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Rob Milanovich
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Everyone always raves about the Kallax shelves so I got a few. Initially they were fine but then when I went to move my collection over I saw the issues with them.

They are an incredible waste of space when fitting game boxes. The game boxes aren't all uniform in size so I ran into an issue where the Kallax holes are too deep and too narrow of a width.

Does anyone have any advice on how to organize games so you can play the game box Tetris and fit them without too much waste?

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to be honest, regardless of the shelving system there will always be foibles and odd fits of boxes. I am prone to partitioning my collection on size ranges, and fitting smaller card game style boxes and such into larger, stackable boxes that fit into the kallax or what not. Add a nice label and it has something of a library aesthetic to it.
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The majority of my games are of similar size, so they usually fit. Otherwise I just put them in wherever I can. whistle

The coffin-size box (only Twilight Imperium so far) sits on top and for smaller box games (think Sushi Go and Hanabi) I have a fabric cube drawer (or whatever they are called) which contains them and still looks nice.

Yes not everything will fit perfectly but it still looks slick and a majority will seem to fit well.
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the only hope for uniform game storage is to rebox them all.

I find endless variety in games I get.

I have like 12 games that have a square box (TTR) and they all fit nicely in my milk crates. Then I get a copy of Pueblo and it is a square box about 1/2" larger than the 12 or so I already have.

It is endless tetris AFAIK.
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Kallax:

1. Assemble shelves
2. Fix mistakes made in step 1
3. Place as many games as possible in shelves
4. If you have games leftover, buy more shelves; GOTO 1
5. If you have leftover space, but more games to fill
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+1 Kallax
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Sorry, Kallax for the win!

Some of mine, I have a gap between the Kallax and wall, which lets me stack the narrower standard game boxes (Istanbul, Trajan, At the Gates of Loyang, GMT Games boxes) two deep - the boxes at the back overhang a bit but seem fine. And the big box games fit too. I have one Kallax unit on wheels. No overhangs allowed on that one. The Academy Games boxes fit well on that one.
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It will never be uniform unless all of your games are exactly the same size are are just the right size to almost fill the holes from side to side. This does though allow you to hide new games from your significant other (LOL) if they think you have too many games, stack 2 deep for different versions like normal vs NSFW, or hide away expansions but leave the main game showing.

If you do not care about seeing the boxes you can use the the cloth drawers for smaller games or the Bit Box by BIT Game Storage for all sorts of games.
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Long flat boxes and large squares work exceptionally well on Kallax (Power Grid Size, and Ticket To Ride Size, also Queen Games "Big Box" size). Smaller games, not so much. I prefer other shelves for those.

One cube of a Kallax holds 6 Power-Grid boxes (and a thin one like California, or 5 and one 1.5x thick boxes like Die Macher), 3 Queen "Big Box" size games (Railways of the World is almost the same size), or 6 square Ticket to Ride boxes.

Kallax does a great job if you have the right size games.

You can get a pair of half-cube height boxes/baskets that work well for storing about 30 card games each.
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The only two truly efficient game storage methods are a custom shelving system designed for your collection or reboxing your games in standardized containers. Anything else involves compromise.

You (the OP) don't like the extra depth, but that's one of the reasons Kallax are so popular around here. I can store a Milton Bradley-sized game -- really, just about anything shorter than the long Monopoly box -- without anything sticking out.

Plus, being Ikea products they're standardized and hackable. People combine multiple Kallax units in all sorts of creative ways. Depending how you use the shelves, you could omit some of the vertical dividers from the top row or two to store FFG coffin box games.
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I have enough large boxes that I left out a divider on the top shelf of a couple so those could be stacked there.

TTR size boxes are easy, they're about the size of a shelf, obviously.

CoB/GMT Games proportioned boxes I stack so you're looking at the narrow end and then have room for some more boxes beside them vertically.

Small stuff just gets stacked somewhere where-ever.

I'll make concessions to aesthetics and waste space sometimes. Which is sort of the point of a kallax. No one is suggesting them because they organize space efficiently. The cubes are pleasing to the eyes of many and they keep things pretty well organized.
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"Kallax Disappointment" is definitely one of my favourite early Manic Street Preachers album tracks.
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blackmeeple wrote:
lets me stack the narrower standard game boxes (Istanbul, Trajan, At the Gates of Loyang, GMT Games boxes) two deep

Yikes! Why not just hide them in a drawer?!?
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EMBison wrote:
Kallax:

1. Assemble shelves
2. Fix mistakes made in step 1
3. Place as many games as possible in shelves
4. If you have games leftover, buy more shelves; GOTO 1
5. If you have leftover space, but more games to fill


This reminded me of the good ole days of programming any and all math/science equations and notes into my TI-83 calculator in high school. Then, writing an RPG fighting game. Good text adventure fun!
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I use the BESTÅ line from IKEA. Adjustable shelf heights let me group games of the same size in space saving configurations. The individual pieces can mount to each other and they have track systems to help mount them to the wall if desired.
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I also love the Kallax. But what I have done for the long length games is, their either go up top or in the middle. What I did was, for at least the 4x4 one is I didn’t put one of the vertical pieces in but I still left the dowels in for integrity. So to get the dowels from not sticking out in front of the games, I took a saw to half of the dowel that’s sticking out and sanded. It helps but you’re still going to run for more shelves to handle the larger games. Regardless, Great shelf!
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As mentioned, it's the boxes that are at fault here.

dukane wrote:
EMBison wrote:
Kallax:

1. Assemble shelves
2. Fix mistakes made in step 1
3. Place as many games as possible in shelves
4. If you have games leftover, buy more shelves; GOTO 1
5. If you have leftover space, but more games to fill


This reminded me of the good ole days of programming any and all math/science equations and notes into my TI-83 calculator in high school. Then, writing an RPG fighting game. Good text adventure fun!


There were some good games for the TI calculators. Ahhh, the old days.
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Need to see pictures in this thread!
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Xaliba wrote:
Need to see pictures in this thread!


OK!

I just took this picture. Note that for the two Kallax 4x4 units referenced on the left-hand side of the picture, the 4x4 to the left of the one shown actually houses books, because my 'library' lives on the other side of the room!



There are more Kallax in this room - the entire game room is basically one big cluster of Kallax!!!
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My old LACK shelves are starting to come apart at the seams, and I haven't found anything in the Ikea catalog that I like as much. I'm not sure Kallax is my answer.
 
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Yeah, remind me to never design shelving units if people are going to blame my shelf design for their very niche hobby's lack of standardization.
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For the top level of one of our Kallax we didn't add the small pieces resulting in 2 larger shelves. So we can places our more irregular sized games.
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Gladiator FTW!

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shaneslunchbox wrote:

If there was something like this, but the uprights weren't so industrial, I'd go for it. But as it is it wouldn't quite work in my first-floor game room that's open to the living room. I need something that looks more like furniture than hardware.
 
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