LEGO Brick Labels

With nearly 1500 unique labels, LEGO Brick Labels is the perfect way to organize your LEGO collection. In addition to labels for common LEGO bricks/plates/tiles, I’ve created labels for hundreds of Technic and specialty parts—perfect for a large (or growing) LEGO collection!

About the Labels

LEGO Brick Labels were carefully designed for Brother P-touch label printers, which I selected because the labels are printed on durable plastic tape with a strong adhesive. (You can move them to a different container as your storage system evolves.)

Labels make it easier to sort and find your LEGO bricks. (Labels shown on Akro-mils 64-drawer cabinet.)

Labels make it easier to sort and find your LEGO bricks. (Labels shown on Akro-mils 64-drawer cabinet.)

The labels are designed to work with a wide range of storage solutions, including my favorite: The affordable 64-drawer cabinets by Akro-Mils. When printed on ½″ (12 mm) laminated tape, each label is less than 2″ (5 cm) wide.

Sample Labels

Each label features a high-contrast image of the LEGO part.

Each label includes a picture, simplified part name, and the part number to help you find parts quickly! (Custom high-contrast images were created for each part to ensure they look great when printed.)

Download LEGO Brick Labels

The collection has been organized into groups of related LEGO elements, like basic bricks, slopes, hinges, curves, Technic, and more. This makes it easier to quickly find the labels you need!

Download LEGO Brick Labels (Version 37)

  • Download Now: LEGO_BRICK_LABELS.zip
    Download the ‘zip’ file if you already have a compatible Brother Label Printer. (You will need to install the ‘P-touch Editor’ application on your PC/Mac.)
  • Preview (PDF): LEGO_BRICK_LABELS-CONTACT_SHEET.pdf
    Download the ‘PDF’ file to preview to the entire collection, use my categories as a starting point for your LEGO organization project, or to print a few of the labels on paper (before investing in a label printer).

Further down on this page, you will find a list of compatible printers, and detailed instructions to help you print these labels.

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Compatible Brother Label Printers

LEGO Brick Labels were designed to be printed on ½″ laminated label tape using a compatible Brother Label printer (such as the PT-D600.) The labels are waterproof, smudgeproof, durable, and they come in a variety of colors such as White, Black, Pink, Yellow, Lime Green, Clear, and even Gold.

Any Brother printer which connects to a PC/Mac using the Brother P-Touch Editor application and prints on ‘P-touch’ ½″ (12mm) labels will work. The multi-function PT-D600 seems to be the best value at this time.

Recommended Printers

The following printers are affordable and readily available. You will connect the printer to your PC/Mac (using USB or Bluetooth), then use the ‘P-touch Editor’ application to print the LEGO Brick Labels.

Model Features Compatibility Learn more
PT-D600 Standalone Model w/ KeyboardPlug into PC/Mac to print LEGO Brick Labels, or design your own labels using the keyboard and small screen. Compatible with labels up to 1″ (24 mm). Uses AA Batteries or included Power Adapter.
MSRP 79.99$
PC + Mac PT-D600 at Amazon
PT-P710BT (Cube Plus) Wireless Model. Print LEGO Brick labels from PC/Mac using USB or Bluetooth, or design your own labels using Android or iOS. Compatible with labels up to 1″ (24 mm). Integrated Battery, Charge with USB.
MSRP 99.99$
Note: The ‘Cube’ (not ‘Plus’) is not compatible because you can not connect it to your PC/Mac.
PC + Mac PT-P710BT (Cube Plus) at Amazon.

Note: For best results, I recommend the following settings when printing with the PT-P710BT (Cube Plus): 1) Quality = Standard, 2) Graphics = Error Diffusion.

While text does look better when you select Quality = “High Resolution”, the part images are much lighter and harder to see for reasons I have been unable to diagnose so far. (Recommendation based on testing with a Windows 10 PC, and version 5.2.032 of the Brother P-touch Editor application.)

My Brother Label Printer alongside a few of the labels included in the collection.

