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Laboratory Design and Furniture

Plan, design, and configure your laboratory with Avantor, where our team makes your ideal space a reality.

Using our 35 years of expertise in the lab design industry, we guide you through your lab design journey, concept development, in-stock product choice, and we offer inspiration to create a lab that sets your science in motion.


What are the key features of laboratory design?

Quality laboratory design is made up of several key features that promote efficiency, productivity, safety, and health for everyone.

Our lab design teams start by identifying how you intend to utilize your laboratory space. It’s important to specify the number of team members collaborating daily, their roles, and their functional requirements. This enables our team to determine the adequate workspace, storage, equipment, and materials for productive collaborative space.

Health and safety are kept in mind when designing your lab space. Furniture and equipment are configured for optimal traffic flow and ventilation. Workstations are arranged in sequential order, eliminating the need to travel back and forth between workspaces. Biosafety cabinets and fume hoods are planned according to requirements to provide controlled environments as well as contain fumes and capture contaminants in the air. Capturing all the research requirements enables us to design a healthy and safe research and innovation laboratory environment.

What is laboratory furniture?

Although laboratory furniture may look like ordinary office furniture, it is far from it. Lab furniture is designed and engineered to meet specific needs and regulatory requirements of scientific, research, or medical labs.

Regulatory requirements are derived from different types of labs and the work performed, making appropriate furniture and equipment selection vital. Chemical laboratories, for example, require workbench, worktop, and workstation finish material that can withstand exposure to corrosive or acidic chemicals. Furniture best suited for chemical labs require design that prevents or contains spills for easy cleanup.

Avantor provides laboratory furniture suited for the science you perform. Laboratory furniture is available in a variety of configurations and materials, including wood, plastic laminates, phenolic resin, and stainless steel. Electrical outlets, built-in fume hoods, and filter systems are commonly integrated for safety and convenience.


Avantor is an active member of the Scientific Equipment and Furniture Association (SEFA). We also actively maintain and pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification on many of our products. Talk to your VWR Furniture Specialist to learn more.