How to Choose the Right Lab Furniture?

Choosing the right laboratory furniture is a concern for many customers and lab users! From the perspective of customers or lab users, selecting the right laboratory furniture is not only about practical functionality and compliance with industry standards, but also about being aesthetically pleasing and cost-effective.

So how do you choose the right chemistry lab furniture? Here are three key experiences to share:

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First, the primary consideration for selecting lab furniture is the purpose of the lab space and whether there are clean and sterile requirements. Is it a physical and chemical lab? Microbiology lab? Animal lab, etc.

Different labs have different requirements for air cleanliness, temperature, and humidity, so the choice of furniture materials will vary. By selecting appropriate furniture, you can not only meet the needs of the experiments but also avoid adverse effects on the conduct of the experiments.

For example, in a clean lab, the overall indoor environment is a dust-free and sterile clean room environment (Class B or C clean level). Therefore, the furniture requires materials and designs that are not prone to dust accumulation or bacteria growth. It is generally recommended to use furniture made entirely of stainless steel sheet material for clean labs. When designing, attention should be paid to adopting rounded corner designs to facilitate easy cleaning and prevent dust accumulation. Such furniture is compatible with the cleanliness requirements of the lab and will not generate pollution sources due to the activities of the staff.

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Second, for the selection of general experimental furniture in non-clean environments, there are also the following considerations to avoid several problems:

  1. For supporting furniture in ordinary labs (non-clean areas), the range of materials commonly used is extensive, including all-steel furniture, stainless steel lab furniture, steel-wood furniture, all-wood furniture, etc. In terms of cost-effectiveness, all-steel furniture has a more beautiful and sleek appearance but is more expensive. Steel-wood laboratory furniture is more widely used due to its moderate price. All-wood furniture is cheaper, but its load-bearing and waterproofing capabilities are weaker (it is also rare on the market now). These types of material laboratory furniture can be customized in different colors, allowing users to choose colors that match their corporate culture and overall environmental tones, increasing the aesthetic comfort of the experimental work environment. Users can choose the right furniture based on their own budget.
  2. The countertop of the workbench in the lab is a place where chemical substances, detergents, or tap water are more often in contact. The countertop material is currently mainly made of corrosion-resistant solid core physical and chemical boards, epoxy resin boards, and ceramic boards.

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Third, laboratory furniture design needs to be combined with the actual dimensions of the site and the functional requirements of use.

Laboratory furniture, a part of which is sold as fixed-size finished products, such as reagent cabinets, drug cabinets, etc., others basically need to be designed based on the actual site conditions. In addition to basic length, width, and height specifications, accessories such as drawers, hanging cabinets, and reagent racks can all be flexibly customized to form a set of fully functional and environmentally suitable overall furniture. This can fully meet the operational needs of users on the lab benchtop and make the lab work dynamic space more in line with the process.

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In addition, the design of laboratory furniture should also pay attention to some details, such as the number and size of accessories, and which type of sink and faucet combination to choose. This is related to the water needs and processes of the experiments, as well as the number of lab personnel. By fully considering the details of practical work, you can configure a work environment that not only meets the experimental purposes but also enhances the enthusiasm of lab personnel.

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