nearly everytime) with two boys on the way I am expecting that Lego will be everywhere!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Lapthorne

    Perfect timing, my little man just had his birthday and got Lego galore. I need to get it organised ASAP before pieces go missingReplyCancel

    • Well there is quite a lot of inspiration here for you Amanda, please share your photo with us when your complete!!ReplyCancel

      • Amanda Lapthorne

        If I get completed LOL. I can be a little disorganised sometimes :)ReplyCancel

  • grace

    I sort them by the set in reseal bags and put them in the trofast drawers, I like the trofast, but wouldn’t have my kids use it as a worktop space, as they can’t put their legs under the trofast, which I think is bad for young backs, as they often sit for long periods working on their creations.ReplyCancel

    • You have a good point there Grace, Ikea do have some tabletops that could be added to top of the trofast creating a good work bench. I like the idea of sorting by set too :)ReplyCancel

  • Some great ideas!! We currently use the partitioned storage boxes (from Bunnings). Our sorting method is not as ordered as some but is working well. One box has five long areas so that one holds long skinny pieces sorted into roughly 5 colours. We have another box with assorted vehicle type things like wheels and windshields. Another box is just for people and people tools like brooms, swords, walkie-talkies etc and another has many small compartments which we sort the tiny 1×1 size pieces into by colour/thickness. I will try to get some photos.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Combs

    Love all of these ideas…. I downloaded all of the LEGO manuals from the LEGO website and put them on my Kindle. Now he uses the Kindle to build his sets. Works great!! Eliminates all those manuals that either rip apart or get lost. Saves space for LEGO’s too! I also downloaded the KREO and Mega Blocks manuals.ReplyCancel

    • That a great idea Helen, I didn’t realise you can download the Lego manuals. Might look into this myself.ReplyCancel

    • Lynn

      Downloading the manuals is something I hadn’t thought of before. Will do this and store it on different devices.
      Like others, we initially sorted by colors but that doesn’t inspire my grandson. I have sorted by people, parts to build cars, and windows & doors for houses etc.ReplyCancel

  • It seems we are in the minority, we sort by piece size, so we have a bin for the pieces that are 1×1, 2×1, add up to 3 or 4, flat, people, accessories etc.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle

      I’ve been looking into ways to organize our lego’s and have asked the kids their ideas. I think I will watch closely as they play, and the younger dumps them out more than the older. I agree with you though, Sara, this seems to be the most logical way to sort and I’ve really been considering this. Sorting by color looks really neat, but when you’re building and looking for certain sizes, it just seems to make more sense to sort by size and type. Still thinking….ReplyCancel

    • Sylvia Beaven

      I Like this idea. I think by colour would be too hard to find as you normally need pieces by size when building. New to the lego thing but already noticing is a nightmare to store and keep off the floor, I have a 2 year old so we try to keep them away from him. 5 year old is the one who plays with them. I intend on storing sets but who knows what will workReplyCancel

    • Utahna Tassie

      I love this idea! Have tried other ways of sorting in the past, but this way, by size & shape seems to be the most practical, making what’s needed the easiest to find! That is certainly how I would want them stored, if it were my craft materials we were talking about!ReplyCancel

  • Also, the best tip I got on instructions, we have binders with the plastic sheets and that keeps them in order. ReplyCancel

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  • Sarah S.

    What a great resource of such wonderful ideas…there really isn’t a wrong way to store LEGOS…this proves that! :-) I was thrilled to share a link to your post on my blog today, thanks!


    • Thank you for sharing Sarah, I appreciate that. That’s right there is so many different ways, I also love the idea of sorting by creation.ReplyCancel

  • Kitwench

    I love the lego bags that double as playmats, and the various huge totes work really well too.
    I *wish* I’d thought of the bunk-lego space – keeps them off the floor!

    But with 3 kids now aged 25, 18 and 15 I have GOT to ask – were the photos of the dozens of trays and drawers perfectly sorted by color and type taken right after mom finished setting that system up?

    Because that would have lasted 10 MINUTES in our house,lol.

    Clean your room – and don’t forget to sort all your legos!

    • Yes my photos were taken after I organise it, but he has kept it really organised, it just needs a good dust every now and then. Actually makes packing up the lego easier because next time he knows where to find what he needs.ReplyCancel

  • Joyce B.

