The workshop is the heart of any handyman’s home. It’s where you’ll be able to build your dreams, fix your problems, and get creative with whatever smart or silly ideas come up next. But have you ever stopped to think about how different the perfect workshop is for every single person? Whether you’re a DIYer or just someone who wants to be able to do some basic repairs around the house, your workshop should feel like an extension of your home and not like some random storage space.
With these handyman tips for creating the perfect workshop, we’ll cover what tools you need in your workspace as well as how to set up everything from shelves and cabinets to lighting and ventilation systems. Let’s get started!
1) Consider The Material
When you’re starting to think about how to create the perfect workshop, the first thing you need to consider is the material. Different materials will have different properties and benefits, so it’s important to choose the right one for your needs. Some of the most common materials used for workshops include:
- Wood: Wood is a versatile material that can be used for a variety of projects. It’s also relatively affordable and easy to work with, which makes it a popular choice for workshops.
- Steel: Steel is a heavier material that will offer strength and durability. It isn’t quite as versatile as wood, but it’s perfect for projects that require heavy tools or materials. Luckily, you can find customizable steel buildings to suit just about any space. Consider this material if you’re in need of plenty of space.
- Concrete: Concrete might not be the first material you think of when finding your perfect workshop, but it can be an excellent choice! Not only is concrete easy to work with and create customized designs, but it also offers plenty of strength for massive projects or heavy tools.
2) Design It Right
No matter the material you choose for your perfect workshop, there are some basic design choices that can make or break your space. When designing your workshop, here are a few questions you should consider asking yourself:
- What will I be using my workshop for? DIY projects? Home repairs? Hobby work? All of the above (and more)?
- What kind of work will I be doing there? Are there certain tools or projects that I’ll need extra space for?
- How much time do I want to spend working in my workshop? If it will be a space that I want to get lost in, then you may want to include some comforts like a television and comfortable seating.
When you answer these questions, you should have a pretty good idea of what features your perfect workshop should have. Are you going to be building massive furniture projects? Then you might want a larger open floor plan or even multiple rooms. Are you just looking for a space to fix up small things around the house? In that case, it might work best as an extension of your garage or basement.
3) Build The Right Shelving
When building shelves in a workshop, it is important to consider the layout of the room. It is best if you can have your workbench at one end of the room and have racks or shelves on the other side for storage. This way you can maximize the space. But if there is no room like this, you will have to make do with what you’ve got. Shelves should be sturdy and made of wood. This way they can hold heavy items without buckling or breaking under pressure. Make sure that shelves are level so that everything stays on them while they are being used. You’ll want to plan out where you are going to put items before you start building shelves. Consider what tools you use most often and place those within easy reach of your workbench so that you won’t have far to go when it comes time for using them. You can then place heavy or bulky items on the lower shelves and smaller items such as screws or nails on the higher ones.
4) Paint The Walls
Painting the walls in a workshop is not only an aesthetic choice, but it also helps prevent dust from accumulating on the walls and shelves. Many workshops feature metal walls or wood with industrial-strength paint to make them resistant to dirt and grime over time. Also, painting a large grid pattern on the wall will help to keep your tools organized and accessible. Consider purchasing paint that is specially made for use in garages or workshops to ensure that it will stand up to the elements over time.
5) Add Lighting
It is essential to have plenty of lighting in a workshop so that you can see what you’re doing and not miss any small parts while working on projects. This might mean adding more overhead lights, track lighting, or even some lamps for smaller areas. You’ll also want to consider adding lighting over your workbench to ensure that you are able to see small parts on the table, rather than having them roll off onto the floor. A good lamp should be adjustable so that it can shine light directly where you need it most. Also, consider purchasing lamps with pull-chains so that you can turn them on and off as needed, even if your main light switch is located somewhere else in the room.
As you can see, there are many different ways to set up your workshop. Whether you want a space that is cozy and comfortable or one that encourages productivity with its large open floor plan, we’ve got tips for both of these styles plus some pointers on what tools will help make the perfect workspace even better. Don’t forget to consider your lighting, storage, and paint needs before you try to set up shop on your own. When it comes time to assemble your tools on the new shelves, make sure that they are organized for easy use with a grid pattern or by category.