Hackspace DIY furniture


#1

Last year, we (Swindon Makerspace) moved into our first private space and suddenly had to fit out a quite a large space on the cheap. To keep cost down, we ended up building a lot of the furniture/fittings ourselves and published the designs such that a lot of the membership could get involved with the construction:
https://github.com/UKHackspaceFoundation/resources/tree/master/Furniture%20Designs

The 3 core designs were folding tables, side benches and simple bar stools:


We able built about 30m of shelving, but haven’t got round to drawing up plans for that (can do if anyone is interested).

In a couple of months we hope to start construction on a mezzanine floor, which will bring the need for some further furniture designs… in prep, I’m curious to know if other spaces have designed/built their own furniture, how successful it’s been and/or if you have pictures/plans to share?


#2

We(South London Makerspace)'ve just finished building (and are now fitting out) new electronics benches. No plans unfortunately - they were templated 1:1 on site.

The small one on the right might go somewhere else


#3

benches look great - MDF/plywood for the most part? (looking at the pic)


#4

All ply, with supports routed out of the uprights so no ugly corner brackets :slight_smile:

EDIT: Now kitted out and in use


#5

so far most of our furniture has been very generic/multi-purpose… look forward to expanding and building some more specialised furniture later this year, including electronics area and hopefully 3D print area too.


#6

Looks like you’ve got yourself a decent handmade work space, looks really nice. If you willing to check lights and lamps for your brand new work area https://cosyhousehold.com/best-book-light/ are always there for you to help.


#7

Building things on your own is always great as you spent way less money for it and it’s just great to live around thing you’ve done on your own. I mean, im not saying, but i would have gone with rebar splicing with that, but it’s only my tiny opinion.