Inside: A superb selection of 10 DIY Garage Workbench projects to help you design and build the perfect workbench for your garage space.
A garage workbench comes in many shapes and sizes and can be created to fit a variety of garage needs. In this round-up of The 10 Best Garage Workbench Builds I made sure to provide a variety of options from simple to more involved builds to fit several different spaces, functions, preferences and budgets.
Before I built my DIY Garage Workbench I used a fold-out card table that I got from my grandma. Sometimes one of the legs would give out while I was working on projects. It was scary and humbling as well. Speaking from experience, while attempting to work on projects in a garage with no workspace, leads to clutter, disorganization and ultimately frustration. Something is better than nothing until you have the time, space and funds to build your own.
Every garage benefits from a workbench so you have a space to fix/tinker/work on home improvement projects. If you own a home there is no doubt that you will be working on home projects even minor ones. Once you finish your project make sure to add these 10 Must Have Garage Workbench Accessories.
3 Things to Consider when Deciding on the Best Garage Workbench Build:
- Size of the space available for a workbench
- Cost/your budget
Size of Space for Garage Workbench
When it comes to the size of your garage workbench measure the exact dimensions of your allowable space. This factor alone determines your build size regardless of your dreams of a huge workbench. When it comes to a smaller space think about whether you want a workbench that is wall-mounted, hinge-mounted, mobile or fixed. If you find a style of workbench you like customize it to fit the available space.
Cost of Garage Workbench
Most often as the size and complexity of a workbench increases so does the cost. If you have a budget your working with then this will dictate the build you can afford. However, having a cost limitation isn’t always a bad thing. Get creative and think outside the box with what you can do with the money you have. Think upcycle and recycling items and utilizing websites that you can get used, low cost and FREE items like Craigs List, Offer Up, Next Door and Facebook Marketplace.
Function of Garage Workbench
Think about how you are going to use the workbench. Will you use it to store or hang any power tools? What size and type of projects do you typically work on or plan to work on? Do you want shelves, wheels, electrical power? When I built my workbench I built the height of it about 1/2 inch lower than my table saw so it would function as an out feed for cutting wood. I wanted it mobile so I could easily move it around my garage. I also wanted some shelves to store smaller and larger power tools. Knowing the function will help determine and direct your build plans.
So without further ado here are the 10 garage workbenches starting with a more simple build and less expensive, then moving up to more complex builds and therefore more expensive builds (generally speaking but not always the case).
If your garage space is limited with no room on the floor consider these next three builds.
DIY Folding Workbench
This DIY Folding Workbench from April Wilkerson at Wilkerdos folds down when in use and nicely tucks up and away when you don’t need it. This is a simple build, minimal materials needed and costs less than $20.
Drop – Down Workbench
If you would rather go down then up and also allow for a pegboard storage then this Drop – Down Workbench might be perfect for you. It uses a hollow-core door as the top with hinges and folding leg brackets to allow it to be put down after use. Super convenient and perfect for a smaller space and at a cost that won’t break the bank.
Fold Up Workbench
One last floor space saver, but a more involved build, is this Fold Up Workbench from Family Handyman. This build works well for a small space but offers additional overhead storage. This is a great functional build coming in around $100 needing only a saw and a drill to complete the project.
If your space affords a little more room for a workbench and can be a work area that doesn’t have to be tucked away like the examples above, then consider the next few options.
Consider an Upcycle/Recycle
If you are looking for economical I don’t think you can get much cheaper than recycling or upcycling your current stash of wood. The Craft Crib used an old beer pong table, turned it upside down added a few 2 x 4s and voila you have a new workbench. The creator of the blog states she built this garage workbench in less than one hour by herself and she was pregnant. Ha, I really have no excuses.
An Area for a Built In
If you have an area for a built in this 1 Hour DIY Workbench from Rose and Co Blog may be just what you need to complete the space. Use the top to work on projects and the shelves for storage. This is an easy build made of 2 x 3s and plywood, and it works perfect for the space shown.
Workbench with Upper and Lower Shelves
If you are ok with more involved builds that add a few more features, then consider this DIY Work Bench from Ginger and the Huth. This build has a workspace, both upper and lower shelving, and an area to add a pegboard. Bonus there is a built-in overhead light perfect for working on those addictive tedious projects that keep you up at night.
Mobile DIY Garage Workbench
If you love the idea of a workbench being mobile this DIY Garage Workbench from Dream Design DIY (thats me :-P) may be the perfect build for you! The large casters hold 220 lbs each and make it easy to move around the garage. The height works perfect as an outfeed for a table saw, the middle shelf is ideal for storing smaller power tools and the bottom shelf can hold larger items needed at your disposal.
Workbench with Shelves for Storage
If your greatest need for your garage workbench is storage then look no further then this Workbench With Shelves from Jen Woodhouse. Not only is there ample space on the top for completing projects, but there are middle, bottom and side shelves for storing all sorts of power tools and supplies. What an awesome mobile build that keeps all your tools, and odds and ends handy to complete your projects.
Workshop Assembly Table
This next garage workbench I give the most points for creativity. The blogger of Sawdust to Stitches used a variety of upycling and recycling to create her Workshop Assembly Table spending only $60 to complete the project. She put this workbench together using a disassembled old workbench and added a door as the top she got FREE from Craigs List. She also used a shelf from another FREE Craigs List find. She then added scrap wood to it to make the wood dividers for her power tools. She has shown me that “thinking outside the box” using non traditional products can bring about a solid build and it looks fantastic.
Ultimate Rollaway Workbench System
If you want the MOTHER of all DIY workbenches I give the prize to this Ultimate Rollaway Workbench System from Ana White. She thought of everything. This workbench fits a 32″ compound miter saw, it’s a tabletop for projects, slide-out storage units for storing several power tools and clamps. There is a slide out spot for bench tools like the Kreg Jig and storage for a table saw with an outfeed table. WHAT…AMAZING, I can’t think of anything else I may need.
I hope this post has helped give you a variety of ideas to create your own garage workbench. You might love one more than another or love different features of several of them. Either way enjoy making it your own.
Krystal Herrera says
Thank you for sharing these great ideas. I’ve been thinking of creating one since I just moved into my new home last 3 months ago. Can’t wait to build but I need to complete my home power tools before I start creating one. Love your post. Cheers!
Yes there are some great workbench builds out there. Good luck when you start making your own. It was quite an undertaking but it is totally worth it.
Ruth Pitts says
Thanks for sharing the useful info.
You are welcome Ruth!
Thanks a lot, such a nice and complete collection. I loved the Workshop Assembly Table.