Hackspace DIY furniture


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:

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?


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


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


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

EDIT: Now kitted out and in use


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.


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.


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.