If you have a workshop at home or at work, then it most likely collects clutter like a magnet. This is a common problem with workshops big and small. With a lot of clutter, you may be less enthused to work on projects, or maybe you don’t get as much done. Your workshop should be a place you enjoy going to. The key lies in organization. By organizing your space, it will feel bigger, and you will have the freedom to focus on projects instead of constantly moving tools and materials around. Here are some tips to organize your space and get the most out of every inch.
Every project requires a different assortment of tools. Unless you have a giant workshop, those tools probably need to be taken out and put away regularly. This wastes time and space. Instead, mount locking casters on the bottom of your larger tools and equipment. You can then file each one against the wall without worrying about having space to move. When you need the table saw, simply roll it out into the middle of the shop. When you are done, it will tuck right back where you got it. The more items you can put on wheels, the easier your life will be.
Flip the Bench
Your workbench is the main surface in your workshop and likely serves many purposes. Make it more flexible by installing a flip-top. With a flip-top bench, you can mount one piece of equipment on one side, then flip it over to a clear surface when you need to. It is also a great idea to install folding panels on either side of the workbench. This offers extra workspace without taking up more floor space. Even better, put it on wheels.
If everything in your workshop sits on the floor, you are in trouble. Take advantage of the walls and ceiling. The more tools you can mount on the walls, either on a pegboard or on mounted shelving, the better. You will be able to see what you have more clearly and everything will be accessible. Also, don’t discount the ceiling. Wood scraps are hard to store in any organized fashion. But, they can easily be hung above your head and out of the way. Racks are available online that mount to the ceiling and are large enough for plastic bins and other storage.