Updated October 21, 2019
Why You Need An Etsy Shipping Workstation
If you don’t have a dedicated Etsy shipping workstation, getting your handmade goods ready to ship can get really messy, really fast.
Creating a dedicated area for packing and shipping will make your shipping process (and your life) easier.
It will help you avoid confusion, keep your home as organized as possible, and reduce possible shipping mistakes. You don’t want to accidentally send the wrong item to a customer. Or include a dirty sock in a package…
An Etsy shipping workstation will also streamline your shipping process, allowing you to spend less time packing and more time building your business. After all, your time is your most important resource!
One Etsy Shipping Workstation Idea
Follow along, and I’ll show you how I created a shipping station for my own handmade business. It’s obviously not the only way to create an Etsy shipping station, but it solved many of my shipping-related problems (storing a variety of different size boxes, limited space, sloped ceiling, etc.).
Let this tutorial be a starting point to help you create a dedicated shipping space that you can personalize for your own needs.
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How To Build Your Etsy Shipping Workstation
To build my shipping station, I first set up two, 4-shelf metal storage units.
Instead of placing them flush against the wall, I set them perpendicular to the wall and spaced them appropriately for the size of my office.
These units are great because they are easy to set up, have adjustable shelves, and come in a variety of models with different numbers of shelves and in different sizes.
Choose shelving units that will work for your storage needs and fit in your space!
Add The Horizontal Shelves
After I set up the metal shelving units, I simply placed 3 pieces of MDF across the 3 bottom shelves.
When you go to the store, you will be looking for 1/2 in. x 2 ft. x 4 ft. medium-density fiberboard. I purchased mine at Home Depot for something like $11 for each piece, but you can also get them on Amazon.
You don’t have to attach them; just place them where you want them and you’re ready to stack boxes!
My top shelf is a 3/4 x 24 x 48″ aspen edge-glued panel from the Home Depot. It’s currently unfinished, and I kind of like the look. (Though my plan was always to finish it!) You can paint, stain, and finish it to match your own style.
You’ll find these wooden panels in the lumber section of the Home Depot or Lowes. You’ll want to make sure the panel is pretty thick (at least 1/2-inch or 3/4-inch) because you may be leaning on it or writing on it.
Once you have your Etsy shipping workstation assembled, you’re going to need a few essentials to get your business up and running.
If you’re shipping from home, a postal scale is an absolute necessity. It will allow you to accurately calculate shipping costs, so that you know that your packages will arrive without a problem.
Here’s the shipping scale that I use:
Printing Shipping Labels
Many sellers love the Dymo shipping label printers. They’re great because they print thermally and don’t use ink. Though there’s a higher initial price tag, it’s going to pay for itself as you spend less on printer ink, paper, and tape.
Alternately, you can get yourself a small, affordable laser printer and print your labels using Avery shipping labels.
How Do You Pack?
You’ll want to price out shipping supplies and get the best deal.
Personalize Your Packages
Finally, if you want to delight your customers, consider including stickers and a personalized note in your packages.
Get Started With Your Own Etsy Seller Workstation
Creating an Etsy seller shipping station is not difficult or too expensive. It’s going to make your life easier, and you’re going to be a happier and more efficient seller in the end.
If you’d like more support, Tara Jacobsen has a basic Skillshare course that is a great resource for new sellers.
And for additional reading, check out this article on shipping stations from the Etsy Seller Handbook.