Where do you build?

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In my review of 10264 Corner Garage I mentioned that I constructed it away from my usual building space.

I setup on the kitchen table at my daughter's house and built it there. Normally I build on a worktop-height table while standing up, so I was not used to doing so on a low table while sitting. I found it quite uncomfortable, mainly because of all the bending forwards over the parts trays and extending my arm at shoulder height to fetch the pieces.

So, it got me thinking: where do other people like to build? Let's have a quick poll:

Where do you like to build?

Sitting at a table
Standing at a worktop-height table
Sitting on a high chair at a worktop-height table
On the floor
Somewhere else

If you build somewhere else, let us know in the comments.

The picture shows the garage in progress while Daisy the cat looks on from the window-sill...

 

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111 comments on this article

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By in Netherlands,

I prefer standing. Even with a lower table. Helicopter view!

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By in Canada,

For my first modulars I built on the floor, since that's how I always played with Lego as a kid! Then my back started to complain, so I take over the kitchen table for big builds.

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By in United States,

They can be pricey, but board game tables with inset surfaces designed to keep dice and tokens on the table are fantastic for LEGO. Plus they can often pull double duty as a dining table without needing to fully clean up. Details about the one I use here: https://forum.brickset.com/discussion/comment/526329#Comment_526329

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By in United States,

I build sets at my desk with the surface clear of everything else. For lack of a proper workspace, I build MOCs on the floor and replace the suitcase full of loose parts beneath the bed between building sessions.

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By in Australia,

The desk in my room, or the kitchen bench (if nobody else is home). But there are seats at the bench.

How do you people build standing up? Geez, for big sets, that would be exhausting.

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By in United States,

Ideally I'd like to use a table or desk, but that's not an option with my current set up, leaving me with the floor. Could be worse, though.

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By in Belgium,

We use the dining table in the house where I can sit next to my son and build together. We build together most of the time. Somethimes my wife joins us to. So it’s kind of a family thing. It’s quite a big table so there’s always room for dinner without having to remove all the builds. My desk is for my other hobby... restoring car parts.

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By in Canada,

I sit cross legged on the bed or sofa, usually. I have a large flat surface I set the build and parts on. I take intermittent breaks to get up and stretch, but after a large DTC build (always done in one day; I'm impatient, hahaha) I'm sometimes a bit cramped up. I tried sitting at a desk, but it's just not for me. I've been sitting cross legged, leaning over my bricks for 40 years now, and it's not likely to change.

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By in United States,

I build on the floor because its the only space big enough. I plan to build a custom table designed for Lego building and storage. I hope to use it to stand and build or sit from a tall stool.

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By in France,

The dining room table is at the perfect height for building here at home. I have much room for spreading my work on progress (mainly because I don't like numbered bags, building is too short and easy with them, I need and love to have many many parts to search in ; so I open and sort all of them before starting the building, mainly by color and / or type - a reminiscence of my kid habits I guess). But too often this table is filled with my wife's work in progress, so many papers, books and copies... she's a teacher, a very hard working and conscientious one. So, I have then to build on the lower table of the cosy corner, sitting on the sofa (when this second table is not filled with my daughter's Lego Elves and Friends!). It's so uncomfortable and I smiled when I read Huw complaining about bending forward so many times and so on. As a kid, I used to build and play Lego on the floor, among the Bricks, my chin laid on one of my knee :) for hours.

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By in United States,

I still build pretty much all my sets on the living room floor in front of the TV. I open the box up and use that to dump the parts on so they don't get pet hair on them lol. I usually have the TV on when I'm building, usually a talk show so I can just listen while I focus on the building. It does get uncomfortable after a while and I usually only build for 1-1.5 hours at a time (but that lets me spread out the building over a few days and savor it more lol). It would be much more comfortable to build sitting at a card table (which I have done before), but all my card tables are currently in use displaying other sets!

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By in United States,

My favorite place is on the floor. But often times or use coffee table and sitting on a couch. I think it’s a 70/30 split. My absolute all-time favorite place is at my parents house at the top of a small flight of stairs (three steps) that leads from the living room into the hallway. My house has a similar flight of stairs, but leads from the back door into the kitchen. So that’s not really an option.

