Buying a home, especially a pre-owned one, is not like buying a pair of shoes, where you can find the style you like and then choose the size, width, and heel height for a perfect fit. Instead, you purchase a home that was either built to fit another family or built to an industry standard designed to fit most people. This problem is usually most evident in spaces such as the kitchen and bath, where cabinets, counter tops, and sink heights can be a major problem for people who are taller or shorter than most of the population. If you have recently purchased a pre-owned home with this type of problem or are considering doing so in the future, the following tips will help you make your kitchen and bathroom cabinetry more comfortable for you to use.
Counter Tops That Are Too Short
Dealing with counter tops that are too short can lead to discomfort, strains, and fatigue if you are a taller person. Most kitchen cabinets are installed so that the counter tops are 36" high, from flooring to the top of counter top. While this is a comfortable height for many, those who are more than six feet in height may find themselves stooping or slouching while working at this height.
If the home is an older one, the first step in solving this problem may be to examine the kitchen floor to see if any changes could be made. In some cases, it may be possible to gain a half-inch or more in counter top height by removing existing floor covering and sub-flooring and opting to finish the original wooden floor boards, instead.
Another way to utilize existing cabinets that are too short for your comfort level is to add a height adjustable, rolling stool to your kitchen so you can sit at a comfortable height when using the counter tops for meal prep and other uses.
Counter Tops That Are Too Tall
Dealing with counter tops that are too tall is a problem faced by those who are of a shorter stature, as well as children. To address this issue, consider adding one or more sturdy, moveable steps to your kitchen that are approximately six inches in height. These low steps should be constructed to be wider at the bottom, to make them less likely to tip over. In addition, they should be able to withstand the weight of the heaviest person who will use them and have a non-skid material attached to the bottom to prevent slipping.
If these changes are not enough to make your cabinetry comfortable for you to use, it may be time to consider having your kitchen base cabinetry replaced or adjusted to make it taller or shorter. To have your cabinetry remodeled, contact a company like All Marble Granite & Tile Imports Inc.