How do you store your board games?

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One of my favorite things to do on Reddit is to browse the COMC posts and check out all the different games people have. One thing seems fairly ubiquitous though - those Kallax shelving units from IKEA. How many of you actually store your games like that?

I certainly don’t. My games live down in the basement storage closet. I have them stacked neatly on some large built in shelves. I don’t have them sorted in any fashion. 

Someday I do dream of getting a few Kallax units and organizing them better but that’s a fair bit away from now. 

What about you folks?

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Supporter13 months ago

Currently, all of my board games are tucked away in a corner of the room where it's not even visible. It will probably stay there until my son has grown up a bit or until I've gotten a nice bookcase haha

Supporter13 months ago

My kids learned pretty early on to not mess with my Star Wars Legos and board games. Of course I didn’t seriously start collecting until this year so they are old enough to know now. 

Supporter13 months ago

I have 3 bookcases (one normal sized, two smaller ones) in a closet. The nice thing is that the big bookcase has moveable shelves so I can adjust things to different box sizes.  

I moved to vertical storage a while back with a large purchase of baggies to make sure bits don't get everywhere but I think that works best for me.

Supporter13 months ago

I do some vertical and some horizontal but at this point I think I prefer horizontal. 

Supporter13 months ago

Vertical storage is the way to go. 

Supporter13 months ago

Why do many people prefer vertical storage?

Supporter13 months ago

Most of these are my opinion so.... Take it as you will.

They look a lot better on the shelf when stored vertically. 

It is a lot easier to get the game you want. You don't have to unstack the stack to get to the game on the bottom. 

You don't have issues with there being any dishing or anything on the bottom boxes. To be clear, I don't know how tall your stacks are, but I have seen some box damage from being under too tall a stack. 

Of course,  I do have games that I do NOT store vertically. But whenever possible I store them vertically. 

Supporter13 months ago

A lot of these make sense. Any games where you've had issues with things moving around too much when you store them vertically?

Supporter13 months ago

A few. Not many. I use mostly baggies, so it's not like components get mixed. 

Supporter13 months ago

Currently I’ve got some games vertically but most are still horizontal. I have several deck building games and the cards would go crazy if you tipped them sideways.

Also Imperial Assault is still horizontal- it’s actually more space efficient to store it horizontally. 

Supporter13 months ago

Yes. Most deckbuilders are in to big boxes. Those get stored horizontally for me. As well as some weird shaped boxes. 

13 months ago

Secondhand Kallax. The funny thing is that we got it before I started getting into games lol. Currently I only have games in 4 of the 16 compartments, although I expect I'll be at 5 very soon.

Supporter13 months ago

I would love the get some Kallax shelves. I told my wife about my dream for a board game area/ man cave space and she was less than enthusiastic about it. 

13 months ago

Haha, I honestly don't love how it looks, but it was free, and it holds our stuff. It just kind of worked out that they're a good size for board games. It's quite versatile, I'll give it that. It's very simple so it will look at least decent in pretty much any space. If money was no object and I actually did have a room for gaming, I think these look really cool: https://storemyboardgames.com/

But of course they would have to be in their own room because there's no way I could just have those out in the dining room or something.

13 months ago

Before we moved, we were in a townhouse, so our guest bedroom/office in the basement had the closet filled practically to the ceiling with board games. The closet just had a few shelves on it--no bar for hanging clothes--so there wasn't a lot of room. We also had one of our bookshelves decorated with some of our favorite games by placing them on top, vertically. 

Now that we live in a bigger house, we've upgraded. We still have one closet that's semi-full of games (sharing with towels and other random stuff), but our master bedroom has two closets (so posh), one in the main room and one off the master bath/sink area. Since the one in the main bedroom doesn't have rods or other shelving, we bought some Walmart shelves that look like Kallax and have about two of those in there where we keep games we don't want our kids exploring while we're not looking.

And that's the story of my life. Thank you for your support I'll be here all week.

Supporter13 months ago

And I’ll be listening all week. Thank you for your story old timer. 

13 months ago

When I was your age, board games were us running around with wooden planks trying to whack the other kids. 

Supporter13 months ago

We used the boards to make towers. 

13 months ago

And thus we have the birth of Jenga.

Supporter13 months ago

Currently they live on a bookcase, in our living area, or of reach from small children. 

13 months ago

I just through at the bottom of a bookshelf in the living room. My wife does not like the look of having a bunch of games out so I am limited to that!

Supporter13 months ago

What do you do when your bookshelf is full? Do you have to get rid of a game?

13 months ago

It’s currently full lol. I’m working on selling a couple games to gain space and money to replace them with other games. I’ll probably start a shelf of shame in my closet if it’s boils over. 

Supporter13 months ago

My current space is fairly full as well. But I’m not getting rid of any games!

Supporter13 months ago

I’ve got the IKEA billy bookshelves. I like the look of them more and I bought them before I was into board games and expected to have books on them (which I do). I find it looks nicer but I hear that weight limit could be a concern.

13 months ago

We have three Billy bookshelves, but we use them for books. Groundbreaking, I know haha Well, I misspoke. They mostly house books. Two of them (one in my work office and another in the kid's play room) have games sitting on top of the shelves, because a) that's where I first put them and haven't moved them anywhere else and b) we keep our kid games by where the kids play. Some of them are even at kid level, so they can grab and setup and play whenever they want. 

Supporter13 months ago

So you keep them in your living space? Also I’d never heard of that kind of IKEA shelf before. I had to look it up! 

Supporter13 months ago

Yes. They're pretty close to the dinning area where we play most of the games.