8 Considerations In Planning A Lab Table With Drawers

Your lab table is one of the most important tools you’ll use throughout your work. The right lab tables can meet all of your unique needs and create a practical environment for lab work.

Investing in a custom lab table can make your life a little easier every time you sit down to work. The table can have sufficient storage, a durable tabletop, and more. Here are some of the most important factors to give a second thought about when planning a custom lab table.

1. Size

Every item in your lab needs to serve a practical purpose, and size is a crucial factor you can’t overlook. When space is limited, you can’t afford to have overly large furniture cluttering up the room.

It’s often a balancing act to determine the right size that will be comfortable for workers, maximize productivity, and also fit into your lab without the hassle. Making use of horizontal space, such as drawers and cabinets, can also help you cut down on floorspace.

Finding the right table size will help you maximize your space without having to worry about fitting essential tools and equipment into the room!

2. Materials

We offer a wide range of materials suited to various lab needs. Depending on your work, you may need a chemical-resistant table, or one that is easy to clean.

Stainless steel is the most durable material, and it’s resistant to stains, impacts, fire, chemicals, and more. It’s also easy to clean and maintain. Steel tables can last for years without requiring replacement.

Resin is another popular option. Epoxy is the most durable pick, but phenolic resins have many of the same benefits at a lower price point.

At LabTech Supply Company, we offer more affordable options, such as maple wood and high-pressure laminate. If your work doesn’t require your tables through a lot of wear and tear, budget options might be perfect for your lab!

3. Storage Options

A lab table is designed to be a functional workspace that enhances productivity. For most labs, that means plenty of storage options.

When creating custom tables, you can decide how many drawers or cabinets are attached to each table. You can also determine the size of all the storage areas. Plus, cable storage is another possibility, which can minimize clutter and keep workspaces clear.  

4. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance

ADA standardizes efficiency and accessibility of people in wheelchairs when working in a laboratory. We offer several features to make your lab more accessible, including adjustable legs, hydraulics for smooth height adjustments, and more.

These features are designed to help employees with disabilities access your lab, but they can also make things more comfortable for all employees. ADA compliance is essential, so don’t overlook these features when designing your table.

5. Special Features

Labs often involve highly specialized work. When you’re ordering a custom table, you can make requests to cater to those needs. We have tables designed for balance, microscopes, instruments, and more.

Other special features include vibration-dampening, cable management solutions, and cooling fans. Casters may also be added to your table, allowing for both movement and wheel locking. Keyboard pullouts and LCD monitor arms may also be added to lab tables depending on your preference.

6. Versatility

Every lab is different. Many work in spaces that weren’t originally designed to be labs, which means that limited space is expected. Your lab tables and other furniture must be versatile if you want to keep your lab as productive as possible.

One piece of furniture can be used for multiple purposes by adding special features, as mentioned above. Even if you plan to use one work table for assembly most of the time, you can add anti-vibration casters so it can also hold microscopes and other sensitive machinery.

When you invest in a custom table, you can add special features that reflect the wide range of activities that take place in your lab on a daily basis. 

7. Ergonomics

Ergonomics are essential for keeping your employees comfortable. When they’re comfortable and working pain-free, they can stay productive and work with precision. When you have the opportunity to design custom tables, consider how your employees will work at that table.

Adjustable-height tables are a popular example of ergonomic design. We can install adjustable legs or hydraulics that will raise and lower your table. Ergonomics also affect table shape and other features. If you want to type more comfortably, a keyboard pullout can help.  

8. Durability

Durability is crucial in laboratories. Often, labs involve working with chemicals, fire, and corrosive materials, so it’s important to get a tabletop that can withstand your work every day.

A phenolic table top is one option, and it creates a sleek, attractive tabletop that can be cleaned easily. It’s resistant to chemicals, mold, and bacteria. While resin can be scratched or stained, proper maintenance will keep them in good condition for years to come.

Stainless steel is considered the most durable table option, and for good reason. While this material is more of an investment, it will last for years in any lab space.

On the other hand, if durability is less of a priority, you may be able to save money by choosing a more affordable table material. This is perfect for labs that don’t use harsh chemicals or fire. 

Designing a Table

Custom furniture is a worthwhile investment for any lab. By using the guidelines above, you can figure out your top priorities for a personalized lab table. 

LabTech Supply Company can help you bring any table design to life, and a new table can improve productivity, product quality, and more. Contact us today to learn more about our custom table design services!

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