Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Home Workbench

Having a reliable, solid place to complete projects is a must for any DIY handyman.

Workbench area
A good workbench is built to last and should provide you with years of service.Seville Classics

The surest way to increase functionality in any home shop is to add a quality workbench. For those who don’t have the time to construct a DIY work surface or who just want something basic to get started, there are plenty of affordable pre-fab solutions that take the hassle out of workspace organization and allow you to spend more time working on actual projects rather than building out the space itself. Here are three types of commercial workbenches that will immediately put you on the path to productivity

Stationary Benches

Seville Classics UltraHD Lighted Workbench
A workbench that’s set up as a somewhat permanent fixture will give you the most stable working surface.Seville Classics

A stationary workbench is the most basic type of shop upgrade. You’ll want legs with adjustable steel feet to compensate for uneven floor surfaces, and at least an inch of table overhang for easy clamping. The most important trait is stability, but beyond that a few other features to look for include a solid-wood surface, integrated power sources or lighting, a pegboard back for hanging tools and fasteners, and storage cabinets or drawers.

Collapsible Benches

WORX Pegasus Multi-Function Work Table and Sawhorse with Quick Clamps and Holding Pegs
Collapsible benches are ideal if you need a working surface at different locations around your home.WORX

If you are looking for a workbench suitable to a small apartment, studio, or garage, a collapsible workbench may be the ideal solution. These function much like a sawhorse and can be used individually or in tandem, but even a single unit will add a ton of versatility. The best collapsible benches include multiple ways to clamp workpieces and feature a modular design for adding components or additional units. Above all, it should be rock solid yet still light and compact enough for easy storage.

Mobile Benches

Mobile Garage Workbench w/Casters | 61" Acacia Hardwood Top
Mobile benches are great if you need to reorganize your work area depending on the chore or time of year.Fedmax

Anyone with heavy power tools knows the value of mobile bases for rearranging a workspace according to the task at hand. In limited floor plans, there’s no reason the workbench shouldn’t be mobile as well. This allows you to move components throughout the shop to accommodate the workflow of each new project. On any mobile bench, look for locking casters to keep the surface from shifting while in use, and try to find a bench with a table height that is the same or slightly lower than the major power tools you may own, such as a table saw or chop saw, which can use the bench as an outfeed surface.