7 Ways to Set Up Your Home Workshop
Where is your workshop? Make sure to set it up where there is no noise, dust and space is an issue. We will need to keep in mind humidity, light and ventilation. Here's a guide to help you decide how to proceed no matter where you choose to put your workspace.
- The Attic Workshop
If you choose to put in your attic and it is tall enough, you will need to find out whether you are able to stand and haul in tall wooden boards. Consider your access route. Steep stairs can be risky when you're moving heavy materials such as tools and finished products. Make sure you test your attic floor to be sure they're strong enough to support your new workshop. Ensure proper ventilation by installing an exhaust fan.
- Bedroom Workshop
Many would not consider putting a home workshop in a bedroom but if you are a college student it can be a practical option. You can also set up shop in a spare bedroom or an office. This way safety, noise and air quality won't disturb the space where you lay your head each night.
- Backyard Workshop
If you live in a warm climate your back yard might become a great workstation. If your tools are loud you will need to maintain a good relationship with your neighbor or can cause you trouble. We will also need to keep an eye out on the weather and make sure you have an indoor space to store supplies and tools to prevent the elements of pests that can disturb your workspace.
- Out Building
Maybe you're very serious about aircraft but your family members are tired of tripping over would. A freestanding workshop might be for you. This can give you complete control and you can buy a prefab shed or build your own shop from scratch. Be sure to include plenty of natural or electric light and building proper ventilation for safety.
The basement workshop is familiar for many weekend warriors. It is a perfect location because it's away from the rest of the home so it allows for an element of soundproofing and keep sawdust out of the house. It also offers a unique challenge, which is dampness. Make sure you have good ventilation and a dehumidifier because too much moisture can ruin tools and projects quickly.
A garage workshop is usually separate from the house and the garage doors allow easy access when bringing in new woodworking machinery. There is also ample space for built-in tool storage and a workbench, which may or may not eat into your cars parking spot. (see how to create the garage workshop)
- Compact Workshop
If you don't have a lot of space you can convert an old dresser into a mini workshop. You can use the drawers underneath as storage space and a large hardwood top can serve as a workbench. It is so compact you can keep it almost anywhere and pull it out only when you need it.