My daughter has been really in to LEGOs since she was about two years old. We tried the DUPLOs and she was not interested at all. So we started collecting the regular LEGO sets with all the small pieces. Now, 6 years later, we have thousands of LEGOs. Maybe hundreds of thousands…
We needed a solution for our playroom for the LEGOs. When she was younger, we just had the Lack side table from IKEA that we glued four mats to for her to play on. It worked great when she was smaller and an only child. I used to keep the smaller pieces in containers and had them put away in the closet for safe keeping and all the other pieces were just in a large bin.
But as we collected more sets and her sibling came along, we realized that the small Lack table was no longer working.
I looked around at different tables. I looked at desks but thought they would still be too small. The older one also likes to stand when she plays, so I couldn’t get something too low or too high. I think I looked for about a year before I finally came up with a solution…at, of course, IKEA!
I had a wall in the playroom that would work perfect for a long LEGO table. The wall space I have was a little under 100″ and the depth is about 26″ before doors would get in the way.
I went to IKEA and picked up another Trofast system (we already had one for other toys so I just got one more to help make the long table). They sell one that already comes with 9 bins.
I originally planned on buying one large wood plank to cut down to size and paint it white, but when I saw this laminate counter top at IKEA, I changed plans. It was so much easier, already had a bullnose, and it is laminate countertop that I knew would hold up to the kids…plus only $59! I got the 98″ table.
Finally, a stop at Home Depot for some legs for the bottom of the Trofast. This part would be completely optional depending on the height you wanted the table to be at. I knew just having the Trofast on the floor would require them to sit to play. Probably fine for most but since we are standers over here, I needed to raise it up a bit. I grabbed 8 of these and spray painted them white.
I put everything together and laid the counter top on top to complete the set up. I did not screw or glue the counter top on – it is heavy enough that it doesn’t move unless you are really trying. My kids aren’t climbers and haven’t attempted to move it at all. So just be aware of that if your kids do try to move things around, you don’t want the counter top falling on them.
Some people like to sort by colors but if you are really trying to build sets, knowing where a piece is that you need specifically is much easier. My older daughter does a LEGO Masters class every week and having these sorted by LEGO type is much better than color.
The original Lack side table is still in use!
Hope this helps anyone trying to build a large LEGO table for their home!