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Tips for Designing Industrial Spaces


Kuomin Lee

The wonderful thing about design is that you have the opportunity to explore a range of different spaces. It is unlikely that any two will be the same, so the approach to each project will probably be different. One unique kind of space that needs designing in a particular way is an industrial space.

As this area is going to see heavy footfall and be used for manufacturing or industrial activities, there are specific characteristics it needs that differs from your average home or office space.

The goal should be to think about how the area will be used and ensure functionality as well as an attractive look. On that note, here are a few top tips for designing industrial spaces below.

Create Open Spaces

Industrial businesses are probably going to need more space than you could imagine. Craftsmen may spend most of their days drilling, cutting, transporting and assembling, so they need space for such tasks. When planning any designs, ensure you take this into consideration. Ultimately, space planning can have a significant impact on how successful the design of your industrial space is. Look for ways to maximize space and ensure you mitigate the risk of accidents.

 Filter Life Factory / Waterform Design - photo by Luomin Lee

Think About Storage

Any industrial space is going to have tons of items in need of storage. It could be anything from the materials they’re using to manufacture to the robust equipment they’re using in the production process.

Additionally, you will need to create space for waste management and recycling products, including the storage of 14 gauge baling wire used to secure recyclables the business will use and transport.

In order to create storage space, think about the best places to store each piece of equipment. If there is a warehouse, some ideas for storage include over-aisle storage, over-dock storage, and choosing from a combination of shelving bays and pallet racks. Think about the best long-term solutions and make the most of the space given as suggested above.

 Filter Life Factory / Waterform Design - photo by Luomin Lee

Choose the Right Flooring

Flooring is another factor that you want to take into consideration when designing an industrial space. Remember that health and safety is a crucial aspect for such companies, so you want the safest option possible.

Polished concrete floors: Concrete may be one of the most viable options if you want a safe choice for industrial space. So that it doesn’t look dull and boring, you could add some polish to it. The good thing about concrete flooring is that it’s durable, easy to maintain and versatile.
Hardwood flooring: Another option would be hardwood floors, but this is a relatively expensive option. Nevertheless, it is one of the best options for high-traffic areas because it’s inherently strong and the traffic shouldn’t easily affect it. Additionally, hardwood floors are ideal as they’re easy to install and clean.
Tile: For beautiful, resilient, and long-lasting flooring, tile is another good but pricey option. Porcelain Enamel is said to be amongst the hardest and most durable of materials.
Vinyl flooring: If you want a more affordable option, then vinyl flooring is cheaper than hardwood and tile in most cases. Installation is also easier which means you could pay less on labor costs. Additionally, vinyl flooring is available in a variety of colors and textures as well.

Designing industrial spaces doesn’t have to be boring, but it will take more thought and consideration than your average space. Think about the needs of your client when designing and also make it a place that workers will be happy to come to every day.