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How to Design a Lab

Laboratory Furniture Setup and Installation

You need to come up with a brand new lab design. If you’ve never designed a lab before, you are probably wondering where to start. What does the design process involve? What materials should be used? How long will it take? PSA Laboratory Furniture designers are here to guide you through the entire process, from selecting furniture you need to final installation and certification. Follow this initial design checklist to get an idea of what you need!


  • How much space will your new lab have?
  • Are there limitations to the area (support columns, doorways, etc.)?
  • Is work performed individually or in pairs? Teams?

The final layout of your lab will determine how much space there is and how efficiently work can be performed. Our designers will review the floor plan to determine if all space is being utilized.

Limitations like support structures will need to be addressed during the initial design. The last thing you want is to discover your new lab benches won’t fit around a wall column.

Finally, the exact work of the lab needs to be taken into account. A school lab will need room for multiple teams of students while a private research facility may be customized for more independent work.

Required Equipment & Safety

  • What does your lab require to function?
  • What safety equipment do you need?

The requirements of a microbiology lab will be very different from an aerospace research and development facility. We’ve worked with labs across many industries and know which facilities need which products.

Fume hoods require extra space for ventilation system hookups. Knowing which type you need will make planning easier. For example, if your lab will need a walk-in fume hood you will need to save room in the lab. Similarly, water and electrical outlets will need to be accounted for as early in the design as possible.


  • What materials will work best for your work?

Tied into the safety and longevity of your lab design is the materials for countertops and cabinets. Our countertops include epoxy resin, phenolic resin, high-pressure plastic laminate, stainless steel, and edge grain maple. Each has specific benefits depending on the lab it’s used in. They are able to withstand heat, moisture, bacteria, or chemical abrasions.


  • Will furniture be shared?

Many modern labs are designed with mobile solutions in mind. The needs of labs can change at a moment’s notice, so it makes sense the furniture should too. We have flexible furniture systems where workstations can be moved and rearranged with ease.


  • What colors do you want in your lab?

Your lab doesn’t have to be boring. There are many ways to customize the appearance of your lab through cabinet and counter colors. Even the most professional lab on the planet should have at least some color. School labs in particular tend to share a color scheme. View our standard color options to get an idea of how your lab can be customized.


  • When will the lab be installed?
  • Who will provide installation services?

At PSA Laboratory Furniture, our clients may install their own furnishings or have our installers come to their location. We recommend our professional services to ensure each piece is properly fitted and tested. We are also able to dedicate more time to the process, while workers at your facility may need to do other work while installation is ongoing.


  • Does any part of your lab have to meet industry or federal safety standards?

PSA Laboratory furniture provides testing and certification for new labs. This includes ANSI/ASHRAE, IEST, ISO, and NSF-compliant.

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Ready to get started? Contact our designers to request a quote on your brand new lab!

Reach out to PSA Laboratory Furniture for more information on designing your own lab.
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