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Fed up of stepping on LEGO style building bricks? Why not transform an IKEA TROFAST unit into an Ultimate LEGO Compatible Storage Station?! Your kids will love having multiple surfaces to play on, and you'll love getting the building bricks off the floor!
- IKEA TROFAST frame, white, $35.99
- TROFAST storage drawers- we used 2 large orange ($4 each), 2 small yellow ($3 each), 2 small white ($3 each), and 4 small green ($3 each), costing a total of $32
- Peel 'n Stick Baseplates - we used 3 x larger size green DUPLO compatible, 6 x gray LEGO compatible, 5 x blue LEGO compatible, and 4 x green LEGO compatible
- Sharp utility or craft knife (we used this one)
- Cutting mat or chopping board
- Lots of building bricks - style of your choice!
Ultimate LEGO Compatible Storage Station:
Watch the video to see the Ultimate LEGO Compatible Storage Station in action!
How to build the Ultimate LEGO Storage Station
Take a look at the video above to find out how we constructed the epic LEGO & DUPLO compatible unit. Here's also a few extra tips that might help you out too!
Choosing the right baseplates:
We offer a wide selection of baseplates (see the full collection here). Carefully consider the age of your kids when you are choosing which ones to use. Our kids range from one-to-four years old, therefore we wanted to build a unit that would cater for DUPLOs and LEGO style building bricks.
Our larger sized baseplates provide a guaranteed tight fit for DUPLO building bricks hence we stuck the on the lower section of the unit. That way baby sister can have her own horizontal and vertical makerspace!
Be sure to spend some time carefully measuring out your baseplate placement on the unit before you start cutting. Do this by marking out the size needed on the baseplate using LEGO or DUPLO style bricks. For some sections it is important to keep the off cuts for re-use somewhere else, so don't be hasty and discard the left-overs!
Cutting the baseplates to size:
Feel free to visit out full blog post advising you How to Cut Peel 'n Stick Baseplates to Size. The important things to remember are to cut against a line of bricks and to use a sharp blade.
Once you've made the cut and bent the baseplate, you can file down any rough edges using a nail file or sandpaper.
Adhering the baseplates:
Some sections of the unit were very straight forward with just two baseplates to connect. Other sections required a more intricate combination of pieces. For example, the vertical LEGO compatible makerspace was complex and therefore required careful planning. Carefully connect all pieces using LEGO style bricks and measure it up against the unit before you start peeling and sticking.
As you are sticking the baseplates, always use bricks to ensure the plates are lined up with a tight fit. It is also advisable to not apply to much pressure when you initially put the baseplate in position. This then means that if it isn't quite straight, for example, you can quickly peel it off and try again. If you are happy with the position, make sure you apply some pressure all over the baseplates to encourage full contact with the adhesive.
What we love about our Ultimate LEGO Compatible Storage Station:
First of all, we love that the unit can store so many building bricks in an organized fashion! The bricks are easy for kids to access and easy for them to tidy away too! We also like the fact that you can use the large buckets to keep precious creations in, as well as displaying them on the upper levels.
The great thing about this unit is that it enables your kids to build on horizontal and vertical surfaces. That will encourage creativity, collaboration and the development of excellent fine motor skills.
We also love that this creation station caters for young and old builders. The DUPLO Compatible lower level is perfect for babies ad toddlers, while the LEGO Compatible upper levels offer more challenge to older kids.
Having a hub of creativity is an awesome way to encourage your family to Make Time Together. Family building sessions enable quality time to be spent together, whilst also developing so many crucial developmental skills for your kids.
Creative QT designs quality + innovative toys that declutter homes and inspire creative play. Founded by parents of five, Adam and Dana Sue Hinkle, Creative QT’s vision is to empower parents and encourage a culture of families that Make Time Together. All products are designed to enrich families’ lives through active, creative play and play based learning. Creative QT products are laboratory tested for compliance with CPSC requirements and are free of lead, cadmium and phthalates so you can play with confidence. So, go ahead … today is the day: be your kid’s hero.
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