How to Design a Workshop


If you're ready to design your dream workshop from scratch or remodel your existing workspace, a few steps will help you create a room to suit your every need. Your workshop can be anything from a professional woodworking studio to a small hobby room, but the basic steps in designing your space are the same.

Things You'll Need

  • Blueprint or scrap paper
  • Insulation or floor treatments
  • Cleaning and storage supplies
  • Create a visual map of what you will have or need in your workshop. This can be done by either building a scale model or drawing a detailed blueprint that includes your workshop's dimensions, markings of electrical outlets and entryways as well as where your tools will be stored. By putting the needs of your ideal workshop within the parameters of your space on paper, more easily construct a layout of a streamline workspace to meet your needs.

  • Completely clear out the space you will be using as a workshop, whether renovating a room or an old workshop you're just remodeling. This gives you a chance to get rid of items you don't need anymore or find new homes for things you won't use in your new workshop. Use this time to give the place a quick cleaning, install any insulation and additional floor treatments.

  • Now that you can see exactly how much space you have to work with, review your plan, blueprint or list of workshop needs to decide where to start. Begin with putting big, stationary items, like table saws, sewing machines, refrigerators and kilns, in their place. This gives you a chance to make sure larger items will do well in the spot you had planned for them and still leave you plenty of room to maneuver your workshop.

  • Once the heavy machinery and appliances are in place, bring in your smaller tools, materials and other hobby or shop related parcels. As you bring these things in, organize and consolidate them into storage boxes, drawers and toolboxes to make finding them easier and your workshop tidy.

Tips & Warnings

  • Your workshop should be a space where you can function efficiently and comfortably while easily storing your necessary tools and materials. Take any electrical, plumbing, heating, cooling or ventilation systems into account when planning your workshop, as well as areas where shavings, dust or other scraps may collect. To reduce noise made in your workshop, insulate the foundation, walls, ceiling and air ducts and put rubber mats or feet under your machines, tables and chairs.
  • Don't tether yourself to your initial design plan, as reasons for change or new inspiration may interject during the physical layout of your new workshop. Don't leave outdoor workshops and tools at the disposal of thieves or damaged by the elements.

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