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Building a LEGO room – a DIY project

by admin on August 12, 2013

in Taking Care of LEGO

Today I would like to show you a project I have been following since the beginning of the year. Flickr member atkinsar took up the task of converting a garage into a full-fledged LEGO room. I believe his project could help other LEGO fans who have been dreaming about having a dedicated LEGO room all for themselves. ๐Ÿ™‚

LEGO Room Project by atkinsar

The space you are planning to use for your LEGO room might be different, but the task remains the same; how to store those still sealed LEGO sets and loose LEGO elements, and showcase all your favorite LEGO models and minifiguresย in a way that is functional and doesn’t look cluttered.

LEGO Room Storage & Light

Atkinsar’s space for a LEGO room was a small garage with a dimension of L 6.55m x W 2.31m x H 2.11m (that’s 21.49 x 7.58 x 6.92 feet). He had to start out with clearing out the garage, then installing insulation, plasterboard walls, flooring, lighting, etc. I won’t get into details on all of that, but you can check out atkinsar’s flickr gallery for pictures on each step.

LEGO Room from a Garage

To get a sense of the LEGO room’s design and plan out what he needed, atkinsar created 3D renders of the LEGO room layout, using a free software program calledย SketchUp.

LEGO Room Project  - 3D Rendering

Shelving was installed at the back wall of the LEGO room to store all the sealed LEGO sets. And on both sides Expedit bookshelves were laid down on their sides to create the display cubes. The bookshelves got a mix of glass-door, door, and drawer inserts for displaying LEGO sets. And toย create an awesome light effect IKEA Dioder LED lighting-strips were installed in the glass door units. ๐Ÿ™„

LEGO Room Overview by atkinsar

To display his LEGO polybag collection atkinsar also added a slatwall section to his LEGO room, and there are also individual openย shelves for showcasing larger LEGO models, minifigs, etc.

LEGO Room Display Details

There are many other neat details in atkinsar’s LEGO room; storage for loose LEGO elements, a LEGO mosaic sign on the door, and folder-cabinets for storing LEGO instruction books. Again, to see all the awesome details you can visit atkinsar’s flickr gallery.

LEGO Room Details

If you are interested to create your own LEGO room, you can check your local home-improvement store for various shelving and storage options. Amazon also has a good selection of the exact same Expedit storage-shelves that atkinsar used, along with the IKEA Dioder LED lighting-strips.

What do you think? How do you like the LEGO room featured here? And how about yours? Do you have a dedicated LEGO room, or at least a LEGO corner or closet? Are you happy with how your LEGO is stored, organized and displayed? Or are you planning to make improvements? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below! ๐Ÿ˜‰

You might also like to check out the Care & Feed of LEGO section for more storage and display ideas or select from the following related posts:

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Legoman640 August 12, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Whoa. Amazing.

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Legoman640 August 12, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Also for all on Instagram,my name is Legomasterj.

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Andy August 12, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Just followed you!

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ntk743 August 12, 2013 at 12:23 PM

I’ll check you out!

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CraggerThePrinceOfChima August 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM

WICKED! THIS IS A WORK OF ART!

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Chi-bacca August 12, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Now this is awesome. If I could do that I’d do it! Of course without all the work ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Andy August 12, 2013 at 11:10 AM

I don’t have a lego room but occasionly I put some lego in the extra room for a couple weeks.I just got a desk to put lego on and im now gonna buy these shelves to put lego on!Thx!

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ninja of stealth August 12, 2013 at 4:48 PM

I have a LEGO room! my room… no not really. ๐Ÿ™ I wish I had a LEGO room. THEY ARE SO AWESOME! I’ve never been in one, but I’ve seen pictures, they are cool. I might have one when I get older. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Allen August 12, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Wow! I would love to visit that room. Now if I can get my room organized…

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ninja of stealth August 12, 2013 at 4:49 PM

exactly Allen, precisely…

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Chris July 17, 2014 at 8:50 PM

My room just has boxes of Legos on the bed. XD
I sleep on the couch in my room.

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Micho August 12, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Oh yeah!! his is the beez kneez!!! I would love those cubbies with the lighting and the glass to protect my collection from dust.

