A makerspace can be a fantastic tool for any learning environment. There is a natural joy that comes from the process of making and creating. Being able to discover new solutions and ideas helps to satisfy our endless curiosity about the world around us. When we can hold up something that we’ve made or created with our own hands, we feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. And in the process, we’re learning new skills, expanding our knowledge, and creating relationships that add to our happiness in life.
If you’re considering adding a makerspace to your school, office, or library, you may have some questions about how to get started. Makerspaces can take on a variety of different forms, so there truly is no right or wrong way to go about creating one. However, there are a few steps you can follow to make the process as easy and efficient as possible and avoid unnecessary expense.
Creating a Makerspace: 3 Easy Steps for Getting Started
Become a part of the maker revolution! Follow these simple steps to get started with creating a makerspace for your library, school, or workplace.
1. Identify your goals.
The first step in creating a makerspace is to identify your goals. What will be the primary purpose of the space? Will you be using the space for science projects held in your classroom? Or is your goal to provide learners with access to technology and resources? Many makerspaces are multi-functional, so don’t feel obligated to confine your space to one purpose. However, it may be useful to brainstorm some ideas about what your space will be used for so that you can select the right type of furniture, supplies, and equipment.
2. Location, location, location
The next step in planning a makerspace is to select a location. Hands-on projects can sometimes get loud and messy. This is not necessarily a bad thing as the goal of a makerspace is to create a place where people can converse and be creative. However, it may have an impact on your decision for selecting a location. Empty conference rooms, meeting rooms, and corners are all great places to put a makerspace, especially if you’re worried about the noise or impact.
3. Select furniture & equipment.
Once you’ve staked out the perfect location for your makerspace, you can get started on selecting furniture, supplies, and equipment. Some tools that are commonly used for makerspaces include soldering irons, hand tools, craft supplies, and computers. However, specialized workstations may also benefit from more task-specific equipment such as 3D printers or power tools. We recommend starting with basic tools and then adding on specialized equipment later on if needed.
When selecting furniture, look for pieces that have storage compartments and can be easily adapted or rearranged. Comfortable seating is a must for makerspaces since people spend a decent amount of time working on projects, so comfort is important. Make sure that the furniture you select is age appropriate or adjustable if the space will be used by various ages.
Start Designing Your Makerspace
Begin exploring ideas for your makerspace today! Browse makerspace furniture from the Supple Collection to start planning your project or contact us to get more information.