It would be great if money were no object and everyone could have a no expense spared, custom designed workshop. Unfortunately, most people do not have the funds to devote to such an endeavor. However, that does not mean that a good looking, well organized workshop is out of the question. It is simply a matter of careful planning, attention to detail and choosing the right storage pieces. Although everyone will have different needs and will use their workshop for varying projects and activities, there are some simple workshop storage ideas that will form the basis for any workshop.
The key to an organized workshop is to have a specific place to store everything. The storage options are to purchase items brand new from retail and home improvement stores, repurpose or recycle existing items found at yard sales and secondhand shops or to build the items from scratch. A combination of all three will, no doubt, be the end result. Pieces can always be stained, painted or modified to customize the look and utilization. Be sure to take advantage of both the horizontal and the vertical space in the workshop. Regardless of what type of activities will be done in the workshop, it is a smart idea to have an assortment of storage amenities. Because equipment and tools come in an array of shapes and sizes, the storage compartments need to be just as diverse.
Tall shelves and cabinets will make the most of vertical space. Deep, sturdy shelves will hold oversized things like power saws, sanders, nailers and staplers. These can be on open shelving or behind closed cabinet doors. The decision on which way to go will depend on how often the items are used and if they should be housed to keep from getting dirty and dusty. Old kitchen cabinets or bathroom vanities can make fine workshop storage pieces. Shallow shelves are a good choice for small things like screws, bolts, nails and nuts that are kept in some type of container. These can go in recycled mason jars, baby jars, old coffee cans or spice containers. Another option is open, stackable storage bins in an assortment of colors to keep groups of small things together and separate from other items.
All workshops need a work surface, which is typically a huge slab of wood or metal that is attached to legs. This provides the opportunity to store oversized equipment, such as an air compressor and a shop vacuum, underneath the work bench. For long, thin tools like wrenches and screwdrivers, storage units with deep, shallow drawers are the best solution. Just be sure the unit is not too tall so that the items inside the drawer are visible without the aid of a ladder. Rolling storage, which is a cart on wheels, is the best way to store items that are used the most frequently. More than one is even better. Some models even have an electrical outlet on them. How that works is a long cord is attached to the cart and it gets plugged into the wall. The tool then gets plugged into the outlet on the cart. This will save time and aggravation when switching between tools, since it eliminates the worry of whether the cord on the equipment will reach the wall.
Because a workshop will generate a lot of dust and waste, an area devoted to cleanup with things like garbage containers and recycling bins, will keep the space clean and tidy. Finally, label everything to eliminate the need to open and close cupboards and drawers to see what is inside. It is also helpful for anyone who may be assisting in the workshop. Labels will also ensure that everything gets returned to the designated spot. So with a little forethought and resourcefullness, creating a well organized workshop with lots of different storage options is simple.