While you may have chosen furniture for your living room or bedroom at home, the process for choosing furniture for your laboratory is quite different. While, like the furniture in your home, you want your lab furniture to be comfortable, of a high-quality, and serve their unique purpose, there is far more to consider. In laboratories, lab technicians need to handle a variety of hazardous materials and require furniture that supports this type of work environment. This furniture may also need to be custom-built to accommodate a specific type of laboratory or work. In order to help you choose the right furniture for your laboratory, we have compiled a list of types of laboratory furniture and what you need to consider when choosing them.
Regardless of your field, it is likely that your lab requires benches. When dealing with a variety of chemicals, it is important that you consider the durability of any lab bench. A durable bench can hold 1,600 pounds, and is usually used in a cleanroom lab. Some lab benches are finished using a powder coat paint to provide resistance to chemicals and corrosion, and should be sufficient to last the lifetime of the bench. They are often made of steel and feature work surfaces that can be adjusted as needed, generally between 30 to 36 inches. The adjustability of a lab bench is particularly important to consider if you are working with a variety of types of waste and hazardous materials. Additionally, some lab benches come in an industrial style, like benches you typically see in garage settings. They might also be made with laminated formica which are stain, scratch, oil, and water resistant. They are often outfitted with the same powder coat paint as other lab benches, which makes them corrosion-resistant.
Depending on the use of your lab, you have many options in terms of style of other laboratory furniture, such as tables, cabinets, desks, carts, lockers, and seats. You will choose the particulars of this furniture based on the type of lab. In general, laboratory furniture needs to be completely resistant to any chemicals with which it will come in contact. Laboratory furniture is most commonly made out of steel; however, it also often comes in heavy-duty plastic. Laboratory furniture must also be made to use or dispose of chemicals. This means that it is likely that you will have to customize your furniture to the particular needs of the lab.
In general, when you are purchasing furniture for your lab, there are several considerations that you must make. In summary:
- Lab furniture must be durable, chemical-resistant, corrosion-resistant, and ideally oil and water resistant as well.
- It must be made out of materials that can safely use and dispose of chemicals.
- It must be customized according to the needs of your lab.
- It must keep employees safe and aid in their productivity.
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