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How to Set Up a Lab

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For wannabe scientists to perform experiments, a laboratory is essential. Setting up a home science lab can be a fun adventure, but certain steps should be taken, and caution must be used to do so safely.


  1. Ask for permission.
  2. Find a suiatable room. If your bedroom doesn't work try a spare room. Here are some requisites for a working lab:
    • Ventillation. If chemical experiments are to be done, ventillation is essential.
    • Lighting. Having a good light source is important for observations, but being able to control the light is just as important, since some experiments may require absolute darkness.
    • Temperature control. Air conditioning and heat may be needed for maintaining the climate/atmosphere for some experiments.
    • Space. Assembling large projects may take a lot of space.
    • Work surfaces. Tables, desks, and other special surfaces may help with some experiments, as well as for storage of tools and equipment.
  3. Set up the place. A worktop such as a desk may be fine, just be sure it can be damaged without consequences.
  4. Buy items such as microscopes, test tubes, and other things. Universal indicators, limus paper and scalpels can be good, as can petri dishes.
  5. Buy safety equipment such as a fire extinguisher, respirator, goggles, and gloves for chemical experiments.
  6. Set up a record keeping system, either in a journal or on a computer.
  7. Look for diverse tools and hardware specific to your area of study. For biological sciences, terrariums, aquariums, and other containers might be suitable, where microbiology might require microscopes, growing media, petri dishes, and other items.


  • You could get a science kit for the supplies of chemicals and specialized hardware.


  • Try not to get burnt by stuff like bunsen burners.
  • You can cut yourself with scalpels. Be careful.
  • If you are young, have adult supervision. Regardless adequate supervision should be ensured at all times when children are conducting arts, crafts or activities that involve heat, small or sharp objects, glues, plaint and the like.
  • Have adequate safety equipment near, such as a first aid kit and a fire extinguisher.

Things You'll Need

  • lab equipment,such as bottles, jars,litmus etc.
  • desk or worktop
  • a room
  • permission.

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