Legos are extremely popular but many people find it difficult to display and organize them in their homes because there are so many pieces. When displaying a Lego collection, it is important to do so in a way that shows off the collection, keeps the room organized, and maximizes your floor space.
Legos are one of the best toys ever invented. Anyone who has ever been lucky enough to play with a Lego set can tell you this, but even professional researchers and parenting magazines confirm this. So how do you go about displaying your awesome Lego collection? Let’s find out!
Why Is a Good Lego Display Important?
Legos are awesome, but the downside is that there are a lot of little pieces, and your Lego creations can break if they are not displayed properly. Even small Lego sets have dozens of pieces in them, and any collection of more than a few sets will have hundreds if not thousands of little, tiny pieces.
If your awesome castle, spaceship, or house that you’ve built out of Legos falls on the floor and breaks, these pieces will scatter everywhere. They are easy to lose and anyone who has ever stepped on a Lego piece knows how painful it can be.
At the same time, Legos are meant to be played with. When your Legos are well displayed, they’re also easily accessible. You don’t want to have to spend any time looking for them. You want to just grab them right off the shelf, table, or cart and start playing.
This is why it’s important to be able to organize and display your Lego collection efficiently.
What Does Your Lego Display Need?
Any good Lego display has a couple of key characteristics. A good Lego set display will:
- Store the Legos in a way that keeps the room neat and organized
- Display the Lego creations for everyone to see
- Provide plenty of play space
- Provide fun decoration for the room
So how can you create a display for your Lego collection that accomplishes all of these goals? Let’s take a look and look at some of the best options for organizing, storing, and displaying your Lego collection.
Displaying Legos with Shelves
One of the most popular ways that you can display a Lego collection is by installing shelf space into the bedroom. Shelves are a popular way to display Legos because the shelves keep the Legos visible for everyone in the room to see, and they also maximize your available floor space.
Depending on what type of shelving you choose to use, you also have a lot of options for how you can decorate the shelves and use the shelves as decoration for the room. By using shelves as part of your display, you are automatically hitting three of the four essentials for a great Lego display that we listed above.
One of the classiest ways that you can display a Lego collection is by using floating shelves. These sleek shelves save space, look fabulous, and provide you with plenty of room to display your toys.
These shelves can be installed professionally, or you can find instructions online to do it yourself. These shelves can also be installed in different sizes that you can choose based on aesthetics, organizational needs, and available wall space.
For example, you can have a small shelf to display individual Lego figurines, a medium-sized shelf to display smaller-sized models and kits, and then larger shelves beneath them to display your enormous full-sized kits.
Floating shelves are wonderful because of the way that they save space in your room. While this is one of the essential purposes of any kind of shelf, floating shelves save even more space than other types of shelves.
This is because floating shelves do not have to touch the ground the way that bookshelves, sheet racks, and other types of shelving units have to. This means that you can keep storage bins under your floating shelves to maximize your space even more than you could with a more traditional shelving unit.
Normal floating shelves look great in almost any room, but there’s a specific kind of floating shelf that looks even cooler when you’re displaying a Lego collection. If you’re going to go this route you should seriously consider using Lego shelves.
One of the most creative ways to display a Lego collection is to actually use the Lego bricks themselves to make a floating shelf! Blogger Jedi Craft Girl has simple instructions for making these fun shelves that are perfect for displaying Lego collections.
This is a simple DIY project that requires wood for shelving, a Lego building board, a utility knife, glue, and a nail gun.
To make the shelves you simply use the knife to cut the Lego building board into strips that fit onto the wood you are using for the shelves. Then you glue the Lego building board onto the wood.
Once you have done this, you use the nail gun to attach the wood to the wall, and there you go. You have an awesome Lego shelf to display both your creativity and your Lego collection.
Jedi Craft Girl made thin shelves that are mainly intended to display individual Lego figures, but you can make your shelves as large or small as you need to display your collections.
Bookcases are one of the most convenient ways to display your Lego collection because they are already built to display a different type of collection, books. But no one says you must use your bookshelf to display books, you can also use your bookshelf to display your Lego collection.
There are all sorts of bookcases out there that you can use, and they are perfect because they provide you with an abundance of space to store and display your Lego collections. This is a convenient way to save space while showing off your Lego collection.
