Last updated: 25 Jan 2022
I know you’re probably excited about setting up your workshop. You probably are thinking of all sorts of projects you’d like to work on. After all, if you are a big fan of cable TV do-it-yourself shows, it’s not that hard to come up with all sorts of home projects.
Well, if that’s what’s going on, you might want to take a step back and take a deep breath. Seriously. Because if you set up your home workshop the wrong way, you’re probably going to be making things a bit harder on yourself.
It may well turn out that the stuff that you buy, isn’t all that useful. Let’s be honest. A lot of the workshop equipment that you see online is mainly inspirational. They look good, but they’re not all that practical.
You have to understand that while it’s true that you can use these items, it’s not likely that you will be using them regularly. While they may do a good job doing certain tests, it’s not every day that you will be working on a project that requires those functions. Do you see where I’m coming from? This is why it’s a good idea to look at the specific purpose that you have for your home workshop.
What exactly do you have to work with? Depending on the space that you’re going to set up a workshop in, you might want to scale back or scale up your workshop plans. Again, none of this is meant to discourage you or set you back. You just have to have a realistic view of your home workshop so you can get the right equipment and save quite a bit of money along the way.
A lot of people build workshops in their attics. This is kind of unusual because most people would prefer their garage. But, if your garage is off-limits for whatever reason, or you just want to reserve it strictly for your automobiles, your attic is a perfect candidate.
Usually, when people set up attic space, they put up all sorts of junk and forget about the stuff up there. It’s not uncommon for people to find amazing works of art that everybody seems to have forgotten about just because somebody put it in an attic somewhere.
That’s how most people approach their attics. This way it’s a good idea to turn it into a workshop because this move can ensure that you will be viewing the insides of your attic more often than you normally would.
Now, this is probably going to make a lot of people scratch their heads. Some do-it-yourself veterans might even roll their eyes. Who in the right mind would want to set up a bedroom workshop? But it turns out that if you live alone or if your significant other understand your passion for your art or your craft, a bedroom workshop may not sound all that crazy.
Let’s face it. If you are an artist, and you want to maximize the number of art objects you produce at any given time, you need to be able to access your workshop as soon as possible. As you probably already know, inspiration comes and goes quickly.
They’re instantly flashing to existence and just as quickly disappear. You need to freeze lightning, so to speak. Because, if you are inspired or if you have this hatch, you need to reduce it into a tangible form as quickly as possible so you can then build on that inspiration.
Time is of the essence. And if you are dealing with glassworks, plastic works, or any other kind of medium, setting up a workshop in your bedroom, no matter how modest, might be the way to zero in on that inspiration the moment you get that flash of insight. You never know when you’ll get inspired again.
The backyard is a natural spot to put a workshop. Of course, the type of workshop you set up here must be weather resistant. You’re not going to put equipment here that rusts easily.
You don’t want to put items that will react negatively with the open-air or with the harsh sunlight. As much as possible, keep your backyard workshop well maintained and regularly oiled. This way your equipment, as expensive as it is, would not break down ahead of schedule.
I’m referring primarily to outbuildings. A lot of people have outbuildings but they don’t use them. They’re out there and they are in perfect working condition, but they’re just wasted real estate. They are!
So, if you want to maximize every developed space on your property, you might want to consider turning your outbuilding into a strip-down mini-workshop. If you think this is the ideal spot for your workshop and your projects, you might want to convert a significant portion of your outbuilding into your external workshop.
This is the most obvious choice, so there’s not much point in explaining this any further. The garage is the default choice of most homeowners. Provided that they only park one or a couple of their cars in their otherwise spacious garage, a garage workshop is the most natural choice in the world.
There are just so many things that you can set up in the garage. Everything seems to be an arms-length away. It’s straightforward to work with. If you have guests over, this is exactly the first place they’re going to guess where your workshop is. If you just want to store everything in one, nifty easy-to-reach, and easy-to-navigate space, this is a natural spot for that.
Make Sure You Have The Right Space And The Right Equipment.
Regardless of where you put your workshop, you have to stick to some basic rules. The most basic rule, of course, is you have to have every piece of equipment there that you normally use. In other words, if you’re going to be using a piece of equipment, make sure that they are within easy reach of your workbench or you put everything in your workshop. That’s the long and short of it. There’s no need to overthink this.
Also, you have to give yourself enough space. If you are serious about producing all sorts of items in your workshop, you have to give yourself enough elbow room to be able to put it off.
There’s no point in putting off a bedroom workshop, for example, and being so cramped that you really just wasting your time trying to get work done in such a limited space. Give yourself the space and the elbow room you need to be productive.