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Fitting Lego Sets into Ikea Detolf glass cabinets!

dashofdashingdashofdashing Member Posts: 30
I'm pretty interested in seeing what sets I could fit into Ikea Detolf cabinet. I know it's very common for collectors to have. Which sets have you been able to fit in with a tight squeeze? I've just fit in the Kwik E Mart. Lonely Mountain,Mirkwood Elf Army and Witch King Battle have fit into one compartment. I think this would help collectors decide what to buy for display. Any pictures would be great :)
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  • XefanXefan Member Posts: 1,149
    edited April 2015
    UCS R2-D2, newest AT-AT (with planets series snowspeeder wrapping a cable around it's leg), Orthanc if you remove a shelf and display it over two shelves, Ewok village minus the tree attached by rope bridge, haunted house, kingdoms joust and kingdoms MMV are probably my favourites in terms of how they fit aesthetically. Kwik E Mart is a perfect fit width wise, but leaves an awful lot of rogue height and doesn't leave room for the police car out front. The pirates chest set fits perfectly if you feel the need to store it in a display cabinet.

    Biggest problem I've had with them is the hopelessness of modern IKEA. I started out with the wood effect ones as they matched the shelves and such in the room, then doing as IKEA does they randomly discontinued them, then restarted again but offering only black and white. I've found IKEA completely useless for decorating a room nowadays as their product lines seem to last about 2 years at best before they change it so you have to fully furnish a room with everything you might ever want at once, or risk that nothing will be coordinated in 2 years time. Fortunately I managed to move things around and switch to the black cabinets okay moving the others elsewhere but still not exactly what I wanted.
  • dashofdashingdashofdashing Member Posts: 30
    Thank you,I'm also considering fitting in Millenium Falcon 7965 into one and Hogwarts Castle 4842. I would consider folding Hogwarts castle as that's only way it will fit in. Agreed with Kwik E Mart,so much space in height. Though I've put Jabba's Palace and Unexpected Gathering set in one and considering Rancor Pit also. I was also considering putting two cabinets side by side and stretching Helms Deep into two. Thanks for input it really does help what I can put into cabinets.
  • XefanXefan Member Posts: 1,149
    I do have Jabba's Palace with the Rancor pit underneath in one, but it leaves a lot of spare space.

    Unexpected gathering fits nicely too but again, like the Kwik E Mart too much free space vertically, though I intended to rectify this with an MoC to lift it up a bit onto a hill as in the film.
  • alldarkeralldarker NetherlandsMember Posts: 207
    I have two Detolf's dedicated to Lego, one of which is mostly MOC's, but the other of which is sets. One shelf is dedicated to Arkham Asylum: I've set up both the new 10937 Arkham Asylum and the old 7785 Arkham Asylum sets around the edges with the gates at the front, creating a rather pleasing courtyard with both a new part and an old disused part of Arkham Asylum (currently in use as a hiding place / laboratory for the Scarecrow). The shelf underneath is dedicated to Joker's Funhouse, which just about fits at a angle. Underneath again is a shelf for 10217 Diagon Alley, also set up around the edges to create an actual alley (with Gringott's at the back)
    Lowest part houses the old 10144 Sandcrawler with figures set next to it: it also just about fits when set at an angle; I have the newer Sandcrawler, but that one's way to big for a Detolf. 
  • XefanXefan Member Posts: 1,149
    Oh yes, I have Diagon and Arkham too and display them exactly as you do alldarker. The most recent Ninja Turtles Lair Invasion based on the movie fits nicely too, but I just saw that's already discontinued. 6 month run is pretty short!
  • dashofdashingdashofdashing Member Posts: 30
    I have put Unexpected Gathering and Jabbas Palace in same one and Rancor Pit will soon be in there so I don't mind space. I have my fave sets in there. I always wanted to put a Diagon Alley in I just never got around to buying it. I've got a good place for Sandcrawler when I build it. Anyone know if newest Hogwarts castle can fit in one?
  • bobabricksbobabricks Vancouver, BC, CanadaMember Posts: 1,836
    I was able to fit the two smaller Guardians of the Galaxy sets. 32x32 baseplates fit, possibly even 48x48.
  • timinchicagotiminchicago USAMember Posts: 239
    I just got two of these this past weekend and so far they are quite good for the architecture sets.  R2D2 also is quite nice in them, keeps pesky kids from touching too!
    bobabricks
  • ricecakericecake Maryland, USAMember Posts: 879
    edited April 2015
    For the wasted vertical space with the Kwik-E-Mart, I've seen people who came up with mods to be able to install additional shelves in the Detolf, so maybe you could do something similar to get some additional display space.
  • dashofdashingdashofdashing Member Posts: 30
    Awesome,I've fit Lonely Mountain,Mirkwood Elf Army,Witchking battle and Attack On Weathertop in same unit...very compact ha. Just about to build my next cabinet soon enough,lets see what I can fit in.
  • XefanXefan Member Posts: 1,149
    I'm assuming the new Ferris wheel will be too big? A shame if so, I have a shelf spare adjacent to another cabinet that has the mixer in it.
  • NickF22NickF22 United KingdomMember Posts: 402
    Rancor Pit with Jabba's Palace on top doesn't *quite* fit with the tower attached - I've separated it.
    Jabba's Sail Barge and Skiff fit at a push.
    #6212 X Wing.
    #7962 Podracers just about fit.
    #7965 Millennium Falcon doesn't fit, it does go on top though (but you can't really see it).
    I have #10188 Death Star on top of another - that does look good (but I guess it's getting dusty!)