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By in Netherlands,

I love building Lego with all of it spread out on the floor....... but dammit it gives me cramps after like 30 minutes, I can't sit there for hours anymore like I could when I was a kid.

So... table it is. :(

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By in United States,

Couch/coffee table is my typical combination with the TV on for background noise. Though for a larger build it may be the dining table.

Both with my husband sitting next to me, looking over every five minutes and saying: "You're not done yet?!".

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By in United Kingdom,

Daisy is a beautiful cat! Personally I prefer to stand-up at my regular height table; there is less bending and I can easily find pieces I want, see the set from a variety of different angles and walking around helps me think.

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By in Portugal,

For me, it depends. When I build something alone, can be anywhere depending on the size of the build. When I'm with friends, the dining room or the kitchen table are good options. Sitting and getting up at intervals.

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By in United Kingdom,

I mostly build on the floor but before i build i vacuum the carpet in the area just to prevent as much carpet from getting into the build and it works.

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By in Australia,

For me it's always standing at a table in the garage, or for large new sets, taking over the front room floor. My favourite alternative building experience was building Assembly Square on the couch during a teleconference with work!

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By in United Kingdom,

I build on a tray on my knees sat in front of the telly my wife reads the instructions and has some interesting descriptions of pieces...

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By in United Kingdom,

Interesting... seems I'm in a minority so far, then!

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By in United States,

I prefer to build at a high top table, but I alternate between "perching" on the very edge of a high stool and standing.

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By in Luxembourg,

I use an Ikea Norden table. It's fold-able which is very convenient and it had 3 drawers underneath to store bits an pieces.

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By in United States,

I still haven't taken the time to sort my LEGO into drawers, so they're still in large plastic boxes. The good thing is, I have a pretty good knowledge of which disassembled sets would be in which boxes. So for Mocs I tend to just dump a certain box on the floor, probably another one a few feet away, and build somewhere in between. I'll usually just build normal sets on the nearest table though.

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By in United Kingdom,

I have a desk in the spare room that I use. I either sit at the desk, or I stand, depending on what I'm building and where.

My large MOC that I'm currently building sits on top of a chest of drawers. I build sections at the table and take them over to the put them in place. In this case, I'm usually standing.

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By in United Kingdom,

I usually build on the floor and then an hour later when I need to get up for something I'm all bent up and unable to straighten out! I really need to start using a table

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By in Germany,

As it stands, due to my back problems, I would love to have a place where I could build standing. Unfortunately for me it's like with @Stubborn Virus. I haven't even got a suitable table to build sitting, so have to resort to building while sitting on the floor (or sometimes on the bed). Extremely uncomfortable. After building something like a Modular, I am sore all through. Perhaps one reason why most of my sets remain unbuilt in their boxes for the time being. Anyway, can't be helped for the time being.

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By in United Kingdom,

I always used to build on the floor as a child and tried to carry on doing so into my 40s. These days I understand why Lego include a graphic encouraging you to build at a table; my joints could not cope with the length of time I spent sitting on the floor building the Unimog!

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By in Australia,

I build at an old kitchen table with strips of timber screwed to three sides to catch loose pieces when they roll away. If I am in front of the TV or travelling I use a large IKEA tray with compartments.

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By in United Kingdom,

I flit between the dining table, my office desk, coffee table plus couch or a lap tray on the couch. Depends on the size of set, what else is happening at home, whether the wife wants to see progress or would rather avoid the noise of pieces rattling etc etc etc.

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By in United Kingdom,

Generally at my desk with a film / youtube on my 2nd monitor in the background if I'm making a set. If I'm MOCing or building a larger set, it will generally be on the floor with a large bath towel spread out and boxes of bits and parts all over the place. Then I sit cross legged in front of it, or crawl around and play. This bit hasn't changed much for 40 years (different towel though).

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By in United Kingdom,

I used to build on the floor until I moved house 12 years ago, into one with space for a dedicated building area. I was always wearing holes in the knees of my jeans as a result!

