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- Niki R.
The ergonomic rule-of-thumb is that your elbows should be bent at a 45-degree angle when your hands are resting on the countertop. If you try this and take your own specific measurements you’ll know the optimal counter height for your own size.
- Below-average height – for those who are below the standard height, it is often found that 32” works well for the countertop height.
- Above-average height – for those of us who are above standard height, somewhere between 38”-39” is usually more ideal.
- Wheelchair height – a standard wheelchair height is 29”, so 2”-5” above that is often ideal (31” – 34”).
- Kitchen island height – given the popularity of kitchen islands, this is one place where many people find that two different heights can be incorporated, given a customized option that doesn’t affect the entire kitchen counter surface. Bar stools (if incorporating an eat-in component for the island) would need to fit in underneath the counter, so the accepted height is usually 42” for this countertop space. But if you want an area to roll dough, for example, you may want to lower that 2”-3” from the standard 36” to make it more comfortable, thus opting for several options within this one surface area.