Whether you dabble in computer and tech repair, you run a full-time business or you’re just looking to get started, setting up an efficient and productive workspace is essential. Workbenches allow you to maximize your space, maintain a clutter-free work area, stay organized and be more efficient while you’re working. Check out these five tips for creating a productive and effective tech workbench.
Get All the Tools you’ll need for the Job
A workbench isn’t much of a workbench without tools. If you’re just getting started, a tech tool starter kit can help you begin building your collection. To complete repairs, you’ll need some crucial tools, including a screwdriver with multiple sized bits, an LED pen flashlight, a cut/strip/crimp tool, cable tester, pocket knife, spudger tool, pliers, power supply tester, flash drives and more. Read more about what tools you’ll need here.
Assembling your Materials
Make a list of everything you need to do your job efficiently. This could include items like extra monitors, extra chargers, mouse pads, an extra mouse, monitor stands, Ethernet cords, VGA cords, adapters, headphones and any other items that you absolutely need to work. Keep a running list as you work, so you can add items as they come across your mind. Consider buying these items over the course of a few months so you’re not stuck footing a huge equipment expense bill all at once.
Ergonomics are Essential
You’re going to spend a lot of time at your workbench, so it’s important that you’re comfortable while seated at your desk. Invest in a good office chair that supports your back and encourages healthy posture while seated. Use an ergonomics guide to set up your computer monitor(s), keyboard and mouse so that you’re not straining any part of your body while working. The placement of your monitor, keyboard, mouse and chair are an important part of establishing good ergonomics. Make sure to minimize the glare on your monitor and keep it at eye level. Your keyboard should not force your wrists to sit at a sharp angle, and your mouse should be positioned directly next to your keyboard at the same level. Your chair should offer lumbar support and arm rests, and should be situated at a height where your feet rest comfortably on the floor.
Storage, Shelving or Pegboards
Keeping all of your gear organized is one of the hardest parts of maintaining an efficient workbench. Storage units, drawers, shelving or pegboards can help you keep everything organized and easily within reach. Drawers and floor storage units are perfect for heavier items like monitors, spare parts and tools. Use pegboards to store and organize lighter tools that you need to keep handy throughout the day. Organize reference books, client material, records and guides on wall shelving so you can access them easily without digging through a drawer.
Finishing Touches and Décor
Last but not least, it doesn’t hurt to have a workspace that’s both functional and well decorated. You want your workbench to be a happy and relaxing place to work, so it’s not a bad idea to paint the walls, buy nice lighting, hang a few paintings — or just call a designer to do that part for you. If you don’t want to hire a designer, you can browse online for design ideas to create an inspired space that’s both practical and easy on the eyes.