We found a solution! A solution to the Lego madness. It is a love hate relationship with the Lego’s. I LOVE that they entertain Ella for hours and hours. She can be creative and build. I HATE that they get spread out all over the place. And most recently it came to a head since Finn (20 month old) can get around the house on his own. It was a constant battle to keep him out of this room. I didn’t like the stress… knowing Finn could ruin Ella’s creations and also having to restrict him from an entire room and the fact that we really couldn’t keep him out of the room because of the barn sliding door. So we came up with a solution and it has really changed our lives (that seems dramatic) but I do think it is true. First we have to take a look at the Lego Storage BEFORE, because it really was no solution.
Yep- they were everywhere. The giant roller coaster and all the little creations. So I did try another solution that didn’t work. There is a little door to the left of this photo, it has a crawl space. We didn’t have anything in there so the designer in me put a rug, a lamp, tried to make it cozy. But it just was too short and not very comfortable for her. I noticed Ella wasn’t playing with her Lego’s as much and I didn’t like that. That brings us to the next Lego storage idea….
The closet! This little closet wasn’t really being used either, since this room is the family room/guest room. We kept blankets and pillows in there and that was all. In a small house (1100 square feet to be exact) we have to maximize every inch and this was not being maximized! But now it is…
What do you think? We are really thrilled with it! Ella has played up here every single day for the past two weeks since finishing her little Lego Room! And it makes me so happy. She can close the door because it has little slats for ventilation. Finn hasn’t tried to get in there once either.
And this is what it looks like with the door closed…
Lego Room Specifications-
- Painted in Valspar Ultra White in a Semi-Gloss
- Added shelves (I shared exact height at the end of the post)
- Installed THIS light
- Hung THIS wallpaper- I really wanted to wallpaper the entire closet and should have done it before we installed the shelves. But it actually worked out because I had just enough to do this space. And I didn’t even use wallpaper paste, I hung it with small tack nails that look like nail heads spaced about 4-5″ apart.
- Those little buffalo check cubes are just something like THIS that I recovered with buffalo check fabric (I just hot-glued it on).
We found this quote and fell in love with it for Ella- it it just what she needs (and I need to read). I also printed out a black and white picture of Ella and her favorite soccer player to make it personalized for her. (Find Letterboard HERE).
We did have a small dining chair in this room but Ella pulled in THIS stool. She said she likes it best, fits her little booty perfectly.
We took the top to the Lego table off and put it here (we also spray painted it white from the green). You can find Lego base plates HERE and just glue them to the top of a shelf!
We added the wood storage boxes from HERE I like the texture it adds to the room.
That basket is my new favorite basket with the leather handles! Right now it has all the Lego Instruction Books. (I found it HERE).
Lego Shelf Details-
- There are four total shelves. This closet is really deep, perfect to store all her Lego creations.
- The main desk shelf we added is 30″ from the floor (desk height).
- Shelf above is 15″ from the desk shelf. We took it back by 7″ so she wouldn’t hit her head while building.
- From the next shelf (the very top shelf) is 13″ from the shelf below it.
- The very bottom shelf is 15″ from the floor also not as deep so Ella can push her stool up to the desk and not hit her legs. There is also enough room for a basket.
This is a great solution to any deep closet even if you aren’t planning on playing Lego’s or have kids that do!
This is where she goes right after school and is a happy little camper in her new Lego Room!
As always you can Shop our Home HERE if you are interested in seeing the rest of this room and our home if you are new to Nesting with Grace.