Tips for Picking Correct Countertops and Furniture

Your lab’s countertop and cabinet choices are two of the most important lab furniture decisions you can make for your lab.  They handle most of the daily tasks therefore they encounter the brunt of the ongoing wear and tear in your lab.  Taking the time to know what types of material are available is critical for choosing a product that will serve your application for years to come.   Here are some tips to consider before making your decision.

Consider Exposure:
What are your countertops and casework going to be exposed to?  This is a key question to consider when making your lab furniture decisions. Some materials must be selected to accommodate the chemicals and the demands of exposure .  For outstanding chemical resistance it’s highly likely you’ll need to opt for a trespa countertop and phenolic or stainless lab furniture.  Let the expected exposure guide your furniture and countertop decisions.

Ask Questions:Well designed lab furniture layoutAs you saw with our recent lab furniture FAQ, we hear a lot of questions from those seeking new countertop and casework options.  As professionals within the industry we appreciate lab owners asking questions however Many times this points lab specialists to your unique needs, and may present a better fit in terms of what lab counters and casework that is recommended.  Asking questions also ensures you’re getting the lab furniture you really need.

Budget Appropriately:
Making the most of your budget is key for your lab development.  Spending too little on the furniture and countertops could lead to your lab not being outfitted with the best fit for your work environment.  On the other hand, spending a large percentage of your budget on overly expensive material, when you have a more price sensitive option available limits other areas of your lab.  While some lab demands may require more expensive materials, many can maximize their budget by simply talking to a lab product specialist that can help them select the right product for their specific application and remain sensitive to their budget at the same time.Consider these tips throughout your lab planning or renovating process and you’ll get the best possible fit for your unique application and budget.