A place for everything…
In a previous life I worked as a produce clerk in grocery stores. My first boss used to say “If the back room’s a mess, you can’t get anything done on the sales floor”.
In the world of professional cooking, there’s a concept called “Mise en place”. Sharp knives, clean cutting boards, fresh ingredients fully stocked… If the chef, sous chef, prep cook or line cooks “mise” is a mess, the food will suffer.
Whether job site, work vehicle, studio, shop, tool boxes, desk… I’ve always been serious about well organized and efficient work spaces.
In the spirit of this, I thought I’d share some ideas I’ve applied to create a basic, functional faux finishing studio.
Leaning shelves with attached bench: Simple, inexpensive, space saving.
A couple years ago I needed a bench, storage space and easel in a short term studio space.
I talked to a carpenter friend and he showed me the leaning, floor to ceiling shelves he’d built to store wood in his shop. Based on his shelves, I designed and built a shelf/bench combo.
Because of the angle, weight added from tools and materials serves to increase the over all stability of the structure.
I wasn’t sure the bench aspect would work, as the whole thing depends on a certain amount of balance. After building and using it for about a year, I can assure you it works great.