Standard kitchens are too short for tall people. You can get a custom kitchen with a raised kitchen sink and raised kitchen countertop, however this is expensive and can affect your home’s resale value. The alternative for the countertops is a raised cutting board. An alternative for the raised kitchen sink isn’t as obvious. You can lower yourself with a variety of stances including giraffe (sink splits) and horse. The best solution though is probably to use a stool, opening up the sink cupboard doors to make room for your knees.
I have been using this solution for a year now and I find it extremely helpful. I’m able to keep a straight spine which makes doing the dishes and washing vegetables a lot more pleasant and a lot less painful. Admittedly, it is a bit inconvenient always getting the stool set up and leaving the kitchen sink cupboard doors open, but that’s the price you pay. For quick tasks I don’t bother getting the stool.
One question is where to keep the stool. For a while I kept it under the kitchen sink but it knocked the drain pipe loose a couple times so now I keep it in the next room over. I hope to build something more integrated with the kitchen at some point. But for now this works great.
You can get stools all over the place. I got mine on the classifieds. An adjustable one would have been great though. Otherwise you might have to cut the legs a bit shorter (I cut mine to 22″). You can see a few options via the affiliate links below. It is always handy having a stool or two around for those shorties who can’t reach all the stuff you stash up high.
Enjoy and please let me know in the comments below if you like this solution or have a better alternative for a raised kitchen sink!
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