Designing Your Own Workshop

May 23, 2017

There are infinite possibilities for creative folks to express themselves and enjoy their craft. Space to thrive in these pursuits, however, is much harder to come by. When the kitchen table becomes too limiting for your creations, or your family gets tired of eating around them, it might be time to consider moving into a workshop.

Having a place to call your own is an empowering feat if you are willing to begin the journey to design it. Fortunately, we may have a few recommendations up our sleeve to get you started.

Plan Your Workshop Space

First up, empty the space! Clear as many objects as you can from your chosen work area. The easiest way to protect your belongings while engaging in your hobby is to separate them. Prepare for any mess possible. You never know what kind of spills – or fires – you may accidentally make. If you don’t have durable flooring, consider using a tarp for easy cleanup.

What you make influences what kind of shop you will have. Every workshop will have different tools depending on your projects. Identify what equipment your particular craft needs to function. Make a list of all the tools you will require to get started and head to your nearest hardware store to stock up. Alternately, you can also research equipment online if you are willing to pay shipping and wait out delivery.

Some equipment has universal appeal and you’d be hard-pressed to find a workshop without. For instance, any workshop worth its salt will have a shop-vac. These are handy for any messy hobby and can really help in a pinch. Sawdust, spray-down castoff, chunks of styrofoam, shop-vacs can clean it all with relative ease. Consider larger items, such as work benches or easels, and purchase them if you don’t already own them. Once you find everything you think you may need, head home and move on to the fun part – setting up!

Setting Up Your Workshop

Unbox all your tools and arrange the furniture first. After all, it’s a lot easier to get back to building once you have a workbench. Hang your tool rack, paint shelf, or silk screen tablet in close proximity to your workbench for simple, quick access. Arrange protective wear near the entrance so you can gear-up and get right to work before crossing the messy threshold. Always include a first-aid kit in your layout! Getting to an eyewash or baking soda repository quickly can mean all the difference.

Take a look at your brand new workshop and marvel in what you have accomplished – this space will be the birth of many future creations!