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At some point in our childhood, we were all introduced to Legos and many people became obsessed with them. Legos have been around for a long time which is why every generation has seen one or another version of these toys.
Inherently, Legos have remained the same since the beginning.
They are still small buildable pieces that are widely popular, despite changing themes every couple of years. They come in a multitude of sizes, varieties, colors, shapes, and prices which is why they are an easy-to-access toy.
You can even find Legos in excellent secondhand condition because if they are kept carefully, these Legos last for decades.
This leads us to the question: how can you safely store Lego pieces and should you store them in an attic or garage?
Legos should not be stored in an Attic as the high temperatures can cause them to warp or meld together over time. Storing them in a garage would be fine as long as it isn’t damp or too hot.
Not all garages are made the same however so whether you can store your Legos in your garage really depends on where you live and the type of garage you have.
For example, I live in Arizona (where it is obviously really hot) so storing my Legos in a stand alone garage would allow them to get too hot. However, an attached garage will often stay cooler since it’s surrounded by the house so that would be fine for storing Legos.
As long as your garage doesn’t get extremely hot then it would be a great spot to store your Legos.
When looking to store your Legos there are some important things to keep in mind. I will cover the most important of those below.
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Where to Store Legos
The best place for storing Legos is somewhere with no direct heat or sun exposure, such as places like the garage (as long as it doesn’t get too hot or damp), the basement (as long as it stays dry), and closets.
The ideal temperature to store Legos is less than 104 degrees according to Lego.com, as anything higher will result in possible disfiguring of the Lego bricks.
A disfigured brick becomes virtually worthless so that is why you should NEVER store Legos in your attic (it will get much hotter than that).
You should also make sure not to store them in direct sunlight as the UV rays can cause discoloration of the bricks over time.
You also need to keep your Legos dry (to prevent mold) and safe from dust by storing them in an air-tight container.
Once the Legos get covered in dust, they are pretty difficult to clean so prevention is a far better option.
When it comes to safe Lego storage, there are two more things that you have to be particularly careful about, and those are smoke and pet hair.
Smoke can very easily damage the Legos because once they are exposed to cigarette fumes, it will leave a rancid odor in the bricks and the cigarette chemicals can even discolor them.
Additionally, if you are planning to resell your Legos in the future, you must keep them away from pet hair because your buyer may be allergic to them. Selling them Legos with pet hair stuck in their crevices might trigger their allergies.
Clear Sliding Shelves
If you have a large number of Legos that you want to display, then using clear shelving units is a great idea.
You can separate the bricks by style or preference and then have a dedicated storage bin that you can place within the clear shelving. The bricks will be visible and you can easily grab whatever piece you want.
However, there are downsides to this method because this will require a lot of storage space and you may find it difficult to keep up with the cleaning and maintenance especially if you take them out and use them regularly.
Stackable Base Plate
If you want to store an ongoing building project instead of Lego bricks then you need to get creative and one of the easiest ways to do that is by buying a stackable base plate.
This refers to a sheet that is simply made to be a static Lego piece and your project can be securely built on top.
This allows you or your child to continue with your creation with ease.
Lego Storage Bins
Lego storage bins are not only aesthetically enjoyable, as they are built in the shape of a giant Lego piece, they are also ideal because they come in a variety of sizes and colors. The boxes are modeled in a way that they can be stacked on top of one another which gives the owner complete freedom on how to showcase or store these boxes.
Investing in these storage boxes is a particularly good idea if you have a large collection of Legos.
Store Legos In A Zipper Bag
If you don’t wish to invest a ton of money in storing your Legos then you can simply buy a bag that has a zipper and store all the Legos inside. The only downside of this is that you won’t be able to see the individual blocks and you will have to dump them all out every time, to find the piece you are looking for before you can use them.
Additionally, you cannot keep any of your builds intact because once you put them back into the bag; they will dismantle upon impact with hard surfaces.
Flip out Drawers
You can also use flip-out drawers instead of shelving units to properly organize your Legos. They are a great way to arrange small pieces and you can access the pieces instantly by opening the drawer, seeing what you need, and using it.
These are also child-friendly because of the way they are constructed, preventing the drawer from opening all the way.
Set Up a Toy Corner
If you want to keep the Legos in the garage (or similar locations) permanently, then a good idea would be to set up a separate space for the kids and you can include a wooden chest so that all the toys have a specified place to go at the end of the day.
This will help create a designated play area for the kids while still being out of sight so you don’t have to worry about clutter or the more painful mishap i.e. stepping on a rogue piece of Lego.
The best way to store your Legos would be to keep them securely contained.
They should be easily accessible and remain off the floor where they could either get lost or lead to someone stepping on them.
There are numerous safe and secure methods to store Legos or any type of toy for that matter. Choosing one method or the other depends entirely on your personal preferences.
Some people may not have space or even the finances to buy a clear shelving unit or pull-out drawers, so the best way for them would be to get a zipper bag or clear bins.
Others prefer more elaborate designations for their Legos as they want to showcase their Lego creations in the best way.
The bottom line is if you keep your Legos out of the sun, and in a cool and dry place then there is no doubt that they will last you a lifetime.
This will also help them retain their original colors and shapes, should you ever decide to sell them or simply want to pull them out and play with your kids, grandkids, or great grandkids in the future.