Discover the Features That Make a Workbench Just Right

By Steven Harrisson, November 14, 2017

If you’re in need of a a working platform for your DIY project or industrial applications, then you should consider investing in a workbench. Although seemingly simple, there are a couple of different types of benches available on the market, and you’ll have to make a couple of decisions regarding the specifications of the bench you’re looking to buy, as that can impact the efficiency and comfort when working on them.

For large-scale production tasks, industrial workbenches are the ideal choice, as they offer the same advantages as traditional workbenches, but are capable of handling heavy-duty tasks that involve heavier loads. For that purpose, heavy-duty industrial workbenches are made of durable and highly -resistant material, such as cast iron and steel.


On the other hand, smaller business and DIY production and projects don’t need much more than a good old fashioned garage workbench. These benches are the ones people are most familiar with, since they’ve been used extensively for a very long time. Some of the features these benches have are drawers, shelving and a long desk, which makes them ideal for carpentry work and home improvement projects.

If your projects include a lot of electronic devices, then you can buy an electronic bench. These benches feature a master power switch where you can plug in all of your electronic devices. Some models use duplex electrical outlets, while others use standard outlets. If your workplace requires portability, than a small portable workbench will be ideal for the occasion. However, portable models are not heavy-duty and you won’t be able to do large-scale projects on them.

Regardless what type of bench you opt to go for, the size of it matters. Height and width are both equally important, since they can be of any size. Measure the space where the bench will be placed in width and height and find a bench that suits that space perfectly. Bigger isn’t always better if you don’t need it. However, always plan ahead and while one project might not require a large bench, the other might.

Lastly, the working surface of the bench should also be highly considered. You can usually do this by determining the type of tasks you’ll be working on. For instance, if you require great weight capacity and durability, steel is probably the best choice. If the tasks involve solvents, oils and other harmful materials, steel is again the best choice, as it’s spillage resistant.