Buyer’s Guide to Buying a Workbench
Buying a workbench may seem like a simple task, but there a few variables to consider before purchasing a workbench there are a few questions you should be asking yourself.
How do I want to spend on a workbench? How much space do I want to dedicate to this workbench? What material is durable for my type of work?
A large factor in choosing a workbench will be determined by the type of work you do and the environment. This guide will provide you with information to consider while shopping for a new workbench.
Most of your tasks will be taking place on the tabletop. For this reason, it is important that the material can withstand or comply with your work environment. Here are 5 materials commonly used for workbench tops.
One of the easiest surface to maintain and looks great is stainless steel. These tabletops are commonly used in residential kitchens, industrial kitchens, hospital and medical environments, and laboratories and cleanrooms. Stainless steel is available in various grades providing a durable surface.
Durable, easy to maintain, and affordable. Butcher block is made from cuts of wood glued together with the final product giving you a premium look and feel. Unlike many of the other material on this list, butcher blocks can be sanded or re-oiled if nicked or burned.
Protect your electrical components with an Electro Static Dissipative (ESD) laminate top. This material uses a unique conductive layer to diffuse static electricity from your work surface to protect electronics and other static-sensitive devices from electric charges. ESD laminate tops are commonly used in the semiconductor industry.
Formica® Brand Laminate
Durable, wear and impact resistant, Formica laminate can be used across a variety of industries.
Lightweight, durable, resistant to most bacteria, and chemical resistant. Phenolic resin is similar to epoxy at an affordable price.
Most workbenches range from 24″ – 36″ wide, 30″ – 120″ deep and 30″ – 36″ tall. Space will dictate the table size you will be able to purchase, so make sure to take measurements.
Mobile Bench or Stationary Bench
If your workspace design is constantly evolving, a mobile workbench maybe the best for you. Casters will allow you to easily maneuver around the office or kitchen. Stationary workbenches are also available if your workspace design is static.
After selecting the perfecting workbench it’s time to customize your workspace. Accessories include LEDoverhead lights, adjustable top shelves, drawers, electric hydraulic systems and more. Accessories can help keep your workspace clean and organized and even optimize your workflow.
Buying a workbench might seem like a simple task, but choosing the perfect workbench requires some research and patience. We hope this information helps narrow down the questions needed to purchase the perfect workbench for your workspace.