If you live near a LEGO store, or you visit a LEGO store regularly, you probably have quite a few Pick-A-Brick cups from shopping for bulk LEGO pieces at the LEGO Pick-A-Brick Wall. PAB cups are very sturdy, slightly frosted clear plastic cups in two sizes, with a lid that securely snaps on. The lid of the cup has a stud with the LEGO logo, and the bottom of the cup has a hole, so the cups are stackable. Because of the high quality, PAB cups are not just convenient for shopping at the LEGO store, but they can also be reused as storage containers for loose LEGO elements. The only question is how to store the cups themselves? 🙂
I recently ran across a simple, but classy solution by LEGO fan Spencer Hubert, who built shelves for his PAB cups that are both functional and look very nice. The shelves are 5-inch wide with 3 1/4-inch holes, which allows the cups to sit securely, and also makes them easily removable. If you are interested to make your own Pick-A-Brick cup shelves, Spencer will show you all the details about how they were built in the video below.
Spencer’s Pick-A-Brick cup shelving system holds 64 cups (eight shelves, each holding eight cups), but if your wall-space and needs are different, you can easily adjust the design to hold more or less cups. Making these shelves does require some woodworking skills, however if you give yourself some time to do them slowly and carefully, you should be able to copy Spencer’s design by following the steps in the video.
You can also make the shelves simpler, without beveled and rounded edges, which will save some time. And you may use premade shelving support to mount the shelves to the wall instead of making your own. All in all, this is a great DIY project, if you would like to make your own Pick-A-Brick cup shelves for sorting and storing LEGO.
If you do have some PAB cups, but would like to get more, you can get empty cups at either eBay or BrickLink. Here are the listings on BrickLink: large PAB cups, small PAB cups, PAB cup lids. And here are the listings on eBay: EMPTY PAB CUPS ON EBAY
What do you think? Do you use PAB cups for sorting and storing your loose LEGO pieces? How do you like these PAB cup shelves? Are you planning to make your own? Or what other ways did you find useful for storing your PAB cups? Feel free to share in the comment section below! 😉
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