Storing My LegoŽ Bricks
A problem for all of you with LOTS of blocks!

This is NOT an official Lego site

1. Tiring of your old system? Like many of you, storing and finding your Lego bricks gets to be an increasing problem as your collection grows. While I did not take "before" pictures of my "mess" in the rec room, I have located several old pictures that show some of the clutter and the array of different containers I used to store bricks in. Projects were occasionally delayed while I searched through box after box and cannister after cannister, looking for a part! The old green Sears pingpong table was sagging from age and the weight of increasingly large castles, making building more problematic. Something had to give.
Freezer bins and old
drug sample containers
Lego boxes with dividers
& a pipe tobacco container
Myriad containers
of all sizes...
...stacked in cabinets &
an old wardrobe!

2. Then the time finally came to redo the basement. Seredipitously, our 26 year old basement was due to be redone. My wife Judy said "Since you persist in spending much of your spare time in the basement building your castles, why don't we redecorate with your hobby in mind." Needless to say, I was both flabbergasted and delighted with the opportunity. I immediately began the redesign, with the computer to be moved from the playroom to the larger rec room. Boxes and stacks of plans and hundreds of photographs would need filing space.
The basement rec room
with years of junk.
The sagging pingpong
table and cabinetry.
The playroom with bar
and old kitchen table.
Yours truly in the playroom
"computer corner".

3. Out with the old...and in with the new! We pretty much wiped the slate clean, not only in the recreation room, but in the playroom, laundry/sewing room and 1/2 bath as well. The dark oak cabinets and shelves, with its fold-down slot car track was torn out. Out went the carpet (which was dark and hard to see Lego bricks on), wallpaper, wainscoating, etc. Two Tiffany hanging lamps were replaced by three fluorescent "clouds". The oak bar was covered in 15" square Lego bases, for continuity as well as Lego art possibilities.
The Recreation Room
was gutted & readied.
So was the Playroom.
A welcome in Lego
for our painter, Dave.
Dave, the painter, also
Everythings finally
in place.

4. And how will I store my Legos? The big problem was what to do with what I guessed were several hundred thousand Lego bricks. I made requests on Lugnet and for storage suggestions -- and received a considerable number of responses from other Lego lovers, including a picture taken at the MIT Media Lab [see right], showing stacks of clear plastic storage bins! I went out on the internet looking for such units and soon came across Quantum Storage Systems in Miami, Florida []. Their tip-out bin units were 24" long and came in various sizes. They recommended a Double Slider Frame to be mounted on a Gondola made by Lozier Corporation []. They recommended a dealer in nearby Pekin, Illinois, and then it was a matter of ordering and waiting anxiously for everything to arrive.
Quantum (and other
brands) had floor units.
Wall Units
were possible.
2', 4' & 6' Wall
Brackets were available.
Then is saw the Slider
Frame! 3-deep Lego storage!
And a Lozier free-
standing "Gondola"!

5. Selecting the bins. The next problem was to select the sizes of Quantum tip-out bins. I knew I had eight 2' by 6' racks on which to afix the bins units, but how many of each to buy...I measured the approximate volume each of my hundreds of containers, calculating about how many large bins I would need for voluminous items versus smaller bins for rarer parts. The useful sizes are seen below. I finally designed two storage systems containing 419 separate tip-out bins. The QTB 302 was too heavy filled to be used on the Slider Frame. There was a limit to the sizes of bin units on the back and the middle slider, due to the depth of the whole system and particularly the sliders, but the people at Quantum helped with that.
QTB 309 & 306 for
small parts.
QTB 305 & 304 for
larger volumes.
QTB303 for
huge volumes.
The left system containes
210 bins, including the 309's.
The right system was
close at 209 bins!

6. Setting up the storage system. The Quantum bin units and Slider Frames came in ivory, white and gray, and naturally the "gray" was the logical "stone" color. The Gondola came in a pretty gray called "silver", which went very well. The Lozier Gondola came from Omaha, Nebraska, the Slider Frames from Toronto, Canada and the dozens of boxes of Quantum tip-out bin units came from Miami - a real international effort. Once everything had arrived, I laid out the Gondola and Slider Frames parts. Then my spare time in the next couple of days was focused on assembling the two units.
Lozier Gondola
Lozier Gondola
Slider frame added
and tested.
Bin units are added
to the back panels.
Middle sliders are
filled with bins.
Front slider bins
are bolted in place.

7. And everything just came together. Finally, the storage system assembled, the Legos are brought out of storage and the new Quantum units are filled! What fun. Some old Lego boxes are retained for plates, bases, horses and other parts not suitable for bins. Finally the ponderous 3" thick table I had made arrives, 88" long and 58" wide, with two leaves. Bookcases are built around the computer corner for books, castle guidebooks, notebooks, CD-ROMs, etc. Now its time to start designing and building castles again!!
Just a few more bins
to attach.
Many, many bricks
have a new home.
Letter, legal and flat
files fill the gap.
Beams, plate and bases
still fill the wardrobe.
An unused space under
a window is utilized.
The new honeycomb table
is built to order.
Finally a flat surface
0n which to build!
Extending to 10 feet
for huge castles!!
A bookcase for all my
castle books & guides...
...with dropcloth storage
behind the CD-ROMs.


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