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By in United Kingdom,

Most often I build on a tray on my lap on the sofa, but same as others I’ve needed more space for bigger builds. I often sit on the floor using the coffee table for modular sets or mocs.
My ‘Lego room’ (ie box room!) isn’t quite big enough to fit a chair in an I’ve maximised table space, and the brief time I dedicated a table to building it quickly just became an expansion to the city! Need a bigger flat!!

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By in United States,

When I'm home, I build using the dining room table.

However, I do most of my building at work at my desk, which is a hybrid. It's part-counter space and part-height adjustable.

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By in United States,

All of the above? Depends on how tidy and organised my LEGO is at any given time, and how large the build is. I do have a designated building table and chair, but often I'll just start building on any vaguely available and vaguely level surface within reach.

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By in United Kingdom,

I sit/squat on the floor in my bedroom and build from plastic trays on IKEA lack tables. Your cat's better behaved than my old one...She,d steal minifig heads and go and play with them in the bath, batting them around for ages.

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By in Germany,

when I lived in the states we had a coffee table that could be raised to be about the normal level of a table and I would build there. Where I am currently we have a plastic folded table that gets set up (and has stayed for a good amount of time) for when something needs to be done. The table is big enough that even with the Tower Bridge I was able to put all of the pieces on the table and still have enough room to actually be able to build it.

I would like to get a table that can go between the normal height and worktable height when I go back to the states. That way when i have a large DTC (or am rebuilding all of the stuff I will take a part for my move) I can raise and lower for which ever is better for me at the time. I have looked at some at Ikea that look like they would be able to make it work. Of course I would have to have the room available in my lego area.

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By in United Kingdom,

I always start building on my desk but then after a while I end up on the floor!

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By in United Kingdom,

@Huw I never considered building whilst standing. I currently build on the lounge coffee table and man my back gets sore. I wonder whether standing would cause less back strain? Sure your legs might get tired, but being crammed under and up-against a coffee table isn't working for. Previously I built on dining room tables with chairs, and that too strained my back, all the leaning over and stretching. Definite food for thought about the ergonomics of building and how to design a place that is more comfortable.

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By in Australia,

On a small table in my lap while I sit in my comfy recliner. If it's a bigger set I use the dinning room table. I keep the parts in one or two plastic containers with sealable lids to reduce the chances of losing parts.

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By in United Kingdom,

I used to build on the sofa with a sided lap tray to stop pieces escaping, taking over the coffee table for larger builds but it did get uncomfortable over long periods. I’ve moved house recently and gained a dedicated Lego room which I’m currently deciding what to do with! I’m considering investing in an adjustable desk so that I can switch between standing and sitting during longer builds. Very timely article and interesting to read what everyone else does, thanks!

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By in United Kingdom,

@CommanderRaab, the advantage with standing is that it's easier to see the parts laid out on the table, easier to reach for them and, most importantly, if you're MOCing, much easier to move round the room to grab parts from the storage, which is not all within arm's reach from the table.

I sit in front of a PC for long enough as it is so standing and moving about while building makes a nice change.

It's not easy to prepare food while sitting at a table and certainly not while standing over a table. That's why kitchens have worktops about 900mm high and you stand at them :)

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By in Poland,

I prefer to build on a coffee table sitting on the floor with my son. Or on the biggest (kitchen) table in case of larger sets.

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By in United States,

I build in bed. Get a tray, open a bag, usually put something visually inconsequential on the TV and get to it.

Now you’ve got me thinking about tablets, PDFs and building the bath...

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By in United Kingdom,

Probably more often than not it is the floor, but sometimes for small sets of sub constructions I use a large wooden tray on my lap - just for a different position....

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By in United States,

I put together a dedicated bench for LEGO builds. The bench is typically in some sort of disarray during builds that carry on an on. It is about waist high for easy reaching over and supports a bar stool if I want to sit.

