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 got. The electronics corner is pretty small, and a couple of things about it was annoying… Like not having my instruments, e.g. oscilloscope and power supply, easily available. So I decided I needed to fix that!

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The electronics corner

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 wasn’t any space. But I am using a 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.

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 :)

I bought a wooden shelf and cut it to size. And pulled up two power cables in a cable duct, to power the instrument, but keep a clean look.

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.

To get things off the desk I also added a small shelf on the wall in front of me. I’m quite fond of keeping things off the desk, it increases the usable space and allows for much easier cleaning.

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.

Next I added a couple of lights; after much searching I found that the Ikea TERTIAL desk lamp was both cheap and perfect for the task. I’ve been using a cheap soldering iron for years, but I’ve always wanted one of those Weller soldering stations. Well now it was finally time to get one! :)

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.

I had an old IKEA shelf and a speaker stand lying around, so I cut the shelf to size and made a tiny table. It adds a bit of work or storage surface, and every bit helps :) The tool wall allows me to keep all of my most used tools and cables within arms reach. The hot air gun is plugged in and ready to go.

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!

I ended up putting the soldering station on the new shelf as well, and was able to free up even more work surface. All in all I am very pleased with the result :) It is still small, but it works, and it forces me to (at least try) to keep it clean.

Part storage

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.

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

Hue lights

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.

I have a Hue LightStrip Plus on the backside of the desk, this lights up the wall and gives a nice effect both above and below the desk. In the ceiling over the desk I have three Hue GU10 spot bulbs that points to the wall, and in the window post; a Hue Iris.

Storage area for parts, lighted by Hue from Philips.
Storage area for parts, lighted by Hue from Philips.

A Hue E27 bulb in a standard fixture by the door, and two Hue Bloom in the storage shelves.

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.

Another three Hue GU10 spot bulbs lights up the wall behind the TV, the painting and storage shelf.

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.

And in the window post; my Buddha figure and Hue Iris lamp.

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

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