Never Lose A Puzzle Piece With The Right Puzzle Storage

Keep your jigsaw puzzles together with these puzzle storage ideas

8 months ago   •   8 min read

By Jason

As you no doubt know, we love jigsaw puzzles here at Geek’s Oasis. We have looked at massive 3,000-piece puzzles, puzzles with our favorite web-head Spider-Man, and much more!

The thing is, putting together a jigsaw puzzle is very seldom something that is done in one sitting. Well, if it is the holidays and you are hiding out in the attic from the family like Clark Griswold you may have the time and peace to do it.

That is a reference to Christmas Vacation where poor old Clark ends up stuck in the attic while the rest of the family goes shopping. If you ask us, Clark dodged one heck of a bullet there… well apart from falling out the attic door of course!

However, most of us are going to put together a jigsaw a little bit at a time and these puzzle storage ideas we have for you today are going to help with that.

Finding The Right Puzzle Storage For You

To make up our list of the best puzzle storage, we decided to go for things that will let you store your puzzle while you are working on it as well as things that will prevent your puzzle pieces from getting lost!

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Lovinouse Jigsaw Puzzle Board

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Why We At Geek’s Oasis Love It

This is a nice and large puzzle board and the reason why it is great for puzzle storage is that you put your puzzle together on the board, but when you need a break, you can fold the large “doors” and then the puzzle is protected from the kids, pets or even dinosaurs if you are a lover of Jurassic Park!

In all seriousness, this is going to be a real lifesaver for you and it even has two large extra boards that can be used to put important puzzle pieces on. This can support a jigsaw puzzle up to 28 x 19 inches meaning a puzzle with 1000 pieces fits perfectly.

Good To Know

  • Size: 24 x 36 inches
  • This gives you a great place to make your puzzle and those extra boards will come in really handy too.

Genovega Jigsaw Puzzle Mat Roll Up

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Why We At Geek’s Oasis Love It

We actually did a whole article on puzzle mats a while back and a puzzle mat is what most people think of when they are looking for puzzle storage.

This is great if you like to do larger puzzles as this is designed for puzzles as large as 2,000 pieces!

What is neat about this is that it allows you to roll up the puzzle (through some kind of witchcraft) so you can then store it somewhere until you are ready to get back at it!

Good To Know

  • Size: 41.5 x 29.5 inches
  • As well as the puzzle mat, this comes with an inflatable tube, a hand pump, a storage bag, and a set of Velcro straps, all you need to store your puzzle safely.

TIDYBOSS 8 Puzzle Sorting Trays

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Why We At Geek’s Oasis Love It

Next up we have something that is technically related to puzzle storage as this is about keeping your puzzle pieces organized.

With these, you get eight puzzle sorting trays and the idea is that let's say you are making a Star Wars puzzle for example, if you have all the bits for Chewie, but you are not ready to make him yet, you can put them all in one tray for when you are ready. Or you can organize the puzzle pieces based on their shapes.

These sorting trays are really handy for keeping your puzzle pieces organized if you are in the middle of an intense jigsaw puzzle.

Good To Know

  • Size: 8 x 8 inches
  • These are available in 8 x 8 inches and also 10 x 10 inches and you can pick from black or white.

Becko Jigsaw Puzzle Board

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Why We At Geek’s Oasis Love It

We have looked at a ton of 1,000 piece puzzles here at Geek’s Oasis and 1,000 piece puzzles and below are just perfect for this. This is perhaps a bit more basic when it comes to puzzle storage, but man this thing can come in really handy!

The idea here is that this is so flat, once you are ready to take a break from your jigsaw puzzle, you can slide it under the sofa or even under the bed unless there is a monster under the bed of course.

What do you feel is the most awesome and memorable “monster under the bed” movie? The general opinion in the Geek’s Oasis office is that the Fred Savage starring 80s classic, Little Monsters is the best monsters under the bed style movie.

