Welding Table Custom Height
We’re passionate about building tools that make your life (and work) better. While our standard welding table height is 38″, we’re happy to customize your table to any height you need (see below for advice on that)! Don’t worry about doing the arithmetic for leg height plus casters, we’ve got our math hats on. Just pick the height you need and we’ll take care of the rest.
How to Pick A Welding Table Height
We’ve made a LOT of welding tables, and we’ve learned a thing or two about ergonomics. Remarkably, just a 1-2″ height adjustment can make a huge difference when it comes to fatigue. We’ve seen two different, prominent effects:
- When a table is too high, users complain of upper arm, neck and shoulder pain. Frankly it’s hard to work above your head, and a table that is too tall delivers results along that spectrum.
- When a table is too low, users complain of lower back pressure. The strain placed on the muscles of the lower back can be enormous with even a small amount of leaning forward to reach down. Not only are you supporting your entire upper body, but also all of the protective gear you may be wearing, plus things like torches, clamps, fixtures and materials.
In fact, the proper choice of welding table height could mean the difference between experiencing fatigue within an hour, vs. being able to go all day.
Best “Average” Heights
This is tricky! Because the first thing we need to be clear about is that we’re assuming that the work that needs to be done is close to the surface! More on that in a minute…
We’ve found the best general heights for people of varying sizes are:
- 5’3″ – 5’7″ = 36″ Surface Height
- 5’7″ – 5’11” = 38″ Surface Height (Our Standard.)
- 6′ – 6’2″ = 39″ – 40″ Surface Height
- 6’2″ and up = 41″
For those over 6’2″ you have a unique challenge. You probably need to take into account whether shorter people are going to routinely need to use your table. If not, keep increasing the height commensurate with your own! If so, you’ll have to make a compromise.
Finally, you don’t have to guess on height! Get any old table and block it up to try some of these heights and see what is most comfortable for you!
Exceptions to the Height Rule
As we previously mentioned, one thing that has to be considered is the average height of the projects you’ll be working on. If you’re routinely building things that are requiring your attention no more than 12-18″ from the surface, stick with the standards above. But if you’re going to be working on things that are extremely tall, you need to start subtracting from the height of your surface!
For example, we have clients that use their tables to fixture up motorcycle chassis. Those can be 30″ tall or more. So a 40″ surface height would put the top of their project nearly 6′ in the air! For this reason, you may need to consider removing height. We would recommend removing an inch from every inch your projects exceed 50″ above the floor.
Why We Charge For Custom Height Legs
One of the ways we keep our welding table costs low is through the judicious application of standardization. We have a limited number of configurations, which allows us to batch create our welding table legs to help speed up the production process. However, we’re not so rigidly attached to standardization that we won’t break the mold! We just need a little help paying for it when we do.
The extra charge for a custom height takes into account quite a bit of disruption to our team’s workflow (which we’re happy to do for you!). When you order a non-standard height, our team drops everything to go and create a special set of legs just for you! The charge takes into account the additional time and material needed to handle that request.