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admin August 12, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Yeah, I also really like those cubbies. It is really clever to use a bookshelf sideways! ๐Ÿ˜›

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Micho August 12, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Is that what they are??? Very nice.. I need about a 5×5 for my medium sets.

BTW I got the Superman Vs. Power Armor Lex set last night.. it’s a MUST HAVE!!!

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admin August 13, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Hm… I have been wondering about that set… if I should pick it up. ๐Ÿ™‚

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CVJ August 12, 2013 at 12:11 PM

I have those but never thought of using the inserts. Made a note of this and plan to get some. Nice looking room also.

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benny the padawan of the grand army August 12, 2013 at 12:09 PM

i want one but theres sone problems 1. we dont have a garage 2. i cant afford it 3. im too young ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ why is the world so unfair

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ntk743 August 12, 2013 at 12:15 PM

lol! Agreed! We don’t have a garage either, but we’re moving to CO in April so we might get a garage!

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admin August 12, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Benny, it doesn’t have to be a garage. It could be a closet, or just a corner of a room. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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ninja of stealth August 12, 2013 at 4:52 PM

it could be a corner of I room! I did not know that! too bad the only corner in my room is where my bed is. and my parents wont let me decorate my room. and the side with all the corners is my sister’s side… SO UNFAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! don’t mind me, I’m just goanna go have a pity party in my room. ๐Ÿ™

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admin August 12, 2013 at 5:20 PM

There is actually another LEGO room project I’m planning to feature here sometime in the futre; it is built inside a closet. It is really excellently done. That might work better for you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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ninja of stealth August 14, 2013 at 12:19 AM

thanks admin! nice tip!

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ntk743 August 12, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Hey admin,
I think you should make a TBB instagram account! It would be awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure I would follow it!

BTW, I think it would be awesome to have a LEGO room! But, I’m just a kid almost a teen so it will be another 10 or so years before I get my own house. ๐Ÿ™

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admin August 12, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Hm… what’s so special about Instagram? I keep hearing about it, but it just sounds like another fad. TBB is already on Facebook, Google, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Pinterest… any reason we should be on Instagram too? If you think it is a good idea and you can convince me I will consider it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Chi-bacca August 12, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Well it’s a photo sharing site/app and you can post some of your MOC pictures but to be honest I’d personally stick with what you’ve got. There is probably a low amount of instagrammers that exclusively have just that and are into LEGO. You already have a wide range of audience “catchers” like FB and stuff but Instagram may increase popularity of this site by a small amount. Speaking of which if I get my friends to subscribe and follow and go on this site-do I get brownie points? ๐Ÿ˜€

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Andy August 12, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Um there’s a huge lego community full of mocers,and lego fan pages!

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admin August 12, 2013 at 3:23 PM

I have heard that a lot of MOC-ers migrated to Instagram after those horrible changes that happened on Flickr. ๐Ÿ˜•

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admin August 12, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Okay, I will look into it. I don’t have too much extra time to maintain yet another social account, but if yo guys help out with a bit of promotion it should be worth it. As far as brownies, I’m making chocolate-chip cookies today, so how about that? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Chi-bacca August 13, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Yay cookies!!! ๐Ÿ˜€
Speaking of which LEGO should do cookies it could just be a round plate with chip printing ๐Ÿ™‚ soooo cool

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admin August 13, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Minifigs don’t need cookies. They are already overweight. ๐Ÿ™„

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Chi-bacca August 13, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Well send them to brick-watchers
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ntk743 August 12, 2013 at 1:22 PM

It’s a lot easier and it’s made your your phone! I just got it recently so I’m not an expert, but man is it fun! Plus Instagram is more of a kid thing than Facebook or Twitter ect. LEGO also has their own Instagram and they have 61,061 followers and Instagram says they have over 130 million users. It’s free and like Chi-bacca said it may increase viewers on the site a little, but it’s a little and a little is more that nothing! It’s super easy too! I would suggest it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Andy August 12, 2013 at 3:01 PM

What’s your username?Mines Legofanatic15

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admin August 12, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Cool! If LEGO is on Instagram I will definitely check it out! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Andy August 12, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Get one!I will give you a shoutout if you do!

