Guide to Buying “Science Tables” and Workstations

There are Four Types of top materials that can be used for science tables or workstations

High-Pressure Laminate should be used only for children younger than 5 years old. This material is not chemical resistant. High-Pressure laminate is widely used in student science tables. It provides a great work surface for science tables, and it wears extremely well. The plastic laminate is extremely scratch-resistant and can withstand high temperatures and harsh chemicals. Top construction is the permanent bonding of a sheet made of High Pressure Laminate to a core of industrial-grade particle board.

Chemguard: This material can be used for chemical and heat experiments. ChemGuard(tm), tops for science workstations, incorporate high pressure laminate’s decorative features into a durable and chemical-resistant surfacing material. ChemGuard ™, which has an outstanding chemical resistance and significantly higher NEMA wear value than comparable laminates, has been tested. ChemGuard(tm), also has a Class 1 fire rating.

Phenolic Resin can also be used ambitious science teaching to make science tables and workstations that will host chemical or heat experiments. This is a thermo-fused composite that forms a black, chemical-resistant composite across the entire thickness. This material is ideal for countertops, pegboards, and reagent racks. When exposed to solvents or chemicals, Phenolic Resin does not stain or etch. Phenolic Resin is inert when exposed to common laboratory chemicals such as Acetic Acid 98% and Nitric Acid 30%.

Epoxy Resin can be used as a science table and workstation in conjunction with heat or chemical experiments. It is impervious both to heat and normal laboratory chemicals. Monolithic construction eliminates any possibility of substrate exposure, swelling, or delamination. Its soft and low-glare surface makes it easy to clean. The following common laboratory chemicals have no effect on Solid Epoxy Resin: Acetic Acid (glacial), Nitric Acid 70%, Hydrochloric Acid 20% and Sulfuric Acid 60, Methyl Alcohol. Toluene, Benzene and others.

Science Workstation Frame Material


Steel frames will ensure that your workstations and science tables can withstand heavy use in the science lab.

Solid Wood

Maple and Oak are the most popular wood frames. This makes them very durable for science workstations. This design is ADA-compliant and will give your environment a classic look.

Different Types of Science tables and Workstations

Tables and Workstations

When choosing between a workstation or a table, the first thing to consider is how much space each student needs. Do they plan to conduct experiments? Or will they just take notes in class? Once you have determined this, you can determine how many tables and workstations are needed. Some workstations can hold up to eight students. You can also choose from a variety of shapes and sizes to fit your classroom.