When designing your home workshop, it can often be easy to get caught up in the details and forget about the big picture. After all, it’s a space you’re likely to spend a lot of time in. To create an optimal workspace for yourself, consider these top design tips for building a workshop at home as a military veteran. In this article, we share expert advice on designing your home workshop with ease in mind.

This is not just about making your home look pretty but about creating spaces that are useful, accessible, and conducive to the activities you will be undertaking regularly. Follow along as we take you through an expert checklist for designing your home workshop optimally:

Decide on a Usage Plan

At the start of your design process, it helps to have a clear plan of how the space will be used. This will inform your design to a large degree, especially when it comes to the logistics of the space. Consider the following questions: How many people will use the space? How often will they be using it? Will any of your activities require special equipment? What will be the main activities taking place in the space? Also remember that the home workshop doesn’t have to be JUST a workshop. If you have the space, it can be so much more than that.

It could be a place for you to practice yoga, meditate, study, or even host guests in a pinch. Your home workshop doesn’t have to be 100% work either: A space dedicated to a hobby like woodworking can double as a creative art space for painting and decorating your finished creations!

Decide on the Space(s) You’ll be Using

Floor Plan
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Depending on the layout of your home and the size of your budget, you’ll have to decide which areas of your home to use for your workshop. If you have the luxury of designing a new space entirely, it can be helpful to sketch out a few different options, including a few sketches that reflect your current space and its limitations.

There are a few different factors to consider when deciding on a space. The first is, of course, the dimensions of the space. How much room do you have to play with? How much room do you NEED to play with?

The second is the general environment of the space. Is it indoors or outdoors? Is it in a quiet part of the house or a louder part? How much natural light does it get? What are the temperature extremes?

Walls, Floors and Windows are Important

Beyond the layout of the space, there are a few other design elements that are important to keep in mind. The first is the walls. How smooth are they? Do you want to paint them? If so, what color? If not, are they suitable for hanging up tools and other implements?