When operating a research or school facility, it’s easy to overlook the lab bench. In fact, few people realise the benefits of a well designed, safe, practical and efficient bench until they try one. They quickly realise that it’s not a luxury, but a must-have. Why? Because a one-size-fits-all solution doesn’t always work.
The team at i-desk solutions are constantly innovating their designs to deliver furniture that best works for that particular space, and the more challenging the space the better. Having worked on bespoke lab bench projects for some of the UK’s leading pharmaceutical and educational firms, they’ve studied a wide base of users and have built a comprehensive understanding of what is required in a modern lab environment.
Putting the end user first is a fundamental first step. Rather than design bench furniture to fit the space, the solution is to find the best fit for the user. This starts with understanding the type of work you’ll undertake in the lab and the equipment you’ll be using. You’ll consult with the designer on-site to explore how the lab is used, and then i-desk will engineer a solution that works in the specified environment. Here is our checklist of what to consider when looking to improve the efficiency of your lab:
Clever integration of cables, storage, and IT equipment helps to free up the desk surface space so you have the room to continue with your work without having to switch between benches.
Access to resources such as water, gas, and electricity is made easier by safely customising the design to meet the requirements of the end user.
Security and maintenance
Secure lock up solutions allows easy access to IT equipment for everyday use, without having to store equipment in a separate secure space or dismantle the furniture for maintenance or upgrades.
Robust and durable work surfaces that include antibacterial properties and protective seals/sealants to help reduce damage from aggressive chemicals and liquid spills. A lab user frequently requires movement, adjustable features help the bench fit the user, not the other way around.
I.T Systems integration
A modern lab that allows an efficient integration of your IT systems will give you the ability to fulfill all your researching requirements in one space. Additionally, you may start to think about collaborative desks that will encompass 2 people to one workstation PC that can also enhance the productivity between groups to get more work done, together. This is especially useful for education where space may be restrictive relative to the number of students in the room.
Getting your environment right starts with re-engineering your space around the end user. You want to understand where they spend the most time and how that location can be made more efficient to improve productivity. Getting the right desk that meets all the requirements of a modern working lab environment is a good place to start when designing the laboratory of the future.