How to Design a Space

How to Design a Space

Organize It! – Phase 2 of 8


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How to Design a Space

How to Design a Space


Now that you have all of the items that will go into your Primary and Secondary Bases organized in your (2) Staging Areas, it is time to learn How to Design a Space for each of these areas, in order to store all of your Tools, Equipment, Supplies, etc.


Materials and Supplies Needed

There are no Materials and Supplies Needed for this Project.


Tools and Supplies Needed:

  • Scissors
  • 12″ Ruler


These items should be readily available in your Home.




Step-by-Step Instructions


Step 1 – Assess the Available Spaces


Assess the available spaces in your Home, garage, and/or shed which may be suitable for your Primary and Secondary Bases, and choose your best options.


Look around at all of the available space that you might use for your Bases. You may need to declutter and condense certain areas to give you the maximum space that you can use. Keep in mind the types of Storage that you will need, based on the items in your Staging Areas. Always plan for growth. The longer you own your Home, the more Tools, Equipment, Supplies, etc. you will acquire. Planning ahead for at least some of this, and you will not to have to make major changes to your designs down the road.


Step 2 – Design Your Spaces


Design the spaces that you will use for both your Primary and Secondary Bases.


Unless you are working with an extremely small space where your options are severely limited, consider drawing up several different plans on paper before beginning your installations. Take measurements of your suggested Primary and Secondary Bases and put these measurements on to separate plans, marking each for what they are. Your plan drawings do not have to be exactly to scale, but they should be relatively close.


Example:  If your Primary Base is 10′ x 20′, your Design should show that the long side is approximately twice as long as the short side. The scale that you use does not really matter, as long as it corresponds to your dimensions, yet it should be large enough in order to be able to contain all of the needed information and be comfortably read.


If you already own any large items, such as a main Tool Box, Workbench, Power Saw Tables, etc., and plan to incorporate them in your Primary Base, take measurements of these. Either write these measurements next to the items name on a separate sheet of paper, and then decide where they will best be placed, or, you might consider using paper cut-outs, cutting out square or rectangle shapes of paper to represent these, and move them around on your plan until you are satisfied with their placement. Once positions are decided upon, you can tape the cut-outs in place.

Again, these cut-outs do not have to be exactly to scale, but should be close, in relation to your plan. In other words, if your Workbench is 2′ x 4′, your cutout (using the 4′ length of your Workbench) should be able to fit into the long side of your plan approximately (5) times.


If you own any large Yard Equipment, such as:  a generator, pressure washer, etc., then do the same for your Secondary Base on that plan.

If you do not yet possess these large items, but anticipate getting any of them in the near future, you can estimate space for them on your plans.


Taking sizes into account, along with your other preferences, such as walk and work room in-between, decide on the best use of your spaces, being as efficient as possible. Also, decide where to install Pegboard, where to hang Shelves, where to install Racks, where to place Drawers, etc., and list those on the plan as well. Many of these decisions will be based on the amount and types of items that you have gathered and placed into your Staging Areas. Again, plan ahead for future acquisitions.

Make sure that you mark down the dimensions for your Pegboard, Shelves, Racks, etc. on your plans. Then reassess, and choose your best options.


After your two Design Plans have been completed, and you are satisfied with where all of your large items will go, you should take a moment or two to consider the Lighting that will be needed in each of the areas. Installing Fluorescent Lights in both of your Bases will be extremely useful to you. Some general overhead Lights, as well as some strategically placed, such as over your Workbenches will be needed. You can place some 1’ x 4’ (to scale) rectangles with an ‘X’ on them (on each of your Design Plans) to indicate where proposed Lights might be placed. You can make your final decisions when you reach that point in the Instructions.


Once you have decided on where and how you will set up your (2) Bases, you can proceed to the next PhasePegboard Wall – Phase 3 – Parts 1 & 2.


Excellent!   Now Come the Fun Parts!


Please take the time to leave a Comment or ask a Question in the Comments section below. Let me know how your Project went.


Thank you,

CJ Dodaro

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