Storing Board Games

Small Space Solutions

We're big game players in my house, and new games are always magically appearing. When the cabinet which houses said games recently reached capacity, I started looking for storage solutions.

We've blogged about using game boards as art before, but this clever idea from Infarrantly Creative takes it a step further by storing the pieces behind the frame.

Here are some other game storage ideas:

• Boxes take up a lot of room and tend to look worse for wear. Unless you're a collector, you can ditch the box and store the pieces in plastic baggies. Toss all the baggies in a single large storage bin or hide in decorative boxes on a shelf.

• Several game manufacturers, including Hasbro and Rio Grande, sell library-style versions of classic games which can fit alongside books in a standard book case.

• If you don't mind handling smaller pieces, travel size games take up a fraction of the space. For a more DIY solution, you can photocopy the board (there is a printable version of the Scrabble board on their web site) and store the pieces in a bag.

• Swap out your leggier furniture with a storage bench, trunk, ottoman or other multifunctional piece.

• If storing games out in the open is unavoidable, try mixing them with oversized books so they're less noticeable. Top with a decorative tray and you have an instant side table.

• Games with a large number of pieces or tiles look pretty displayed in glass jars. The boards can be stored separately in a drawer. This also works well for puzzles. If you like having the photos to refer to, simple cut the pictures out and store them in a binder.

• If you're lucky enough to have an extra closet, you can remove the doors and create a built-in style bookcase like the homeowner in the last image did. Large wooden boards are mounted on the wall using inexpensive curtain tiebacks. Older games are displayed as art with their pieces in decorative shadow boxes.

Where do you store games in your home?

Images: Infarrantly Creative, Real Simple, The Felt Mouse, Board Game Geek

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