Good To Know

  • Size: 30.7 × 20.9 inches
  • This is great if you want something that is nice and flat so it can slide under the bed or sofa.

LAVIEVERT Portable Puzzle Case

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Why We At Geek’s Oasis Love It

We think that this is a great idea for puzzle storage! It comes in two different sizes and it looks like something an art student would carry their latest project around in.

You unzip this and then put together the puzzle on one side of the large open area. If you need to take a rest, you can close it, zip it up and slide it under somewhere like the bed. As an added bonus, you also get two puzzle sorting trays here which also come in very handy.

Good To Know

  • Size: 36 x 26 x 2 inches
  • The two available sizes are for puzzles of 1,000 or 1,500 pieces.

PLAYVIBE Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle Table

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Why We At Geek’s Oasis Love It

We actually have a whole guide on puzzle tables with drawers, but we really felt like we needed one of these on our puzzle storage guide. This is just awesome; you get a nice and large puzzle board that can handle most puzzles up to 1,000 pieces.

On each side of this, you have four drawers too so you have plenty of space to keep and organize your puzzle pieces. This is also nice and flat, so storing this even with a puzzle half completed on it, is no trouble at all.

Good To Know

  • Size: 32 x 25 x 2 inches
  • With this, you get the best of both worlds as you have a nice large puzzle board, and four sorting drawers and you can also slide it under somewhere like a sofa for storage.

Becko Stackable Puzzle Sorting Trays

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Why We At Geek’s Oasis Love It

We really wanted to have another set of puzzle sorting trays on our puzzle storage list and this set is great. This gives you eight hexagonal shaped puzzle sorting trays that can be stacked so that they look like a building in Mega City One!

These are super handy as they allow you to store certain colors or all the edge pieces or whatever in one spot so they are always at hand. These all stack on top of each other so when you are not using them, they take up no space at all.

Mega City One is the main location from the awesome Judge Dredd comic book series. By the way, check out the Karl Urban led, Judge Dredd movie for 2012, it is awesome and one of the most underrated comic book movies!

Good To Know

  • Size: 9.4 x 8.2 x 0.7 inches
  • These are great if you like to organize all of your puzzle pieces before you really get to work on putting a puzzle together.

FAQs About Puzzle Storage

If you have a couple of burning questions about what the right puzzle storage for you is, you can come to the right place as we have a handy FAQ section for you.

Do I really need a puzzle mat or table?

If you are lucky enough to have a large table in your home where you can put a puzzle together and not have to worry about the kids messing with it, taking pieces, or even the pets wrecking it, more power to you and we are jealous. 

If you ask us, if you are a real puzzle connoisseur, you really need a puzzle mat or a puzzle table so you can safely put away your puzzle when you are not working on it.

What is the best way to store jigsaw puzzles?

The best way to store a jigsaw puzzle depends on how often you plan on using it, as well as the size of the puzzle. If you're looking for something that is easy to access and store away again quickly, then a puzzle mat is a great option. 

If you want something more permanent or don't have a nice and flat surface, then a wooden jigsaw puzzle table would be your best bet.

What about storing my puzzle boxes?

If you are someone that collects puzzles to put together and you do not want to frame them, but instead re-box them for a later day. We recommend that you invest in some rubber bands or even string so that once you have boxed up your puzzle you can make sure that box is properly secure. 

The last thing you want is pieces slipping out of the box! As long as the boxes are properly shut with no danger of bits falling out, you can stack these up in a cupboard until you are ready to do them again.

Store This In Your Memory Bank!

As we said before, there needs to be a more readily available puzzle storage solution for all of us that love to collect and put together jigsaw puzzles. In our experience, you should always have a plan for storing your puzzle when you are called away by the kids, your significant other, a dog poop emergency, or even work!

This way you can come back to your puzzle when you next have time to do it and thanks to something like a puzzle mat or a puzzle table, you just pull it out and get back to work! A jigsaw puzzle should be fun and what is not fun is losing pieces or having to put a half-finished puzzle in the box because you need the table for something else!

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