Everything in the Right Place: Designing Your Home Workshop

If you want to get the most out of your home workshop and keep the environment a safe and productive as possible you will need to think about creating a design blueprint that offers you the best chance of achieving that aim.

Here is a look at what design considerations need to be on your radar when you are putting together a home workshop, including some tips on getting your work space just right, plus a look at why it pays to boost your lighting and power options.

Fit for purpose

Most people don’t use their garage for its intended purpose when it was built and it is the obvious location for your workshop, where you can retreat to focus on some DIY and creative projects without causing a noise and dust disturbance to others.

Your main aim is to create a workshop that is fit for purpose and allows you to work with ease but you also want to create an environment that delivers on comfort and convenience, or you won’t use it half as much.

Some of the things you will need to think about with your design blueprint are how much workspace you need and what tools and equipment along with how you are going to store them safely and conveniently.

You can get clues on storage solutions by visiting a site like RS Components and work out what you need for the tools you have.

It starts with the workbench

Fundamental to your success in creating a useful home workshop is the workbench.

If you don’t get that right in terms of size and durability it is going to make it hard for you to do the work under optimum conditions.

The best tip is to try and build the best workbench your budget will allow, so work out how much space you definitely need to be able to work comfortably without any restrictions and compromising safety.

If you need a more complex bench arrangement that includes an integral miter saw, work out how you are going to do that and have everything safely stored around the workbench for ease of access.

Get the lighting fixed

If you are converting your garage space to a workshop it is likely that you will need to upgrade the lighting from the standard strip light or bulb that was fitted when it was built.

You need access to bright ambient lighting and task lighting that allows you to see what you are doing as clearly as possible.

Consider fitting some high-intensity halogen or LED lights over the top of your workbench and allow some space for some task lighting that you move around to where you need it when working on a project.

Boost the power options

Your garage will probably also have inadequate power supply options for your workshop requirements.

It is not a good idea to set up a system that involves the use of extension cords stretched around the perimeter. You could easily overload the socket and create a tripping hazard and it’s far better to invest in a simple upgrade so that you have the 30-amp circuits you normally need to cope with the power tools and gadgets you are likely to be using.