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Storage Drawer Solutions (UK)

BrainsluggedBrainslugged England (the grim North)Member Posts: 863
Hi,

I was wondering if anyone had any advice re stroage drawer solutions in the UK. Ideally I'd like to be able to get drawers of different sizes/volumes that could be stacked together. And ideally be able to add inserts to some of the drawers. The main priority is that any solution has longevity - i.e. I will be able to buy the same drawers in 1/2/3 years time as my collection expands.

From my past experience (in the US), I've bought larger drawers to start with, but always wanted smaller and smaller drawers so I can sort with more granularity. The drawers I mention below look like they could be on the large side, but inserts would mitigate that problem. Then again, being able to mix small drawers in with big ones full of 2x4s, for example, would be very helpful.

I've seen people mention Really Useful Boxes from Hobbycraft. Have these been around a long time? i.e. unlikley to be discontinued any time soon? These seem to be avilable in 8cm deep drawers (https://tinyurl.com/y8frwgcy) and ~20cm deep drawers (https://tinyurl.com/y99dsvab). They also seem to have drawer divider trays, but for some annoying reason these are only 3.5cm deep (https://tinyurl.com/ybrfzsvd). Are these the best solution or is there something better out there that lots of people are using?

Any help/advice would be much appreciated. 

Cheers.

Brainslugged

Comments

  • omniumomnium Brickenham, UKMember Posts: 768
    edited October 2017
    Here's a recent thread discussing this, with links to older threads:

    http://bricksetforum.com/discussion/26799/storage-anyone#latest

    I've just bought some Really Useful Scrapbook drawers, based on Huw's review. I'm finding them great, but they don't meet all your requirements, namely, different size compartments.

    You either have the full drawer, or add an insert to get 15 compartments.

    So far, that's working for me. Except the longest technic beams and bricks don't fit into the compartments.
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,455
    See https://brickset.com/article/15709/

    Indeed, they are not perfect but I now have 50+ of them and they meet 95% of my requirements.
  • BrainsluggedBrainslugged England (the grim North)Member Posts: 863
    That's really helpful, @Huw and @omnium. Thank you. I probably read that article while still living in the US so it wasn't relevant to me. Going to order a couple of large stacks of the scrapbook drawers and half a dozen (full height!) inserts tonight. Just need to double check I can't find a discount coupon online somewhere.
  • BrainsluggedBrainslugged England (the grim North)Member Posts: 863
    Just ordered 3 stacks of 9 drawers and 18 inserts. Hopefully that should keep me busy for a while.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,806
    Note also that big compartment drawers can be useful if you can fit a number of smaller containers in. Eg 1*1 plates in one colour that you might need a lot of can be lifted out in their box, then the whole small box returned once you are done.
  • henrysunsethenrysunset Member Posts: 231
    For a very in-depth look at storage solutions including drawers, cabinets, tackle boxes, and more: http://brickarchitect.com/guide/  It includes at least two brands of drawers like the ones you are looking for.

    The guide also looks at storage strategies, storing and displaying minifigures, and more.

    ---tom
  • BobflipBobflip Member Posts: 475
    Regarding the storage tray dividers not being suitable for larger parts, this can be rectified with a scroll saw, a little bravery and a general ambivalence to things looking store-bought. This example isn't Lego related, but here's what I did to a Wilko's organiser box when I couldn't find a toolbox in the size or layout that I wanted.






    catwrangler
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