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    Ideas for compact darkroom

    Any good ideas for a compact darkroom? I (again) thinking of putting a darkroom in my garage. But ever time I flesh out a design it takes up soooo much space. Maybe I should just make it to do 11x14s max? Any ideas?

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    Re: Ideas for compact darkroom

    My bathroom is my darkroom, and boy is it small! I can do up to 16x20 with stacked trays. The trays are on my tub, with a piece of plywood across it. Otherwise I can use my CPP2, which I also set up on my tub.

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    Re: Ideas for compact darkroom

    I used a laundry room as a darkroom in one house I used to own. It worked pretty well. I put the trays on the washer and dryer so they doubled as a counter top. There was a tiny sink adjacent to the washing machine and when the session was over I'd put the print washer on the washing machine and drain it into the little sink. The room was probably no more than 6'x10' but a small darkroom does have one advantage - you don't have to walk very far to do anything.
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    Re: Ideas for compact darkroom

    A Nova 12x16 slot processor is what makes my small space work for me. I found one that has a print washer as the fourth slot which is connected to a laundry utility sink.

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    When I started out, I did everything in a small bathroom, but was still able to crank
    out entire gallery exhibitions of 20x24 prints. The secret was a drum processor. Now I've got much more serious facilities, but if you've got the will, there's a way. Just pay attention to ventilation and adequate air exchange.

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    I use a walk in closet, probably about 5x8 feet. It's completely comfortable because the trays can sit on the shelf across from the enlarger.
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    Re: Ideas for compact darkroom

    Just curious, how big is your garage and what else is competing for space?

    I know that my last darkroom was 7'-8" by 8'-2" and it work very nicely for printing 11x14. I had an 8' Delta ABS sink on one wall and the Door and Enlarger on the oposite wall. Would have been better to have the door on either end, but that wasn't an option because of the particular space.

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    Re: Ideas for compact darkroom

    My large format darkroom is my bathroom with a graflarger on a crown graphic

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    Re: Ideas for compact darkroom

    >>Just curious, how big is your garage and what else is competing for space? <<

    Answer 1: One car, but not tight. We don't use it for the car, of course.

    Answer2: My wife.

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    Re: Ideas for compact darkroom

    Good, I'm a firm believer a car is the last thing that should go in the garage. Seems like something in the 8'x8' range should be doable. That should still leave half for your wife.

    You might want to check out the darkroom portrait thread over on APUG if you haven't already. Might give you some inspiration.

    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum43/1...portraits.html

    Roger

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