LEGO Display Shelf

Furniture, Shelves, Woodworking
About This Project

In the past couple of years, I’ve acquired (and built) over a dozen LEGO sets. It’s become a favorite pastime of mine, especially since it’s an interest that I share with my kids. I like to display the sets in my home office and recently, I started running out of room on my shelves. So I decided to build another shelf.

Before I started building, I measured my tallest LEGO set, the Scooby-Doo haunted mansion. It was about 16 inches tall so I decided to put 17 inches in between each shelf to give myself plenty of room.

After my first iteration of the shelf (see the second picture), I realized that I needed to make a couple of modifications. First, the shelf looked weird without a back on it. I decided to get a 1/4-inch sheet of plywood. My wife made the suggestion to paint it orange so it would go with the “JL” bookshelves already in my office. The orange offers a nice contrast to the dark grey shelves. Second, the 17 inches in between each shelf was too much, especially since I only had one set that was even close to filling in the vertical space. There was a lot of wasted space. I decided to make smaller shelves and add them below each of the larger shelves.

I’m really happy with how it turned out. Now I need to buy some more LEGO sets.


71 1/2″ tall x 39 1/2″ wide x 11″ deep

Project Completed

January 2016