Regardless of whether you are a heavy-duty craftsman or just a DIY handyman that likes to tinker around on small projects, you will need a dependable workbench. A great workbench makes all the difference in the world when it comes to having a comfortable, safe and effective work environment. Keep reading to find a few items to consider as you get ready to purchase a workbench and plan out your personal workshop:
What Will Be the Purpose of the Workbench?
Before you begin looking for the perfect workbench, evaluate what types of projects you plan on doing in the future. The perfect workbench for one person is not necessarily the perfect one for another. Will you be working with extremely large and heavy parts and tools or will it be lightweight stuff?
You certainly want the bench to be sturdy enough to handle what you are doing. On the other hand, if you will just be doing small fix-it jobs or working on a hobby involving small things, getting a huge industrial workbench could be overkill. If most of your projects are going to be small, you may want to consider getting a folding workbench.
Consult Product Reviews Instead of Advertisements
After you have a well-defined idea of what kind of jobs you want to use the workbench for, check out some product reviews instead of reading advertisements. Advertisements can be somewhat misleading while product reviews will often address important issues. If you have friends that do similar work projects as you, see what kind of bench they have and how happy they are with it. Ask them what type of bench they would get if they could go back in time and purchase their bench all over again.
Put Some Thought into the Location
Choosing where you are going to have your work area and industrial furniture is critical. You don’t want to feel claustrophobic when you work. If your work area is in your garage and you plan on parking your cars in the garage, make sure you have adequate room to work when the cars are parked.
Power supply is another consideration. Obviously, you need to have easy access to all of the electrical outlets that you will need to power your tools. Noise is another issue. If possible, make sure that you can work on a project any time of day or night without bothering the wife and kids.
Be Sure to Consider Lighting
Place your workbench in an area where you have adequate light to see what you are doing. In some cases, you may need to hang additional lights. It may also make sense to locate your work area on the opposite wall of a window to ensure that you have an adequate amount of natural sunlight during the day.
If you are like a lot of guys, your workshop represents the inner sanctuary where you go to create, build, fix and meditate. For many of us, fixing things and working on projects provides the therapy we need when we just need to forget about the hustle and bustle of life. Make sure that the workspace you are creating is comfortable and has the right fit, feeling, space and tools that you need.