What is the ideal kitchen worktop height?

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(Image credit: Smile Kitchens)

While there is such a thing as a standard kitchen worktop height, will it meet your needs? 

If you are currently designing a kitchen you will no doubt already be aware that this is a project that involves making a huge number of decisions, some of which might at first seem somewhat insignificant but which actually end up having a massive effect on the end result. Choosing your worktop heights is one of these decisions.

Allan Corfield
Allan Corfield

Allan is a RIBA chartered architect and has overseen the design of over 350 low energy homes across the UK. He is one of the UK's leading experts on modern methods of construction including SIPs (structural insulated panels), is part of the Structural Timber Association, Passive House Trust and a member of the self build industry body, NaCSBA. He regularly contributes to Homebuilding & Renovating magazine and is a speaker and self build expert at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows. Since 2009, Allan has grown his custom and self build architectural practice, AC Architects, to a team of 16, and recently created AC Structures, a leading engineering business for self build projects.

keith myers
Keith Myers

Keith Myers is director of The Myers Touch and is a regular speaker on the national and international kitchen design scene. In 2022, he and his wife, Helena Myers, also a Director at The Myers Touch, were invited to host design talks and participate on an expert panel at America’s largest Kitchen & Bathroom Show in Florida, KBIS. Keith is also proud to be a regional director and judge for industry awards, KBSA – The Home Specialist Association and has held a seat as a Regional Director for the Society of British Interior Design (SBID)

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.