When building with my kids, I’m the parts sorter and puller, we build at a table or the LEGO work bench

I always put down a standard size pillow case. We use the lowest thread count we can find. The loose weave provides enough friction to prevent elements from rolling to far. We’ve experimented with different colors and Dark Grey seems to be the best color for distinguishing from the LEGO color palette. The pillow case can be easily picked up and moved if the table is needed for meals. And transferring builds between work surfaces.

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By in United Kingdom,

If I am building a set its at my Lego table but if I am mocing it has to be on the floor with parts everywhere.

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By in United States,

I usually build sitting on the couch with a flat tray in my lap & a plastic container of some sort to dump the parts in. I go one # bag(s) at a time & do not pre-sort the parts.

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By in United States,

I wish I could build standing, but my LEGO space is in the attic and there’s not enough headroom. At least I have a very large table with room for Akro-Mills bins along the back edge and tons of space to build.

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By in Czech Republic,

I usually build sitting on a sofa with a big, super solid tray (60x40cm) on my lap. The sides are 3cm high, so no tiny little bricks can roll away. When I need to stretch, I just put the tray aside...depends how big the build is... It's also handy for carrying the builds back and forth through the house...

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By in United States,

I chose somewhere else only because I don’t often build in the same spot. Sometimes I build at the table or on the floor in my room, sometimes I build a set in my basement and then other times I build with my brother on his table. If I get a set from one of my grandparents for Christmas, I often build at a spot on the floor or at their dining room table. So for me to properly answer the question, there would have to be something like a “all of the above” or “never one spot” choice.

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By in United States,

I build on our low coffee table while sitting either on the couch or the floor.

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By in United States,

I like to lay on the floor and build but I still use a table a lot. My rom just doesn't have a table:)

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By in United States,

We build at the coffee table while we sit on the couch or lying the floor.

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By in United States,

Larger sets I sort and build on the dining room table. Since that space rarely gets used, I can leave it out when I need a break. Smaller sets are built at the kitchen island. And I always have a cat supervising!

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By in United States,

I build on a table in my garage, but I constantly switch between sitting and standing.

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By in United Kingdom,

love the cat

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By in United Arab Emirates,

Sometimes small sets on the bed

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By in United Kingdom,

I don't do much building now - last I did was UCS BB-8 Christmas a year ago, and that was more a one-off since I rarely get new Lego anymore - but I've recently tended to like sitting on the floor next to a low table; that way I can have the model on the table as I work on it, at just the right height for me, and the parts bags on the floor around, so everything's within convenient reach.

When I was younger - and still sometimes for smaller sets - I'd just build them while sitting on a sofa or bed, without the benefit of a real flat surface... I'm not sure why I ever quite thought that was a sensible idea, but it always worked for me.

Just... with BB-8 there were far too many small pieces to risk losing down the gap between the sofa cushions - hence, finding a different arrangement for working on him.

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By in United States,

I’m fortunate enough to have a dedicated LEGO room in my house, and I acquired a desk that raises and lowers, so I can stand or sit while building.

I find that 90% of the time I stand. It’s easier to access my storage bins quickly, and the helicopter view is ideal.

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By in United States,

I would PREFER to stand. That being said I always end up building sitting down at a table or bent over a coffee table in the living room, because that’s the space I have available. I need to figure out a workbench height to stand at.

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By in United States,

I mostly build sitting at the one table I own - an extra wide expandable dining room table with folding sides and extra leaves which allows me to adjust workspace efficiently for the size of the project. It provides a large enough work area to build on, sort (in Stanley professional removable compartment organizers) and display a few finished models at the same time.

I do some standing while building depending on what stage the build is at (like when joining sub-assemblies together) and when MOCing and running back and forth to gather parts from storage that aren't readily at hand or fit in the removable compartment containers.

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By in United States,

Well. I just build where I find a place, usually at a table though so I put that. Sometimes on the floor, so Huw, you can put me as half a point on the floor too if you desire. ;)

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By in United States,

I'm with Huw, as I stand at the dining room table to build. It is just really hard for me if I sit down and build (so uncomfortable) XD

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By in United Kingdom,

On the floor for me too, in the living room, good movie/box set on in background. However "coincidentally" now undergoing a long haul of chiropractic appointments due to a bad back so have bought one of those lap trays that sit either side of your legs - still sitting on floor, but back against the sofa. Proved extremely tricky building Hogwarts Castle!