    As kids get older, sorting by color doesn’t work so well. Older kids have a lot of gray Legos. How do you sort a mass of gray Legos!? At that point, if you/they sort at all, it would be by function. Btw, kids do just fine with one big bin of Legos all dumped together, but it’s us moms who want it to look pretty and organized. Most of these “How to Sort Legos” posts are by moms of little kids.ReplyCancel

  • Martin

    How creative! My little kid loves Lego and I usually find them scattered all over the house and I have to pick them up before somebody steps on them and get hurt. He would often lose a lot of missing pieces. I try to tell him to keep it organized. I even set up a huge basket as storage in his wardrobe closet but he always forget to put them all there after every use. Maybe if I put up a separate drawer cabinet, he’ll be more encouraged to clean up.ReplyCancel

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    Hello, Does anyone know where the carts Sabine G added are from? The tall carts with clear trays?ReplyCancel

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  • Kellie Goldthorpe

    i can’t believe the size of some of these collections!ReplyCancel

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  • Carrie I.

    I’ve downloaded all of the direction booklets from the Lego site onto my ipad. No more loose or torn pages scattered around! My son loves that he gets to use tech while building a set!

    We don’t sort by color, but do by sort by type of piece.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    I would love to know what Jane used for the homemade log play Matt, such a great idea…. Is it paper or made with material? The storage ideas are great, we also sort our into containers at the momment they are in Tupperware containers and was thinking of an idea…. So I’m overwhelmed with all the great ideas just gotta choose one now ????ReplyCancel

  • Cliff

    The pic of the yellow lego table shared by Ffyona R – any idea where to buy one??? Thanks in advance!ReplyCancel

  • Kristina Hobbs

    Hi, I’m a Danish stay-at-home mum of 4 kids between 2 and 11. I now all about IKEA and LEGO since both are Danish brands.-) and so, one would think, that I have it all figured out when it comes to organizing LEGO ind IKEA-tubs and the like. And yes, I have tried. My eldest son was mad about Starwars lego and have practically the whole collection (very generous grandparents). He just put them together and then refused to do more with them, because they might break. It,s been like that since he was 4 years old! Since them, we have accumulated masses of LEGO, but mostly Starwars. From time to time, I have sorted ll his LEGOS out, tried both by colour and size, but he cannot find out to organize it back, when he cleans it up again. Its the same with the other children. They seem to loose overview of where it all goes, even though I have tried to sort it in the clear plastic boxes. And I really don’t like the idea that it takes me two hours to sort it out every time they have played with it, so I don’t. I sort it out about every two years in stead, leaving it to total chaos in between. But really – WHAT DO YOU DO WITH ALL THE WEIRD BITS?? Especially star wars LEGO contains millions of strangely shaped bits that are impossible to do anything with. I have bought extra bricks of normal 2 by 4, extra doors and windows and wheels, to somehow inspire to construct new things. But it really hard when most of the massive amounts of LEGO in our collection have strange sizes and forms….Does anyone have a good solution or helpful comment here? Please? I feel like selling the whole lot and starting from scratch with my two youngest kids!! Tkanx for a great thread here:-)ReplyCancel

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  • Ilinka

    Hi. Which type is the one that Paulette E has in her image? Are they the TROFAST as well as it appears to be much deeper, and therefore provide more ‘build space’?ReplyCancel

  • Dani

    We had a huge clean up recently as we were storing by type – but I could never help as I didn’t know the difference between Star Wars/Chiama /Ninjago (silly me) – mister 6 and I worked out the organisation together so that he has the ownership. We use trofast 9 small bins for now and have colours (some are merged and some on their own. We also have the manuals in one and a box and a box that works well. So we have a couple spare for future splitting or merging.ReplyCancel

  • Dani

    Some of my message got deleted:
    We merge some colours – eg red/orange/yellow and blue/green.
    We also have separate boxes for heads/bodies/weapons/wierd pieces

  • Amazing ideas! My daughter is crazy about Lego and I don’t know where to put all the Lego in the house, so thank you a lot for this post and the pictures! Regards!ReplyCancel

  • Kat - The Organised Housewife

    Ooh wonderful Denny.:) Glad you got a lot out of this post!ReplyCancel

  • PK

    Only woman sorts lego blocks by color.ReplyCancel

  • Michele Pilon

    Sorting by color is easiest if you try to rebuild a lego set because you can look at the back page of the manual to see what pieces you need and if you are missing any. If any are missing then we head to the lego store block table to get our missing pieces.ReplyCancel

  • Pam

    I find that sorting the small/flat or specialty Lego pieces into small containers or tackle boxes work the best. We sort by colour and size. However, my son likes the chaos of the Lego bins when he’s creating. The small sorted pieces are best when trying to rebuild a Lego set.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Roberts

