Review: Brick BOSS Table

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Most LEGO fans are constantly looking for furniture that can be functional and also store all or part of their LEGO collection. The folks at Brick Innovations were in the same position and decided to do something about it - so they started designing their own LEGO furniture. And so the Brick Build, Organize and Storage Solution (BOSS) Table was born.

Brick Innovations is starting their Kickstarter campaign today. In support of that launch, they sent Brickset one of their prototype Brick BOSS Tables for us to try out for a few weeks.

The table comes in a relatively compact package but at a pretty hefty weight - 67 pounds! All the materials are well packed and cushioned. Instructions are included in the box, and there's also an instruction video online. Both the instructions and the video mention using power drills to assemble the Brick BOSS, but I was able to put the table together using only flat head and Phillips screwdrivers. All of the pieces are connected with cams and dowels, making assembly straightforward and quite solid.

Brick BOSS Table

The instructions are clear, though I found the video to be the most help. I assembled the table while watching the Olympics and taking time between steps; it took me about an hour to assemble. Of course, I had a supervisor "helping".

Brick BOSS Table

If you had no distractions and no furry supervision I'm sure the table could be constructed in a much shorter period of time. I'll note that the instructions have bracing that is supposed to be used to secure the table to the wall behind it. I didn't do this, so that would add a little extra time.

Once assembled, the table is solid and looks quite attractive. The final dimensions are about two feet high, 18 inches deep and just about three feet wide. The depth and width allow for a relatively expansive building space. The table is flanked on three sides with raised edges which will prevent wayward bricks from falling off the sides or back of the table.

Brick BOSS Table

The table contains four relatively deep drawers that are intended for LEGO storage. Included with the table are eight dividers along with brackets that can be placed anywhere you choose - or not at all. I chose to have the top drawer without any dividers at all, and used the other dividers across the other drawers.

Brick BOSS Table

The feature that makes the table easily identifiable for LEGO are the knobs. They have raised LEGO type studs that are intended to be compatible with LEGO. The prototype knobs that I had were 3D printed so didn't really allow a minifig to stick. The production knobs will be injection moulded so should hold a minifig much better.

Brick BOSS Table

The drawer mechanisms are quite smooth, though I found (due to mostly operator error) that you need to pull on both of the knobs when pulling out a drawer to ensure the smoothest movement. Pulling on one knob will work most of the time, but can lead to the drawer getting a little stuck by coming out a little sideways. This is easily remedied by pushing the drawer back in and pulling gently on both knobs.

I want to point out a couple features that aren't evident in the pictures. First, the back legs of the able have some cutouts at the bottom to allow for baseboards. That lets you place the Brick BOSS flush against the wall. Second, the securing system to the wall is a great safety touch (even though I didn't install it) - the purpose of it is to prevent the Brick BOSS from tipping forward if all four drawers are pulled out and loaded full of LEGO. I imagine this is a quite common situation when you have kids working on their LEGO creations.

I liked having the four drawers - I used this extensively for most of my recent builds. I tended to use the top drawer without any dividers at all, finding it easy to dump parts of my current build there. That way I could step away from the build in the middle and close the drawer; not having to worry about any parts falling off the table before getting back to it. The other three drawers I find useful for the intended purpose - storage. I'm one of those AFOLs who tends to store complete sets together. Regardless, I still have some loose bricks and now I have something to keep them in one place.

Additionally, it's the perfect height for me to display models to prep them for photography for reviews!

Brick BOSS Table

Overall thoughts

The target demographic users for the Brick BOSS table are kids - and I would say that the dimensions are perfect for them. As an adult building I found myself either on a kids chair or more often kneeling in front of the table to use it. The height should be ideal for kids.

The materials of the Brick BOSS table are high quality and the final result is quite sturdy. Having the table secured to the wall behind would help ensure that it will stay in place. I really like the raised edges on three sides at the top to minimize stray LEGO bricks falling off.

If I had a suggestion for improvement, it would be to have the table be a table - by that I mean to have someplace where you can sit on a chair at the table and have your knees underneath the surface. As it was, if I sat in a chair in front of the table I felt as though I had my knees under my chin while trying to build - not the most comfortable position. Kids who tried this also felt the same way (though without the knees under the chin). Their knees bumped up against the drawers so often they ended up standing in front of the table instead of sitting in a chair.

Brick Innovations received this feedback independent of Brickset from other users. By the time we finished this review, they have also come out with the Brick BOSS Table Executive version that adds wings on each side of the table to allow for kids to sit at the table while they build. This is a picture from their website:

Brick BOSS Table

Pricing for the Brick BOSS Table starts at $239 USD - that's an early bird price - it will regularly be $269. The Brick BOSS Executive version pricing will start at $269 USD and will be $299 after the early bird pricing expires.

Brick Innovations has designed other LEGO themed furniture include a Brick Showcase Cabinet and a Minifigure Shelf.

In order to support Brick Innovations and to check out more about the Brick BOSS Table and the rest of the LEGO themed furniture, please visit the Brick Innovations Kickstarter page:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/brickinnovations/1587387190?token=98fc8530


Thanks to Travis Millet at Brick Innovations for sending the Brick BOSS Table for review. This review is an expression of my views and opinions.

20 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I am really interested in the The Brick BOSS Executive version for when I move to a house, this serves me to store other things as well.

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By in United Kingdom,

I like the Executive version; while the original looks terrific, I would also want somewhere to put my knees!

