LEGO fan Tom Alphin is well known in the community for his LEGO Architecture models, and his book The LEGO Architect. Tom has been also working on a list of labels for LEGO fans who like to keep their loose LEGO pieces tidy and organized. Tom’s labeling system is especially useful if you have a large LEGO collection that you store in drawer cabinets. 🙂
Each of the labels shows the image, name, part-number and dimensions of the piece, so you can find it quickly in your storage units. Tom recently updated his labels by adding a large selection of LEGO Technic parts, creating the most complete collection of labels that you can print at home to organize your LEGO collection. There are over 600 labels in all!
The labels are designed to be printed on 1/2″ plastic label tape, which is compatible with Brother P-Touch Label Printers. These labels are waterproof, smudge-proof, durable, and they come in a variety of colors like white, pink, yellow, lime-green, clear and even gold. To create professional quality, long-lasting labels it is recommended that you do get a label printer (see below printers that would work with the labels). However if you don’t want to get one, Tom also provided a PDF preview version of the labels that you can print out and use any way you like. You can find both the label tape version and the PDF version here: DOWNLOAD LEGO BRICK LABELS
- Brother PT-1230PC – lower-end model for PC only
- Brother PT-P700 – good model for PC and Mac
- Brother PT-2430PC – older model for PC only
The most commonly used drawer storage cabinets used by LEGO fans are either made by Akro-Mils, or Stack-On. I use the Stack-On cabinets because they are taller and narrower, and fit perfectly in the space I have. However you may find that the Akro-Mils cabinets work better for you. They are both high quality and work the same way. Which one you choose just depends on what kind of space you have. Both systems come with either smaller or larger drawers, or a combination of both. Examples below:
- Akro Mils 24-Drawer Cabinet
- Akro-Mils 44-Drawer Cabinet
- Akro-Mils 64-Drawer Cabinet
- Stack-On 18-Drawer Cabinet
- Stack-On 39-Drawer Cabinet
- Stack-On 60-Drawer Cabinet
If you have the cabinets already, then you can just print out the labels on your label printer or regular printer, and attach them to the cabinets. Tom has been maintaining these labels since 2014 by adding new LEGO elements, so you can depend on his collection as the most complete to give your storage system a uniform look.
What do you think? What kind of storage system are you using for your LEGO collection? Do you use a labeling system to find the parts easier? Feel free to share in the comment section below! Also, if you have any questions or requests for Tom, you can add them here as well, and I will make sure he sees them. 😉
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