Your workshop serves multiple purposes in your life. First, it is your point of pride where you make things that are important to you. Second, it can also be your place of business where your abilities will earn you money. Therefore, it is imperative that you design your workshop in the best manner possible. This is usually a function of the layout of the workshop as well as the way that you build it. Here are eight tips for things that you should know before you start to make your own workshop.
Making It As Big As Possible
You would rather err on the side of making your workshop too big than not having enough space to do everything that you need. When you find yourself constrained by a lack of space, your activities will be curtailed and your capacity will be cut. Try to secure as much space for yourself as you can because it will be more difficult to expand your workshop once it has already been built. Start with an expansion plan and cut back from it only when it is absolutely necessary. It is easier, to begin with, space than having to maximize a smaller space as you will see below.
What to Make It Out Of
A common complaint among people who have built a workshop is that it was not to their satisfaction. Many times, this is because they chose the wrong way to build it. Choosing the right form for your workshop is essential since it will form the base of the design. You can decide to build and design the workshop on your own from scratch, or you can opt for something where you have some help. Modular garages have some advantages if you want a prefabbed building.
Transforming Existing Space
Of course, you do not need to start with something entirely new in your pursuit of the perfect workshop. You can take a space that you already have, like your garage or another unused space, and make it into your personal workspace. You will need to make sure that there are nearby electrical outlets and space for a workbench for starters. You should also ensure that you have the proper flooring and the means to make the space safe for your work activities. This may be a cost-effective option if you do not want the expense of building something entirely from scratch.
Maximize Your Space
You may not have the option of having unlimited space in your workshop for whatever reason. This does not have to be an impediment to having a useful and well-designed space. The thing that you can do is to make sure that there is no space in your workshop that goes to waste. This can involve creative furniture or shelving arrangements that increases your storage and keeps things out of your main working area. Not only should you not waste any space, but you should also find ways to leverage what you have so that you can use each inch of space for multiple functions if you are able.
No matter how you design your workshop, the workbench will be the center of your shop literally and figuratively. Make sure that you reserve some space to have a large workbench at the center of your shop. Your workbench should be within close reach of everything that you need when you are working. There should be ample electrical power within close reach of the workbench so you do not need to run any extension cords. In addition, the area where the workbench is should be well-lit. This will be the highlight of your workshop so focus much of your effort on both the bench and the area where it will be located.
Maximizing every bit of space has already been discussed, but the question remains as to how to handle storage in your workshop. The easy answer is to plan ahead of time what you want to do with your workshop and plan your storage needs. Your preferred craft could be one that requires much storage area. Then, you will want to be as versatile as possible in your space. For example, you should use a workbench that also has storage inside of the bench. Find things that may be foldable or easily able to be moved into spare space. Another tip is to make frequent and creative use of different types of shelving in your workshop.
Leave Some Open Space
While we have strongly advocated using your space wisely, you should also leave some space in your workshop because being too packed can be counterproductive and, in some instances, dangerous. You will need some space, preferably in the middle of the workshop, to move around. Open space will also give you the flexibility to take on different types of projects. In addition, when your workshop is too packed, it can increase the risk of an accident or even a fire. Give yourself some space to work and to allow you to be as creative as possible.
While you may have a certain type of project in mind when you build your workshop, know that your interests and pursuits may change over time. You do not want to be locked in or confined by the design that you have chosen which may prevent you from doing anything else in the future. You should have a design that can accommodate many different types of work and not just one. To the extent that you can rely on things that are multi-purpose, it can only help the flexibility of your workshop. You never know what the future holds so you do not want to get locked into one particular craft because your workspace is inflexible.
Building a workshop can be an exciting adventure. Smart planning can take the excitement and make it into a lasting workshop with years of fruitful endeavors and a creative outlet that can be passed onto your children.