My Brother Label Printer alongside a few of the labels included in the collection.

Other Compatible Printers

The following printers are also compatible with LEGO Brick Labels using the P-touch Editor application.

Other current models:

  • PT-P750W – More costly alternative to the PT-P710BT (Cube Plus).
    $129.99, PC/Mac, Up to 1″ (24 mm) labels.
  • PT-P900W – Higher-resolution printer for commercial applications.
    $429.99, PC/Mac, Up to 1½″ (36 mm) labels.
  • PTE500 – Ruggedized printer for industrial applications.
    $269.99, PC/Mac, Up to 1″ (24 mm) labels.

Retired models:

  • PT-P700 – Earliest version to support both PC & Mac.
    $79.99, PC/Mac, Up to 1″ (24 mm) labels.
  • PT-D450 – Older model with integrated display & keyboard.
    $79.99, PC/Mac, Up to ¾″ (18 mm) labels.
  • PT-1230PC – Low-cost option that’s no longer available.
    $52.99, PC only, Up to ½″ (12 mm) labels.
  • PT-2430PC – Older version of PT-P700 without Mac support.
    $79.99, PC Only, Up to 1″ (24 mm) labels.
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 parts.

How to Print LEGO Brick Labels

It’s easy to print LEGO Brick Labels on a compatible Brother Label Printer.

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Confirm that you have a compatible label printer.
    Only Brother label printers that connect to your Windows PC or Mac using USB or Bluetooth are compatible with these labels. (Some older models are not Mac compatible.)
  2. Purchase several rolls of ½″ Brother Label Tape.
    The labels are designed for ½″ label tape, which means that the labels will be ½″ tall and up to 2″ wide (1.2 cm × 5 cm). This size is perfect for common storage solutions like the 64-drawer cabinet by Akro-Mils.
  3. Install Brother P-Touch Editor application.
    It is 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-P710BT (Cube Plus) also supports Bluetooth.
  5. Download LEGO Brick Labels.
    You can find the latest version at brickarchitect.com/labels
  6. Open .lbx files in Brother application.
    After you install 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!

FAQ

I’ve prepared this FAQ to cover the most common questions from fans of LEGO Brick Labels. (Please feel free to leave a comment on this page or send me an email if you have any additional questions!)

Q: Why are the labels cutting off after printing only 60% of each file?

April 3, 2020: Several Mac users have experienced a bug which prevents them from printing a complete 11 ¾″ strip of labels.

This issue was discovered with the ‘PT-D600’ printer on ‘Mac OS Mojave 10.14.6’ + ‘P-Touch Version 5.2.10’, and with ‘Mac OS Catalina 10.15.3’ + ‘P-Touch Version 5.2.9’. (Thanks to Gabriela who received the workaround from Brother customer support, and Lauren for helping diagnose this issue.)

Primary Workaround:

  1. Uninstall the current version.
  2. Go to support.brother.com
  3. Search for ‘QL 500’ (even though we have the PT-D600).
  4. Download and install the ‘P-touch Editor’. (It should be version 5.1.110, which is an older version than the one you uninstalled.)
  5. When prompted to enter a serial number for your device, enter “B2Z112233” (a serial number for the QL 500).

Alternate Workarounds:

  1. Use a Windows PC.
  2. Manually copy/paste the second half of each strip of labels into a new file.

Q: Why isn’t ______ included in the LEGO Brick Labels collection?

Since many people print every label in the collection, I don’t want to include uncommon parts which few people own. It also takes a lot of time to create each label, so I focus on the most common and versatile parts.

When a very useful new part is included in many new sets, I’ll create a label as soon as possible. For a less common part, I wait a few years to see if it gains widespread adoption before adding it to the collection. (Many less common parts are retired after just a few years.)

I’ve also ensured that the top 600 most common parts from the last 5 years are included in the collection. (The only exception are weapons, because they are already covered by generic labels for Guns, Swords, etc…)

Q: Can I use black labels with white text?

I had not tried this, but another reader confirmed that this works fine. For folks who want a darker look for their LEGO collection, the black label tape looks great!

