The LEGO Storage Guide

This in-depth guide helps you understand your LEGO collection, find the best way to organize your LEGO bricks, and discover the best LEGO storage for your home and budget. It also includes recommendations for displaying and storing your LEGO minifigures.


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51 Responses

  1. Christian says:

    Awesome site! I love the storage ideas for bricks, minifigs, and the comment for storing instructions in comic book sleeves.

    We often have sets or projects that we want to proudly display, upwards of 50 at a time. Any recommendations or resources on display storage?

  2. Holly Miner says:

    I have my legos in this unorganized string bag thing. This feels like a stupid question, but I’m planning on asking my parents to get me a Lego Harry Potter set. should I try to keep it for display and away from the bag?

    • Tom Alphin says:

      Holly, It depends on what you want to do with your LEGO Collection. I personally think that it often makes sense to keep a brand new set that you really enjoyed building on display for a little while before breaking it up to create something new. That said, it is meant to be played with and you should have fun with it!

  3. Paul says:

    What do you suggest for organizing pieces while building sets? I’ve just go into the Technic Cars series so some are not in part numbered bags. I’ve been trying to find some sort of tray to organize the parts into but am struggling to find anything suitable. I’ve tried using takeaway containers but am finding them a little cumbersome when you have a dozen different ports on the desk.

    • Tom Alphin says:

      I do not usually sort parts when building sets, especially with the innovation in recent years to include numbered bags. With the numbered bags, you rarely need to worry about more than about 200 pieces at a time.

      That said, some people do like to use shallow sorting trays when building new sets. I do not have a specific brand to recommend; I personally just use the sorting trays that came with #21050 LEGO Architecture Studio set when I need to do some quick sorting.

  4. Linny Fan says:

    I especially love the search-spreadsheet idea!

  5. Kristian says:

    Regarding storage for instructions: the most useful suggestion I received was to use magazine sleeves and boards, like a comic book collection. This turned my disorganized pile of crumpled instructions into a tidy pair of boxes. The stiff boards equalize the various sizes of the instruction booklets. The sleeves allow me to keep instructions with more than one booklet together.

  6. Niles says:

    Lego storage guide and printable labels on ios ?

  7. Karl Morini says:

    Love this guide, I am in the process of organising my large collection but I have a question. Organising most of my collection will take a while but will be relatively straightforward, however, I am wondering what to do with the parts that have stickers on? A lot of my collection is technic and some sets seem to have pages of stickers but if I want to rebuild the set I don’t want to have to search through multiple different part stores to find all the relevant stickers and if you can’t see it until your part way through you then have to do an extra search while trying to build…. any idea that would work will be great?

    • Tom Alphin says:

      You will need to find your own way to sort printed parts. That said, I will say that many folks put printed or stickered tiles on a flexible 32×32 baseplate.

  8. Jim says:

    You wanted regional solutions – for those in Canada, the substitute for the Akro-mils cabinets are Mastercraft cabinets from Canadian Tire. They come in several configurations, are stackable, and wall-mountable as well. They are very similar in size to the Akro-mils ones and the labels fit on them nicely.
    For the larger pieces, Canadian company KIS has several sized of locking-lid clear tubs. I find that the 2.1L tubs work very well and the lids won’t come off even if you drop a stack of them on the floor from waist height.

  9. Anthony says:

    I had been struggling with my LEGO storage having all my LEGO in 8 containers with 5 storage areas in each. I then came across this guide and decided on the Large collection method based on the number of pieces (not overall volume of LEGO). I looked at the drawers and was wondering if I needed 1 or 4. I went for 4. Quickly I realised it would not be enough so ordered 4 more. And then needed more again. 12 cabinets later, I am sorted.

    So, when you set out to do this properly, prepare also for the number of cabinet space, and the resulting time it takes to sort ~600 pieces of LEGO, then label them.

    I also created an excel spreadsheet that match the layout of the draws, so if i want to find anything, I type in the item number (or description) into the search, and it shows me the exact location that part is in (need to have the letters and numbers on the side of the boxes for this to work).

  10. Steve says:

    Love this guide! Just ordered 2 Akro Mils storage units for my son’s lego collection. Look forward to more building, and less searching..

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