    48x48 baseplates don't fit in horizontally, but they do fit vertically behind the shelves. I've put a couple in and clipped Planets vehicles / minifigs / stands to them.

    Modular Buildings do fit, with a bit of space left around them (but see below).

    The biggest problem as others have mentioned, is the wasted vertical space. I did get some 4mm (I think) metal cable clips from B&Q, to support extra shelves. Problem is, getting reinforced glass shelves is more expensive than buying a whole new Detolf!

    The Galant wall storage is good for Modular Buildings; you can fit 3 in each side (without the dividing shelf of course). It's also pretty good for Architecture. I need a second one (or I need to stop buying so many themes...)
  • XefanXefan Member Posts: 1,149
    NickF22 said:
    Rancor Pit with Jabba's Palace on top doesn't *quite* fit with the tower attached - I've separated it.
    Are you sure? I have mine in there, though maybe I had to remove a piece off the top or something. It's on the very bottom if that makes a difference.
  • NickF22NickF22 United KingdomMember Posts: 402
    ^ Pretty sure - however mine's 3rd up. I think the bottom shelf might be a bit higher?
  • XefanXefan Member Posts: 1,149
    I'll check when I get home, but looking at the picture of it now I think I recall having to remove that one very highest piece on the lookout tower, but I think that was it.
  • dashofdashingdashofdashing Member Posts: 30
    Thanks very much for all your input,much appreciated and great help. I think I will leave Millenium Falcon for now then. I've today just fit in sail barge and Skiff and yes it's a squeeze but it fits. One I'm most proud of is fitting in Lonely Mountain,Witch King Battle,Mirwood Elf Army and Council Of Elrond,with Tree Ent other side. What a tight one. I'm going to get another cabinet soon enough. I'd consider getting Partisan Restaurant also as that looks pretty damn impressive. I've looked into accrylic risers that are only 10cm tall to get another level,but think that will only be good for my amiibo collection.
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Aspiring Time Traveler Stuck in the West (US)Member Posts: 2,423
    I need PICTURES! Thanks in advance!
    I appreciate the comments and tips as well!


