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Trish Genat

My builder has specified kitchen bench heights of 950. I think this OK, but I'm of average height. My current (15 year old) kitchen has bench heights of 900. What's the thinking now?

   
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Karl O'Hanlon

Hi Trish, 950mm is to high for most people. Most tops these days are about 920mm finished height. Whilst 30mm doesn't sound much, it will have a noteable effect on how functional the space is. Thanks Karl.

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Annie Cass Landscapes

The thing is, different tasks do require different heights. Cutting vegetables and rolling pastry are more comfortable at a slightly lower height, somewhere between 850mm and 900mm. You need to be able to lean in and maybe apply a little pressure. The latter height, or maybe a smidge higher, works for a cooking surface, but your sink could probably do with being at 950, or possibly even higher, to avoid you having to bend your back over the dishes. Even if you have a dishwasher, this is an important factor. Try this with your sink: Stand in front of it, back straight, looking ahead, reach out and touch the bottom back of your sink. If your fingers don't reach, your bench is too low, or your sink is placed too far back. This is surprisingly common!

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