Bookcases might take up a bit more space than other options, such as floating shelves, but there is a tradeoff in the design. Bookcases usually look elegant and sophisticated, which inherently adds a nice decorative flair to your bedroom. Combined with the convenience of having a pre-built shelf, bookcases are one of the best options for displaying Legos.
In addition to bookcases and floating shelves, you can also invest in a set of sliding shelves. This might be even more convenient, because (depending on the exact set of shelving) you will likely have a little more space, and you won’t have to reach into the bookcase.
When you store your Lego collection with a set of sliding shelves, you can easily and quickly pull the shelves out to play with or show off your Lego set, then push it back in and pull out another.
This makes it easier to emphasize the items on a particular shelf than it is to emphasize individual shelves on more stationary shelving units.
Sliding shelves are one of the only items that check off all four of the essential checkpoints we mentioned earlier by themselves. Most of the items on the list need to be used in tandem with another display or storage method.
Sliding shelves however do everything you need:
- They keep your Lego collection conveniently organized
- They keep the Legos highly visible on display
- The sliding shelves are built-in platforms to play and build your creations on
- You can decorate the shelving unit to your heart’s content.
With sliding shelves, you can also get an aerial look at the collection that you can’t get with a bookshelf unless you completely take everything out of the bookshelf.
Storing Lego Displays Under the Bed
Another way that you can display and store your Lego collection is to make a platform to display them under the bed. This lets you slide the platform in and out from under the bed.
This can be done simply by buying some pieces of plywood and gluing Lego base plates to the plywood. This simple platform gives you a play/workstation that doubles as a display feature, while still giving you the advantage of being able to quickly and easily stow the display away if you need to.
A Lego platform under the bed is one of the best ways to conserve space and keep the room organized. This method also gives you a platform to play with and build Legos on.
While this method is not as immediately visible as shelving options are, everyone will be dazzled when you bend over and slide out your Lego platform from under your bed. When you consider all the benefits, this one of the single best ways to display your Lego collection.
Another convenient way to save space while still displaying and storing your Lego collection is to use sheet racks, similar to the ones that professional bakers use.
As the blogger Joy-Filled Chaos describes, you can easily turn a sheet rack from a bakery into a Lego display case. You can either just straight up repurpose a used sheet rack from a bakery, or you can follow her lead and build your own sheet rack display case based on the bakery design.
Joy-Filled Chaos uses baking sheets as platforms to store the Legos on in the sheet rack. The baking sheets give you an easy and convenient platform to store your Legos on and build new creations on. You can just slide the sheets out of the rack and take them to your dining room table to build Legos on.
Using sheet racks has similar advantages to storing your Lego collection under the bed or on a bookshelf.
The benefits to using sheet racks to display your Lego collection are that these take up a minimal amount of space in the room while still providing you with a visible display of your collection. The Legos are easily accessed, but they are also conveniently organized and stored out of the way so that they do not make a mess.
Considering that you can slide the baking sheets out and use them as a platform to play and build Legos on, this method of the organization meets all of the criteria that you need for a great Lego display.
This is also a fun way to display your Lego collection because you have the opportunity to customize and decorate your sheet racks to your heart’s desire.
Adjustable Wall Shelves
Another great option for how to display Legos in the bedroom is to buy a set of adjustable wall shelves, you may also be able to find them in your local furniture store.
These are a great option because you can customize the space between shelves to fit your needs. These are reliable and affordable methods to display your Lego collection.
Adjustable wall shelves give you a little bit more space than other options might, such as a bookshelf, sheet rack, or platform under the bed. With more space on your shelves, you have more room to display your collections.
It is a little bit harder to decorate this type of shelving, but with a little creativity, you can work wonders. Plus, the increased storage space and visibility make up for it.
Lego Table Workstation
One of the most enjoyable ways to display a Lego collection is to get a Lego table. These are worktables roughly the size of a card table, but they are covered in a Lego surface, and they usually have storage bins beneath the table.
This makes the Lego table a convenient way to display and store your Lego collection, but it also lets you have a fun play surface as well.
These tables come in different shapes and sizes, and they are an essential addition to any bedroom, playroom, or basement where people will be playing with Legos.
You can buy a professional Lego table to use as a workstation, or you can also make one yourself. A popular guide online from Mother Daughter Projects gives us instructions for how to make a homemade Lego table out of old discarded pallets.
