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What height should you choose for your worktop?


What height should you choose for your worktop?

A worktop at the right height is synonymous with comfort in the kitchen. Here are a few tips on how to determine the optimum height and not to neglect this essential point when designing your kitchen.

If it is important to have a functional kitchen, it is just as important to have an ergonomic kitchen. Every day, time is spent preparing meals and doing the dishes, so it is essential to be able to carry out these tasks as comfortably as possible.

A worktop that is too high places unnecessary strain on your arms and shoulders. Conversely, if it is too low, you will have to bend over, which can eventually lead to back or neck pain. To avoid tensions caused by bad posture, the ideal is to have a kitchen fitted out according to your morphology, with a work surface at the right height.

Determining the ideal height of a worktop

The standard height for a worktop is between 90 and 94 cm, but this can be adjusted to the height of each individual. In France, based on the average size of the population, the ideal height of a worktop is about 92 cm.

To be even more precise, these dimensions would have to be adapted to each function. When peeling vegetables, for example, it is ideal to have the arms at a 90° angle. This is the most comfortable position for washing, peeling and washing dishes. To avoid having to lift your shoulders or bend over the sink, the right height is between 90 and 94 cm. For cooking, on the other hand, the worktop should ideally be a little lower: if you want to see what’s going on in the pan, you have to lean over it. It is therefore best not to set the cooking plates too high.    

As you can see, finding the ideal height is a real headache! Especially since not everyone in the same family is the same height. The objective here will be to find the best possible compromise.

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Creating an optimal work surface

The ideal worktop is, of course, the one that separates the functions, with a height adapted to each position. Here, for example, the different heights between the central island and the linear worktop can be considered, or two separate parts of an L-shaped worktop can be chosen. However, in many cases, especially in small kitchens, the worktop is in one piece. The solution here is to adopt a medium height that will be suitable for the majority of household tasks.