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What to Consider When Selecting Furniture for Your Laboratory

Lab Furniture

There are many factors to consider when deciding on storage, seating, cabinets, countertops, and other types of furnishings for your lab

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Furnishing your laboratory with the right countertops, cabinets, seating, and storage can help to improve productivity and efficiency. There is also a growing selection of mobile casework that makes it possible to create a flexible space that supports different applications and collaborations. Be sure to keep materials in mind, as there are many to choose from and each is designed to withstand wear and tear, provide chemical resistance, and facilitate cleaning. For a list of laboratory lab furniture manufacturers, see our online directory:

7 Questions to Ask When Buying Lab Furnishings:

  1. Do you use corrosive chemicals and reagents in your lab? 
  2. Is fixed or mobile casework better suited to your current and future needs?
  3. If opting for mobile casework, will electrical outlets, laboratory gas, and water be accessible?
  4. Are benches and chairs adjustable to ensure optimal ergonomics for individual personnel?
  5. Do the furnishings have to meet specific standards? 
  6. How customizable are the furnishings?
  7. Will the furnishings accommodate all necessary electronics?

Management Tip

When deciding whether to renovate or just refresh a lab, there are many things a lab manager should consider, including how long the lab will be non-operational and if that downtime is acceptable. Considering how to keep some spaces functional while others are refreshed, as well as the status of current experiments, is also important.

Green Considerations

Today’s manufacturers offer lab furniture and casework designed to reduce the impact of the environment and to meet recycled content required for the US Green Building Council’s LEED program. Selecting materials that are durable and long lasting, combined with flexible casework that can be moved instead of replaced will go far in maximizing your investment in laboratory casework.