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admin August 12, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Thanks, I will look into it – probably this evening. ๐Ÿ™‚

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ntk743 August 12, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Let us know if you get one! I’m nathan_k743 BTW!

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admin August 12, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Oh… I just checked and I don’t have a device Instagram would work with. I have a laptop, a tablet, and a generic cell-phone, and Instagram is not compatible with any of them. It says on their website they are only compatible with iOS and Android devices. So yeah, looks like I will have to wait until I upgrade my phone. ๐Ÿ™

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Legoman640 August 12, 2013 at 4:06 PM

You have a private user right?

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Legoman640 August 12, 2013 at 4:06 PM

I was talking to Nathan

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ntk743 August 12, 2013 at 5:51 PM

yup!

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admin August 12, 2013 at 5:18 PM

What do you mean?

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ntk743 August 12, 2013 at 5:53 PM

What kind of tablet do you have? An ipad or a nexus or something else

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admin August 12, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Actually both of my computers are convertible tablets. But the larger one I mainly use as a laptop (my main computer) and the small one I use mostly in tablet mode when I travel. Both of them are Fujitsu Lifebook T Series. I love Fujitsu computers; they have been making tablets and convertibles with gorgeous touch-screens long before anyone else. My first Fujitsu tablet was from 2005! ๐Ÿ™‚

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ntk743 August 12, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Oh well!

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ninja of stealth August 12, 2013 at 4:53 PM

yes! thank you admin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! not to get over excited though ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Chi-bacca August 12, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Does a large floor to ceiling bookcase and a normal one filled with lego, with two big clear boxes of LEGO and numerous little ones under my bed which has a lego duvet on majority of the time, lego posters (courtesy of my sister who works in WHSmiths ๐Ÿ˜€ oh and I bet I’ve got one that no one else does- its a minifigures series nine advertisement poster-basically the print on the packaging which comes to a point at the bottom) and Lego on the floor so you can’t get to the window count as a LEGO room? Cause thats mine. LOL

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admin August 12, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Yeah, that sounds like a bonafide LEGO room to me. ๐Ÿ˜›

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Hรฅkan August 12, 2013 at 4:54 PM

I’ve got comics on the floor so you can’t get to the window…

I probably need to find me a cheap bookshelf… =/

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Chi-bacca August 13, 2013 at 10:23 AM

LOL ๐Ÿ˜€
My room is pretty awesome but it doesn’t half get hot in there even when it’s raining! Oh and I’ve got a celebrations tub and 2 small clear boxes of minifigures and a lot of others around the place ๐Ÿ˜€ they’re the only organised LEGO objects I have! Licensed in one and normal in the other two.

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NRGkai August 12, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Awesome! I might do this with my shed. but will probable use it for brickfilming.

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legostuff71 August 12, 2013 at 2:41 PM

The bookshelf idea I’ve been doing and closet. I have a garage but, full of non LEGO stuff ( how boring). As for displaying LEGO sets I can only do one big set or a couple small sets. I rotate sets every couple of months at a time . It also helps me keep the dust bunnies down.

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Purple Ninja Girl of Power (Half Phantom) August 12, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Hey Admin. This will be the first post I will use for my assignment. Wish me Luck ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Purple Ninja Girl of Power (Half Phantom) August 12, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Oops misspelled my Email> :opps: I did great

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Fikko3107 August 12, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Ah, atkinsar’s LEGO room. My favorite Polybag collector.

I never really catch that Instagram craze either, admin. As you can see on my Contributor’s Page, I’m not someone who keeps on Social Networks…

You know, since I’ve moved to an apartment, I’ve actually been allowed to use an unused room for a LEGO room once We’re totally settled. I’ve got some great, ambitious,(possibly expensive) plans for it.

