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3 Things to Consider when Sizing Your VersaTube Workshop

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3 Things to Consider when Sizing Your VersaTube Workshop

by Abby Mwesigwa on December 05, 2018

When you choose VersaTube for your workshop, we make it easy to get a building that exactly fits your needs and space requirements. With our design your own option, you can design and fully customize your ideal shop with just a few clicks. Now, when designing a workshop the decision most people find the hardest to make is deciding exactly what size structure they need. Before you dive into the design process, here are a few tips to help you nail down the right size shop for your needs.

How will you use the space?

This may seem basic, but it’s probably the most important point. Before you can be positive about the size workshop you need, as much as possible make sure you’ve accounted for every way you will use your VersaTube shop. Think about how you’ll most commonly use the space, as well as activities that you don’t do as frequently. Maybe you don’t need to use your band saw very often, so you can plan on storing it out of the way. But, if you can’t use it where it’s normally stored and you’ll have to pull it into your main space, think how big of an obstacle (and a pain) will that be when you’re in the middle of a project. Besides tools, tables, and supplies, are there any other purposes you need your shop to serve? If you’ll need storage space for the family sports equipment or a shipping station for packaging products for clients, now is the time to plan for it.

Workflow needs

Besides the stationary space your tools and tables take up, don’t forget to factor in the space it takes to operate certain tools and the space you need for maneuvering as you work. For example, is there going to be enough room around your table saw to fit your needs? If you cut long pieces of plywood or boards you’ll need to factor in clearance beyond the blade for the longest boards you plan to cut. For every worktable and tool, consider if you’ve planned for enough operating space around it.  


Just as important as how much space you need for working inside your building is making sure your ideal workshop can fit on your site. Whether your property has plenty of room and site options or just a single spot that can accommodate your shop, you’ll need to finalize picking your location before you move forward with designing your VersaTube building. One of the best things you can do when picking your location is to stake out the workshop to be sure it will fit. Click here for a tutorial on staking out buildings.

Outside of considering your own available space, you need to check your local zoning laws and building codes so you can be sure your plans will comply with any regulations.

Once you’ve worked out all these details, you’re ready for all the more enjoyable parts of designing your VersaTube workshop, like picking the color, doors, windows, and anything else you’d like to customize on your shop. Need some help? Contact us; we have support specialists standing by!