It is amazing how much one can accomplish with less than the space, say, a professional photographer would typically use. The darkroom I built in my garage measures only 7 feet wide by 5 feet 4 inches deep. It currently contains two old kitchen tables upon which sit everything. The two attached photos taken with my 24mm Leica lens show my old Saunders condensor enlarger (I now have their MXL dichroic enlarger), easel, Gralab timer, Sharper Image air filter, and paper safe (bottom center of first picture) on the left table, and one 11 x 14 inch tray as well as three 8 x 10 inch trays and a halogen light on the table on the right. Above the halogen light on a shelf is my Bose Wave CD player which gives me hours of gorgeous music to accompany many blissful hours of making prints. Though I stand at the enlarger, there is a stool with a comfortable cushion in front of the table containing the trays which I transfer to when printing. Not shown is an air conditioner unit high up on the wall to the left. I left enough room between the front of the tables and the wall across from them to easly turn around and to enable me to replace the existing tables with hand-built tables slightly deeper outwards if I ever decide I want to make 11 x 14 inch prints as well from time to time. My sister plans to create a darkroom in a spare bedroom in her new house, and she will use my darkroom setup as a guide. I never get claustrophobic in this 7 x 5.4 feet darkroom and it is a true delight to operate in it!
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