How to choose the right workbench


Sturdy and robust workbench is a central piece of equipment in any workshop. Workbenches can be found in various models, with flat or sloping tops, made of wood or stainless steel. Dimensions vary depending on actual work you will need to use it for. Workbenches are essential for engineering works, in mailrooms and for industrial purposes. If you are overwhelmed by all the varieties available and need a bit of help keep reading! In order to work well you have to choose a workbench that suits your needs best.

The space you actually need

Worktop, which is too small, will end up being cluttered with drawings, tools or assembly parts you use. On the other hand, a bigger worktop will take up a lot of space in your workshop and will be uncomfortable and awkward to use. Determine how much space your workbench can take up. And we are talking about the exact dimensions! Also think about the surface you need to perform all the tasks. You might have a certain picture in your head but make sure you consult other specialists in your business because what seems obvious might not always be right. For example, standard jeweller’s workbenches are higher than most people expect them to be. Also, take into consideration the best arrangement of your workbenches in an existing space. We know it’s obvious but make sure you can actually fit it in.

Avoid back pain

Back pain is an extremely common issue in warehousing and workshops. Ergonomics cannot be neglected if you want to achieve sustainable and healthy work environment. It leads to decreased injury rates and increased productivity. A workbench used while standing can be designed in such a way that reduces the harmful impact on the back. If it is not crucial for the employees to work while standing, think about purchasing industrial stools. If using a standing workstation, make sure you wear shoes that provide appropriate support and that your legs, torso and neck are in line. If using a monitor, ensure it is directly in front of you and at least 20 inches away. Your hands should be in line with elbows or just below their level with upper arms not too far from the torso.

Storage options

Workbenches can be purchased with drawers or cupboards in various combinations or customised to exactly suit your needs. Storage space will ensure that paperwork and tools are always easy to find and equipment that is not used at the moment does not occupy space on the top. Both cupboards and drawers can be equipped with locks to provide extra safety and prevent unauthorised use. Workstations can also have additional shelves and space above the top, where you can store binders and document folders. To keep tools, such as hammers, at hand choose a workbench with peg wall panel with hooks.

Choose a workbench tailored to you

A special type of workbenches worth considered are height adjustable ones. Their height can be controlled by an allen key, electric motor or hand crank. This can be a good solution if you need to choose a workbench they for many employees. To further customise it, you may think of additions such as bin rails, monitor arms or uprights. If your workshop does not have sufficient lighting, it can be easily solved by overhead lights. For tools that require power to operate, get additional power channels. And if you want to design and assemble a workbench that will perfectly suit your needs, DIY is also an option, with elements such as worktops and slotted angle bars available on the market.

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