LEGO Brick Labels

LEGO Brick Labels is a collection of more than 1000 labels to organize your LEGO collection. The collection includes labels for basic LEGO bricks and plates, hundreds of specialty elements, and over 100 Technic elements. It’s perfect for a large (or growing) LEGO collection!

About the Labels

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The collection has been organized into groups of related LEGO elements, like Basic Bricks, Slopes, Hinges, Wedges, Curves, Technic and more. This makes it easier to find the labels you need.

Most of the groups contain around 64 labels, which is the number of drawers in the highly recommended Akro-Mils 64-drawer cabinet. You will probably want to rearrange your groupings over time based on the bricks that you use most frequently, and bricks that you typically use at the same time.

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Compatible Brother P-Touch label printers

These labels are designed to be printed on 1/2″ label tape using a Brother Label printer (such as the PT-P700) on Brother 1/2″ Laminated Tape. These labels are waterproof, smudgeproof, durable, and they come in a variety of colors such as White, Pink, Yellow, Lime Green,Clear, and even Gold.

Any Brother printer which prints on “P-touch” 1/2 inch (12mm) labels will work. The higher-end PT-P700 seems to be the best value at this time.

Model Features Compatibility Learn more
PT-1230PC Lower-end model. Compatible with labels up to 1/2″ / 12mm. AC Adapter not included. (This is the model I own. I use six rechargeable AAA Batteries.)
MSRP 52.99$ (Often cheaper than PT-P700.)
PC Only PT-1230PC at Amazon
PT-P700 Recommended Model. Compatible with labels up to 1″ / 24mm. Power Adapter included.
MSRP 79.99$
PC + Mac PT-P700 at Amazon
PT-P750W Wireless Model. Supports WiFi, USB and NFC printing. Compatible with labels up to 1″ / 24mm. Power Adapter included.
MSRP 129.99$
PC + Mac PT-P750W at Amazon
PT-D600 Standalone Model w/ Keyboard Can create simple labels using the keyboard and small screen, or plug into PC/Mac to print LEGO labels. Compatible with labels up to 1″ / 24mm. Power Adapter included, or use AA batteries.
MSRP 79.99$
PC + Mac PT-D600 at Amazon
PT-2430PC Older version of PT-P700. It has most of the same features as PT-P700. Power Adapter included.
MSRP 79.99$ (Might be cheaper because it is retired product.)
PC Only PT-2430PC at Amazon
If you decide to buy a printer or label tape, please consider using the Amazon links on this page. I get a small royalty, which encourages me to update the label collection to include new elements.

How to Print LEGO Brick Labels

It’s pretty easy to print LEGO Brick Labels on a compatible Brother Label Printer (such as the PT-D600, PT-P700, PT-P750W, PT-1230PC, or PT-2430PC.)

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Ensure that you have a compatible Brother Label Printer. Only Brother label printers that plug in to your Windows PC or Mac are compatible with these labels. (Only the PT-D600, PT-P700, and PT-P750W models are Mac compatible.)
  2. Purchase 1/2″ Brother Label Tape. My labels are designed for 1/2″ label tape, which means that the labels will be 1/2″ tall by around 2″ wide (1.2cm by around 5cm). This size is perfect for common storage solutions like the 64-drawer cabinet by Akro-Mils.
  3. Download and Install Brother P-Touch Editor application. It’s available from the Brother website at brother.com/product/dev/label/editor/index.htm (There is a download link at the bottom of the page.)
  4. Connect the printer to your computer. In most cases you will use the included USB cable, although the PT-P750W model also supports wireless printing.
  5. Download LEGO Brick Labels. A download link is available at brickarchitect.com/labels
  6. Open .lbx files in Brother application. After installing the “Brother P-Touch Editor” application, you should be able to simply click on label files (with .lbx file extension) and the labels should appear in the “Brother P-Touch Editor” application.
  7. Print the labels you need. If you want to print all of the labels from a single file, click “File” in upper left of application and press “Print…”. (If you want to print just one label, you may need to carefully select the image and text, copy it from that file, and “paste” it into a new file.)
If you have any questions, leave a comment below!

LEGO Brick Storage

I have been very happy with the inexpensive plastic drawers manufactured by Akro-Mils. They make a 64-drawer cabinet which is perfect for sorting your collection by part. The drawers are not large, so I advise using a different storage system such as plastic bags in large plastic bins for those cases when you have more bricks of a specific type than you can store in one drawer. With so many labels, a storage system consisting of ten 64 small drawer cabinets, and two 24 large drawer cabinets for your most common bricks/tiles/plates is a good place to start.

Akro-mils also makes a 44 drawer cabinet containing 32 small drawers and 12 large drawers, but I have found that it’s easier to arrange the cabinets when each one contains only large or only small drawers.

My current storage solution consists of 15 Akro-mils cabinets.  The Sterilite drawers beneath them are used for bulk storage, complete sets, manuals, and more.

My current storage solution consists of 15 Akro-mils cabinets. The Sterilite drawers beneath them are used for bulk storage, complete sets, manuals, and more.

Some users prefer the similar system of drawers by the Stack-on brand. Their cabinets may fit better in your LEGO room since they are narrower and taller (than the Akro-mils cabinets.) The drawers are easier to break because they are made of a hard clear plastic. They come in a version with 60 small drawers, 18 large drawers, or a mix of 30 small and 9 large drawers.

