Workbenches are available in a wide range of styles so there’s always a suitable option for you and your workplace.
Framework and cantilever workbenches are an extremely good, all-round choice. They can be customised with storage, electrical or lighting components. They are often used for seated work, but basic versions with full lower shelves, suitable for working whilst standing, are ideal as packing stations or for workshop applications.
Storage workbenches can be stand-alone or used in conjunction with other bench types to create a larger working area. They feature under counter drawers, cupboards and shelves and are helpful when kitting out a workshop or laboratory. Height Adjustable Workbenches
are generally an adapted version of the cantilever workbench style. They are a good option when the bench is liable to change function with the seasons or move location. Their increased strength and stability can reduce the risk of injury when working with heavy items.
The Heavy Duty Modular Bench System
is ideal for growing businesses as it can be added to as required. Offering many of the same features as its framework counterparts, it is functional and hugely adaptable. Mobile Workbenches
include many of the features of static benches with the additional benefit of being able to move from location to location. They are handy for larger spaces or areas where work might need to be transported.
Also worth considering are Workshop Workstations
. Smaller than a workbench, they feature a flat or sloped surface for laptops or admin work and storage space for files or tools. They are particularly suitable in small spaces or as goods in areas or supervisor stations.
FAQsQ: What storage choices are available?A:
Many workbenches include storage options above or below the work surface as standard. This includes cupboards, drawers, shelves and storage panels. Additionally, several basic workbench styles can also be adapted to suit your individual storage requirements.Q: Do I need a heavy duty workbench?A:
The vast majority of workbenches are suitable for everyday use and will be strong enough for most applications. However, if the bench is to be situated in industrial or warehouse locations, Heavy Duty Workbenches
are worth considering.Q: What about the use of power tools and other electrical items?A:
Many benches can be fitted with rear service panels containing 3-point plugs making the operation of power tools, laptops or electronic diagnostic equipment easy. When buying your bench think about whether they will need to be connected to the mains, either now or in the future. Service panels eliminate the need for trailing wires and are particularly helpful when placing a bank of benches against a wall. Several options can be fitted with rear uprights to support a variety of add-ons, including lighting. If the bench is to be positioned in a location with minimal natural light or used for close up work, integrated lighting can be incredibly helpful.Q: Are there other ways to customise a workbench?A:
Workbenches often come with a choice of worktop. Laminate or Linoleum topped benches are easy to clean so particularly suited to maintenance or storage uses. Beech or birch ply looks great in office environments, and chipboard surfaces are ideal for industrial applications or packing stations.Q: What is a U.D.L. capacity?A:
The U.D.L. – or uniformly distributed load – is the amount in kilograms that the top, shelf or drawer of a workbench can hold at any one time. The higher the number the more suitable it is for heavy duty applications. When choosing a workbench, consider the weight of everyday stored items such as tools and equipment, as well as any work that will be undertaken.Q: What is a static dissipative bench?A: Electrostatic Dissipative Workbenches
include a range of features that guard against the build up of electrostatic discharge (ESD). The most common of these features is a synthetic worktop, but you will also find benches that include user wrist straps and earth bonding points. These benches should be placed in locations where high-voltage electric shocks have been assessed to be possible causing risk to both workers and equipment. If ESD is an issue in your workplace it is also a good idea to install static dissipative matting around the bench. Q: What is the best way to future-proof my workbench?A: General Purpose Workbenches
that can be added to as your business grows are a great option for flexible working. Choose a bench from a branded range that includes accessories and multiple bench sizes – that way you can expand your work area as required. Height Adjustable Workbenches
are also ideal for spaces that require a level of adaptability. With minimal effort they can be transformed from a packing table to a supervisor’s desk and back again.