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What Furniture Does a New Lab Need?

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What Furniture Does a New Lab Need?

Basic Lab Furniture DesignDesigning a brand new lab from scratch is a daunting task. One of the first things you must do is decide what lab furniture pieces your facility will need. PSA Laboratory Furniture will guide you through the design process.

Required Furniture for Laboratories

Every lab needs some benches, tables, and cabinets. The exact amount and style will depend on the space available in your lab and how to optimize it for your unique lab applications.

Lab Benches

When deciding which bench to have installed in your laboratory, one of the most important factors is the countertop material. Your lab countertops need to be able to withstand whatever potential wear and tear your experiments may cause.

Lab Casework & Cabinetry

Selecting furniture is easy with PSA. Even the most basic lab will need some benches, tables, and cabinets. The exact amount and style will depend on the space available in your lab. We provide lab casework in many materials including stainless steel and wood.

The counters used in your lab will vary based on your work. We have plenty of options suitable for working with harsh chemicals, heat, and abrasions. Our countertop materials include:

  • Epoxy resin
  • Phenolic resin
  • High-pressure plastic laminate
  • Stainless steel
  • Edge grain maple

We have worked with every type of lab and know what each industry needs. For example, we’ve worked in wet labs where our designers had to account for permanent plumbing fixtures. In other cases we’ve carefully arranged fume hoods for optimal performance. Whether you are setting up a school research lab or are in pharmaceutical R&D, we know the best furniture choices for your facility.

Flexible furniture options are incredibly popular with modern labs. Tables and benches include locking casters so they can be moved at any time. You can completely reconfigure your lab based on your workload.

Required Equipment for Lab Safety

Stainless Steel Counter SinkYour lab will need certain equipment to meet safety standards and up-to-date compliance. The safety equipment required of your industry is often determined by Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) standards. This equipment, combined with proper PPE, will keep your staff safe while working.

Lab Safety Stations & Fixtures

Any lab which deals with hazardous materials in any capacity will likely need:

  • Eyewash stations
  • Face washes
  • Emergency safety showers
  • Safety stations
  • Fume hoods

Our chemical fume hood options include all shapes and sizes. Save space with snorkel hoods hanging from the ceiling or create an entire ventilated room with a walk-in fume hood. After installation PSA Laboratory Furniture does testing and certification so your new furniture pieces are fully compliant.

Fume Hoods

Fume hoods are ventilated enclosures used to trap and remove any gases, vapors, and particulates produced during experiments and chemical reactions. This limits lab staff exposure to any hazardous or toxic airborne byproducts.

High-Performance Fume Hoods

High-performance fume hoods can operate at a lower inflowing air velocity, allowing the fume hood to consume 50% less energy than conventional hood designs. As a result, these high-performance/low-flow hoods are safer, have lower installation costs, and are up to 50% less expensive in operating costs.

Airfoil Bypass Fume Hoods

Bypass fume hoods are specifically designed to provide a continuous flow of air through your lab workspace for the purpose of reducing turbulence. This helps improve efficiency and performance of the hood, while minimizing any effects of airflow on the experiment itself.

Add Air Fume Hoods

Add air fume hoods provide improved efficiency through the use of a front-mounted air plenum. This plenum can supply up to 70% of the hood’s total air volume requirement.

Canopy Fume Hoods

Canopy fume hoods are ceiling-mounted (or mounted overhead) and do not enclose an experimental area. Canopy hoods are best for venting non-toxic gases, fumes, and vapors. Added benefits include a more spacious work surface.

Demonstration Fume Hoods

Demonstration fume hoods are designed specifically to maximize the visibility of the hood’s interior. Maximum visibility makes demonstration hoods ideal for classrooms, lab training, and other collaborative circumstances.

Low Bench Fume Hoods

Low bench fume hoods are designed with lower work surfaces to provide added space for larger equipment and experiments.

Perchloric Acid Fume Hoods

Perchloric acid fume hoods feature a unique washdown system designed, specifically, to rinse away and prevent the buildup of any potentially reactive perchloric salts.

Radioisotope Fume Hoods

Radioisotope fume hoods provide protection from radiochemicals. 

Snorkel Fume Hoods

Snorkel exhaust fume hoods are typically small ceiling-mounted vents at the end of an adjustable arm. This allows lab workers to situate the vent close to the source of fumes and particles - much like a vacuum hose - rather than move the entire reaction/experiment into a fume hood chamber. 

Thin Wall Fume Hoods

Thin wall fume hoods provide more interior space than other hoods of similar size. Thinner walls allow for more work space without sacrificing any of the benefits other fume hoods provide. 

Variable Air Volume (VAV) Fume Hoods

Variable air volume hoods are designed to allow control over the amount of air being exhausted from the hood. This provides added control over the environment inside the fume hood without losing any of the standard fume hood benefits.

Floor-Mounted / Walk-in Fume Hoods

Floor-mounted fume hoods (often referred to as “walk-in” fume hoods) are mounted on the floor, rather than on a benchtop. Floor-mounted fume hoods are the largest (highest volume) fume hoods available, making them ideal for large equipment and apparatus.

Flexible Lab Systems - For Modular Laboratories

If your lab requires the use of multiple furniture configurations, the best lab furniture for you is flexible and modular furniture systems. 

Flexible lab furniture comes equipped with locking wheels for free movement around a lab and locking casters for easy storage customization. These features allow for easy lab reconfiguration with minimal downtime.

Still not sure which furniture pieces will best suit your lab? Contact our laboratory designers/planners to determine which lab furniture is ideal for your unique lab.  
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