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also, I was having a hard time deciding which configuration of drawers to choose...are fewer drawers easier to manage or more?
We have 5 children ages 10, 8, 6, 3 and 1, and two large bins of legos from garage sales (mixed sets) and then a few newer sets (star wars etc.)..do you find kids do better with fewer or more drawers as far as getting them organized and keeping that way....?
and do the storage seats generally work for only younger kids or do older kids use them too? any other sizes available?
Thanks again,
GayleDuring product development, we used our own family as guinea pigs. Our children are now 10, 9, 7, 5, 3, 1 (sounds pretty similar). We have the tables at the 22.5" height to accommodate their various heights. At this height, the stools can be used as seating, but it seems like the kids prefer to work standing. Our stools store large parts and road plates, and I use them when playing along. It's also nice to have what we call the junk bucket, a larger bin to store those parts that will always need to be sorted. Of course, any $3 plastic tub will work for this.
As far as layout, the 183939 would be a good general configuration. You are likely to want to really narrow the contents of each drawer over time, so more division is a plus. You will end up storing some parts as a category (e.g. lock hinges) because there are many variations on a specific theme, but it is ultimately better to have each drawer or divided space dedicated to only one type of component. Keep in mind we get our cabinet inserts from a national supplier, Stack-on, so that replacing one of the cabinets is only about $25 from a local home store. You will not need to order something expensive from us if you need to tweak later on. Also, we do supply many drawer dividers with each configuration.
Look closely at the photo at the bottom of the "about us" page http://www.brikcrate.com/about-us.html . You will get an idea of how to set them up. Notice too, we have the common bricks in stacking plastic drawers as we have outgrown the tables. The Brikcrate system is designed to let the builder direct the play, but, like a laboratory, it's a system that innately requires regular review. If the configuration that you are working with right now doesn't seem to work perfectly, then change it so it does.
I believe, for your family, the JumboCrate at the 22.5" height with one leg and the 183939 configuration would do just fine without the BrikBoxes for now. If the kids grow, or you decide you want it higher, the 29" leg is easy enough to make, or you can purchase one inexpensively on the site. If you crave the tidy look or find you need the seating, you will be armed with a coupon code to take 10% off future purchases.

A few people have written in with essentially the same question
   ... I was having a hard time deciding which configuration of drawers to choose...are fewer drawers easier to manage or more? We have children of various ages and two large bins of legos from garage sales (mixed sets) and then a few newer sets (star wars etc.)..do you find kids do better with fewer or more drawers as far as getting them organized and keeping that way....? and do the storage seats generally work for only younger kids or do older kids use them too? any other sizes available?
 
We respond:
   During product development, we used our own family as guinea pigs. Our children are now 10, 9, 7, 5, 3, 1. We have the tables at the 22.5" height to accommodate their various heights. At this height, the stools can be used as seating, but it seems like the kids prefer to work standing. Our stools store large parts and road plates, and I use them when playing along. It's also nice to have what we call the junk bucket, a larger bin to store those parts that will always need to be sorted. Of course, any $3 plastic tub will work for this. 
   As far as layout, the 183939 would be a good general configuration. You are likely to want to really narrow the contents of each drawer over time, so more division is a plus. You will end up storing some parts as a category (e.g. lock hinges) because there are many variations on a specific theme, but it is ultimately better to have each drawer or divided space dedicated to only one type of component. Keep in mind we get our cabinet inserts from a national supplier, Stack-on, so that replacing one of the cabinets is only about $25 from a local home store or off the Amazon carousel at the bottom of our links page (likely cheaper if you order two with their free shipping). You will not need to order something expensive from us if you need to tweak later on. Also, we do supply many drawer dividers with each configuration.
   Look closely at this photo from the bottom of the "about us" page. 

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You will get an idea of how to set them up. Notice too, we have the common bricks in stacking plastic drawers as we have outgrown the tables. The Brikcrate system is designed to let the builder direct the play, but, like a laboratory, it's a system that innately requires regular review. If the configuration that you are working with right now doesn't seem to work perfectly, then change it so it does. 

   A good generic setup for a family with kids (and grown-ups) of various ages would be the JumboCrate at the 22.5" height with one leg and the 183939 configuration. The addition of the BrikBoxes would answer the craving for a tidy finished look or seating demands. If the kids grow, or you decide you want it higher, the 29" leg is easy enough to make, or you can purchase one inexpensively on the site.
   If the space you have available is more compressed, the JuniorCrate at the 22.5" height with one leg and the 3939 configuration would work just fine too.