Plan a multifunctional workbench and build it yourself

Stability and a variety of tools such as brackets and... make a good multifunctional workbench. After a forward-looking planning, she can make herself exactly according to the needs and crafts. Preferences such as wood or steel work and expected repairs are ideally supported.

Basic ideas in the planning

For both hobbyists and homeowners, a multifunctional workplace makes all work easier. The central element in a workshop, a cellar room or extension is a suitably furnished workbench.

When planning, the individual situation should be considered in order to be prepared for all expected and possible craft activities. Planning factors are:

Wood or metal

Wood is easier to install and can be adapted to the load of the components. With metal more complex holes, cuts and possibly high weights of the components arise.

mounting options

Different workpieces must be fixed. In addition to holes and eyelets, a mounted or mounted on the worktop side vise is important.

Height adjustment

Depending on the workpiece and type of machining, a height-adjustable workbench can make working much easier.

Storage areas and storage options

Frequently needed small parts and tools can be stored in integrated drawers or shelves and compartments. Tool holders such as clamps or holes also help.

Stability against strong forces (drilling, hammering, planing, sawing)

When working strong forces occur in all directions. Sturdy legs with cross bracing and connections carry several hundred kilograms of load.

Cleanability and resistance to paints, adhesives, varnishes, glues, solder)

The surface should be smooth, resistant and easy to clean.


Light sources should be mounted movably. Eventual full illumination from four directions or from above minimizes disturbing shadows.

Size of work and support surface

As a guideline, two meters make a good basic measure. Larger surfaces must be secured against bending.

Flat or with shelf and compartment construction

At the back of the workbench, a shelf construction or other aids such as a power strip can be mounted.

Mobility and space requirements

Depending on the available space and frequency of use, a folding workbench can be "folded in" to save space. Lockable wheels under the feet make them a mobile workbench.

Tips & Tricks

Devices such as anvil and vise can be integrated or used as an attachment. This has the advantage that you can enlarge the workspace if necessary.

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