A home workshop can be an excellent addition to your property. You can use it to work on any DIY or design projects you’re interested in, or it can help you with home renovations. And you don’t actually need that much space to create your dream workshop. Below, we explore the steps you should take to create a home workshop.
Prepare the space
You should begin by preparing the space for your home workshop. Ideally, you’ll have a spot in the garage, or the basement earmarked for your workshop (some people even use their shed or patio). From there, you should declutter this space and create a plan for where you’d like to place everything.
Creating a plan ensures that everything fits nicely. After decluttering, take measurements of the space you plan to use and match them to the dimensions of the furnishings. Therefore, you can have peace of mind knowing there is enough space for your project, allowing you to order the correct furnishings and avoid any unpleasant surprises during the process.
Buy tools and furnishings
You’ll need different types of tools depending on the projects you want to complete. Consider the work you’ll be carrying out and purchase the right tools for you. Essential tools for any profession include a hacksaw, power drill, screwdriver, tape measure, hammer and clamps. Once you’ve purchased your tools, it’s worth buying a toolbox to house them in. Making your tools accessible is a must when building a workshop. The last thing you want is constantly running around after that lost screwdriver.
Plus, it’s worth buying some classic furnishings to make your workshop a comfortable space. You want your workshop to be a place you want to be in, so don’t buy furnishings you dislike. Creating an environment that is aesthetic as well as functional is good to have in mind when planning your workshop.
Ventilation is essential in your workshop. Dust particles can cause you health problems down the line if you regularly inhale them. If you install an effective ventilation system, you can protect yourself. What’s more, your ventilation system will also help regulate the temperature throughout the year, allowing you to work comfortably.
For those who want extra safety, buying a high-quality dust mask is a worthwhile purchase.
Naturally, you’ll also need to consider your power supply in your workshop – especially if you’re looking to safely use power tools frequently. Your workshop should have 110 volts and 220 volts outlets, allowing you to use a wide range of tools. Plus, you should ensure that these outlets are at an accessible level. You don’t want to find yourself with untidy wires cluttering your workshop.
For safety reasons, you need the appropriate level of lighting to allow you to see your work clearly. This can help you avoid dangerous mistakes in your workshop. Multiple sources of light will help you solve this problem, but it can also be worth installing LED lights if you work in this space for long periods of time.
Lighting will vary depending on the type of work you do. If you carry out detailed woodworking projects, you may need additional light sources to help you hone those fine details. If you plan to work on vehicles, you’ll want to have bigger and brighter lights.
Don’t neglect safety
No project, no matter how small, is worth risking your safety over. In addition to ventilation and lighting, there are other things you can do to make your workshop safer. Again, these largely depend on the type of work you do, but some essentials are as follows.
Firstly, a decent set of goggles or a face shield can be helpful in protecting your eyes from debris. A pair of heavy-duty boots and gloves will offer protection if you drop a heavy object. A commonly neglected item is earplugs, which can protect your ears from loud machinery.
In all the excitement of building your home workshop, remember to always prioritise safety every step of the way.
A home workshop can help bring your DIY projects to life. And by following the guide above, you should be all set to design and create your perfect home workshop.