Brief orientation guide on how to structure your own space dedicated to maintenance and do-it-yourself, from furnishings to specific tools.
Most DIY-related guides and articles online tend to focus on power tools and tools, assuming that potential buyers all have adequate space to place them. In most cases, however, the reality is quite different; not everyone has an adequate environment available, and if they do, very often it is not organized in such a way as to be functional to the type of activity that one intends to carry out.
This article, therefore, is intended as a practical guide for all those who have a home environment and have decided to furnish it conveniently, to carry out bricolage or do-it-yourself activities, and for all car enthusiasts who carry out most of the checks and small routine maintenance independently, and therefore want to equip it as a small home workshop.
Organize the space according to the type of activity
The first important thing to do, as you may have easily guessed, is to understand what type of laboratory you want to equip, to facilitate the task it is good to immediately establish the three main categories: gardening and agriculture, do-it-yourself and DIY, mechanical repairs on cars and motor vehicles.
If the space available is very large, then you can also consider the luxury of dividing it into zones organized according to the type of equipment and its intended use; in any case, however, it is good to be careful with this option and not to make the equipment and furnishings too generic, otherwise instead of a specific and well-organized work environment, you run the risk of finding yourself with a storage warehouse.
This rule assumes further importance in the event that the space available is that of a large garage, because it is necessary to take into account the areas where vehicles are parked and, for those who own them, motorcycles or bicycles.
Tracing on paper a sketch with the perfectly scaled plan of the room in question, which also shows the correct measurements, will be of great help in evaluating different solutions for the placement of the various furnishings before positioning them definitively; in this way, in addition to optimizing the available space, you can also get a clear idea of the type and number of furnishings to buy, such as the workbench, shelving, drawer units and panels.
The specific furniture: the workbench
The furniture must be chosen based on the specific activity to which you intend to dedicate the workspace, and even in this case, you have to make some differences, especially in the case of a garage to be equipped for car maintenance.
Once you have established the measurements and the placement of the various furnishing objects, you will be well advanced, but before buying the best workbench available on the market and its accessories, let’s stop for a moment to evaluate the different alternatives based on the needs of the case.
Automobile enthusiasts who like to do small maintenance jobs themselves, for example, have no need for a workbench; this, in fact, serves above all as a support when it is necessary to remove mechanical components from the vehicle and work on them more calmly and comfortably.
If you are a simple fan you will hardly go that far; instead of buying a large workbench that will end up taking up a lot of space and that you will then find yourself using only infrequently, therefore, better focus on mobile drawer units and wall panels, very useful for keeping the keys and other tools necessary for the various jobs. The drawer units themselves, if necessary, can act as mobile work benches, as long as you do not skimp on the shopping and buy those produced by the best companies.
If the workshop is intended for DIY, however, then the workbench is the most important piece of furniture, so it must be large and sturdy in order to offer not only adequate space to work comfortably on objects, but also the necessary one. to accommodate and fix any stationary power tools that you will purchase over time, such as the column drill, the bench saw, the miter saw and so on.
Panels, hooks and shelving
The walls are a fundamental resource in a laboratory, and can accommodate various elements capable of further optimizing the available space, especially for tools and hand tools; lighting sources are also an important element to take into account.
If you are equipping the garage as a small mechanical workshop, for example, it is better to opt for the purchase of mobile work lamps, powered by cable or battery, while in a do-it-yourself workshop it is preferable to rely on table lamps and on ceiling spotlights that adequately illuminate the workbench and other sensitive areas.
The wall hooks, on the other hand, are ideal for hanging skeins of cable or any specific tools; while perforated panels are useful for the neat and visible placement of hammers, pliers, wrenches and other hand tools.
The role of the shelving is to accommodate the consumables and the smallest power tools, so their size and type will be chosen according to the needs of the case.
Those who want to equip a specific space to accommodate tools and equipment for gardening and agriculture, on the other hand, should do without bulky furniture as much as possible.
A small workbench for general use is always good, of course, but for those who have a large garden to take care of, it is better to have enough space for storing equipment such as lawnmowers, garden tractors and the related accessories necessary to carry out the various works.
Also in this case, moreover, it is good to equip the walls with hooks where you can hang the cable skeins of the extensions and other manual tools, such as shears, hoes and so on.
The shelves are always useful, but in this case it would be preferable to have cabinets where you can safely store the bags of fertilizer and other chemicals used for garden care, such as pesticides and herbicides.