What is the average height for a kitchen worktop?

Choosing the right worktops for a modern kitchen

The standard height for a kitchen worktop is about 910mm, but it’s not a hard and fast rule. Really, the exact height of your worktop will depend on a number of factors, not least of which is what’s right for you. When you’re buying a new laminate kitchen worktop, not only do you have to take into account the cost, design and the colour, but comfort and accessibility play a big part as well.

We’ve got a huge range of laminate kitchen worktops for sale here at Savoy Timber, so we know a thing or two about how they fit into your kitchen! Here, we take a closer look about the varying heights of worktops in modern kitchens, and why it’s so important.

The standard kitchen worktop height and depth

As we’ve touched on above, the standard height for a kitchen worktop is about 910mm, measured from the floor to the top of the worktop. We get this figure from totting up the measurements of the following components:

  • The plinth (150mm)
  • The base cabinet (720mm)
  • The worktop itself (40mm)

Now, it’s important for us to say that this figure might vary slightly depending on exactly what worktop you go for. Different types of worktops have slightly different thicknesses – laminate kitchen worktops of the kind we stock tend to measure at about 40mm. However, in recent years there’s also been more of a preference for the on-trend Ultra Slim worktops, and there’s no prizes for guessing that these tend to be much thinner in height – usually around 20mm, which puts their standard total worktop height at about 890mm.

The total height is also dependent to a certain extent on the type of kitchen cabinets involved, and the overall style of the kitchen. For example, some contemporary kitchens tend to use lower plinths and taller cabinets, which can sometimes end up drastically affecting the overall height. (In a few cases, they even cancel each other out so they end up at roughly the same size.)

On a related note, the standard depth of a kitchen worktop is between 600mm to 650mm. This typically involves an overhang of between 20-30mm, depending on your preference. This sort of depth provides plenty of preparation space and space for within your wall cabinets, without requiring you to lean too far over them to reach the plugs and sockets on the far side.

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Why the height of your kitchen worktop matters

In short, for your accessibility and comfort. A worktop that’s too short can cause you to bend uncomfortably over it, which is bad for your posture in the short term and can actually lead to permanent back or shoulder pain in the long term. Similarly, a worktop that’s too tall can cause difficulties for you when you’re preparing food – for example, you might not be able to get a proper angle when you’re cutting down on a piece of meat or other foodstuff, which can result in short term wrist pain in the very best of circumstances. (It could even cause you to have an accident – which nobody wants with knives.)

This is why kitchen worktops are about 910mm – it’s close enough to comfortable for the average person. However, if you’d class yourself as a tall or short person, you might want to think about how to alter your kitchen to accommodate you. It might be a fair bit of cost and hassle in the short term, but trust us – it’s worth it in the long run!

What height should my kitchen worktop be?

Well, that rather depends on you! As we’ve covered above, the height of your kitchen worktops will vary depending on the style of the kitchen cabinets you’ve got, and of course on the thickness of the actual laminate worktop that you choose to go for.

One of the best ways to work out if your kitchen worktop is suited to you is this: if you stand with your hands to the side, the balls of your wrist should line up with the edge of the worktop. This ensures that you’ve got sufficient height over it to be comfortable, without towering over it so much that you have to bend uncomfortably down. If there are large height differences between various family members though, you may have to reach something as a compromise when you’re buying a new laminate worktop.

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As you’d expect, accessibility is an especially crucial issue for wheelchair users. If you use a wheelchair yourself, your ideal worktop will be around 800mm in height, with at least 76mm of space underneath so that you can fit your knees in while comfortably working on it.

Whatever height or style of worktop you’re going for, you can count on us to have it right here at Savoy Timber! You can browse our best selling range of cheap laminate worktops right here on our site, or alternatively, if you’ve got any questions or you need some advice, feel free to get in touch with our experts on 0345 0268 799. We’re here to help!