An overview of fume hood laboratory furniture types While fume hoods and other types of specialized equipment used for learning, research, or manufacturing often takes center stage in the laboratory, laboratories are also home to many different types of furniture. Here is an overview of furniture designed specifically for the lab environment.
Cabinets. Cabinets serve as storage units. There are several different kinds of laboratory cabinets:
- Chemical cabinets are designed to withstand the specific chemicals that will be stored in them. They may be anti-corrosive, made out of fire-retardant materials, lined with glass, or have other safety properties.
- Mobile cabinets are wheeled structures with drawers and shelves, designed to be moved from station to station.
- General cabinets serve as general storage for the laboratory, and can be custom built or standard.
Carts. Carts are wheeled pieces of furniture with flat tops. They are ideal for more easily moving equipment and volatile substances from one workstation to another.
Casework. Casework is a term used to describe built-in cabinets. These can be built according to lab specifications and dimensions, and come in a variety of materials depending upon the type of work being done in the laboratory.
Modular Casework. Modular casework has the look and feel of built-in cabinets, but is able to be moved without massive deconstruction. Modular casework is a flexible, cost-effective option for those with growing labs, or for those who see renovations in the future.
Workbenches. Experiments, research, and tests are done on long workbenches. Workbenches come in a variety of different materials depending upon the lab’s specialty, but are typically heat and corrosion resistant.