    Can you share where Rebecca A got the clear plastic buckets? I love that idea for storing kits and have yet to find them that size! Thank you – what a wonderful post, so helpful! :)ReplyCancel

  • Heidi

    Ha ha ha! Get real! Who is doing the color sorting? The kids or an uptight mom?
    Try a bed sheet in a big Rubbermaid tote! Pull it out and it has everything is there ready to be played with! When their done, grab the 4 corners and it’s all ready to be put away! All play…… No color coordinated sorting! The fun is in sorting through it to build something NOT when cleaning up!
    Instruction booklets can go in a binder with page protector sleeves!
    Sorry, no pretty pictures, just practical advice from a Lego mom whose engineers are all grown up, building and designing real stuff!ReplyCancel

    • Sylvia Beaven

      Sounds very practical and doable. Love itReplyCancel

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    Best thing I found for Lego’s and you con’t beat the price.

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  • James

    Sorting by colour just doesn’t work – especially when you are looking for the 1×1 flats or smaller – much better to sort by size (the way I’ve sorted my (son’s) collection…) and colour is a lot harder than it used to be…

    My collection is nearly all black/yellow/red/blue/black (with a few flat greys in it) but not much else (mainly 30-40 years old) but the latest sets my son has have about 40-50 shades in it it – three browns, three greys, three blues, three greens….ReplyCancel

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  • My son is crazy about Lego and every time when he gets an A at school I buy him a small Lego set. Thanks a lot for sharing the way I can storage all of these Lego parts.Storage Hanworth Ltd.ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    Any idea what Pauline E used for her set? It doesn’t look exactly like Trofast and I love the casters. Maybe a desk between the two set could work?

    Also, does anyone find their boys actually KEEP things organized by color? I really like the idea, but I don’t know if it’s reasonable and will be maintained.

    Any thoughts?

    thanks for all these ideas.ReplyCancel

  • John

    Love all the info
    At 43 (dad) uk based( having built big projects overseas) I’m blessed with a 4 year old who is starting out with Lego ( just ordered the architecture studio for me)
    By size I think is the practical Soloution as if you need a 2 red its in the 2 drawer 4 blue in 4 drawer et Al
    Figures wheels speciality bits in a couple of drawers, the fun is finding the solution… The missing piece…
    Let’s not make it to easy, as searching through a pile to find that bit your missing has its own special place….
    My father (an aircraft engineer)made me a metal box with 3 sections it was up to me where I put the pieces, after time you work it yourself but always wanted/needed different divisions hence cardboard and sellotape…once again, Don’t make it to easy otherwise the joy of the search is lostReplyCancel

  • Sim

    My Lego booklet says to sort by colour. But I can’t see my kids sorting when packing up. We currently use a bed sheet then gather up and tip into a tub. At the start of play we sort by colour or size depending on what we are making (my daughter prefers size sorting, my son sorts by colour. They enjoy finding stuff as they sort at the start, but when they are finished they just want to run off.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Lambkin

    I don’t think sorting is important. Mix it all in together and let them be creative!
    Growing up my brother had cube-shaped tubs, and each was lined with an old single bed sheet.
    You simply pick up the sheet, fold it out on the floor, doing all the playing and building on the floor, then when finished, scoop up the sheet and back into the tub. No fuss clean up!
    What kid really wants to sort into colours and sizes? That just sounds like a job for an OCD parent!ReplyCancel

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  • Julia Davis

    We purchased the coordinating rolling trundle bed that slides under my son’s twin bed, but we intentionally didn’t buy the mattress for it. Instead, it’s the “Lego Sandbox.” The Legos are all dumped in it, and both our kids can sit and build in it. There’s a shelf that stores their completed projects, and then the trundle just slides under the bed for clean up. Easy!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love this idea, Julia! Absolutely brilliant.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    Don’t sort, it limits creativity! Searching skills are important too. Let your kids initiate sorting if they want to.
    I think the play mat storage idea is the best. But there’s an easier option.
    Take an old bed sheet. Put all the lego sets mixed in together in the middle. Gather up the edges and pick up. Place into a cube shaped tub the same volume as the amount of lego. As you get more lego add more cubes and more sheets. No sewing required. Never pick up lego again. Never step on a missing piece of lego again! Always play on the mat next to the lego pile. My brother has been doing this from age 1 to 29.ReplyCancel

  • Milkal

    does anyone know where shared Kylie m got those yellow storage shelves/units?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      they look like small organisers you may find in the tool section at a hardware store. I have seen similar at Bunnings.ReplyCancel

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