A Standing Desk for a Garage Workbench
by Kenny Rhoads
The research conducted in recent years has definitely demonstrated how harmful it is to stay seated at an office desk for hours, days and weeks on end. It compromises longevity and overall health, cutting years off a person’s life and contributing to certain cancers, heart disease, even diabetes. At the apex of this research, many office workers have switched to standing desks in the hopes of replacing the lost years of excess sitting to quality years of standing or sit-to-stand work modes at MultiTable standing desks.
But what about the many individuals who spend hours working at a garage workbench that is stationary? Any single level workstation has disadvantages that contribute to ill health or even obesity just like traditional office desks have over the years. Yet, more and more individuals are transforming height adjustable desks into a variable level garage workbenches, making it more versatile to use while working on projects or home repair tasks.
That Perfect Height
Having a garage workbench that is adjustable to the height of the individual and more specifically, adaptable to the kind of work one is conducting, can eliminate back pain due to an unnatural posture while working. An ordinary garage workbench usually ranges between 32 and 42 inches. While higher workbenches may benefit taller people, and lower benches, shorter people, if it is not adjustable, you can still be contorted into a difficult position while sanding or using other tools. As a rule, an ideal fixed height position for a person is as tall as a standard kitchen cabinet which allows for your hands to be placed flat comfortably on the work surface. This rule, however, varies for each individual.
What Work Are You Doing?
Very few woodworking or repair projects are identical. Some require different heights to adequately access materials or facilitate maneuverability. Having an adjustable height garage workbench allows you to change to heights that address the project as well as the height of the person doing the work. Professional woodworkers or craftsmen have long ago turned to workstations that can be altered to fit the project they are working on. With many adjustable height work tables readily available, it has become increasingly easier to buy, install and effectively use one in your home workshop or garage.