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By in United States,

For normal set-buildling, we have L-shaped bench seating along two sides of our dining table so we can sit in comfort with bins on either side of us and trays on the table holding loose parts.

When we’re working on a large display (train/town/etc.), we build standing up at a normal-height table. I do find that standing bothers my back more because I'm tall. Slightly higher than normal-height tables would be a welcome luxury.

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By in United States,

On holidays I usually build on the floors because of the presence of other people.
On normal days I usually build on my bed because it’s comfortable and generally cleaner than the floor.

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By in United States,

I built the 75060 Slave 1 from the trunk of my car while on lunch breaks from work. I just set up a stool by the back bumper and used trays to contain the pieces. Otherwise, I typically build on the coffee table in front of the TV. I use the same tray to contain the pieces, and the table as support. Sitting on the couch or on the floor seems to lessen stress on the ol' back...

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By in United States,

For set under 1500 pieces or so I build on the floor with my kids in our playroom. I usually build on a thick cutting board block for stability. My kids do the same.

For larger sets that take multiple sessions of building, we have a pool table in the garage. It is perfect for either standing or sitting at and gives you huge amounts of space to make piles and set things aside. My kids even climb up on the pool table to help or watch. So i also vouch for the gaming table build table. The felt make the perfect surface, the lighting is direct on the table and the olive felt we have makes all the colors and pieces easy to find...You can also set aside a completed model and start on something else!

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By in United States,

Recently I've mostly been using a lap tray while sitting in a recliner in the living room, with parts dumped into a storage container #2856206. I also build a lot sitting on the floor, with everything dumped onto a bed sheet to make it easier to keep parts from scurrying off, especially when sorting through multiple sets all mixed together.

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By in United Kingdom,

A couple of locations, either the kitchen table or the Lego Room - Sounds a bit grand but it is a box room, half given up to Lego and the other half to wardrobes. Eventually the wardrobes will go to make more space.

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By in United Kingdom,

Most of the time for small-medium builds its a Plastic Plate (or Tray) so the pieces don't get lost and the sofa. For larger builds the Dining Room Table. I would have said ive never stood up, but last night I did.... a large model, my biggest, meant it was almost too tall to sit at the table and reach......

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By in United States,

String on my couch, building out of a Iris box, probably watching the office.

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By in United States,

What sounds uncomfortable is standing up while building.

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By in United States,

I like to build my sets at my home desk.

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By in United States,

I always need to rememberr to STRETCH before i build on the floor because i always get a stiff back with big sets

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By in Norway,

23 % is building on the floor... wowsa, take care of your backs folks!

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By in United States,

I usually build sets out of the box at my coffee table while sitting on the couch and watch a show or movie, rarely I will move to the floor if I need more room for a bigger set. I also build in my purpose built Lego Star Wars room when working on a MOC or MOD and I need my parts drawers readily available. The only time I have built sets while standing up was at the Lego 60th Anniversary event at Facebook HQ in San Francisco for speed building and bridge building competitions.

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By in United States,

Sitting at my desk works for most smaller sets, but the big stuff (usually over 500 pieces) has to be handled at the kitchen or even dining room table.

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By in United States,

I usually build sets at my dining room table, but as long as I’m set up with the bags organized and the box in front of me (for some reason I’m really picky about that) I can build a set anywhere. As for MOCs, I always build in the floor in my basement where my City is. I just lay the parts bins out and build. This is an interesting survey, I look forward to seeing the final results.

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By in United States,

I used to build sitting on the floor, but a couple years ago that started to disagree with my back and especially my knees. So now I build on either the dining room table or the table out in our sunroom. I'll alternate between sitting and standing. As the set gets bigger, I tend to stand more.

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By in Canada,

my main building spot for MOCs is on the floor, and for actual set building; if it's a set i plan to take apart soon after building i'll do it in the same spot; if i'm building a set i plan to put on display i'll usually use a desk or table (whichever is more convenient) but all around prefer to be sitting while building.

