What is the Best Workbench Height?
What is the ideal workbench height for you?
One of the more practical features about building your own workbench is that you are able to customize the dimensions, depth, width, and especially, height so that it suits you perfectly.
If your workbench height is off by just a few inches, it can really make things hard on your back when you are doing long tasks like sanding for example.
In general, a workbench height will be in the range of 34 inches to 38 inches. Some even build theirs up to 42 inches depending on the kind of work being done.
The reason why a workbench height is variable from person to person is that it depends on the height of the person and the majority of the types of tasks that you will be doing on the workbench.
A good rule of thumb is to make the workbench table the same height as the distance from the floor to your wrist when letting your arms hang down. So if you stand next to your table, the height would be exactly where your hands would be touching it if you put your palms on the table.
A different version of that is to us the same method but make the height at the level of where your pinky connects to your hand, which is about two inches lower than in the previous way.
There are factors that will affect this height however. For example, if you will be doing a lot of detail work, probably you will be sitting for tasks like these, and so the workbench would be higher to allow for sitting on a stool.
On the other hand, if you know you will be doing a lot of hand planing or sanding tasks, you might want to lower the height to make it more comfortable for you.
Another handy tip is to remember what you will be standing on. Many people put down those foam play mats to cover a concrete floor. This will add another half inch or so that you will want to add to your table.
Ultimately, you need to make the workbench height as comfortable as you can for the work that you will be doing. If possible do some testing on your kitchen counter tops to see how comfortable you are and then take it from there.
Lastly, you might be doing a variety of tasks that sometimes would make a higher or lower table height more comfortable. Since in a garage you might not have the room for two workbenches of different heights, think about making an adjustable height workbench.
One of the first things you need to do, after getting rid of junk and cleaning your garage, and getting all of your measurements, is to get yourself a place where you can work. This means putting a workbench in a convenient location in your garage.
If you have taken the time to do a proper layout, then knowing where you will place your workbench will already be determined. It will also help you determine the dimensions of the workbench table as well.
The typical dimensions of workbench are about three feet by six-eight feet. More than likely it will be placed along a wall in the lengthwise direction in a one car garage. Making the width larger than three feet will make it awkward to reach across.
In a two car garage you may have the space to put the workbench in the center of your garage allowing access from all sides. Or you may be able to put it along the wall but with the shorter width touching the wall. In this case, you can make the workbench wider than three feet as you will be able to walk around the table. You can add another foot or so to the width making the bench about four by six-eight feet.
With this height, you should be able to design your workbench so that you can put shelves under the table. One, a an inch above the ground, and the next shelf up at about 25 inches. This will give you a two foot shelf, and then a higher shelf with a little bit less than a foot for space.
On the higher shelf, it is a good idea to put in a sliding mechanism so that you can access the items that get put further in.
The last important factor for the workbench would be it’s sturdiness. You can’t have a wobbly workbench when you are trying to cut or sand your workpiece. By adding two layers of shelves, this will immediately help, but here are a few more ways to make your bench sturdier.
Use thick, heavy materials for all your bench pieces. Use corner braces for the legs. Use carriage bolts, not nails or screws. Crossbrace the legs.
These tips about should help you out before you start making your workbench plans and start building.
As for the workbench itself, you will want to design it so that you have space to store items under the table due to the small space available to you in a garage. A comfortable height for a workbench is between 34 to 38 inches.