There are SO many awesome ideas for LEGO® tables out there, and yet despite all the Legomaniacs in our house we have never had one! The boys mostly build with LEGO®s on the floor, but when I saw this idea on Pinterest to create a LEGO® table from IKEA Trofast shelves, I knew it would accomplish a couple of things:
- Pleasant looking LEGO® storage and simple organization
- A place to build large forts other than all over our school table
Since “hack” seems to be an extremely popular word right now (well, at least with the Pinterest crowd), I thought I would call this an IKEA hack LEGO® table. To me, “hack” sounds like something you do with a saw, so I’m not sure how “hacks” came to mean clever tips. Anyone know the answer to this? Anyway, this is seriously a great way to slightly re-purpose IKEA storage with an awesome result!
We are so happy with the finished table. I love the fact that it improves the look of our play room.
There are six storage bins on either side of the table. We labeled the storage bins with paper and clear tape. Each of the boys has his own bin for sets and parts that belong to them (a continuation of our Lego organization system) and then we made tubs for wheels (and other car parts), minifigures, and special bricks. We want to play with it a while longer before deciding what to label the other side, but I know that I want labels for Hero Factory, and two of the large tubs will be basic bricks.
If you want the base plates glued down, I would recommend something strong. We did loops of painter’s tape for now because the boys may want to put road base plates on there sometimes. I didn’t want them to be limited to one layout.
The table is 20 inches high, so higher than a train table and lower than a regular table. Kids will kneel to play, or you could put chairs around it.
To make one, you will need:
- 2 Trofast shelves – We bought ours at the IKEA store, and they did not have this option in the store. In the store, you buy the frame and storage tubs separately from each other, and they only have black and white tubs in the store. The price is the same either way.
- 9 LEGO® base plates
- Four metal brackets, we used 8 inch brackets
- 4 half inch screws
- Glue or tape for attaching the base plates. We used painter’s tape as we want to be able to rearrange them.
First assemble the shelves following the IKEA directions.
To attach the shelves to each other, my husband used four metal brackets and four half inch screws – one bracket on the top and bottom of each side.
There is still plenty of room for the tubs to slide in and out, and if you want to move the table or use it as two separate units again it would be easy to remove the brackets.
We were inspired by this Lego table on Sun Scholars. Check out their post for a photo of a larger version of this table using four Trofast units!
Also check out our post on Lego organization, especially when you have multiple kids sharing the LEGO®s.
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