A Guide to Maker Space Organization

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While each Maker Space/Fab Lab is unique, depending on the project focus and resources available, we’ve put together a short list of some common organizing tips, that will help things run smoothly and save time wasted searching for tools and supplies.
Tool Silhouette in Contrasting Colors

Individual Tool Storage:

Designating a specific storage location for each tool makes it easy to find and easy to see if the tool is already in use by someone else. Creating a tool silhouette in a contrasting color can be an early project for the makers to help get things started.

Designated Tool Storage Location
Cabinet Master List

Cabinet Master List:

For cabinet storage it’s beneficial to post a listing of the cabinet contents and, if individual bins are included, label each bin with a number or letter and post a master list of what each bin contains.

Numeric Labels that Reference the Cabinet Master List
Quickly Accessible Basic Cleaning Supplies

Work Area Clean Up:

Making basic cleaning supplies quickly accessible increases the likelihood that they’ll be put to good use after each construction session.

Work Area Clean Up Supplies
Mobile Storage Shelving Units

Mobility Saves Time & Effort:

Mobile storage units make it easy to bring the needed supplies within reach of the work area, so makers can spend more time focused on their project instead of making several trips across the room.

Mobile Storage Cabinet
Tool Silhouette in Contrasting Colors Designated Tool Storage Location

Individual Tool Storage:

Designating a specific storage location for each tool makes it easy to find and easy to see if the tool is already in use by someone else. Creating a tool silhouette in a contrasting color can be an early project for the makers to help get things started..

Cabinet Master List:

For cabinet storage it’s beneficial to post a listing of the cabinet contents and, if individual bins are included, label each bin with a number or letter and post a master list of what each bin contains.

Cabinet Master List Numeric Labels that Reference the Cabinet Master List
Quickly Accessible Basic Cleaning Supplies Work Area Clean Up Supplies

Work Area Clean Up:

Making basic cleaning supplies quickly accessible increases the likelihood that they’ll be put to good use after each construction session.

Mobility Saves Time & Effort:

Mobile storage units make it easy to bring the needed supplies within reach of the work area, so makers can spend more time focused on their project instead of making several trips across the room.

Mobile Storage Shelving Units Mobile Storage Shelving Cabinet