[hackerspaces] Space Allocation in Hackerspaces

Joshua Pritt ramgarden at gmail.com
Tue Nov 17 15:31:24 CET 2015

At Melbourne Makerspace we have a pretty small space.  So we added some
wire shelving all the way down one wall.  Then we give each member a
bankers box to store their personal projects and parts while they are away.
Then we have a rule that if you brought something and put it down on the
main tables in the middle of the space, make sure you remove it before you
leave or it becomes spare parts for other projects.  Unless you need its
paint or glue to dry, etc. you can just label it with a note with your name
and date when you'll be back.

We also added a lot of those stackable plastic drawer storeage along one
wall to put all of our spare parts like gears, motors, USB cables/power,
batteries, scrap wires, etc. and labeled each drawer.  We also built our
own giant shelf that is basically a deck you would build for a house and
put it up on 8 ft tall 4x4 posts.  The landlord and fire codes, etc.
doesn't allow us to attach it to the wall so it stands on its own nice a
snug against the walls.  We use this to store all the extra stuff that
would take up floor space like spare laptops, PCs, monitors, roombas, and
scrap wood and metals.

Our main tables in the center have locking wheels so they can be easily
moved and rearranged for classes, etc. so it's easier to see the projector
screen on the wall.

The main idea is to build/buy storage drawers and shelving and label

On Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 1:39 AM, Leora Druckman <leoracreates at gmail.com>

> Hello All,
> I am a new hackerspace board member who is also relatively new to
> backspaces in general and brand new to this list.
> My questions are “How does your space handle the allocation of
> space/floorplanning?”  “What has worked particularly well for you and
> why?”  and “What has failed to work and why?”.
> My guess is that there where some previous discussions that I have missed
> on this topic.  Instead of or in addition to responding to these questions,
> can you point me to threads in the archive that are relevant?
> As you can guess, space allocation/floor planning has become more of an
> issue as we have grown and we are reassessing our rather informal method of
> dealing with these issues.
> Any tips will be much appreciated.
> Thank You,
> Leora
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