Turn a cluttered store into a dream photo studio

Like many photo and video creatives, the Syrp Lab team has a lot of equipment that takes up obscene space. In this seven-minute video, the team shows how they transformed a dark, cluttered room into something organized, functional and fashionable.

Syrp recently adjusted its business model and moved away from hardware production. It renamed itself Syrp Lab and transitioned to a content creation model. All Syrp products have been renamed and integrated into the Manfrotto Move system.

Due to this major change, Syrp needed to transition his space to one where he would be able to create educational and instructional videos on photography and videography. The team said they not only needed to create a functional workspace, but also something that looked great on camera and matched the company’s aesthetic.

To start, the team had to create a complete list of the equipment they had on hand to then organize what needed to be stored together and how and made their designs for the studio using the Blender 3D rendering tool. After choosing a shelf design they liked and placing it in the 3D model, they finally came up with a design plan that worked for the team.

Then it was time to start building. The team chose to go with a modular system to allow for future growth that interlocks with pins, making them easily adjustable for any changes that may arise. Anything that would house gear has been intentionally made deeper – 18 inches (457mm) – to accommodate most collapsed tripod lengths, large travel cases and gear bags. While not as economical as metal racks, they viewed the whole build as an investment rather than a quick fix.


With the shelves and drawers in place, the next step was to put in place custom padding and dividers with spacers and 3D printed joiners to allow for a precise fit of each piece of equipment so that it doesn’t there is no chance of losing anything or equipment. roll inside shelves and drawers.

3d printed carpenter: spacer for drawers

The next step was assembling the wine rack style tripod storage. This “fresh” design would ensure that the tripods would stop bumping and tangling like they would on a normal shelf. It also allowed quick and easy access to every tripod, monopod, and rail, as opposed to a single shelf where they would have to dig through the pile to find the device they needed.

Tripod stand

Finally, they used a metal pegboard with magnets and velcro to build a custom charging station on the wall where the team could organize batteries by status – empty batteries would go in a drawer to the left, those that were actively charging in the middle, and the charged batteries can be stored and organized properly in the drawer on the right side of the charging wall. The team used a metal pegboard so they could attach small magnets to the back of all the chargers so they could be easily snapped into place for easy rearranging, or if they needed to take them offsite for work location.

Custom load wall

Once the Syrp Lab team completed the renovation, what was once a dark, messy and cluttered gear storage room turned into what they describe as the ultimate gear room, perfect for their storage needs as well as a studio to produce content.

The Syrp Lab team hopes the video will provide a good blueprint for creatives to get the most out of their own personal storage space and that with a little time, planning and a little budget, it’s possible to create a beautiful and incredibly functional space. .

Syrp Labs Equipment Room Finals

To see more tutorials from the Syrp Lab team, be sure to visit the team’s YouTube channel.

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