When we started Maker Junior, we were very specific about not opening a kids makerspace. We felt that we would be able to have a wider reach if we went to the kids, instead of waiting for the kids to come to us. This has worked well so far. Last year we were able to work with over 700 kids of all ages and backgrounds. (Wow!) We visit schools, libraries, and community centres. I've set up in classrooms, activity rooms, church basements, and gyms. I've also set up in makerspaces, art rooms, agricultural halls (um, kinda like a barn but bigger), and entry halls. Some rooms are bare. Some rooms are so full of stuff we can barely move around. Some places are so large we've had to use sound systems to be heard.
This is my favourite space to work in. It's the art room at a local church. I love the counters. I love the tables - I especially love that they don't show marks. I only wish the supplies on the shelves were mine! There's not space for reading books - but I usually perch on a filing cabinet so everyone can see.
We can make any space work. But some spaces I like better than others. Over time I've definitely come up with a list of things that work. If I ever have my own space, this is what I would like: