For everything, there is a purpose, and the kitchen table you’ve been using as a workbench for the past year is done being your workbench. The kitchen table is for eating, not tinkering. Hey, there’s no shame in it. We’ve all had to use it for unintended purposes. But it’s time to change this habit. Your craft is evolving and so are you. Pick up your things, look at your DIY self in the mirror and say, “I’m going to buy myself a workbench today!”
Here is a list of the best five workbenches to get your “stuff” off the kitchen table.
Top 5 Workbenches
Following our top picks for workbenches is a quick guide to help you choose which one is right for you. In the meantime, enjoy our selection. We chose everything from the foldable to the heavy-duty to cover a wider range of needs.
The BLACK+DECKER Workmate Plus is a versatile piece of equipment that you can use as a workbench, sawhorse, vice, or bench stool stand. It’s made of steel and built to be sturdy and steady to support up to 250kgs. You can work on your project with relative ease and with both hands, with no worry about your project falling off since the workbench will securely hold it. Here are a few key features you’ll love:
- Firm Hold: Reliably holds on to the materials you are working on. Vertical clamping and clamping of odd-shaped objects is made possible by the front jaw swings.
- Compact: It is easy to store and transport. Its foldable dimensions are 830 x 740 x 200 mm.
If you are a DIYer, you will love the BLACK+DECKER Workmate Plus because it is versatile, durable, steady, and has increased clamping force. It’s easy to store, transport and it folds into a compact size. This bench is easy to set up for use, and you can maximize on the dual working heights of 800/620 mm. Another bonus, this workbench is relatively easy to clean and maintain.
With the Bosch PWB 600 Workbench, you can work safely on various projects with the convenience of a waterproof surface and quick storage. Since it’s made from aluminium, the workbench is both light and sturdy. This makes the Bosch’s portability factor a total win.
The Bosch PWB 600 Workbench has a few features that make it stand out as a practical and durable workbench for DIYers:
- Quick Setup: Its design allows for it to be easily folded and set up. You will be ready to do your projects in no time.
- Portable: Its folding concept is unique, and this makes it easy to store and transport.
- Versatile: Work on various pieces at once since it has a high clamping force and four clamps.
- Convenient: Includes compartments that allow for easy storage of accessories. These will be within your reach while you work.
- Durable: The surface is made from bamboo, which is waterproof and scratch-resistant.
Silverline is a trusted brand in the UK, and they’re known for designing tools that meet the demands of their customers, DIYers included. Between brand reputation and the actual product itself, the following workbench is a great option for woodworkers looking for no-frills, no-nonsense, and those who want to support UK-based businesses. The Silverline TB05 is a heavy-duty workbench that can support a maximum weight capacity of 150kg. Let’s go over a few of this workbench’s best features:
- Large Workspace: The workbench surface has two sections that measure 605mm by 120mm. The table sections are adjustable, and you can set them at different angles (0°, 45°, or 90°).
- Durable and Stable: The steel frame is rigid and square-shaped, offering you a steady and durable workspace.
- 3-Year Warranty: Silverline guarantees customers satisfaction. You can be assured that the product meets the latest safety and quality standards.
The Duke & Vale workbench is a heavy-duty option with four-in-one functionality that can support up to 900kg. It’s foldable, which is great for easy storage and can be set up in seconds. For DIY projects that are on the heavier side, this is a perfect choice. With this bench, you’ll get a 12-month warranty, and you can call their UK-based support team if you need help. Here are a few things we really like about this workbench:
- Professional Design: This workbench is designed for DIYers who are highly skilled. It comes with a 710mm ruler, 180° protractor, and a full-width steel hammer plate.
- Portable and Easy Storage: It is easy to fold and store. The locking legs have a quick-release design, and the handle makes it easy to move around.
- Versatile: It has an adjustable and multifunction feature, enabling you to use it in four different ways.
- Durable: The workbench is built to last and to handle big and heavy projects. The locking legs and metal frame are designed to handle heavy loads.
The WORX WX066 sidekick workbench is compactly designed to function as either a tabletop or a free-standing workspace. It’s easy to set up and fold, making it ideal for DIYers who may have limited storage space or are always on the go. It can support up to 135 kg.
The tray is perfect for holding any tools you need on hand as you work. And we can’t overlook these impressive features either:
- Durable: It is designed to last and handle various projects. The metal legs are sturdy, and the locks securely attach in place.
- Expandable: You can attach this workbench to multiple sidekick benches to increase your workspace.
- Easy Storage and Portability: It can be easily folded to a compact size and stored for later usage. It is lightweight (6 kg) and can be carried with ease if you need to work on projects while being on the move.
- Steady: It provides a stable workspace for you to focus on the projects. You do not need to worry about it sinking into soft ground or slipping on hard surfaces because the metal leg stand is stable.
- Versatile: Can function as a workbench or a tabletop. You can be serious at work and then set it up as a table for playtime or as a table for refreshments. As a workbench, you can handle various tasks such as sewing, sawing, sanding, and staining.
What to Look For in a Workbench
There are a few things you should consider when you’re hunting around for the right workbench. This is going to be your workplace. As workbenches tend to cost more than what you would normally pay for a simple desk, you don’t want to have to buy a second one. Research twice, buy once.
What are you using your workbench for? If your work is heavier and involves saws, drills, assembly, etc., you’ll want a workbench designed for that kind of work. If you are crafting jewellery, you may only need a lightweight setup.
Size and Space
Buy to your size and space needs. Otherwise, you’ll end up having to purchase a second workbench. If you need to spread out or have more than one tool at a time, go bigger. If you live in small quarters, find something compact. Foldable workbenches are a plus for someone who doesn’t have a garage or outdoor area in which they can work. If you end up working in your loft, you’ll definitely need a workbench you can fold away.
You don’t want your workbench to break. Read the weight threshold and reviews to see if it’ll stand up to your work.
If you need to travel with your workbench, consider finding one that is on the lighter side or folds up neatly and discreetly.
Look for extras—if you want them. This means storage space, conversion potential (can you use it as something besides a workbench), and any other hooks, outlets, etc. you may want.
Unless you’re an IKEA wizard, assembling things from a couple dozen small pieces and a few big slabs of wood can be a hair-pulling task. If you’re not up for this challenge, don’t buy a workbench that requires extensive home assembly. If you’re having it shipped, yes, most likely it will come in parts. But the easier it is for you to put it together with an Allen wrench and a Phillips head screwdriver, the better.
Before you put your blood, sweat, and tears into that next project, make sure you’re equipped with the best workbench available. There are various workbenches on the market, and you will have to find one that fits your space and holds the tools you’re working with most. Look ahead at your budget and the type of projects you plan to work on. This might affect the workbench top material you choose. With the right workbench, you can start DIY-ing your way to another masterpiece.