Whether you choose Stack-On or Akro-Mils, I have found that Amazon is usually cheaper and has better selection than local stores. (Free two-day shipping with their Amazon Prime program is really convenient when knee-deep in sorting LEGO bricks…)

Akro-Mils (left) and Stack-On (right) are both popular storage options.

Akro-Mils (left) and Stack-On (right) are both popular storage options. They both offer products with just small drawers, just large drawers, or a mix of both (as shown).

For bulk storage, there are a lot of options, and you may find better prices at your local big box store like Fred Meyer, Walmart, or Target. I have been pretty happy with these large Sterilite drawers which you can use with or without the wheels.

This is where I store complete sets that aren’t built at this time, additional bulk bricks, instruction manuals, incomplete projects, and more.

History of LEGO Brick Labels

LEGO Brick Labels began in April 2014, when I decided to organize all of the bricks included in 21050 Architecture Studio into two 44-drawer Akro-mils cabinets. The label collection grew throughout 2014, as I purchased additional LEGO bricks while writing my book, The LEGO Architect.

You can read the detailed version history to see which labels were added in each update.

Have these labels helped you get organized? Send a photo of your well-organized LEGO Storage! Questions or ideas to make LEGO Brick Labels even better—leave a comment below!

255 Responses

  1. Tracy says:

    I love the idea of these labels. Any plans to make label sizes suitable for a basic home printer please? Or is there a way to adjust them to fit

    • Tom Alphin says:

      Tracy,
      It’s a lot of work to design these labels for one size, and I don’t have plans to release them in another format as well. While I strongly recommend using the Brother label printer and the high quality plastic label tape, you can try printing out the PDF and cutting the labels you need and taping them to the drawers.

      Some folks have done this, and decided it was worth getting the label printer for better results.

  2. Ryan Moore says:

    Hey Tom can I purchase preprinted labels for my storage units?

    • Tom Alphin says:

      I don’t offer pre-printed labels. It would be more cost effective to buy the printer and do it yourself, anyways… (And you would have the printer so you can print additional labels when I update the collection with new parts.)

  3. Laurent Viac says:

    Tom thank you so much for compiling these labels – they are a bit of lifesaver for us. Now my kids will be able to see at a glance exactly what’s in the trays – will really make a difference to their building.

    Laurent.

  4. David says:

    Hi Tom,
    Your labels are great for keeping track of all of my pieces. I have found a some Technic items that aren’t in your label file and I was wondering if you could add them. Here is the list.

    Technic Linear Actuator with Dark Bluish Gray Ends Bl Item No: 61927c01
    Technic, Axle and Pin Connector Block 4 x 3 x 2 1/2 (Linear Actuator Holder) Bl Item No: 61904
    Technic, Steering Portal Axle, Housing Bl Item No: 92908 (BL states 2011-2018 for release dates, but by Lego’s site 4 of the listed sets on Bl that this comes in, aren’t retired yet.)
    Technic, Steering Wheel Hub 3 Pin Round Bl Item No: 92909

    If I run across anymore I’ll let you know.
    Thanks,
    David

  5. Joe says:

    Hi Tom,

    Are we likely to see the new 28-tooth Technic gears any time soon?

    Also could more pneumatic elements be added, such as connectors, pumps, cylinders, valves etc?

    Many thanks,

    Joe

  6. Mike says:

    Hi… your brick labels are absolutely STELLAR. With north of 100k bricks built and deployed in our Lego City and God only know how many more bricks we have sorted… your labels have help me really get a handle on what we have.

  7. Nic says:

    These are a lifesaver…starting to organize a growing collection and was getting tired of pulling the drawers open and closed trying to remember what was where! Started printing the labels and will get on about re-organizing this week! Thanks a ton…many people would have charged to have access to such a wonderful resource and you are giving it away for free – mad respect.

  8. Linda Johnson says:

    This 65 year old grandma wants to thank you for this fantastic labeling system. As a single parent in the 80’s, the only lego I could afford was a few of the pirate sets which we kept track of like they were gold. Introduced my grandkids to lego with these same complete vintage sets. Now, as a retired grandma providing daycare for my 4 grands, I have been purchasing lego sets for the past 8 years (first the duplo, which was enough of a chore to manage) and now thousands and thousands and thousands of pieces of lego. We love lego! I recently moved in with my daughter’s family and we combined all our legos resulting in a fun but totally ridiculous mess. I have had your labels, containers, and stacking drawers with the best of intentions for a year or so. This weekend I took the plunge, bought a few more containers and started to sort. I will probably still be sorting as I cross through the pearly gates! Your labeling system is so logical and organized, and now that I finally have the drawers set up, the sorting just flows. The sorting has also helped me to understand the mechanics and inter-relatedness of the different pieces and I am learning a lot just from sorting. I am hoping that the structured storage will facilitate the kids creativeness, as I love when they just design on their own. Many thanks to you for all your hard work and interest in the realm of lego!!!

    • Tom Alphin says:

      Linda,
      You’re welcome! I’m so happy to hear that my labels have helped your organize a massive collection, and encourage your grandkids to be more creative.

  9. Josh Gilson says:

    Thank you so much for all the work you put into this. Very helpful!

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