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What is a worktop bench?

Also known as a workbench, a worktop bench is a robust table where work such as packing, assembly and other similar tasks are completed. It often has tool attachments, like a vise and can be used as a workstation for portable power tools.

Why buy a worktop bench?

Manual jobs can be messy and will cause damage to a worksurface. By purchasing a workbench, you'll have a dedicated space for manual jobs. Workbenches are designed to be durable and to take a few knocks and bumps, while desks and tabletops can remain free for other applications.

Worktop bench types

Worktop benches are utilised in a wide range of industries, and so there are many designs and materials used in their creation. They tend to be rectangular in shape, with some variants featuring drawer units for convenient storage. The surface finish of a workbench can be compatible and assist with particular job types, which is what we'll consider here...

Beech worktops  -   Beech is a close-grained hardwood tough enough to take a series of knocks and bumps. A favourite for kitchen worktops and a popular choice for worktop benches, it's an attractive and hardwearing option.

ESD laminate worktops   -   This laminate is glued and sealed onto a softer wood. It's resistant to oils and chemicals, as well as weak acid mixes and won't warp when wet.

Laminate Worktops   -   Laminate worktops are thin strips of the chosen finish glued and sealed onto a softer wood. The lamination process makes this a strong option and cheaper than solid hardwood or metal options, but it can warp and crack if the laminate surface is ever damaged.

Lino worktops   -   Linoleum faced worktops have an excellent resistance to water and chemicals, including oils and acids. They're the ideal choice for assembly work.

Multiplex worktops   -   Constructed using resin bonded layers of wood to create a tough surface that's suitable for most general duty tasks.

Phenol worktops   -   Manufactured using phenolic resin and combined with formaldehyde to form an extremely durable worksurface that's resistant to liquids, chemicals, scratches, and impact.

Steel clad worktops   -   Designed for heavy-duty jobs, steel cladding can withstand hot working and engineering applications.

Tool tray worktops   -   When client-facing or frequently meeting with employees, an extension makes the perfect space to designate for meetings alone. Some designs are a rectangular-shaped addition, while others form a semi-circular space.

Considerations when choosing a worktop bench

Size - its important that your worktop bench sits comfortably in its new location, still allowing access for the user to other areas. Similarly, ensure the worktop bench will fit through the doors or other site access.

Finish - as discussed above, choose a worktop bench that will work well with your job and handle anything you throw at it.

Accessories - these sometimes come as modular additions to a worksurface, while some are integrated into the bench.


Should a workbench have an overhang?

If you need to fit a vise or other similar equipment, then an overhang on a workbench is a must. Not everyone requires this option however, so it's always a good idea to check the technical documents and images provided by the supplier for clarity.

Does a workbench need to be level?

In short, yes, especially if you're using tools or components that may roll off a wonky table. If the floor isn't entirely flat, you can use wedges or shims to even out the surface under each leg of the bench.