    Now how do you protect the models from sunlight?
  • dashofdashingdashofdashing Member Posts: 30
    Well for myself I have net curtains also and I've had items displayed on my shelf for years and no sunlight damage to be fair. With one of cabinets it's out way from any contact with sunlight.
  • AndyPolAndyPol UKMember Posts: 351
    How good are these cabinets at protecting from dust? Are they sealed or are there small gaps around the edges? I've looked at the online catalogue and it isn't very clear. IKEA is a 120 mile round trip for me, so any advice would be most appreciated.
  • Lego_Lord_MayorcaLego_Lord_Mayorca H-Town, USAMember Posts: 487
    AndyPol said:
    How good are these cabinets at protecting from dust? Are they sealed or are there small gaps around the edges?
    Seconded! This is what most concerns me, aside from the yellowing effect of direct sunlight. But I can control that (room with no windows).
  • NickF22NickF22 United KingdomMember Posts: 402
    There are small gaps around the door, maybe 5mm. The back corners are sealed with rubber strips. so not perfect, but they do keep the majority of dust off.
  • XefanXefan Member Posts: 1,149
    Yeah a little dust gets in through the front but not much.
  • dashofdashingdashofdashing Member Posts: 30
    Well you should not worry about sunlight damage only if it's on windowsill or on the window. Mine are protected by net curtains also which will stop it from happening. I've had some figurines on my shelf since year 2000 that have had no damage what so ever. Then with an extra layer of glass you will have no problem. Tiny,tiny gaps but you will have no problem with dust compared to being on the shelf.
  • AndyPolAndyPol UKMember Posts: 351
    Thanks everyone, very helpful
  • dashofdashingdashofdashing Member Posts: 30
    No worries,I've got two at the moment and planning on getting a third.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,171
    AndyPol said:
    How good are these cabinets at protecting from dust? Are they sealed or are there small gaps around the edges?
    Seconded! This is what most concerns me, aside from the yellowing effect of direct sunlight. But I can control that (room with no windows).
    Well is the glass UV protected? Many times they are. If so then I do not think you have to worry about sunlight right? I have been curious about these as I have thought about displaying some nicer sets in my living room and would like a nice way to present them (plus I'm about 30 minute drives from both Ikea's in my area, which does not hurt) Can anyone please provide a pic of the complete cabinet?

  • dashofdashingdashofdashing Member Posts: 30
    Sorry for the delay,here is a part of my collection. With a few wrestling figures in the bottom section.
  • johnhenzjohnhenz Sunderland, EnglandMember Posts: 89
    @dashofdashing WHAT!?!
  • dashofdashingdashofdashing Member Posts: 30
    @johnhenz yes?
  • johnhenzjohnhenz Sunderland, EnglandMember Posts: 89
    Just got a bit excited seeing your wrestling figures. YES!YES!YES!
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton UKMember Posts: 2,942
    Far too much inside that cabinet, imho. Everything's crammed in like its some kind of storage device rather than a display cabinet.
  • SuperTrampSuperTramp City 17Member Posts: 1,021
    I had two of them Ikea cabinets to keep my Hot Toys collection in. Within a month i had sold both of them. they just look really cheap & tacky and looked out of place in my living room.

  • SithLord196SithLord196 Member Posts: 1,131
    Perhaps I can get some help here, but is there a good display cabinet that can fit the UCS B-Wing, Slave I, and Sandcrawler? Bonus points if it can also hold the Death Star (10188).

    I see somebody mentioned the GALANT wall cabinet for modulars, will it fit all of them? I'm a little worried about height, mainly for the Grand Emporium and Palace Cinema. I need one to fit the Grand Emporium, Pet Shop, Palace Cinema, Parisian Restaurant, and Detective's Office.
  • ricecakericecake Maryland, USAMember Posts: 879
    I had two of them Ikea cabinets to keep my Hot Toys collection in. Within a month i had sold both of them. they just look really cheap & tacky and looked out of place in my living room.

