Object Size Calculator for Tall People, Short People, and all Heights 6

Use the below calculator to determine how big an object, such as a snow shovel, should be given your height.

Units: imperial metric
Your Height:
Average Height:
Original Object Length:


Manufactured goods like tools are typically designed for the average height person. For example, most snow shovels are designed for someone around 5’7″ tall. This poses an ergonomic hazard for anyone taller or shorter than this, and particularly for those who are much taller or shorter. Kitchen counters, furniture, sporting equipment, all manner of tools etc. all suffer similarly. In some cases, longer or shorter versions can be found, and then other times existing items must be adapted. An example of the latter is the modified snow shovel; a longer shaft can be swapped in. The question, however, is how much longer? In general, an object’s size should be proportional to the user. So if a standard snow shovel comes up to an average person’s shoulder, a taller person should find a snow shovel that comes up to their shoulder or adapt one to do so. In certain situations, the above calculator may prove helpful in ball-parking the proper size.

In the US, the average person is about 5’7″ tall. But if the original item was intended for a different population or a particular gender or age, then you should enter the appropriate average height in the calculator.

Comparing an average snow shovel to one proportional to human height

Proportional VS Average Snow Shovel Length

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  • Chris

    I am a 5’11” woman. The height helped in my career as I was as tall or taller than the male executives with whom I worked. Nothing in any of my homes has ever been a good fit. I currently own a century home and and I swear the kitchen counters are even l-o-w-e-r than my former homes provided.My kitchen sink is level with the tops of my thighs and I am constantly bent over when doing anything in that room. Using a conventional oven is a real treat if you like crawling on the floor to check the progress of your dinner. I now use a counter top electric oven and an electric counter top burner to cook, I disconnected the gas oven and stove. All the lower cupboards are empty, they are of no use to me as is a refrigerator with a freezer on top…which causes me to stoop or bend to get anything or even see anything in the refrigerator section. I’ve had female guests visit and remark on how lovely my home is but mention they cannot see themselves in any of my mirrors. I’m going to take a look at those desk top raisers, maybe I can adapt them to my kitchen counters.