Do you have any ideas for how to store board games? I have several and I either keep them under the bed or tucked away on high closet shelves, but neither make it easy to see all the board games and decide what we want to play.
Thanks for the great question. I love board games! I play a mean game of Sorry (Undefeated family champ three years running!). Thanks to the forums at Boardgamegeek I found out a few things. There are two kinds of storage, storage for collectors and storage for people who just like to play the games.The reason for this is because collectors care about things like box crumpling, board warping and of course display. Showing off collections is half the fun right?
Apparently, storing games on their sides is perfectly acceptable for games without boards, or if warping is not a big issue. (For people that are not serious collectors, the warping is barely noticeable.) It is also a great way to maximize space in say a closet with deep shelves.
You said that you keep most of your games “under the bed or tucked away on high closet shelves”. To this I say embrace your inner board game geek. If you love to play games you need to keep them where you will see them and use them. So if a closet is your best option, switch them up with whatever is at eye level when you open the door. get the games out from under your bed. (That is great storage for so many other seasonal items.) Admit that you love board games and find room for them in you day to day storage.
Some good ways to get a lot games and/or game pieces into a small space are:
I love the idea of using games as deco. Some vintage games are just wonderful to look at. If you have some games that are pretty and you like playing them, why not hang them on your wall and keep the pieces in mason jars (Or larger apothecary jars) on nearby shelves?
If you have a lot of oddly sized packaged games like Barrel of Monkeys, or games with a lot of pieces making their boxes over sized and hard to store, a plastic dresser could be what you need. Remove boards from boxes and storage neatly stacked on a shelf with all the goodies nearby in a plastic set of drawers (With labels on each drawer of course.).
What if you like playing a lot of card games like Uno or Cribbage? How about card based games like the above pictured Descent? Then a tackle box could solve a lot of your storage woes. Look at all the goodies this one stores! Dice, cards, pouches, pieces and so much more!
Some seriously fabulous game collections there! makes my small collection of Scrabble, Life, Sorry and Monopoly look paltry by comparison! Great question though, thanks so much or asking it and I do hope you share with us some pictures of what you decide to do! Cheers,M.