My red safelight is within three feet of both the dev tray and the enlarger base board I have no issues thus far with any fogging. Of course, a sheet of paper is in this range for no more than five minutes at a time, seldom for that long.
But, yeah. Once I added the roller cart into the mix thing start and end much more quickly. Darkroom work is much less a perceived inconvenience than it once was.
If I could change one thing in my present situation, it would be the location and arrangement of the trays. It's functional right now but there has to be a better way. I toyed with the plywood-ish idea, but I haven't come up with anything suitable just yet. A three or four foot by 15 inch card table with adjustable legs would be perfect.
My latest darkroom in progress in a second bathroom in our apartment here in Honolulu. Toilet and sink will still be usable, but the bathtub is now the wet side.
Chemical storage will be outdoors in a plastic cabinet on the balcony, where I also keep the film freezer. I also have a closet for photo/darkroom gear just outside the darkbathroom, and we have a storage unit in a climate controlled building down the street for additional storage.
I'm working on a solution to make more tray space, but I may just print small for now.
My Thomas safelight is just way too powerful for this space, so it's going into storage for now. I've got two Jobo LED safelights, which seem adequate, and they can be pretty close without fogging.
I also had to consolidate my paper, and I'll probably sell off or locally trade my single-sheet feed paper safes.
Chemistry cabinet set up on the balcony with first batch of fixer in the large container. I'm liking the idea of storing all this stuff outdoors, and just bringing in what I need, when I need it.
Some of those shelves look a bit bendy!! It might be comforting for leak control to have trays, or shallow 'storage bin' things, holding the bottles instead of having them separately on the shelves - just as a worst-case reassurance. Ideally the total volume of chemical should be less than the capacity of the tray of course.
I was also thinking of another problem with the whole thing being on a balcony, but I don't suppose that Hawaii often has weeks under minus 10C, unlike here !!
The shelf with the fixer tank is actually in the strongest position in the cabinet, but I'm keeping an eye on it, in case it needs some reinforcement.
Our temperature here in Honolulu is reliably 14 to 34C, usually around 27C, which can lead to some high processing temperatures, but I suppose that's for me to figure out. I doubt I'll ever be using the hot water tap in the darkroom, since even after it runs for a while, the cold is coming out at 24C. We're on the north side of the building, so there's no possibility of direct sun falling on the cabinet and heating up the contents.
The inner pedant in me can take it no more.
The thing you have in the bathroom to wash your hands in is a basin, not a sink. Sinks live in the kitchen.
On the Isle of Wight, it's a basin, but on the island of O'ahu, it's a sink.
Interchangeable here, though "sink" is more common... especially if it's, er, "sunk" into a counter top (as opposed to sitting on top).
Just a response to the news about Hawaii today - I hope David's chemical-cupboard is both earthquake proof and hurricane proof !!
Basin is a generic term. Sink is a specific type of basin (and they don't live in bathrooms!).