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Table and Shelf Layout - against one wall

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Table and Shelf Layout - against one wall
Posted by Funkyotter on Thursday, October 14, 2021 8:18 PM

Have a spare room now in the basement. Space is limited with desk and display cabinets . Built a n scale table ( inspired by Red Oak layout). Tempted to cut the legs though, current height BEFORE foam is 43 1/2". Reason for this? I really want an HO scale shelf switching layout too. I just want it all :))) it would have to be built above the table though. Obviously there would be a problem with adequate space for the scenery backdrop and terrain elements. Does anyone have a similar setup? I suppose this could be approached similar to a multideck arrangement except in this case the two are really independent of each other. Different scale and theme. Thanks!

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Posted by snjroy on Sunday, January 16, 2022 11:36 AM

Hello Funkyotter. I see no one answered your post... Perhaps I can get the ball rolling. Welcome to the forum!

Unless you are very tall, 43" is on the high end for height of a layout. Especially if it is deep. My standards are 40'' high and 2 feet deep max (from reach), especially if scenery building is in the books.

The height between levels will depend on the depth of your layout. If it is deep, you will need more space between the layers. Here is a thread of interest:

https://cs.trains.com/mrr/f/11/t/201296.aspx

 

Simon

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Posted by Lastspikemike on Sunday, January 16, 2022 1:51 PM

40-45" is a good height in that it's about eye level sitting in a standard height dining or office chair. Then when you stand up you get an angled down view, as if from a bridge or hillside overlooking the layout.

Given you have an N scale which lends itself more to the Birdseye miniature world viewpoint I suggest you lower the N scale table a bit to allow the HO shelf layout to be between 40 and 45". Putting the N scale below allows the two layouts to be closer in height given the N scale needs half the vertical clearance. So you choose the HO shelf height at the height required to allow a satisfying view of the N scale below and that sets that table height.

I assume the N scale table is about 24" deep. The deeper it is the harder it will be to reach the back of the HO shelf. 

Alyth Yard

Canada

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