How to choose a Lego table – The Morning Call

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Find a Lego table that meets your child’s (and your) needs

Lego tables are always a popular draw for kids who love building with Lego bricks and want to save and display their projects. Having a designated Lego play space lets your child know that you respect that creativity. On a more practical note, investing in a Lego table is a great way to keep your playroom, family room or child’s bedroom organized while avoiding having those sharp, little bricks underfoot.

Lego tables come in an assortment of sizes and capacities and are generally made of brightly colored plastic to be attractive to young children. However, you can also find wooden Lego tables that look more like a regular piece of furniture if that is your preference.

What to consider when choosing a Lego table

There are many different styles of Lego tables on the market, all differing in shape, height, functionality, material and versatility. It's helpful to think about the size of the room where you will place your table, the type of project your child likes to make and the age of your child before you make a final decision about which one to buy. Here are the key parameters:

Choosing an appropriate table size based on your living space and your child's needs is the most important consideration in buying a Lego table. If you have a young child who likes to work on a smaller scale, a table with a smaller base plate area will be perfectly adequate. If, on the other hand, your child likes to build large-scale models or you have more than one child who loves to play with Lego, and you have the space, investing in a large table top is the way to go. A bigger surface gives older kids room to create and expand their designs. As a side note, be sure to check the actual Lego surface size, not just the exterior dimensions of the table when choosing a product as there might be a large border that cuts into the baseplate area.

Many Lego tables come as a set with child-sized chairs included. This is ideal for younger kids who like to sit and build their creations and should also be a good standing height for little children who like to be on the move while they play.

Another type of Lego table caters to kids who prefer to sit on the floor or kneel instead of using a chair. These low tables have shorter legs and having that extra space under the table (where a chair would go) can be very useful for storing a bin full of extra Lego pieces.

As you can no doubt tell from the descriptions above, most Lego tables are designed for preschoolers and elementary school-aged kids. There are options for older children and, while they are a little harder to find, there are some tables, built for adult Lego fans, that are regular, dining table height.

One of the most popular features of the Lego table is storage space. Tables that have pull-out drawers under the tabletop tend to offer the most storage capacity. For very young kids, a table with a center well for Lego storage is perfect for easy access to bricks, although it does cut into the overall size of the base plate area. If the table you like aesthetically does not come with a storage area or your child has more Lego than can fit in the drawers/bins provided, you might consider buying the table you prefer and finding a wheeled storage bin for your extra bricks to keep underneath the table.

Most Lego tables are made of plastic or wood, and some are wood composite. All these materials have their selling points. Plastic tables tend to be brightly colored and attractive to little kids. They are affordable, lightweight and easy to clean. If you prefer a table that looks more like a piece of furniture and can go in any room of the house, a wooden Lego table will give a pricier but more sophisticated vibe. Wood composite Lego tables fall somewhere in the middle price-wise, but they aren’t as easy to clean, nor are they particularly durable.

Some Lego tables are adaptable and can be converted into surfaces for other activities. One design features a Lego base plate on one side and when you flip the tabletop over, there is a smooth surface on the other side for playing games, doing crafts, playing with playdough or constructing a jigsaw puzzle. Others have a cover or additional tabletops so you can switch out the Lego play area for a water table, crafts table or a sensory (sand, slime) surface. If you don't already have a dedicated kids' table, this is a convenient and space-saving feature. A multipurpose table can even be a dining option for large family gatherings.

A final consideration before buying a Lego table is pricing. A brightly colored plastic or wood composite table with a smaller base plate surface, suitable for the youngest builders will cost in the $40-$60 price range. For a little more money, (in the $60-$80 range), you can upgrade to a bigger building surface and more storage options. High-end tables made of solid wood will give you the largest play surfaces, generous storage options and durability. For these you will pay between $80-$200. Full-size tables for an adult Lego fan tend to run in the $300-$400 range.

If living space is at a premium in your home, a smaller, multipurpose table that can be converted to other uses would be an ideal choice for you. If space isn’t an issue and your child plays with Lego on a regular basis, a bigger, more durable Lego table that will see them through childhood is worth paying the extra money. Once you have decided on the perfect table size for your requirements, the best Lego table features to look for are adaptability and plenty of storage capacity.

Bryony Gilbey is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.

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