Here's a look at my current setup, my first actual darkroom.
I started out with a small enlarger (LPL 6600) doing a little bit of printing inside of our sauna. After being given a new enlarger (Omega B-66 XL) along with a full darkroom setup, my wife was OK with us getting rid of the sauna. So I have about 32 sq ft to work with on one half of our laundry room, along with access to the laundry sink.
On the dry side I mounted the enlarger directly onto a workbench and store paper, negative binders, lenses, bulbs etc. in the drawers. I also keep my film scanner in there so I can pull it out to do scanning.
On the 'wet' side I threw together a cheap plywood/2x4 bench to hold working trays. I should probably coat the tabletop somehow as right now it is just soaking up any drops of chemicals or, better yet, actually turn it into more of a sink. Storage underneath for trays, chemicals and whatnot.
Over in the corner with the laundry sink is where I do my rinsing and I also have spaces there to dry prints, film, and also a drying rack for containers. I have an old Arkay print dryer that I've been using to fully dry prints into a flat state. I'm just using a kitty litter tray to rinse prints for now, getting a print washer would be nice at some point.
Jammed onto the shelf and into corners are the piles of gear that I'm not using, mostly color stuff like drums, processors, color enlarger head and various easels. I also have a huge supply of dry mounting stuff that is stashed underneath the 'wet' side.
The only thing I really need is a space heater, it stays around 15 C in there in the winter and it would be nice to bring it up to 20 C when I am working. Will probably pick one up this week.
For years I used a plywood over-bath arrangement for my trays, and a couple of coats of good exterior grade varnish was all it needed. I use an electric oil-filled radiator in my space with the thermostat set to 68-70 F. I don't run it all the time, but with a bit of planning it brings the temperature up. Admittedly we don't get down much below freezing here very often, but keeping the temperature no lower than the mid-40's protects the chemicals. If you have a device with a low setting you can use a plug-in timer to warm the space up in good time. Just watch the power rating of the device - many are designed for lamps, not heaters.
I feel, therefore I photograph.
Been in my new darkroom for a year and a half now. Loving it.
LPL4500VC enlarger, and an epoxied plywood sink. Ikea cabinets.
Nice. My kinda of darkroom.
Looks great, but I think you have a ghost
Originally Posted by sepiareverb
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
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My latest and most useful arrangement. They all have a certain format and contrast settings that they each do extremely well. The sink and trays are by my butt...
The larger print washer 11x14 & 16x20 is at my feet
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Well, my kid-sized craft table in my bedroom with barely enough room for an Omega B-600 enlarger and 3 8x10 trays doesn't look so impressive. Lots of inspiration in this thread for what I'm going to do once I've got the time, money and space for something bigger & better.
Here’s my small contribution to darkness. I built it in the basement. It is about 81/2’ square. It still needs ventilation and the “sink” is an old door on 2 chairs while the bucket serves as the temporary drain.
The wooden box is my home built VU light box for Kallitype and Palladium work.
I’ve got the Zone VI washer on a dolly and push it to the real sink near the washer.
The Beseler enlarger is set up with a Zone VI cold light head and stabilizer for contact printing on Azo and Lodima. It is bolted to the ceiling joists and to the work table. It is very sturdy.
My refurbished darkroom/laundry! Cool new bits include an aluminium frame, with the sides covered in velcro loop, and a black foamcore front panel, that, with handles, slides into the window frame and completely blocks out the light!! Also, the Elfa shelving and pegboard that nicely organises all my bits and pieces, and keeps things like scissors, pens, negative frames and clips out of the way but within easy reach. So far it all seems very ergonomic. Just in time for the mammoth printing challenge that is my annual xmas calendar...
That's funny, my darkroom is also Miele.