You can also print LEGO Brick Labels on black label tape. (Photo: Shannon Peel)

You can also print LEGO Brick Labels on black label tape. (Photo: Shannon Peel)

Q: How did you get consistent images for each LEGO Part?

The images were created using custom LDraw scripts that optimize the viewing angle and enhance the contrast of each part. The scripts are proprietary and hard to use.

Workarounds:

  1. If the missing part is pretty common, ask me to include it in a future update!
  2. If you need to create additional labels, I recommend using images from BrickLink. They won’t look quite as good, but may meet your needs.

Q: How can I show my support for LEGO Brick Labels?

There are several ways you can help! Most of all, you can share a link to LEGO Brick Labels with your friends that have a large (or growing) LEGO Collection.

Other ways you can help:

  1. Please consider using our referral links when shopping on lego.com or amazon.com — It helps!
  2. If you want to make a donation to support LEGO Brick Labels, go to patreon.com/bricklabels and subscribe!

LEGO Brick Storage

There aren’t any “perfect” LEGO Storage solutions for all LEGO enthusiasts—the best solution for you will depend on dozens of factors such as the age of the primary LEGO builder, the size of your LEGO collection, how much space you have, and your budget.

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?
Show your appreciation by sending a photo of your well-organized LEGO Storage!
Have questions/ideas to make LEGO Brick Labels even better—leave a comment below!

410 Responses

  1. patrick says:

    Hi all, thanks for doing this. Picked up the PTouch 600 without reading the issues here, and, as can be expected, I had issues (on Mac) with the images printing, but only a portion of them. Blew everything off the system, reinstalled the PTouch editor software (5.1.109 since i couldn’t find 5.1.11 anywhere), but now every file is a blank strip which is the correct length, but no images or text. Any thoughts on how to proceed?

    • Tom Alphin says:

      Since I am not a Mac user, I’m afraid my only other suggestion is to borrow or use a friend’s PC to print the labels.

      It is clearly an intermittent issue on Mac – super frustrating to debug!

      Sincerely,
      —tom

  2. Scott Smith says:

    Hi Tom, I love your labels. Thank you for creating them.
    Is there a way I can print them on 1” (24mm) wide label tape?
    I would like larger prints for large drawers. Cheers

    • Tom Alphin says:

      Yes, when your printer is attached to your PC and turned on, it should report the label width back to the app. If you load one of the files at that time, it should attempt to re-size the labels for the larger tape. You may need to manually adjust to make them look perfect, though.

  3. Tom M says:

    Excellent choices for new labels as always. Just looked through the v37 pdf and noticed there is a row of clip labels overlapping another row of labels. Also a curved wedge (4×3 curve cutout 47755) is shown twice. I’ll be using the actual labels so it doesn’t effect me but I thought I better let you know for the people that do use the pdf. Keep up the great work.

  4. Warren B. says:

    I’m back for another round of LEGO organizing (I cleared my kids’ Swoop bag in August 2020 as a pandemic project, and by this August it was of course filled to the brim again). I have similar cabinets to what you use (I personally prefer the Container Store’s units [https://www.containerstore.com/s/craft-hobby/44-drawer-craft-cabinet/1d?productId=11009406] as opposed to the Akro-Mils ones, but they come in the same three drawer configurations), and I was wondering how you might decide to put parts in the small drawers as opposed to the big drawers. Larger pieces like anything wider than 4x plates can’t fit in the small drawers, and 2×10 and 4×10 (and larger) pieces fill up the small drawers too quickly to make it practical to store, but then there’s the issue of smaller pieces like, say, 1×2 bricks or 2×4 plates becoming so numerous that they can’t all fit in the small drawers but they’re also small enough that it becomes hard to search for the right color in the larger drawers. I see in the picture of your storage wall (which I wish was higher-res so I could see what’s in the drawers) that you mostly use the small drawers, although I imagine you come upon the same conundrum. Do you have even more granular system for putting overflowing like parts into other drawers (if at all), like by color, or would you just randomly split them up? For example, my 2×4 bricks got so numerous even in a large drawer that I created “brick 4×4 black/white/grey” and “brick 4×4 color” drawers. Am I on the right path?

