The Bachelor’s Workbench

A work bench in a closet

Always use the right tool for the job. But where do you use that tool? Unfortunately for guys living in apartments, having a dedicated workshop is completely out of the question. Usually our tools are exiled to the back of a cupboard or worse: Permanently stored in your car's trunk, which means they're never on hand when you need them.

While we may not have the space for a full-size workshop, that doesn't mean we can't find space for a proper workbench. In every apartment I've lived in there has always been that one closet, stuffed full of old jackets I'll never wear, vacuum cleaners, and the yard sale golf clubs. Instead of using that closet as a dumping ground for crap that doesn't belong anywhere else, turn it into something you can actually use.

With nothing more than some brackets, screws and wall anchors, and a 16" x 8′ board cut to fit the space, a forgotten, tiny closet becomes quite a useful workbench.

And, if your closet has two closet rods, you can put the bench above the bottom one, allowing full use to still hang those old coats. The total project cost me less than $25, and just required putting in screws, Lowes even cut the board for me.

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Andrew Snavely

Andrew founded Primer in 2008 and brings 15+ years of men's style expertise. Known for his practical, relatable approach to style and self-development, he has been a recognized speaker at conferences and has styled work for top brands. Off-duty, he loves photography & editing, and enjoys road trips with his dog, Leela. Raised in rural Pennsylvania, educated in DC, and living in LA for nearly 20 years, Andrew's diverse experiences shape the relatable and real-world advice that has helped millions through Primer. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.