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By in United Kingdom,

Very interesting, thank you everyone. The most numerous 'somewhere else' response seems to be sitting on a couch/sofa and building on a coffee table, something I never do and didn't think of, because I don't have a coffee table :)

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By in United States,

I usually have to build on the floor but my back shoulders and legs start to hurt depending on how I'm sitting/laying. I'm constantly uncomfortable and having to switch positions and I can't hardly stand up afterwards... terrible since I'm only 21... but when I can use a table it's a little less uncomfortable and I'm less likely to lose the pieces into the carpet. Easier to see everything. I've never tried a countertop but I will say that constantly having to get up from my "comfortable" spot to reach things gets annoying lol.

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By in United States,

In bed, with a TV tray. It's been a while since I've gotten a new set that was too big for that technique, though I'll be building the UCS Falcon over Christmas break and it's unfotunately slightly bigger than a TV tray...

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By in United States,

I usually kneel next to my bed after clearing it off and smoothing out my bedding. Hasn’t happened for a while.

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By in United Kingdom,

I tend to sit on the sofa with the main build happening on a tray on my lap. Other things (instructions, larger pieces etc) are spread out on the sofa.

I generally chose there because of convenience and the ability to watch TV. But I do find being a little bent over hurts after a while. I do occasionally build at the dinning room table, but it's often covered in junk and the location isn't as good. I'm also finally sorting out a Lego room, which has a high desk in there. So I may start building there...we'll see...

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By in Canada,

@SearchlightRG, I use the pretty well same method. It works really well w/the light-blue cover, as it doesn't match any color Lego produces right now (ex: I have a 3/4 Arctic Cargo Jet built, none of which blends w/the "workspace").

Edit: right now (IE: as I right this...) I got several bags from "Basic" sets out on said-bed, and I'm sorting them in to containers (mostly by color)...slow process, but it has to be done:)

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By in United Kingdom,

I usually sit on my bed with the build in front of me and the instructions and parts bags surrounding me. I tend to keep the parts inside the opened bags to help keep them safe from my cat. If I get uncomfortable I may move to sitting on the floor and use the bed like a table, but I usually get up a lot in the middle of building larger sets to do chores and get snacks etc which gives my back a break.

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By in United States,

all of the above? plus sitting in bed, with a tray to hold parts and a large hardcover book to support a baseplate (if building a house, winter village train station, etc.)

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By in United States,

On where I can but it's mostly the floor.

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By in Germany,

On the couch table, in front of the TV. I've actually never thought about building standing up. Might try that sometime.

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By in Ireland,

Sets I usually build on the sofa, using an Ikea 'Kuggis' tray to hold parts. They're cheap, rigid, and have 8 pockets of different sizes.
MOCs usually sitting at a table. I might give the standing table a go.

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By in United States,

Almost always sitting on the couch and using the coffee table, which if it's a special build (like a large Creator Expert set) has been just cleaned off, OCD style :) Thus I selected the "Sitting at a table" option, as it seemed the closest fit for my build style. The TV needs to be on, but never anything so interesting as to distract me from the build; History, Travel and Discovery Channels usually fit the bill. Every once and awhile I will build Duplo w/my 3 yr. old son on the floor, but my back and knees never thank me for it.

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By in United Kingdom,

Due to the lack of space for anything other than a coffee table, I generally build on a couple of trays whilst sitting on our settee.
This is okay for most smaller to mid scale builds but when it comes to 1000+ part builds I generally sit on the floor and build on the coffee table.
Not the best of solutions as I'm unfortunately getting old and if I sit there too long I can't get up again so have to seriously limit the time I'm sat in the same place.

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By in United States,

Floor with a flat cardboard 'box' that has only like an inch side. A friend and I are building the 3 in 1 Creator RV. It's their first set ever (!!!) and loves it. We will hopefully finish it up soon.

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By in Netherlands,

I like to work on my bed, either laying down on it or sitting on my knees next to it.

