Why this is the best Lego Table
Many of the Lego tables out there are pretty short- good heights for smaller kids- but my son is 8 and only getting bigger. So not only is this a regular height table but it also isn't too large, it doesn't take more room than we have available.
There are eight shelves which have room for huge buckets- 4 spaces above and 4 below.
We divided the bins into 8 categories
1. White and Black Pieces
2. Red and Yellow
3. Blue and Green
4. Orange and Brown
5. Large Miscellaneous Pieces (Large)
6. Small Miscellaneous Pieces (Small)
7. Flat pieces (Flat)
8. Gears and Wheels
The last four categories trump the color bins. If it is a big flat piece, it goes in with the flats no matter what the color. This form of sorting works best for how my son builds Legos.
How to Label the Buckets
To label the buckets I found a free Lego font (can find lego font here). The Lego font- has an inner and outer layer. I used my Silhouette to cut out the letters- but rather than keep the inner letter, I saved just the outline (and inside pieces like in the middle of the R).
|The outline vinyl parts I saved ready to be put on transfer paper then on the buckets|
Not only is there space to store Lego's and build Lego's- but this has also become my son's favorite spots to do his homework. If someday by chance he outgrew Lego's (I don't think he ever will) we could just pull out the buckets and other things could be stored in the spaces, or even just turn the buckets backwards. (There are even shelf drawers or doors available for this set)
My favorite part was the price. As I looked at Lego tables, I found a few that I loved including one that had a lot of pull out bins and had a huge table area; but as I began adding up the price for the different parts it was quickly adding up.
We bought all of our supplies at IKEA. The desk shelf and desk is a set from the Expedite series.
The bins are the largest bin from the Trofast Storage Bins. When I looked at the sizes I was afraid they wouldn't fit, but they fit the shelf perfectly and are only $4 each.
The chair is also from IKEA- it is the Alrik chair at only $14.99. It can raise and lower to the desired height.
|The holes make it seem like a Lego thing to me.|
|The bin to the left of his desk was our old storage method and still needs to be sorted into his new bins|
For my daughter who loves the Lego Girlfriend sets- who likes playing with her built sets more than building- we also got her a shelf.
We got her the white shelf and desk. She stores her completed sets up above and then pulls them out to her desk when she wants to play with them. She has just has four pink bins beneath that have a variety of things stored in them.