Passionate about DIY? Or perhaps you’d love to start your own craft business? Either way, it could be useful to have your own home workshop. Below is a step-by-step guide on building your own home workshop.

Choose where to locate your workshop

First, you need to decide where to base your workshop. Many people choose to build or convert a shed in their garden. Alternatively, if you have an unused garage, you could convert this into a workshop (a garage may already have lighting and suitable flooring, making it easier to convert). You may even have a spare room in your home that you can use.

Seal up the flooring

The flooring of your workshop should ideally be a material that’s damage-resistant and easy to clean. Resin floors as detailed at could be ideal for the job. This could be laid out over concrete or wood. Vinyl flooring could be a cheaper option – this will protect your floor from spillages, however unlike resin it may be prone to tearing. 

Provide ventilation

If your work is going to be creating fumes or dust, it could be essential that you provide the space with enough ventilation. You may be able to simply leave a window or door open while working in the summer, however an extractor fan could be a useful feature for the winter, allowing you to close any doors or windows and stay warm. 

Add electrics/plumbing

Power could be a necessity for plugging in machinery. On top of electrical sockets, it could also be useful to install lighting fixtures and electric heaters. Consider hiring an electrician to install electrics in your workshop. You could also consider adding plumbing – this could include water plumbing if you need access to a sink or gas plumbing for providing heat. 

Set up your workbench

Having a decent workbench could be important. You could buy a workbench or you could consider building your own. This guide offers a few DIY workbench plans that could be worth looking into. 

Invest in the right tools

Once your workshop is complete, you can then start considering all the types of tools you’d like to put in it. On top of handheld tools, you may want to consider adding some machinery such as pillar drills, sanding belts or a sewing machine. It all depends on the space you have available and the plans you may have (a hobbyist or home DIYer may not need a lot of machinery, but those starting a craft business could benefit from some machines to speed up production). 

Consider storage

You’ll also need somewhere to store your tools. Plastic tubs and drawer units could be a simple option. Alternatively, you could build some shelves or add some pegboards to the walls for hanging tools on. Consider whether you should lock your tools away – shed workshops can be a common target for burglars, so you may want to buy locked containers for expensive tools or buy a decent lock for your workshop door. 

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