One of Sam’s favourite spots at home is his man cave – a DIY workshop where he and his dad create their projects. They like to integrate recycled and salvaged materials into their work. But their workspace needed a makeover to make it more user-friendly and was also crying out for storage. Sam has mobility issues and uses a custom wheelchair to get around, so a bench was designed with accessibility in mind.
You can create a production hub just like Sam's for all your DIY projects. Start with a couple of flat-pack kitchen drawer cabinets, then top it off with a couple of hardy laminated timber panels that can take all you can dish out. A recycled softwood pallet cut into sections is an easy storage solution for your workshop. Screw a slat from the pallet to the bottom to create a handy clamp storage shelf.
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There are a host of ideas that work for someone like Sam and can also be useful in other situations when accessibility and mobility are issues.
- When creating an accessible workspace specifically for one person, design it around their needs, allowing for suitable under-bench clearance in both height and width.
- Add a recess to the workspace that allows the work area to be all around, not just in front.
- Create workspaces where frequently used tools and consumables, such as screws, nails and glues, can be accessed at no more than arm’s length.
- Store consumables in removable drawer storage containers or add wall-mounted hopper-trays.
- Use a wall-mounted pegboard for keeping frequently used tools close at hand.
- Use easy-grip handles or knobs on all drawers and doors.
- Add grab-rails to the sides and top of workbenches.
- Have a dual powerpoint fitted in a handy location, or you can mount a powerboard on a wall or the benchtop.
- Fit hooks for things such as a dustpan and broom.
- Ensure clear space under and around the bench.
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