If your hobby is saving money
through home improvement projects , having a Home Improvement workshop can really make a
It does not need to take up a lot of space, but there are some basic elements that all
workshops should have.
Here are some tips for setting up your very own Home Improvement workshop.
Space - Firstly, choose the space where you will create your workshop. This
could be a corner of your garage or shed that you might have. This area should be used as your
workshop and nothing else because you should always have this area accessible to you whenever you
need to work on your projects.
It needs to be seperate from your main living area so that the noise and dust do not
It will also need power and water and good access.
Work Surfaces - It is very important to have sufficien work surfaces in a
- Benches - You will need to set up some sturdy tables or benches where you
can do either heavy and light duty work, like drilling, hammering or gluing.
- Clutter - It is vital that you keep this space clear of clutter, and
always clean up after yourself.
- Clamps - If you can fit a couple of clamps to one of your work surfaces
you will find them handy for holding work in place.
Storage - This workshop will be where you will store your tools and materials.
So, it is important that you develop a storage system to keep track of the different tools, parts
and accessories that you have.
- Plan - Take stock of what you will need to store, then draw up methods to
organize each of the items.
- Shelve - Shelves and cabinets built to your own requirements can be one of
the first projects that you undertake.
- Hang -Pegboards and hooks are also good for hanging up some items.
Accesablity - Have a specific place for all of the special tools that you have
and for tools that you use often, such as your electric drill or hammer, saw and so on, store these
in a place where you can get to them quickly and easily. For the more specialized tools, used less
often, you can store them in a spot that is not so accesible, such as a chest or within
Lighting - Your Home Improvement workshop will require an excellent light system.
This is vitally important for safety as well as for the comfort of your eyes. Fluorescent
lighting strips are often used in Home Improvement workshops because the clear, white light
illuminates the whole work area well.
But for detailed work you will need some specialed work surface lighting.
Ventilation - Another aspect to consider is to make sure that your workshop has
adequate ventilation. If you are storing chemicals or paints they can produce fumes, and when
you work with wood it produces a lot of dust. So you need to have methods that minimise the effect
of these on your breathing.
- One way is by keeping the door open when you work there
- Another is by wearing a protective mask.
- There are different masks for each of these challenges.
- The best option is to have some form of extraction fan to remove the dust and fumes.
- Do not forget to also wear protective goggles when you are working in your Home Improvement
These are just some of the most important things that you should consider when you put together
the design for your Home Improvement workshop. Organization is so very important when space is
It should be arranged so that the tools and equipment accessible to you without being in the way
of your work surfaces. Home Improvement projects can be much more enjoyable when you have what you
need right at hand.
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