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By in Japan,

I would be very interested in backing this kick starter but, As someone who is currently based in Japan, I find it very disappointing to see that there's no shipping to Japan or other countries...

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By in United States,

I've been working on a design for my Lego room (using Ikea furniture dimensions), and my husband was suggesting I line 2 walls with cabinetry. I pointed out that you have to have a place to sit, so I left space in a corner between cabinets, which is always a tricky space to utilize, and placed a table top across. One set of drawers is never enough for any builder, so the most functional furniture is that which is modular and can be combined for various storage and surfaces that can be extended, and also leaves options for placing in any direction, being raised or lowered, and perhaps even adding wheels to roll pieces together or apart. I love the idea of having dividers that can be placed anywhere. It's about time someone corners this market. Ikea does a pretty bang up job of making modular furniture, but it still takes a little bit of extra engineering. Using Lego specific dimensions and taking into account the specific needs of Lego builders could certainly take things to another level! I appreciate the aesthetic detail also, like the Lego knobs. Keep up the good work!

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By in United States,

The wall brackets would certainly help prevent bricks from falling on the floor if the furniture were tipped ... however, I suspect that aspect is for prevention of the cabinet being tipped forward and crushing a kid. Even IKEA recently had to settle suits and offer brackets and/or return or replacement furniture for the exact situation happening. I think there are many other furniture-makers who also now always included wall-brackets for the same reason.

I do like the overall design. I am not a fan of MDF furniture though; super heavy and once chipped edges are not easily repaired and real wood can be. Yet, I realize it's cost-prohibitive to have it be real wood.
Luckily there are metal type of cabinets like these for tools that we use for as similar design and function.
Best of luck to Brick Innovations!

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By in United States,

Good News! A lot of AFOL have been asking about a non-kid sized variant of the Brick BOSS Table Executive so we're going to go ahead and offer a 30" table height as well (normal table height).

See the FAQ questions portion of the Kickstarter page for instructions on how to purchase a Brick BOSS Table Executive - AFOL Variant.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/brickinnovations/brick-boss-table-lego-themed-build-table-and-toy-s

Travis
BrickInnovations.com

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By in United Kingdom,

Nowhere for your knees will lead to terrible sitting position and cause back problems. Even the extended bits will leave you twisting all the time to reach other parts of the table. IKEA provide the only solution to kitting out a Lego building area in my opinion. They are affordable and the modular solutions mean you can fit the furniture into most sized spaces. Lego parts fit nicely into most IKEA boxes and Really Useful Boxes also offer great storage. This BOSS thing seems useless to me. Also looks like a nappy (diaper to you Americans!) changing table!

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By in United States,

This is perfect for my living room - our LEGO table is a bit of a mess most days, and I think this is a great little solution for me and the little ones! I just kickstarted the Big Boss version (executive version with the extra table wings looked nice, but too big for my space).

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By in United States,

You're an adult building?

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By in United States,

What, $300 for the winged one? Hmmm... I don't know how much furniture typically costs, I haven't had to worry about that yet, but that seems like a lot for something that's highly inconvenient for building on.

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By in United States,

Cool storage idea!

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By in United Kingdom,

It'd be helpful to have a lip all the way around the table, not just on three sides, as well as for the wings on the executive version (the pic shows no lip except adjacent to the middle section), to better contain round pieces. Or even a cutout trough would do it.

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By in United States,

Seems like a great idea, but not for me. As a woodworker, I much prefer wood furniture to MDF or particleboard; if the later two get wet, they will just fall apart. However they are much more cost effective, so a fine idea for kids.

Even with the AFOL version, just seems too pricey for what it is.

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By in United States,

Questions that need to be answered in this paid advertisement:

1. durability: did this product stand up to continued use of opening and closing of the drawers?
2. strength: what would happen if you sat on it? leaned against it?

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By in United States,

It is obvious that Brickset is starting to have paid advertisement posts rather than informational posts that help builders make good decisions. For LEGO compatible products it is obvious that you are receiving free product and you are providing the pros and zero cons.

In order to help us please make this useful to all by including a post on current LEGO tables or storage options and the pros and cons of each.

Please stop the infomercials

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By in United States,

Insert 'facepalm' picture here.

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By in France,

they could just make it like a desk. also there is space for 2 - 3 more drawers under the other ones.

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By in United States,

@horde prime: to answer your questions:

1) repeated use of the drawers over the course of several weeks didn't reveal any problems; I would have mentioned if it did.
2) It was fine to lean on. I didn't think to sit on it, but can say that it withstood a 30 pound dog jumping up on it multiple times without problems.

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By in United Kingdom,

I like the 'Executive' table but find IKEA provides a good selection of storage solutions already so this isn't something that interests me at the moment. Thanks for drawing attention to it though!

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By in United States,

@horde prime:

I had the same concern about strength when sat on. I weigh 185 lbs and if I sit right in the middle it flexes down enough to touch on the top drawer. No damage done but I don't think it's going to replace your La-Z-boy anytime soon :)

@Fauch

You're right. There should be room for 2, maybe 3 more drawers. In fact, I really like that idea! We'll investigate predrilling holes for 6 or 7 drawers but still selling the cabinet with 4. That way people who want additional drawers can purchase them separately.

If we can't think of any reason not to (none come to mind at present), we'll move forward with that idea. Thanks for the suggestion!

Travis
www.BrickInnovations.com

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