I present to you...my Adjustable Height Lego Playtable and Storage Unit!
It combines the Lego storage ideas you may have seen on Pinterest using the Ikea Trofast storage systems, with an adjustable shelf that serves as a surface for building. We covered one side of the shelf with green Lego baseplates, and left the other smooth for the option of building without baseplates:
|The bare side of the shelf.|
|The shelf at counter height.|
So, how did I do it? It was truly not difficult and I am going to walk you through it. You know it was easy because I did it all by myself; my husband had thrown out his back so he couldn't even assemble anything for me...telling you, it is easy.
Step One: Get Your Supplies
3 Trofast Frames. I am sure if you are a carpenter or are married to one, there is a cheaper way to go about this, but for me, purchasing 3 frames was the simplest way to go.
Step Two: Assemble Your Units
Follow Ikea's famously simple directions, with this modification: before attaching the inner wall (the wall that will ultimately face inward toward your shelf) of your shelving unit, place another wall (taken from your third unit you purchased in Step One) on top of it, with the grooves aligned but facing outwards, like so:
Now, attach both walls to the frame simultaneously using the 2.5" Hex Screws you purchased in Step One. You will use these instead of the screws included with the Trofast, to accommodate for the additional width introduced by attaching two walls instead of just one.
Step Three: Measure Carefully and Install
You will be latching your units to the wall, so it is essentially to measure carefully so that your units are precisely the same distance apart from each other as your shelf is wide.
Please use the latches included with the units to latch them to the wall. They are surprisingly stable when standing on their own, but don't let that fool you into thinking you don't need latches...your kids will definitely climb on them at some point!
Step Four: Organize that Sucker!
Insert your pre-cut shelf into the grooves, and enjoy your awesome play surface!
We waited a good six weeks while green baseplates were on back-order, and just played with the shelf like this. In fact, the back-ordered baseplates are what delayed this post so long! But of course we wanted baseplates, so when we finally got them, I glued them on with E-6000 adhesive, making sure to space them with legos:
I sealed the rest of the shelf with clear furniture wax for durability, love my Johnson's furniture wax.
I used my Silhouette to make labels for Trofast bins. I chose to organize my son's Legos by themes, and it has worked extremely well. He has no problem finding anything or putting things away. Gone are the days of Lego explosions all over the place!
I also used this opportunity to organize our Lego manuals, using clear plastic sleeves and a binder:
Above the unit, I used the excess wood from having my shelf cut by Lowe's to create another shelf, using brackets from Ikea. The small plastic bins are being used for smaller storage needs, and most of them are currently empty, leaving us room to collect more Legos!
I also made some vinyl wall art in Lego's signature font (find it here):
I love everything about this project, but you want to know my favorite part? It's this:
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