How to Organize a Workshop That Feels Bigger in 2020?

How to Organize a Workshop That Feel Bigger

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I think it is not necessary for you to have an exceptionally large area to set up a decent workshop. You can also take a small space, act clever with the object placement, and voila!

A decent workspace you will have there, suitable enough for any project that you might need a workshop for. For this purpose, you will have to work fifty percent smart and fifty percent hard.

Making the most out of the limited space that you have can be a bit of a challenging task, but with a little attention to the usually overlooked but highly important details, you can make the best use of the small space that you have to set up your workshop in.

In this guide, we will share our practical experience on how to organize a workshop for 2020.

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Reasons why space feels cramped

There is more than one reason which can make your workshop seem a lot smaller than what it is. People don’t realize it, yet they get accustomed to the way it is just because they are unaware of the things they are doing to make it appear smaller.

Here are the things that you might be doing to make your workspace appear smaller than it is:

Not enough lighting:

If your lighting is dark, you are killing the potential of your shop. That, combined with dark-colored paint, are enough to ruin the place completely.

Incompatible furniture:

The furniture that you have placed inside your shop will determine the amount of space that you have left in your shop. It is the space that tells if your workshop is comfortable or cramped.

No organization:

If the things are thrown around and not arranged in an orderly fashion, the workshop is going to give a messy look, and in turn, it will appear cramped to you as well as the onlookers. Any cluttered space at all is going to feel small and suffocating, not only a small workshop.

Only a little thought is going to make your shop appear a lot more appealing and enjoyable to work in. So here are the ways that you can DIY before beginning to work in your workplace.

  1. Paint the walls a lighter color

The most important element to make an enclosed space appear a lot larger than it is, not just a workspace, is to paint the walls a light and fresh color.

The science behind this is that darker colors absorb light, leaving less light to be present in the room. This can give the space a very dull and depressing look so much that you might not even want to enter the place.

You will notice the change soon after you paint your walls. The fresh, crispy paint is going to look more inviting and will appear lighter, thus tricking the eyes into believing that space appears bigger than it is.

  1. The brighter, the better!

Working in a dimly lit environment is going to make you feel like you are working in a cave. The traditional lights that you are using, they will still not be enough.

Replace them with the bright LED (paid-link) ones! You will notice AND appreciate the sudden shift in the environment.

Then again, the more light there is, the more your eyes will be tricked into thinking that space is larger than what it is.

First, we painted the walls a light and fresh color to fuel this illusion. Now, we are increasing the number of lights. Both of these methods are what are used to create the illusion of space.

  1. Space-saving furniture

Some kinds of furniture are optimized in such a way that it can be folded, moved, or bent in ways that you can save space with them.

You can use stuff like moveable benches, miter saw stand, and a lot more. They make life quite easier, though. One moment you are on a workbench, then you flip it around, and BOOM, you have a saw stand.

  1. Miter saw stand

The best thing you can do to help your workshop is to build yourself a miter saw stand that saves space.

The folding wings or arms on both sides of it are going to let you fold it once you are done using it, and save some room.

  1. Table saw station

This object in a workshop takes up a lot of space, so if you build a space-saving one, in the beginning, you will thank yourself later.

It is better to make a folding one instead of getting a smaller one because a smaller table saw station doesn’t have enough room for all the tasks that you have to perform.

Related Reading: Miter saw and Table saw differences.

  1. Keep your trash wood in check

A pile of trash wood all around the workspace is extra and unnecessary material. It is only going to add up to the ugliness of the place. So, make sure that you keep removing it from time to time.

  1. Keep the organization in check

Use different tools that are going to help you organize your place better, like storage cabinets or the stands that help you keep your tools separately and neatly. They will help you avoid creating a mess.

  1. Remove what you don’t need

Sometimes we end up collecting a lot more than what we need. There is a simple method to avoid excessive and unnecessary equipment.

Keep checking everything that you have in your place, and keep removing the older tools after you buy the new ones.

  1. Buy sets instead of individual tools

Instead of getting every tool separately, you can get neatly arranged sets that are not only going to make the organization process easier but will also not add up to the amount of material that is therein your workplace.

In Conclusion:

Now you know how to organize a workshop properly right. If you have any suggestions or query please feel free to share with us by commenting here.

About the author

John Paterson

Hi there! My name is John Patterson. I’m a meticulous guy who loves to deal with the perfect tools for various needs. No matter if it’s a woodworking tool or gardening tool or anything else, I don’t compromise the quality and usability. Since 2010 I’ve been testing different tools for different DIY and professional tasks. Later in 2015, I decided to share my knowledge with the world. I started by answering people in the forums and several Q/A sites like Quora. Then I founded this blog to aid others like you with my knowledge and experience.


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