Last updated: 30 Apr 2023
I understand that you may be eager to start setting up your workshop and have many project ideas in mind. It’s common to feel inspired by DIY shows and come up with a variety of home improvement 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.
Many people opt to build their workshops in their attics, which may seem unusual since most people prefer their garage. However, if your garage is not available for some reason or you want to keep it exclusively for your vehicles, your attic can be an excellent option.
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.
For artists who want to create as many art pieces as possible, having quick access to their workshop is essential. Inspiration can strike at any moment, and being able to immediately start working on a project can be the difference between capturing the idea and letting it slip away. That’s why having a dedicated space, whether it’s a garage, basement, or attic, can be a great way to ensure you can get to work quickly whenever the mood strikes.
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!
Converting an outbuilding into a workshop can be a great option to maximize the space on your property. By dedicating a portion of the outbuilding to your workshop, you can have a dedicated space to work on your projects.
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.
It’s important to allocate enough space for your workshop. If you are serious about producing a variety of items, you need enough room to move around comfortably and work efficiently.
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.