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By in Netherlands,

A combination, landscaping in my Lego city is standing at the table, building with instructions is sitting down at (kitchen) table, testing some small building techniques requiring 4-5 trays of types of parts standing in the LEGO room where I also have a small desk space for building or sorting (both standing and sitting there).

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By in Japan,

So, I live in Japan... pretty much as everything else here is done in the floor... even the LEGO building. But recently, due the lack of space (another common issue in Japan), I've been using a coffee table... X___x

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By in Canada,

Besides the floor of our LEGO room, if the set is a collector type, the 76105 for instance, then the dining room table.

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By in Netherlands,

I use a tray for small sets and just put it on my lap while sitting cross-legged on the couch. Bigger sets I build on the dining table but I find that rather uncomfortable. Most of the time I’m sitting on a comfy office chair behind a desk in the lego room, building mocs.

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By in Romania,

I was hired by a company to sorting parts at home, so in the last 4 years I was doing millions of parts, for 6-20 hours a day, siting in a chair on some IKEA square coffee tables with detachable legs in my TV room.
Because they are aprox 50X50 cm, I use 2, 4 or 6, depends on how many parts or how big is the layout. In these years I was making for another company some 3m long LEGO layouts for the toystore window, so these coffee tables at 8$ each became a chep and flexible solution.
I have a website-portfolio with my works and in the Making of pages you could see the tables.

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By in Canada,

If it's a smaller build (under 500 pieces) I'll usually sit in my recliner with a lap tray/computer tray. It's a challenge to build the whole set without having to interrupt the build by getting up, finding a secure place to 'store' the tray and crawling around on my hands & knees reaching parts that rolled off and are trapped under the recliner. I'm hoping for a lap tray with edges for Christmas so I can eliminate the inevitable 'parts search'. For larger sets I always use a table and chair. I wish I could build on the floor but it's too painful after a few minutes. Old bones! Sometimes with the TV on but usually listening to music or talk radio as it doesn't require my visual attention.

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By in United States,

I have an entire setup in my basement. An old dinner table that has some extra height to it is what my Batcave moc currently sits on. Another large table holds loose parts and smaller projects. I have a desk chair on wheels that I use to roll around to various tables, but I do walk around and build standing up from time to time.

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By in United States,

I alternate in between sitting and standing while building. But if the set is smaller than 600 pieces, I just sit.

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By in United States,

I put in sitting at a table, though I'm moving in February and may rethink that setup.

I'll have more room with the new place, so I'll probably try the standing up option first, and go from there.

Before reading this article, I hadn't really thought about it before. *laugh*

I do know that when I was a kid, I would build on the floor.

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By in United States,

As an old school model guy I still use my cutting mat on a table while building Lego.
Could be habit but I also like the lines and increments on the mat. I like how the pieces look on it.
Lets me pretend I'm a Lego designer ;)

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By in United States,

Small Technic sets I build on my bed.

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By in United Kingdom,

I like sitting on the sofa or armchair with a small/medium set box in my lap, torn open to give me room to work.

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By in United States,

I usually use my former computer desk, which houses my laptop overnight but not while in use; I typically sit but I've worked standing. The desk also sits under a window so now creations are often displayed there for a short while, then cleaned and moved somewhere safer.

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By in United States,

I like to build sitting on the couch! I use a wooden TV tray as a flat surface to build on. Works great with almost any size build!

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By in Norway,

I usually use a box in my lap, as the table is too cluttered with random junk. For small/medium set I open the box by separating the three glued sides on the back with a butter knife, giving a nice lidded box. For larger sets like the modulars I use a board game lid or an Architecture box with two smaller boxes inside. I'd then take all the bags of a certain number, and "sort" the parts by pouring the smallest in one box, the mid-sized in the other and the large in the lid itself. Then I'd flip the instructions to the last page of that bag, and build as much as possible as sub-assemblies (windows, wall sections, furniture etc) from that picture alone. Eventually I'd have to flip to other pages to look up details, which can be a pain if it's only showed in one of the 100+ pages. Only at the very end I'd clear out a corner of the table to do the final assembly before proceeding to the next set of bags.

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