Work surfaces in the average modern kitchen are approximately 36″ high (even lower for older kitchens that were built when people were shorter and men rarely participated). This has been found preferable for a 5′ 5″ person . Significant deviation from 5′ 5″ will result in poor ergonomics and thereby present the potential for injury. I’m 6′ 7″ tall. At some point I will design a kitchen optimized for my height or perhaps adjustable for multiple heights, but for now I use a few tricks to improve the ergonomics:
Raised Cutting Board for Tall People
Raised Cutting Board: Rather than raise the counter tops, why not raise the cutting board? Four legs will do the trick. Check out the full raised cutting post to see how you might make it.
Using a Stool at the Sink
I find using a stool at the kitchen sink to be an extremely effective way to deal with low sinks. It is an awesome way to wash vegetables or do the dishes. Admittedly, it is a bit of work open the cupboard doors and put a stool there, but you get used to it. And I only do it for lengthier tasks like washing vegetables and doing dishes. For shorter tasks like washing an apple, I will just lean my head against the kitchen cupboards to decrease the torque on my spine from leaning way over.
Sitting at Low Counters
I often sit at a chair or kneeling chair that I have selected that suits a table or overhanging kitchen counter to do a lot of the prep work.
The Sink Splits
This is a rather funny one. Before I realized I could use a stool to save myself from hunching way over at the sink, I used to do something I call the sink splits. To prevent my feet from sliding out, I would butt them up against the adjacent cabinet and the oven. The bonus is it’s a great stretch!
The Fridge Proposal and Cupboard Prayer
Sitting and kneeling let me get at the lower objects while maintaining good posture in the kitchen. At times the hard ground can get to my knees; perhaps I’ll try knee pads at some point. Of course a better solution for the fridge is to get one with a pull-out freezer drawer on the bottom.
What tall tricks do you use in the kitchen? Please post them in the comments.
 J. S. Ward and N. S. Kirk, “The Relation Between Some Anthropometric Dimensions and Preferred Working Surface Height in the Kitchen”, Ergonomics, 1970.