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admin August 12, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Fikko, I added that polybag picture there just for you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you decide to make your own LEGO room, I highly recommend planning everything ahead before spending any money. I don’t have a LEGO room, only a LEGO wall and a LEGO closet, but even with just that I know I have spent more then I could have if I planned better as I have redone the whole set-up at least twice. I think carpenters have a saying; something like “measure twice, cut once”. I found that to be a very useful advice. ๐Ÿ˜›

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Fikko3107 August 13, 2013 at 5:09 PM

I actually already have everything planned out; problem is, I was envisioning some kind of a shelf with a glass case to keep the sets from getting dusty, with a magnetic wall to keep magnets. Of course, I’ll have to get it custom made, which isn’t too big of a problem, If only you don’t live in the 30th floor. I was also hoping for a table, not sure of the specifics, to do all my building and robot-MOCing. Also a drawer which will store some of my current projects, Spares and LEGO media. I will also aim for a table with space for my Preciousss laptop, a printer AND a light box to do my pictures. I’m not sure where to buy a light box, and it’s probably over my budget, so I’ll settle with the makeshift one from the tips from this site.

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admin August 13, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Hm… sounds like a good plan. I have personally decided to stay with open shelves as I like to tinker with my finished projects all the time. I only have to dust them off twice a year. I use one of those compressed air bottles and a brush. And I live in a one-story house with the windows always open. So don’t be afraid of open shelves. It is not such a big job to keep your displayed LEGO clean. ๐Ÿ™‚

As far as a light box, I got mine on eBay and I’m very happy with it. Not very big, but I never needed bigger. And it packs away into it’s own case. It was like $30, comes with the lightbox with interchangable backgrounds and two spot-lights. Here is a current listing to give you an idea how it looks: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-PHOTO-STUDIO-TENT-PHOTOGRAPHY-CUBE-BOX-LIGHT-KIT-/190682714014?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c65934f9e

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Andy August 12, 2013 at 4:04 PM

What happened to my comments?

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Andy August 12, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Never mind

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Hรฅkan August 12, 2013 at 4:56 PM

It’s cool, but, as others have implied, it’s really hard to do something like this in a big city where space is limited…

Well, yeah, works as inspiration, I guess…

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Bohrok Tru August 12, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Unfortuanately, I have neither the space or the moola for my lego room ='(

(and the people at walmart say they wont take monopoly money)

Also, I feel kinda sad now ='( I never have collected sets or kept them together ='( I bust into them and build other randomness ='( WAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!
P.S. I can just make a lego-room/corner out of my personal living area and sleep on the porch, so dont feel too sorry for me
=)

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Hรฅkan August 12, 2013 at 8:59 PM

There are set lists availabe at sites like Peeron or Brickset though, if you’d be willing to sorting them out.

Although if you’re more into building randomness, you might not think it’ll be worth the effort, anyway.

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admin August 13, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Not keeping your sets together is perfectly fine. Not everybody does. I’m a free-builder too and rarely keep sets together. Only the ones I really-really like, and even then I tweek them and improve them. There are many ways to enjoy the LEGO hobby. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Beardless Dwarf August 12, 2013 at 9:52 PM

This is a really cool room! I wouldn’t really want a room for only displaying sets and models and minifigs but a room like this for building in….I could like. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Faron August 19, 2013 at 12:25 PM

If any wants to know the ikea grid shelves come in manysizes but the opening are all 13×13 inches I believe. But when you build them you could probably just skip putting in some of the shelves to make then 13×26, for taller mocs

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admin August 19, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Faron, good idea! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Jose Avila August 23, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Love the space he created and noticed the plastic bins he uses. Any recommendation on where to buy those? Thanks

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Jose Avila August 23, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Oops missed the info on the link my apologies.

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admin August 23, 2013 at 1:46 PM

No problem, any other questions just let me know. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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sarah March 17, 2014 at 1:52 PM

What are the storage shelves/bins, (the plastic drawer units what have 3 darers) in the Ikea shelving? Where do you get those?

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admin March 17, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Sarah, they are by a company called Really Useful Boxes. I think they are based in the UK, but you can get some of their storage boxes on Amazon: Really Useful Boxes

They are expensive, but fit the Ikea selving system perfectly, and they are very modular and configurable. In this LEGO room the 4 liter boxes were used (see Amazon link above – I think it is the third item from the top) with some hobby trays added also made by the same company. Also, some of the 9 liter boxes were used for more storage.

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Clumsybumsy June 28, 2014 at 10:39 AM

This is a nice LEGO room, it must have been expensive though.

I myself sadly only have half a LEGO room(yes i know it sounds weird) but it can fit my collection. Also it is neatly sorted so I don’t have problems with it yet.

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