This is the third and final article in this series on laboratory design. The first article was "How to Plan a Lab Building" (The Scientist, November 17, 1986, p. 15). The second was "The Cost of Lab Remodellng" (The Scientist,January 12, 1987).

Having decided to build a new laboratory or remodel an existing one, you still must think about how to furnish your lab space. In a sense, the factors you must consider are similar to those in purchasing furniture for your home. You want furniture that is sturdy and durable, that is good value, that is attractive, and that meets your needs.

Broadly speaking, there are two kinds of furniture systems for labs: "on-the-floor" and "off-the-floor." On-the-floor systems are the more common. Cabinets made of steel, wood or plastic laminate sit on the floor adjacent to each other, with their tops supporting the...

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