Kitchen: Which height is the right one?

Kitchens are a rather expensive and long-term purchase - and should therefore be as optimal as possible. One question that keeps coming up is the correct height of a kitchen. What rules there are, and how to adjust the height in the kitchen properly to the height, read in this post.

Problems with incorrect kitchen height

Just who leads a household spends a lot of time in the kitchen - and standing up. In addition to the burden on the legs, especially the load on the back is crucial.

A wrong kitchen height affects the posture negatively - as a result, back pain or tension can arise. In addition, working in an ergonomically unfavorable position, especially over longer periods of time, becomes considerably more strenuous than it should actually be.

Tension already occurs when the upper body is tilted forward by 20° and you spend a longer time in this position. To avoid this, the height must be optimally adapted.

Continuous or variable working height?

The work on the fitted kitchen can roughly be divided into three different activities:

  • Work to prepare
  • Working on the stove
  • Working in the sink

Basically, the optimal height of the work surface is different for all these activities. In addition, one must, however, still consider individual further work in which also the height of the work surface plays a role - such as the kneading of dough.

A continuous working height therefore rarely proves to be really ergonomic. It would be better to bring individual work areas in the optimum height, so that the upper body can be easily kept in an upright position. In modern, self-planned kitchens, this possibility exists.

Basic optimal height

As a rule of thumb one can assume the following benchmarks for worktop height:

heightkitchen height
165 cm90 cm
180 cm95 cm

Another very useful gauge is the distance from elbow to worktop with angled arm. He should be around 12 cm.

height adjustment

Ergonomically, it makes sense to adjust the height of individual work areas accordingly. Meaningful measures are:

  • raise the sink area (so that you do not have to work with a curved back in the sink)
  • lower the hearth area (you usually work in and on pots)
  • to provide the worktop with additional elevations and depressions to work comfortably

With the worktop area, an increase as an ergonomic cutting surface can be useful, especially when cooking a lot. This can also be done well with essays.

A lowered area can be helpful, for example, in dough kneading. If the work area is a bit lower here, more strength can come from the upper body, and kneading is easier.

Tips & Tricks

Different heights can also visually loosen up a kitchenette. If you plan your own kitchen, different heights are not a problem - but then you have to plan the kitchen so that the different selected heights look visually balanced.

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