To make a homemade Lego table out of pallets, there’s just a few items that you need. Of course, the first thing you will need is a pallet. You also need a set of caster wheels, some fiberboard, paint, a sander, and a Lego building base plate.
You should start this project by thoroughly sanding down the entirety of the pallet to remove all splinters and rough edges. Once you have done this, you can paint the pallet with whatever color of paint you would like.
Once you have sanded down the pallet and painted it, it is time to attach the caster wheels. This makes the table mobile, but the wheels can be locked to prevent the table from rolling around all over the place.
Once you have done all of this, it is time to attach the fiberboard to the pallet to create a solid platform, and then it is time to glue the Lego building baseboard onto the fiberboard. When you have done all of this, your homemade Lego table workstation is ready for use!
Corner Display Units
Depending on your living situation, you might not have very much room available to use to display your Lego collection. That’s not a problem though, because all you really need is one or two corners of available free space and you can display your collection!
With a corner display unit, you have an elegant solution for both displaying and storing your Legos. This provides a subtle touch to tie your room together without drawing too much attention to it, the way that other types of shelves might.
Corner display units can be tucked neatly into the corner to maximize your available floor space and keep the room free of clutter. This provides a wonderful talking point with visitors, and when combined with other storage options this can be a way to showcase your very best Lego creations.
More Options for Displaying Legos in Bedroom
We’ve talked about some of the ways that you can display Legos in your room, and we’ve focused mainly on different types of shelves that you can use. But how do you display the Legos themselves on the shelves?
This is up to you, and you can make your display as simple or complex as you’d like. If you want, you can just set your creations on the shelf or table and call it a day, so that you can easily grab them when you’re ready to play with them again.
But if you’d like to preserve and enshrine your Lego creations, you should think about using some sort of display case.
Lego Display Case
A popular way to display Legos in your home is by buying a professional Lego display case. You can find these online or in Lego stores. These feature clear, hard plastic cases that include Lego platforms inside the case. These are easy, popular, and affordable ways to display your Lego collection.
Another popular way that people display their Lego collections is with shadow boxes. Shadow boxes are a specific type of display case that people use to display items of historic, artistic, or personal significance.
Shadow boxes normally are wooden cases that are covered in glass, allowing people to look inside. It will feel like you have put your Lego creations in a museum.
This is a perfect way to preserve, protect, and display a Lego creation that you are particularly proud of. Shadow boxes can be opened, but it is inconvenient, meaning that this is not an ideal solution or storage.
Building Lego sets is its own kind of art. When you have put hours, days, or even weeks into building your Lego creation, you want to preserve it for a long time. A shadow box is a perfect way to do that.
Keeping Things Organized with Storage Containers
First things first, it is vital that your display keep your Lego collection organized. This is important both for your peace of mind but also to efficiently display the collection. There are a few different ways that you can go about keeping your collection organized, and there are some things to keep in mind.
One of the biggest problems with keeping any Lego display organized is keeping track of the thousands of miscellaneous little pieces. It’s highly likely that you have extra pieces that don’t necessarily belong to a specific set or creation, and you need to keep track of them.
Two of the easiest ways to organize miscellaneous Lego pieces are by shape and by color. Many people like to use storage containers to sort and hold these pieces. There are lots of options for storage containers. You can pick up basic, cheap containers at your local big-box store, but you can also go with something a little more exciting.
Lego now makes giant Lego bricks that also function as drawers. You can buy a couple of these drawers and stack them on top of each other to make a tower of Lego drawers. You can use these drawers to organize your Lego pieces however you like.
With these large bricks, you can easily devote an entire drawer to a specific color or shape of Lego brick if you want. You can also devote certain drawers to specific Lego sets if you’d like.
Storage containers are an important part of your display because they allow you to keep your unassembled Lego pieces organized. Most storage containers are also the perfect size to be stowed away on or under your shelving units, or even under your bed.
There are a lot of different options you can use when you’re displaying Legos in your bedroom. Some of the most popular options include different types of shelves, Lego tables, and assorted display cases.
Regardless of how you choose to organize and display your Lego collection, it’s important that you do it in a way that keeps your collection organized, visible, and easily accessible, while maximizing your floor space and hopefully adding a decorative flair to your bedroom.