Folding Garage Workbench

Submitted by SaraLodise on Sun, 08/10/2014 - 06:11

I wanted a good flat and level workspace to continue projects. This workbench folds up to the wall in my garage so I can still park when not working on anything. I made it pretty stout with 2x4s and 2x6s since it would need to support fairly large pieces of furniture without deflecting. It is very heavy as a result though (good core workout folding it up and down :) )

I used two folding shelf brackets on the legs to keep them from accidentally being kicked out from under the table while it's out. (…)

I used four heavy strap hinges to connect the table to the 2x6 (which was lag screwed into studs). Two gate latches were used to secure the edge of the table to studs when the table is folded up.

I cut the legs approximately, and then when the table was hung I cut and shimmed them to get the table level on the uneven surface of the garage floor.

Estimated Cost
Total = $81.10 (Lumber = $33.40, Hardware = 47.70)
Estimated Time Investment
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used
Recommended Skill Level



Fri, 08/15/2014 - 16:32

I really like this fold up bench design. It may be heavy, but I bet it's incredibly sturdy. I also have a really compact garage. I have pegboard on my walls, so a bench that folds UP doesn't work for me when I want to get a tool.

My own bench is more light duty. It's a sheet of 2x4' plywood attached to a frame made from dimensional lumber. It folds down so I have access to the tools at all times. It's based on a design on the Family Handyman website, although you can find the same design all over the web.


Thu, 02/05/2015 - 18:50

Great idea! I need to build this. Can I please get a picture of it folded up, so I can see the hinges on the legs and the latches holding it while folded?


Fri, 11/06/2020 - 13:55

Can you show another picture of the hinges you used on the legs that can fold out when lowered?

Thanks! Kate