Kitchen Worktop Height & Depth – Info & Expert Advice
What height should my kitchen worktop be? It’s a question I get asked all the time as a kitchen designer.
It might not be something you pay much attention to. However, your worktop height can have some big impacts on the ergonomics and functionality of your kitchen.
In this post, I will explain what the standard worktop height is, the reasons behind it, and why it matters so much.
Let’s get into it!
What Is The Standard Kitchen Worktop Height?
The standard kitchen worktop height is 910mm from the floor to the top of the worktop.
This kitchen worktop height is made up of the following standard kitchen dimensions:
- 150mm plinth (kickboard)
- 720mm base cabinet
- 40mm worktop
- Total: 910mm
However, the height will vary slightly depending on the thickness of the worktop and the height of the cabinet and its plinth.
For example; thinner 20mm worktops are becoming more popular in modern kitchens, which would mean that for a standard cabinet setup, the worktop height would be 890mm.
However, to counter this they may have a lower plinth and taller cabinets (for a modern look), which may or may not add up to the same height as a standard-sized kitchen.
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Why Does The Height Of Your Kitchen Worktop Matter?
You may not give it much thought, but the height of your kitchen worktop can have a big impact on your day-to-day kitchen usage.
Not everyone in the world is the same height. So, if you’re taller (like me), having a slightly higher worktop can be much more comfortable and practical.
It can also help prevent health issues, such as back pain. Having to bend down just that small amount every time you are at your worktop could lead to problems down the road.
The opposite can cause its own problems. If you’re on the shorter side (like my girlfriend), you may prefer a slightly lower worktop. That way, working in the kitchen is more comfortable.
My girlfriend, for example, is a keen baker who usually has to put the bowl in the sink when mixing thoroughly. The lower height of the sink basin means she can more comfortably do her mixing without shoulder, back, or neck pain.
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How To Work Out The Correct Height For Your Kitchen Worktop
There’s no exact science, but one of the best and simplest ways to work out the correct worktop height for you is to match it to the ball of your wrist bone.
If you stand upright with your hands by your side, the ball of your wrist should sit in line with the worktop. This is a good kitchen worktop level according to your height and ergonomics.
If there are people of varying heights that use the kitchen, consider working out the average height as a comfortable compromise.
For example – as I’m quite tall, my ideal worktop height would be 950mm. However, as my girlfriend is a lot shorter (her words), hers would be 870mm.
An average of the two works out at 910mm. In our case, this is a good middle ground – and as it turns out, the standard worktop height. 👍
What Height Should My Kitchen Worktop Be?
Ideally, a height that is comfortable, ergonomic and suits you.
However, if there are multiple users of different heights then finding a happy middle ground and average height is key.
It’s important to consider your height and the type of work typically performed on the countertop.
If the primary users of the kitchen are on the taller or shorter side, you might want to adjust the height accordingly.
Also, if you’re designing a kitchen with multiple types of workstations (for example, a baking station, a chopping station, etc.), you might consider having different heights for these areas.
For example, kneading dough or rolling out pie crusts is often more comfortable at a lower height, whereas chopping might be more comfortable at a higher counter. You could achieve this with a slightly different height island.
So, while there is a standard (sort of), it’s not set in stone, and there’s room for customization based on your specific needs and preferences.
It comes down to plinth height, cabinet height and worktop height. If you have a choice over these, then this is how you can alter the worktop height to help suit your needs.
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What Is The Standard Kitchen Worktop Depth?
The standard kitchen worktop depth is between 600 – 650mm.
The depth will vary depending on the depth of the base cabinets and how much you want the worktop to overhang at the front of the cabinet.
Typically there is a 20-30mm worktop overhang at the front of a cabinet. Some modern kitchen designs may have a smaller overhang of between 5-10mm, creating a sleek, streamlined look.
It can be nice to have a slightly deeper worktop.
A nice depth is around 650mm, as this gives you more prep space and strikes a nice balance between space for your wall cabinets while keeping sockets/plugs within reach.
To achieve this, you can pull the base cabinets off the wall slightly, creating a void at the back. This can also be used for any pipework.
What Is The Standard Kitchen Worktop Thickness?
There is a huge range of kitchen worktop materials on the market, with each having multiple thickness options.
This is how choosing a particular material and worktop thickness allows you to alter the height to suit your needs.
Standard worktop thickness guide:
- Quartz – 20mm / 30mm occasionally 12mm
- Granite – 30mm / 40mm
- Solid Wood – 40mm
- Laminate – 40mm
- Acrylic – 20-100mm
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What Is The Standard Height For A Worktop Dining Table?
The standard height for a dining table worktop is 760mm.
Some kitchen designs include a table-height seating area. This often comes off of an island, adding a fantastic dining feature to a kitchen.
The height for a kitchen table is a little different to that of your worktops. Therefore, you will need to create a section of the worktop that drops down from the rest of your kitchen run, ideally to the height of 760mm.
You can then add normal dining room chairs underneath this section to create an in-kitchen eating area, perfect for the whole family.
What Is The Ideal Worktop Height For Bar Stools?
Having bar stool seating in your kitchen is becoming increasingly popular. It helps to create a more relaxed social environment around the kitchen.
Barstool seating is easier to accommodate than table-height seating, as your worktop height is suitable for this style of dining. There are a few ways to create a bar stool seating area in your kitchen using different heights of the worktop.
The most common way is to use the same height as your existing worktop and just create an overhang to fit stools underneath for seating.
This worktop height will usually be between 890mm and 930mm. In this instance, you should choose seats that are between 580mm and 720mm tall.
You could also create a raised breakfast bar area by lifting a section on supports. These worktops are usually between 1,040mm and 1,090mm high and should be paired with seats between 740mm and 820mm tall.
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There you have it! Everything you need to know about kitchen worktop height.
As you can see, there isn’t a one size fits all kitchen worktop height.
There is a standard guide height range and it’s a standard range for a reason, as it caters to and acts as a good average for most of the population.
However, the height of your kitchen worktop can be altered using factors such as the plinth, cabinet and worktop style.
Ultimately, it’s about comfort, compromise and creating the perfect kitchen for your family.
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Michael is a kitchen designer from the UK. He's been designing and project managing new kitchen installations for over 10 years. Before that, he was an electrician and part of a team that fitted kitchens. He created Kitchinsider in early 2019 to help give people advice when it comes to getting a new kitchen.