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Advice for creating a toy room

Post by Shocka on Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:12 pm

Hello all,
I think this is the right place to pose this kind of request for advice, if not mods please move to the general toy discussion - there are a lot of great collection photos here, including DaBigFella's awesome MOTU room and Artistix grand all-encompassing collection, and now that I have space to display my collection I'd like advice on constructing a toy room. I have the following questions:

- What are the best kind of shelves for displaying and showing off toys? Wood, glass, white, black, etc?

- How do you deal with dust? Shelves with glass doors, well-ventilated rooms, etc?

- How do you light your collection? Any recommendations on lighting?

- With smaller toys like Lego is there a way to display these without using a lot of shelf space that might be used on bigger toys?

Thanks all!

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Re: Advice for creating a toy room

Post by Dabigfella on Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:57 pm

My advice for shelving is laxvik from Ikea but upon just looking it seems they don't have it anymore, but thats what i use, and because it is modular you can just keep building on it. I still dust shelves, as my toy room is the lego room too, so the boys are always in playing lego so the shelves do get a bit dusty. I also used billy bookcases, the corner set was good, but took up too much space so i got rid of it.

Lighting is my biggest pain, as i only have 3 energy savers in one light fitting, which are quite bright, but don't light up at all like i would like. In the future when i can i'll go the whole halogen down light thing but i would go external, rather than built in, preferably a few at a time, say seven on a runner, which also means they can be manouvered to where you want them to point. Esential if you want good photos....

Other than that i set stuff up as i go, so if things don't go well together then i change it, usually when i'm dusting, and tread lightly, as i've found out it takes very little for an avalanche!


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Re: Advice for creating a toy room

Post by mse6 on Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:13 am

glass shelves with glass cabinets with doors. best for display and lighting.
even then you will still have to dust (spring clean at least twice a year)

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A completely glass cabinet means you can get your collection lit from many different angles, including down lights, room lighting and led ribbon lights on each shelf.


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Billy bookcases are good (get the doors for them as well) but you will need more lighting and glass shelves.

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Re: Advice for creating a toy room

Post by blacksmith on Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:06 am

follow these two

myfigurecollection.net/image/Tsunami3k1260810202.jpg
myfigurecollection.net/image/yakumo1248029056.jpg


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Re: Advice for creating a toy room

Post by Shocka on Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:18 am

Thanks guys, good input! Blacksmith, those links don't work because the site doesn't allow linking pictures like that, can you link me to the pages where they came from?

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Re: Advice for creating a toy room

Post by blacksmith on Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:36 am

Shocka wrote:Thanks guys, good input! Blacksmith, those links don't work because the site doesn't allow linking pictures like that, can you link me to the pages where they came from?

http://myfigurecollection.net/picture/11302
http://myfigurecollection.net/picture/34714

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Re: Advice for creating a toy room

Post by mse6 on Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:59 am

that glass display setup is f^ck'n
A W E S O M E !!! cheers cheers cheers

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Re: Advice for creating a toy room

Post by blacksmith on Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:57 pm

mse6 wrote:that glass display setup is f^ck'n
A W E S O M E !!! cheers cheers cheers

go get them!

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Re: Advice for creating a toy room

Post by Dabigfella on Tue Mar 29, 2011 4:48 am

Yeah I've seen those a few times now, for me, they look to clinical, too museumesque, I like being able to muck around with displays without ruining the over all look, with those I'd be scared to touch anything....

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Re: Advice for creating a toy room

Post by Mahzian on Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:03 am

great display mse6, I've been eyeing off those black cabinets in ikea but the flower shelf at the bottom is deterring me Sad

hey blacksmith are those pics from your own display? I'd love a single standing cabinet like that, I'm guessing they are sold at shop fitting outlets?

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Re: Advice for creating a toy room

Post by Artistix on Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:29 am

Most of the toys seen in my collection pics are now in storage.

I don't know what kind of shelving I will eventually use...but I know I want glass shelves. The glass ones above look pretty cool.

I haven't dusted some of my shelves in forever. A Doctor Who figure fell yesterday. Picking the figure up I notice it is coated in dust. On looking at the entire display I realised how 'grey' everything looks. I really need more cabinets with doors.

Serious dusting is needed. Maybe in the Christmas holidays. Laughing

Bedroom shelving unit 1 - outdated pic, though still similar


Bedroom unit 2 - way outdated. None of this stuff is here anymore. Possibly 2006


Spare Bedroom - way outdated again, only GI Joe remains


There are also 2 units in the loungeroom.

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Re: Advice for creating a toy room

Post by TahmidN on Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:27 pm

Detolf Glass Cabinents from IKea.
If you make an account on their online store you can pick them up for 100 dollars each, there's a lightbulb in the top too.

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