Options. Options to understand before purchasing a worktable.
Worktables are aptly named because they can serve many purposes. Worktables come with stainless or galvanized shelves and stainless or wood tops. They can have open or enclosed bases and may be equipped with a baker's top, which is a wood top with returns on the back and sides. Worktables may also have rails instead of lower shelves to accommodate rolling storage bins. They may have one ore more drawers and various configurations of over shelves. They can be equipped with casters and additional built-in appliances.
Size. What size is best for my operation?
Standard worktables are usually 30" deep; widths run in 6" increments from 24" to 36" and in 12" increments from 48" to 144"; height is usually 36" with 6" adjustable legs. Add versatility with casters.
Accessories. Which are the most popular?
With the proper accessories, a worktable can be one of your most versatile tools. We recommend shelving and pot hooks above anything else; they'll increase your storage space without taking more floor space.
You can also have sinks built in to the top of your worktable. If you're going to put it against a wall, you can add a return on the back to prevent product from spilling down the backside.
You may also want to consider adjustable lower shelves, drawers, and pot racks. If you have specific space requirements, you can also build tables to fit most any opening.
If you order a baker's top, we recommend rails instead of a lower shelf in order to accommodate flour and sugar bins.
Weight loads. What gauge do I need?
Stainless steel usually comes in three grades: 14, 16 and 18 gauge with 14 gauge being the heaviest. 14 gauge is the most durable and is usually recommended when appliances, such as slicers, are put on top.
Our most popular stainless steel worktables are made by Advance-Tabco. They have a stainless steel flat top with a rolled edge, galvanized legs and a galvanized undershelf. Click here to view these worktables.