Soar to New Heights: How High Should My Kitchen Countertop Be?

woman-standing-at-counter-preparing-mealThe industry standard for kitchen countertops is 36 inches, or 3 feet. This is generally the optimal and most ergonomic height; however, just because this is the industry standard, doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone! We come in all shapes and sizes, so it makes sense our countertops should do the same. Varying counter heights in a kitchen can make certain tasks easier, while also adding to the visual appeal of your kitchen. Read on to learn why you should consider adding some levels to your next kitchen countertop.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Does meal prep leave you exhausted? It may have something to do with your countertop height! If your counter is too high for you, you’ll find yourself reaching up and forward to chop and prep, which can lead to shoulder strain. Conversely, if your counters are too low, you’ll constantly be bent over, which can lead to shoulder and back strain. If you’re considering a custom kitchen counter height, keep this measuring tip in mind to find your optimal height based on your size: when measuring, your elbows should be bent at a 45-degree angle when your hands are resting on the countertop.
If you want to reach a broader audience than just yourself, below are some rough estimates to keep in mind regarding counter heights:

  • For those who are below average height, 32” generally works well for a countertop height.
  • For those above average height, 38”-39” is a good range to stick with.
  • For those in wheelchairs, 31”-34”is often ideal (a standard wheelchair is 29”, so we aim for 2”-5” above that).

Design Purposes

Varying your countertop heights is a great way to spruce up the design of your kitchen. Many homeowners will opt for an island with two levels – a taller area for prep work and a lower area for eating.This allows you to eliminate bar stools from the equation, which some people find uncomfortable. Lowering your sink area can create a new focal point that will draw the eye. If you can dream it, it can be done when it comes to varying counter heights in your kitchen.

Will it Hurt My Resale Value?

Custom additions to your home will always have some effect on your home’s resale value — but it’s not always for the worse! Depending on the buyer, they may be more inclined to purchase thanks to your higher countertops that compliments their family’s taller stature. The takeaway is don’t shy away from custom modifications! It’s important to make sure that your home works for you and your family too.

Considering A New Countertop?

If you’re thinking about getting a new stone countertop installed in your home, contact the team at Stoneworks Granite & Quartz. Our experts will help you design and install a countertop that is perfectly suited to your family’s needs.