How to Store Your LEGO Bricks for Quick & Easy Building

by Martin Storbeck

In case you want to sort and store your LEGOs, here is an idea how to do it.

Supplies

  • IKEA Mandal headboard
  • 24 IKEA Glis boxes per headboard
  • 48 Binder Clips (capacity 24 or 28mm) per headboard
  • 2 long nose pliers
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    The Idea

    Step 2

    I usually had my LEGOs stored is a large sideboard in several boxes. That meant: Every time I wanted to build something, I had o take them out, put them somewhere and put them back afterwards.

    Step 3

    A few days ago we discovered a Mandal headboard at the IKEA "As is" section for 20€ and bought it. We didn't know what to do with it, but later that day I found a large binder clip on my desk.

    Step 4

    So I found an easy way to hang something on the headboard. Most of my LEGO was currently stored in IKEA Glis boxes.

    Step 5

    So the idea of a LEGO workspace was born: Put the headboard on the wall and hang the boxes (24 per headboard) with binder clips.

    Step 6

    Here is where I placed it: At the end of my desk, so there is a clear distinction between building space and office space.

    Step 7

    Mount the Headboard(s)

    Step 8

    Mount the headboard on the wall first (as described in the manual).

    Step 9

    Starting after 4cm, attach a pair of binder clips with a distance of 22cm, then 8cm, then 22cm again... Do that in every 4th row.

    Step 10

    Prepare the Boxes

    Step 11

    Remove the hinged covers from the boxes using a handle from the binder clips to push out the pins holding the cover.

    Step 12

    Here is a video on how easy it is to remove the hinged cover.

    Step 13

    To attach the binder clip to the box you need to bend one of the handles, attach it to the box, then bend it back again. Twice per box.

    Step 14

    This is a video of how easy and fast it is to bend the binder clips.

    Step 15

    Yes, you have to do this with every box, no exceptions.

    Step 16

    In case you have no bending unit at home, a screw clamp will be great help for bending the handles.

    Step 17

    Hang & Adjust the Boxes

    Step 18

    There are two ways you can hang the boxes. The left one has a small advantage.

    Step 19

    Hanging the box using the top handle, you'll be able to adjust the height using to lower handle.

    Step 20

    This is how to bend the adjustment-handle.

    Step 21

    Here you see the difference with and without height adjustment.

    Step 22

    The Result

    Step 23

    All done...

    Step 24

    Ready to Build!

    Step 25

    Whenever you're not building with your LEGOs, you can put the cover back on.

    Step 26

    A clear distinction of office & LEGO space

    Step 27

    With a lot of light from above

    Step 28

    The boxes have variable compartments, which is great for LEGO.

    Step 29

    I need your help: I need more boxes but the light-Blue boxes are no longer sold at IKEA. Does anyone have these boxes, doesn't need them anymore & would sell them to me? Contact: ikeahack@storbeck.me

    Step 30

    Have creating it for yourself. If you need more inspiration, check out my other guides in the home category: https://snapguide.com/search?topic=home&q=martin+storbeck