This is how the electronics corner ended up in the end, with new shelves and a small table.
This is how the electronics corner ended up in the end, with new shelves and a small table.

As I wrote in the previous article about my home office; our house isn’t huge, so I had to make the most of the office/man cave that I have. The electronics corner is pretty small, and a couple of things about it was annoying. Like not having my instruments, like the oscilloscope and power supply, easily available. So I decided I needed to fix that!

Here is my electronics area, with wires, tools and my Android watch.
Here is my electronics area, with wires, tools and my Android watch.

As you can see there wasn’t a lot of space for my instruments, actually; there was not space. But I am using a shelf rail system which makes it pretty easy to adjust the shelves. So I decided to add a deep shelf, in eye height, for my instruments.

Bought a wooden shelf and cut it to size. And pulled up two power cables in a cable duct.

Power to the instruments is brought up in a cable canal, nice and hidden :)
Power to the instruments is brought up in a cable canal, nice and hidden :)

To get things off the desk I also added a small shelf on the wall in front of me. Any little bit helps.

Also added a tiny shelf on the wall in front of me, for soldering equipment, multimeter etc.
Also added a tiny shelf on the wall in front of me, for soldering equipment, multimeter etc.

Next I needed more lights and a better soldering iron, always wanted one of those Weller soldering stations :)

Got myself a couple of IKEA lamps to get better lighting on the work area.
Got myself a couple of IKEA lamps to get better lighting on the work area.

I had an old IKEA shelf and a speaker stand lying around, so I made a tiny table. Every bit of work surface helps :) All my most used tools and cables are withing an arms reach. The hot air gun is plugged in and ready to go.

It is important to have tools within arms reach, this is my tool wall.
It is important to have tools within arms reach, this is my tool wall.

By putting the soldering stating also on the new shelf I was able to free up even more work surface. All in all very pleased with the result :) It is still small, but it works, and it forces me to clean up after myself when I’m done with something.

My electronics corner, with lamps from IKEA and tool wall. Ready to go!
My electronics corner, with lamps from IKEA and tool wall. Ready to go!

A organized part storage is also an important part of any work shop.

Having a good storage system for parts make it so much easier to find what you need.
Having a good storage system for parts make it so much easier to find what you need.

And some fancy lights to top it all off :)

My entire desk, with computer and electronics corner, lighted by Hue from Philips.
My entire desk, with computer and electronics corner, lighted by Hue from Philips.
Storage area for parts, lighted by Hue from Philips.
Storage area for parts, lighted by Hue from Philips.
A bit of decoration is also important, a painting of guys drinking and smoking, lit by Hue from Philips.
A bit of decoration is also important, a painting of guys drinking and smoking, lit by Hue from Philips.
Electronic devices, and of course; Buddha, in the workshop. Lights by Hue from Philips.
Electronic devices, and of course; Buddha, in the workshop. Lights by Hue from Philips.

Do you have any smart solutions in your workshop/lab? I’d love to see it:)

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  •   Created Jun 10, 2016
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