Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Create a Dedicated Work Space for Home Improvement Projects

If you will be embarking on some home improvement projects on your own, either now or in the future, you could benefit greatly from having a dedicated work space for your tools and supplies. Having everything you need at your fingertips can make everything run smoothly, and eliminate the need to rent tools or run out for unexpected supplies. Read on for some ideas on making your workshop functional and accessible when you need it.

Choose a specific area of your home and dedicate it as a workshop for your projects. It doesn't have to be a large space, as long as it is functional and dedicated. Make sure that everyone in your home knows what the purpose of that space is, and that they agree to always replace any supplies they use, and return tools after using them. 

Be sure that your work space has the basics that will make things easy and accessible. Install benches and tables, as well as shelving and tool boxes. If you will be using things such as power tools or tile cutters, give them their own dedicated space, without the need to set them up every time that you need them. This will contribute greatly to efficiency, convenience and safety. Be sure that you unplug these appliances after using them, and put covers or protective devices on them to keep young children from accessing them at any time. 

Remember to include space for storage of supplies and equipment, and keep it organized. Plan ahead what tools and miscellaneous items will need to be stored, and build the space specifically to meet your needs. This will ensure that everything has a place and that it will fit. 

Make a list of basic tools that are generally needed for most projects, and purchase them ahead of time. If you know that you will be doing projects that require special tools, look for them on sale throughout the year, and buy them at appropriate times. This could include off season sales and specials. You may also want to determine whether renting these sometimes expensive tools when needed is a better way to go. 

Install adequate lighting in your work area. This can contribute to better end results, as well as safety. It will also make your work area cheerful and inviting, encouraging you to spend more time there planning and completing your special projects. 

It is important that your workshop is properly ventilated, especially if you will be using solvents or other potentially toxic supplies. It will also be more conducive to work if it is heated in the winter and air conditioned in the summer. Purchase any needed safety gear, as well, for yourself and anyone who may be assisting you. This could include masks, harnesses and first aid equipment.

These basic things will go a long way toward giving you a workshop that is functional and safe. Taking the time to cover these basics is a sure way to get the results you want for home improvement projects and for general efficiency in your home throughout the year.

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