A 3′ × 5′ Electronics Workspace with Vertical Storage Space to Spare

There’s a great deal of innovative electronics engineering taking place in Europe. I review dozens of inventive projects and insightful articles from European engineers each year. And based on the quality of that content, I’m convinced that Europe’s electrical engineers, programmers, and embedded designers are among the most industrious, inspired, and creative tech specialists in the world. For this reason, I’m looking forward to the upcoming ElektorLive! 2012 event in Dortmund, Germany. The October 20 event will enable visitors from around Europe and beyond to attend electronics-related seminars and discuss innovative new technologies. It should be a rewarding opportunity to meet with and discuss projects with many of the world’s most notable designers.

Hubert Wihr’s 3′ × 5′ workspace

Burghausen, Germany-based Hubert Wihr is one of the many Europeans actively designing interesting electronic systems in his free time. At about 3′ × 5′ (approximately 90 cm × 150 cm), his workspace (shown below) doesn’t leave much room for expansion or the addition of too many new design tools. But as long as at Wihr enjoys the space and finds it suitable, he gets the thumbs up from our staff.

Take a close look ah Wihr’s space. Can you spot Florian Schäffer’s Elektor book AVR – hardware en C-programmering in de praktijk (AVR Hardware and C Programming in Practice)? I missed it the first few times reviewed the space.

Florian Schäffer’s Elektor book, AVR Hardware and C Programming in Practice

In addition to Wihr’s choice in books, we applaud his intelligent use of vertical space. Like an architect trying to add office space to a cramped city block, Wihr simply built upward. He effectively installed a few feet of vertical shelving and storage space to accommodate his PC, soldering station, test equipment, parts, and a perfectly placed cork board for tacking handwritten notes.

As for Wihr’s neatly labeled parts containers, well, you know how we feel about those. Such a storage system is an essential part of every proper workspace. If you look closely at his labels, you can see he’s storing Schraube (screws), Haken (hooks), and more.

Lastly, Wihr has a simple yet effective solution for keeping his tools in order and readily available. He smartly mounted his peripheral cables within arm’s reach to the right of his monitor. And just left of his cork board he hangs pliers, wire cutters, and a few other frequently used tools. Nice idea.

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