A workbench in Valheim is used for crafting and repairing certain items. It also allows players to construct several buildings. A workbench has a radius of 20 meters and enemies cannot spawn in this area. It does not require more than a Hammer to be constructed. It can be crafted easily anywhere as you will need one near you whenever needed.


How to Build a Workbench in Valheim

A Workbench is simply constructed using a couple of items such as 10 pieces of Wood, which can be collected from the branches lying around on the floor. You should also craft a Stone Axe, which is a useful tool in cutting trees quickly. Players should also provide their workbench with a shelter, which requires additional wood.

The workbench recipe is unlocked after crafting a Hammer. You’ll need 3 Wood and 2 Stone. Press ‘Tab’, select the Hammer under the crafting section, and click ‘Craft’. You can find stone on the ground and wood by picking up branches or knocking down small Beech saplings.Once you have it, equip the Hammer.

The next step is to open the building menu. Right-click to open a menu of constructible items. Finally to craft a workbench, Go to the “Crafting” tab, select “Workbench” (which requires 10 Wood), and place it down in your desired location.

Building A Roof For Your Workbench

You have two main options for your Workbench’s roof. You can either build the simplest form of shelter, which is quick and uses minimal resources, or you can construct a small home, which takes more effort but offers better functionality.

Option 1: Simple Roof

  • Materials Needed: 4 Wood Walls (2 Wood each), 2 Wood Walls at a 45-degree angle (2 Wood each), and 2 Thatch Roofs at a 45-degree angle (2 Wood each). In total, this requires 16 Wood.
  • Construction: Erect the Wood Walls to form a basic shelter structure and use the 45-degree angle pieces to create a sloped roof, topped off with the Thatch Roof pieces.

Option 2: Small Home

  • Materials Needed: This is more complex, requiring 12 Wood Floor 2x2s, 16 Wood Wall Halves, 2 Wood Roof Crosses, 8 Wood Walls at a 45-degree angle, 8 Thatch Roofs at a 45-degree angle, and 2 Wood Gates. Additionally, you might want indoor furniture like a Workbench, Campfire, Cooking Station, Bed, and Chest. The structure alone requires 80 Wood, and the additional furniture will need 32 Wood and 5 Stone.
  • Construction: Lay out the Wood Floors to form the base, use the Wood Walls and Wood Wall Halves to create the walls, and the 45-degree pieces for a sloped roof. Don’t forget to leave space for a door and to build a chimney for your Campfire. The Wood Roof Crosses add extra stability.

How To Upgrade Workbench

Upgrading a Workbench is quite easy, all you gotta do is press a button and place certain items near the bench. The items you are supposed to collect are marked with stars in the crafting menu. Although, it will take a bit of time to explore all the resources and materials needed to craft and upgrade the bench. Here is a list of all the workbench upgrades.

UpgradeLevelRequired Materials
Chopping Block210x Wood, 10x Flint
Tanning Rack310x Wood, 15x Flint, 20x Leather Scraps, 5x Deer Heed
Adze410x Fine Wood, 3x Bronze
Tool Shelf54x Iron, 4x Obsidian, 1x Fine Wood

These are the items that your workbench heavily depends upon. Every time you place one of these items near your bench, it will be upgraded to the next level.

This was all you needed to know about unlocking and upgrading the workbench in Valheim. For more help on the game, feel free to check out our detailed Valheim wiki guides.