1. No workstation is complete without handy storage bins. Bins come as singles or can be multi-tiered, and have small adjustable compartments for storing screws, nails, nuts, bolts, washers, etc. These versatile, vital accessories can be freestanding or wall-mounted, and many are stackable so you can add more as needed.
2. Tool cabinets are the perfect addition to your work bench and get you on your way to being a real handyman. Some cabinets have as many as 18 drawers for organization and storage. Don't skimp on storage - buy a cabinet 50% larger than you think you need so you'll have room to expand as your skills and enthusiasm grow.
3. Not every project in the house can come to you; a tool cart is a locking, miniature mobile workbench that lets you take your equipment to the source of the maintenance task. Carts are equipped with convenient storage drawers for tools and accessories, shelves to transport power tools and cords, and a flat workspace.
4. Modular work stations let you customize your work area to fit your exact specifications. You can choose the pieces you need and arrange them in any configuration, helping you be more productive and comfortable as you work.
5. Work stations provide a work surface, uprights for attaching lighting, electrical outlets, tool support frames, parts bins, shelving, drawers, foot rests, and any other accessory you need for a customized, functional work area.
6. Consider what you will be doing at your work station, then choose multi-purpose ergonomic furniture that will facilitate your productivity and prevent injury. Ergonomic designs can address or eliminate awkward postures, repetitive motions, excessive reaching, confusing or difficult to read controls and screens, or excessive force or strength to accomplish a task.
7. To ensure a comfortable working environment, think about bench height, leg room, and the chair or stool you will sit on while working. You will want enough space and adjustable features so that you can easily and frequently change positions while you work; this will prevent pain or fatigue after a long day.
8. A workbench top should be large enough to accommodate all necessary equipment with space left over for paperwork, manuals, or other materials needed for the job. However, it needs to be small enough so you can reach everything without overstretching. In general, a work bench top should be at least as big as the standard office desk, or 30 inches by 60 inches.
9. Metal workbenches offer unrivaled strength to stand up to heavy abuse, wood yields both style and affordability, while the wood and metal combination provide the best of both construction types.
10. Well placed accessories turn your simple table into a full-fledged work station. Pegboard sides or a back wall with hooks will give you room to store your tools and keep them handy during your next home improvement project.