Workbenches for your garage range from utilitarian to the ultimate in masculine luxury. Among its most basic attributes, sturdiness and workspace are priorities, but what other options exist for the man who wants something more?
You need space to put everything and you need to be able to find things when you need them. However, top-of-the-line garage workbenches go beyond that and house everything in a way that is functional. Picture yourself working on your favorite project using your new workbench, then think about the following:
- Where you’ll be placing tools you need for the project but are not using right away
- How many small objects, like fasteners, you’ll need to store within arm’s reach
- If you have large objects to maneuver as part of your work
- If you have a need for a convenient power source
There are varying systems of drawers, cabinets, shelves and built-in power strips that are available to complete your workbench system, so be sure to scope out all your options and consider how it will work for your projects of choice. Whether you purchase a basic table and add to it or you go for one with all the bells and whistles, A garage workbench is a key to an organized, clutter-free garage.
Moving a workbench around might not come to the top of your mind when considering a purchase, but you may desire the ability to move your bench to different areas of your garage or home, especially if you’re a weekend warrior who likes to remodel. Some benches come with wheels already on them, but you could also add casters to any existing workbench. Just check to be sure they are rated for the weight of the bench itself plus your heaviest potential project and the forces you exert on the bench while working.
Perhaps your craft of choice requires detailed work that is easier to sit for. You can still use your workbench to stabilize your project while in a seated position, provided you can find a stool or chair that will fit in front of your bench. Consider the height of the seat, whether arms would get in your way and how much padding you’ll need. If you’re sitting for longer periods of time while doing some woodworking, for example, a seat with more cushioning will probably be a better fit than a wooden stool.
The sky is almost the limit when you are shopping for a new workbench for your garage. You want something that will stand up to the abuse you’re going to give it, but you have many other options to create the exact system you desire so you can work efficiently and in comfort.