Whether you own a private shop or run a large industrial shop workspace, you may regularly be looking for ways to maximize your space and make it the most effective it can be. There are a few ways you can make this happen, no matter what space you own.
Heavy floor tools can be tough to manage in a workspace. If you find yourself working with larger materials than expected, performing a task that would be better suited to the open air, or using a couple of tools frequently in the same work session, it can be helpful to have moveable equipment. If your equipment is not already mobile, adding a heavy duty swivel caster to each corner of a floor tool can increase the versatility of your equipment by making it easy to rearrange and maneuver through the space. If fixing casters to the equipment is not possible, a durable platform with casters may be a great solution as well.
In a workshop, you may be tempted to simply use extension cords or power strips to plug in your equipment wherever needed. However, this can strain your building’s electrical system, cause a tripping hazard, or potentially even increase the risk of fire or electrocution. To prevent this, get proper and sufficient power outlets installed throughout your workshop. Be sure to have appropriate specialty electrical work done to accommodate power outlets for any tools which require 220V connections. This will not only make your shop more adaptable in layout, it will also make the space safer, easier to use, and possibly even more productive.
To make your space more functional, consider installing flooring that performs the same function as existing rugs or floor mats. While mats are sometimes a more inexpensive flooring solution, their nature can make it more difficult to rearrange your shop on a whim, since they have to be moved any time that you move large equipment. Countless flooring options exist to suit your needs: nonslip, easy-clean, anti-fatigue, non-conductive, etc. Be sure to consider any special requirements that your floor might have to meet for licensing purposes or business regulations, such as being chemical-resistant as well.
A little bit of investment into workshop details will help make your space safer, more user-friendly, and even more efficient. By planning for options that maximize flexibility and mobility in the workspace, you can make your shop the absolute best it can be.