Building a darkroom

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  1. hammy

    hammy TPF Noob!

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    So I'm planning on building a darkroom within short time. My grandpa was a photographer for a living and I'll get to use all his darkroom equipment, lucky me.
    I plan on building it near the garage. I'm actually building the room from the ground up. I plan to insulate it, and have running water in it.
    Question is, about how big should I make it? I don't want it huge, yet I don't want it small. My friend and I will be using it at the same time...
     
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    JamesD Between darkrooms

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    My darkroom is 3 feet by 4 feet... just enough room for me to have a spot to sit between the dry and wet side (and hang my coats when I'm not using it). It works for me.

    On a more realistic scale.... If I were setting one up from scratch, I'd probably go at least 9 X 12 feet... enough space for two workbenches with four 3-foot wide "stations." However, if I'd ever had a real darkroom to work in, I'd probably say larger yet.

    just my $o.o25
     
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    I'm not sure there is an "ideal" size. Most of us make do with whatever space we can carve out, so you learn pretty fast how to set up efficiently. More important is to try to get some outside ventilation if you can. If you have that and some running water, you will be in luxury! ;)

    Have you done a search for different plans or layouts? Think about all your equipment, storage, and look at the various ways to set up. That's a good way to get a rough idea about dimensions you'll need.
     
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    My darkroom, erm I mean the wifes utility room!:lol: , is 3m x 1.5m (12ft x 5ft) with the enlarger at one end and wet area at the other and has a worktop down one long side & a return down the short side.


    Are you and your friend planning on doing a dry and wet side each or both? If you're both going to be using all the equipment then I'd say you'd need it wider to pass eachother easily, say 2m.
     
  5. hammy

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    Alright. Seems the size I was thinking was about right. I plan on having one wet and dry side and just the walkway through the center. I got a lot of great plans from www.darkroomsource.net but I was just wondering other opinions/experiences.
    And I definitely plan on setting up a nice ventilation system
     
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    Get a temp valve to control water temp. Something I did not due at first and wish I had.
     
  7. nealjpage

    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    Keep us posted on what you decide--I'm aquiring the equipment to build a darkroom myself. And I plan on doing it this winter, as long as I don't 1)get a job in a far-off land or 2)get evicted.
     
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    Build 'em, guys, then post pics of your results! :thumbup: I love seeing everyone's setups. :)
     
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    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    Has anyone ever started a thread for posting the pics of setups?
     
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    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Only their own. :) Feel free to start one whenever you wish!
     
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    I'll have to get a shot of my kitchen sink and changing box. :D
     
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    um....by all means, sure. :lol:
     

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