    Those cabinets are really popular with some of the (non-LEGO) collectors on other forums I'm on.  I showed them to my girlfriend and she vetoed them for the same reasons that you gave.  We ended up buying different shelves from IKEA that look a lot better in our opinion.  Unfortunately, they discontinued the glass doors for the ones we did get, so now I'm stuck without them.
  • NickF22NickF22 United KingdomMember Posts: 402
    ^^ GALANT will fit 3 modulars in each side, but GE is too tall, and PC is also (just).
  • WallaceWallace Member Posts: 134
    Sorry for the delay,here is a part of my collection. With a few wrestling figures in the bottom section.
    Ultimate Warrior!!!!
    gmonkey76
  • SithLord196SithLord196 Member Posts: 1,131
    NickF22 said:
    ^^ GALANT will fit 3 modulars in each side, but GE is too tall, and PC is also (just).
    Yeah, I was afraid of that. My fiance and I really would like to have all 5 displayed side by side in the same display case, so I guess I'll keep looking around.
  • dashofdashingdashofdashing Member Posts: 30
    @johnhenz haha I wasn't expecting to get more compliments on my wrestling figures :smiley: I've got a few Daniel Bryan in there. @paul_merton well agreed there's loads crammed in there,but it brightens up whole place and seeing all different sets from different angles is better that one set in my opinion. I've enjoyed them a lot more since I've put more in. My cabinets upstairs would be even more cluttered otherwise. To be fair I love cabinets from Ikea they are almost perfect for me. Shame they are not a bit wider or higher but you can't have everything. These cabinets are also perfect for any Amiibo collectors out there. Add acrylic risers and great. Great for small not as tall sets also.
  • dashofdashingdashofdashing Member Posts: 30
    Anyone else with pictures please post it would be great to see :smile:
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton UKMember Posts: 2,942
    But you can't even see the hobbit house from the front, which seems a bit of a waste! :) With everything crammed in like that, it just looks to me like it's being used as a vertical storage box rather than a display cabinet. If you like it, then that's cool, but if it's there for guests and others to enjoy, then I think it would look more impressive to them if there were half as many sets in it. I had a similar setup with a load of model tanks once, where I tried to fit in as many as I could, but I quickly decided it looked far better with fewer items in it. The bonus then is that you can rotate what's on display to keep it fresh :)

    Incidentally, Legoland had a similar kind of glass cabinet for displaying some sets. I only took a photo because I noticed the set had been built incorrectly :)


  • dashofdashingdashofdashing Member Posts: 30
    I would have to say myself that top part with palace and Unexpected Gathering set is something I'm more likely to change over time as it's sideways. For the time I'm fine with that whilst I make some room and move sets around. The next one down is pretty congested but I'm pretty happy with that one myself. There is some small sets I'd love to display but sometimes the cabinets just look too empty at time. I've started another one with sail barge and skiff and that looks perfect. Though I find it a challenge getting a lot of my nice sets in :smile:
  • ChewybricksChewybricks Florida, U.S.Member Posts: 57
    Been looking at getting the Billy bookcase system and putting the glass doors over them to display many sets. Anyone else do this?
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,333
    I've got two standard Billy bookshelves and one narrow Billy bookshelf with the extensions on the top. I had a carpenter make five trim pieces to give the appearance that it is built in.

    I hate that there are no doors, but there isn't too much dust.
    GothamConstructionCokhmellymelGalactus
  • WallaceWallace Member Posts: 134
    Here is my Billy bookshelves with glass doors. 
    SumoLegoGothamConstructionCoGalactus
  • khmellymelkhmellymel United KingdomMember Posts: 1,220
    ^ I really like that look!
    SumoLego
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,333
    ^ Too bad they don't make double doors. (But the structure may not hold.)

    It is a very clean look.
  • WallaceWallace Member Posts: 134
    The doors are a bit of a pain as you can see for the modulars as having the PS and PC connected together the join of the doors get in the way so obscure part of the display. Also, more annoyingly, is the fact that 3 modulars do not fit on one shelf. They are 1 stud too wide, 1 STUD! That was so hard for me to accept.
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,333
    ^ Danish-Swedish conspiracy!
    khmellymel
  • ChewybricksChewybricks Florida, U.S.Member Posts: 57
    Sumo Lego and Wallace that looks fantastic! Going to have to buy those once I have the space
    SumoLego
  • SithLord196SithLord196 Member Posts: 1,131
    My fiance and I may go the bookcase with doors route and just not connect the modulars together. One question though, with the adjustable shelves, it is capable of holding the UCS Sandcrawler, Slave I, and B-Wing?
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