If you are a science geek or have a budding scientist at home, you have probably considered creating your own laboratory. Having a space dedicated to experimenting can be fun and is easier than you might believe. With a little planning and safety protocols followed, you can create an amateur science lab in a garage or empty room in your home. Consider the type of science you wish to dabble in before you begin building your lab, so you purchase the right equipment for your experiment needs.
Finding a Space
Before you can create a lab at home, you will need space to do so. Do you have a spare room that is currently unused or just storage space for extra items? Perhaps you have a garage that you do not park your car in, or you have a backyard shed that is large and empty enough for your science goals. Find the best space for your lab before you begin. You will need to have enough space for lab furniture and storage as well as have access to electrical outlets, so you can plug in equipment.
Think about the substances you might be using as well. Will the flooring in your space work for the projects you hope to complete? A few changes may need to be made before you can use the space. Always set up a lab away from common living areas, particularly the kitchen where meals are prepared for added safety.
Along with a lab room, you will also need storage space. Consider what type of chemicals and compounds you will be using as well as tools you will need. Flammable chemicals need a cool storage space while other chemicals can be sensitive to light and heat. Think about what type of storage you will need and ensure you have plenty of space to store the items you will be using in your experiments in a safe manner. You may need chemical resistant containers or other types of storage solutions to create a safe and secure laboratory setting.
Once you have your space and storage plans, it is time to purchase equipment. Basic lab equipment needs will include goggles, a fire extinguisher, and gloves for safety along with flasks, beakers, Petri dishes, funnels, thermometer, and a host of other equipment. You will also need furnishings like tables and cabinets. A mobile utility table is a great addition to any lab as it is helpful with moving lab equipment with ease.
Instead of having to move about the room for equipment or materials, you can have all your items in one place, ready to use when you need them. A good filing system should also be created so you can focus on taking notes and having your research at your fingertips.