My son LOVES Thomas the Train. Loves him! He has a bunch of trains and tracks, and tons of bridges, and it all gets out of control…quickly. The bridges don’t fit in the train table, and the trains fall out. Because the trains, bridges and other accessories are cool to look at, and the bridges and other pieces are large and clunky, I decided to utilize a blank wall in my son’s new room, and store them in a display on the wall.
***NOTE – if you have a climber, this is probably not the best solution for you. My kid doesn’t really climb, and he’s actually been listening when I say “don’t ever climb and/or hang from this shelf. Ever.” He knows that he won’t get a new one if this one falls, and he knows it will look weird with it gone, so he hasn’t touched it. He has to ask an adult to get down a piece for him.
Now that we’ve got that PSA out of the way, lets see what I did!
All I used were 3 LACK Floating Shelves & 4
Ribba Picture Ledges Mosslanda Picture Ledges (IKEA changed the name in 2015) from IKEA. I first figured out my spacing. I decided that everything fit better with 15″ between the LACK Shelves, and 4.5″ between each Ribba Mosslanda Ledge. I left a little more space between the last shelf and the first ledge because Rocky has a crane, so he’s a bit taller than a normal train.
I marked my space, and hung the LACK shelves first, top to bottom. That way, you only have to vacuum once. I made sure my shelves were all level across, but also level vertically with each other. I didn’t want one sticking out further than the other. I mounted them according to the directions in the instruction booklets, and it took me a couple of hours to get everything installed and decorated.
I was able to fit just about every bridge, accessory, and sign on the shelves. I staggered them and made a cute display! My son loves it! It’s nice to fill a blank wall with stuff we’ve already spent money on, you know? Those trains and accessories are expensive!
The picture ledges are perfect for the trains. This isn’t all of his trains, he still has some under the train table, but its a good amount. He likes to put his favorites on the wall, where he can see them, and they are easy for him to grab. They would also work great for small cars, action figures, or any other small toy collection your kids want to display.
Now, the 4 little bins under the train table hold all of the tracks, “unpretty” accessories, and overflow trains.
I love how this unused space is being fully utilized for something practical, but it also provides some much needed interest or art for this space. My son loves it, and everyone that comes in his room loves it!
This is a very versatile storage system that can grow with your kid. You don’t have to store trains on it, you could do books, decorative items, Hot Wheels, action figures, the possibilities are endless!
All in all, this project cost about $105 for the shelves & ledges. The
Ribba Mosslanda Picture Ledges are $9.99 each. There’s a smaller 21″ version that sells for $5.99. We use those for books on the other side of his room. The LACK Shelves are $14.99 each. Screws and anchors to mount these pieces to the wall are not included. I had those on hand, but while you’re at IKEA, you could pick up a Fixa set for $7.99.
What do you think? Do you have a creative storage solution for your kid’s stuff? What’s your favorite way to store all of those trains and accessories that seem to multiply quickly? Tell us in the comments!
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