Being my first post, I would really like to take you along on a journey with me as I a) rediscover my original passion for DIY, home design and architecture, and b) as I learn and develop my knowledge in this space too.
After celebrating two big milestones, turning 40 and this being my 20th year in public relations, I started feeling like I needed something new and inspiring. I wanted to create and build with my hands, make beautiful things for the home. Learn more about home design and architecture but this isn’t something I could just do overnight and definitely not with a two-year old that keeps me busy every minute outside of work. But there was a way I could start building the foundation through this blog and social platforms, the projects I will be sharing with you and going back to study.
So, where does one start then? My first thought was that I now need to allocate a space at home to create and then oh geez, tools, I don’t even own tools – what tools should I get? So before I left myself get ahead of myself I went and did a little reading up on tips to set up a workstation at home.
In all honesty, I do not have that much space at home for a workshop or workstation, so it is important that I maximise our garage area while trying to avoid getting into fights with my husband who believes that space is dedicated to his bikes.
A few tips for your very own DIY space
- Good lighting is required, you want to be able to see what you are building without straining your eyes.
- Make sure electrical outlets are within reach and cabling does not become a risk for tripping.
- Epoxy floors are easier to clear and provide extra grip, but if this is not possible to look into laying industrial grade rubber mats that help when standing for long periods and are durable.
- Ventilation is important.
- If you are purchasing your workbench or building it yourself, make sure it is able to withstand the rigor and pounding, that it has sturdy legs to avoid being easily knocked over. If space is really tight, you could look into fitting a fold-away bench.
- Tool storage should be lockable to keep your tools safe, protected from the elements (rust) and also out of reach for children. For a tool chest with drawers, look into getting mats for the drawers to avoid tools from sliding around. A pegboard is also a nice idea for limited space and to keep those tools you use more often within easy access.
Happy space making!