Some adjustable workbenches have two large legs attached to a wider base. These legs are made out of metal (usually steel) and are built using two parts so that they can slide up and down to adjust the height.
Other adjustable workbenches look more like a conventional table because they have four legs. Usually, these four legs each have an extendable portion on the end that can be retracted or pulled out to lower and raise the workbench.
The versatility of an adjustable workbench is sometimes utilized in industrial settings where people are working on their feet for extended periods of time. In some facilities, adjustable workbenches are raised up to hold computers that need to be accessed for invoicing or control purposes. To make the adjustment easier, some workstations are actually fitted with a hand crank that can be turned in one direction to raise the bench and the other direction to lower it.
Accessories like shelving, drawers, and cabinets can also be added to an adjustable workbench to facilitate storage of tools and other instruments. Locks can also be installed to secure any items stored in the workbench. Manufacturers of adjustable workbenches sometimes integrate extra features like electrical outlets or an overhead work light to provide a more efficient workspace.
The surface of an adjustable workbench is either made from a thick piece of finished wood, or a thick sheet of metal. The frame is usually built using stainless steel with parts that are welded together during manufacturing. Some adjustable workbenches also have caster wheels attached to the legs to make them mobile. Mobility is important in temporary workspaces or facilities where work demands change frequently.
Adjustable workbenches can be built for a wide range of industrial and commercial settings, and they are designed with different weight capacities. A heavy-duty workbench could withstand the weight of thousands of pounds, while a more basic light-duty model may only be capable of holding a few hundred pounds.