I’ve been gradually adapting my house to be more tall friendly. One of the first things I wanted to do was to somehow deal with the kitchen counter-tops being too low. What I wanted to avoid though was affecting the resale value, which somewhat limited my options. My raised cutting board was a big help but I still wanted to raise other counter top areas. So that’s where the raised kitchen island came in.
This was a fairly easy adaptation as the current kitchen island is just a basic wooden cart design, not built into the kitchen. All I had to do was cut the current legs just above where the wheels were mounted and then attach some longer wooden legs. The tricky part was holding it while drilling at an angle. A Kreg Jig could have helped with that.
The height I decided to go with was 42″. At 6′7″, this is still way too low for me, but is a decent compromise for myself and my 5′8″ girlfriend. Besides, it's kind of a flimsy kitchen island and it would start too feel and look rather unwieldy if I raised it much more. And I still have my 48″ height work surface I get from my raised cutting board.
This kind of basic kitchen island is quite common. You can find an example in the image link above. It could be raised similarly to what I have done; just cut above the wheels and screw on some square wooden legs. And there you have it, a simple raised kitchen island that can save us from hunching over!
There is an alternative to the raised kitchen island I will be posting about soon and some people might prefer it. I'll give you a hint: You either have to be wealthy or an engineer to achieve it. Hopefully that get's your 'gears' spinning.