There are a variety of work table options and accessories, it’s important to understand about and what the function of each is, to choose the correct work table for your space.
Types & Gauges
Gauges are used to specify what the thickness of the metal is. For example:
Stainless Steel (Inches)
Galvanized Steel (Inches)
18 Gauge also known as the budget friendly worktable, is less expensive and lighter than other types. They are, however, more susceptible to dents and dings. These tables are perfect for sandwich and salad prep.
16 Gauge have more quality but remain affordable. The 16 gauge is more durable than the 18 gauge.
14 Gauge have the highest durability. They are perfect for use with cleavers and meat tenderizers, as they do not dent easily.
Type 304 stainless steel is the most common type used for commercial work tables. It is highly resistance to corrosion and rust. This type contains low carbon and high levels of chromium and nickel, meaning it is durable and can withstand the high demands of daily use in any commercial environment.
Open Base vs. Undershelf
Depending on your specific needs, you may want an open base under your work table, or you may want an undershelf. An open base is perfect if you will be keeping rolling ingredient bins under your work table, for easy prep. Or if you prefer a convenient area to store small appliances or other items, then you should look for work tables with undershelves. The undershelf comes with an option of being galvanized or entirely stainless steel. The galvanized option also has galvanized steel legs and plastic feet.
Enclosed Work Tables
Enclosed work tables are another versatile option to have in your kitchen. They are convenient for kitchen storage, while also allowing space for food prep. Many options are available in either swinging or sliding doors.
Additional Table Options
It’s important to have a backsplash on your work table, if it will be positioned up against a wall. This will ensure that the wall is protected from drips and splashes, so that cleanup is easy.
Square/flat edge have squared-off edges on all four sides of the table. This makes it easier to place multiple tables next to each other.
Rounded/ Bullnose Edge have a rounded front and rear edge, with square side edges. This allows easier cleaning on the table.
Countertop/Marine Edge have a drip containing ridge around the perimeter of the work table.
Table Top Types
Poly Top Work Tables
Poly Top Work Tables are the best option for butcher shops, bakeries, meat counters, food processing plants, and delis. The top surface of the work table can double as a cutting board, making this a more versatile option.
Wood Top Work Tables
Wood Top Work Tables are the best option for bakeries. Usually these are paired with 4” risers, to keep the ingredients, like flour on the table.
Cutting boards adding one to your table, can make it an even more efficient space. Keep your work table top scratch free, but add the cutting board for additional space.