    • Warren B. says:

      Oh, and I realize now that the Container Store cabinet I linked to might possibly be the same as the Iris cabinet you already linked to, albeit rebranded to make it friendlier to the crafting crowd.

      • Tom Alphin says:

        I think you are right… The Container Store used to sell a re-branded version of the Akro-Mils cabinet, and seems to switched to the similar relatively new cabinet by Iris. I have heard from other members of the community that the Iris cabinet is also a great choice, and many people prefer the aesthetics (with the crisp rectangular frame instead of the rounded edge).

        Either way, you won’t go wrong with a well organized storage system… Be sure to share photos when you are all caught up!

        Sincerely,
        —Tom

        • Warren B. says:

          I’m still curious about your stance on drawer size. My question is essentially: how do you decide if parts go into a small drawer or a large drawer, particularly in overflow situations? And how do you reclassify them if necessary?

          • Tom Alphin says:

            This is really up to you, but there seem to be two main philosophies…

            1. Some folks prefer to make the container bigger when the parts outgrow their storage. With this approach, you have your entire collection of a particular part in one place, so no need to dig through overflow storage to see if you have more.
            2. Others prefer to have a handful of each part close to their build area, and rely on overflow storage when you need more. I personally prefer this approach because I have a very small LEGO room, and I would rather be able to access a few of each part quickly to unblock my creativity than have easy access to larger quantities. I also don’t mind substituting the wrong color while I’m building to speed things up, and will fix it later.

            I hope that helps!
            —Tom

    • BTH says:

      I only sort larger bricks by category & keep them in large Sterilite drawers: regular (2×) & skinny bricks (1×) in special, neutral
      or primary colors. For plates I have old Rubbermaid trays or cereal boxes in the drawers (1×, 2×, large.)

  5. Theresa says:

    I like the fact that you provide a PDF version. I like to print them on 8×10 paper and create a catalog where I can mark the location and know I have that part. Due to space constraints I use separate plastic containers with compartments. Makes it easier to find correct container for part. Getting label printer soon too.

    • Tom Alphin says:

      I’m glad you are finding the PDF version to be helpful – I also use it as a guide when looking for inspiration when stuck on a build.

      Most of all, good luck with your ongoing quest for perfect organization… Be sure to share photos when it’s all done!

      Sincerely,
      —Tom

  6. Lisa says:

    Hi
    saw Your website and the Lego labels and thought what an amazing idea, so have tried to get my Brother Ptouch cube Pt – 300Bt to talk to my Chrome book and cannot open the files.
    I am not very technical, is this possible, do I need to download something extra or is something not compatible.
    regards
    Lisa

    • Tom Alphin says:

      Lisa,
      The labels require the p-touch application that can only be installed on a Windows PC or a Mac. It’s unfortunately not compatible with a Chromebook, since that platform doesn’t allow you to install this type of application.

      Your best bet is to find someone with a Mac or PC and a compatible Brother Label Printer (The P-Touch Cube 300 does not work with a Mac or PC.) These compatibility issues are outside of my control, since the labels require the premium PC/MAC P-Touch app and a compatible printer.

      Sincerely,
      —Tom

  7. Thomas says:

    Really nice job you’ve done here! I’m not sure if this question has already been asked but i have a Zebra printer and would like to print the nice labels you’ve made. Unfortunately im not able to open the LBX files so i don’t know what to do next.

    • Tom Alphin says:

      That’s true – the .lbx files are unfortunately only compatible with a Brother-branded label printer.

  8. KDME says:

    Hey, is there any where I could buy a ready printed set of labels please? (Especially if they were on a black background?)

    • Tom Alphin says:

      Unfortunately no… It would not be cost effective to print them for you, since it would take a lot of time to print them for someone else. Your best bet is to buy a printer and sell it when you are done, or borrow one from someone in your area.

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