Is finally finished!
It’s not really Lego room, but more accurately a family/play room that happens to contain a lot of Legos
Mike built the shelves at the top, along with the rustic wood plank shelf in the background. (I think it adds character, don’t you?!) The shelves at the top aren’t very deep on purpose, so as to give the kids as much room as possible to play on the countertop at their waist level. They store the finished Legos up in the shelves, then set them up and play with them on the countertop space as they feel like it. The three storage units at the bottom are from Ikea – basic storage shelves with customizable bucket drawers.
We keep all our Legos stored by color, as this is a very easy way to separate them before putting them away. The thin green and white bins each have a label on them with the name of a color: white happens to take up the most space at 2 bins, then black at one very full bin, and on down from there. Then we have a bucket for people and people parts (heads, helmets, etc), and one for things like wheels and tires and other specialty parts. We have a Lego sorter and tried at first to sort them for storage by size - but found that for us, that didn’t work well. Some parts are “in between” the sizes of the sorter and would end up in different sort piles depending on how full the sorter was, and we had a hard time telling which pieces didn’t belong if kids were accidentally throwing them back into the wrong buckets. Sorting by color is super easy to do and we can make the kids help. If we need a specific piece (like say, a thin 1 dot by 3 dot blue piece), we simply pull out the blue bucket, dump it into the sorter then go to the pile with the right size for what we need and dig through that small subset of blue Legos.
Since we keep all our instruction sheets (more on that below), we’ve actually helped the kids re-assemble all the Legos they need to re-built a particular project. See that pirate ship in the picture below? It got smashed the first time we built it, so Mike helped Lawson get all the pieces together and they re-built it!
We keep all of the instruction books for all the kids’ Legos, too. We file them away in a big tub. Unfortunately they’re in no particular order, but they are all there…and if we need a book we can find it. You’ll see a lot of plastic bags there. They get torn easily so we try to file them in little zipper lock bags to protect them. We also use the bags sometimes to throw in specific pieces that we know belong to a certain kit. For example, you can see below that the kids got one of the Harry Potter sets started but not finished. So we put all the remaining pieces in a bag with the instructions and keep it filed away!
The only other thing to mention is that we’ve told the kids they need to pick up after themselves and their friends. If they are working on something or still playing with it, it needs to be placed on the countertop so we know they want to keep it. If they are finished and want to save what they built, it goes up on a shelf. And if they’re done playing but don’t want to put all the Legos back by color, they just round up everything off the floor and throw it into one of the big red bucket drawers. They at least know that if they leave something on the floor, then it’s fair game to get taken apart and returned to the buckets as pieces. So they pretty much know to put their “good” stuff away when they’re done at this point. Every now and then Mike and I will get in there and help the kids sort the Legos from the red buckets back into the right color buckets. It’s an oddly satisfying way to get us all into the Lego room at one time