Extra height is often coveted. Tall people can reach the top shelves without a step stool, see over crowds at concerts, and make a more formidable impression when necessary. But most average-sized people don’t understand the plight of the tall man (or woman). Aside from the comments about playing basketball and “the weather up there,” tall people have to endure homes that are primarily designed for the shorter folk.
There’s more bending, more back pain, and more bumped heads when you stand several inches above everyone else. So for all you tall people out there, we present tips on making your home more height-friendly for you.
In the bathroom
Stop bending to brush your teeth and wash your face! Hang a wall hung vanity at the height that you want it or go with an extra-tall vanity. (Standard vanity height is 32″.)
Don’t sit on the toilet with your knees up your nose. A comfort-height toilet is approximately two inches taller than a standard toilet, making it easier and more comfortable to sit down and get up.
Nothing ruins a great shower more than having to bend down to rinse yourself off. Use an adjustable shower arm to find the right height, preferably six inches higher than your height.
In the kitchen
Though deep kitchen sinks are popular nowadays (and for good reason – they hold more dishes!), a too-deep sink means bending and arm strain for taller people. Make sure that you can comfortably reach the bottom of your sink; if it’s an undermount sink, add approximately another inch of depth from your countertop.
Your kitchen faucet should also be high enough to ensure easy arm clearance. A high arc faucet is a good choice.
Raise your appliances whenever possible. If you have space for a wall oven, it will save your back.
Choose kitchen and dining tables, chairs, and stools in bar or counter height for easier access and more legroom.
Around the house
Low-hanging light fixtures are a no-no unless they’re over a table or other piece of furniture that is never moved. Always check the drop length before hanging a fixture to make sure that you won’t bump your head on it.
3 thoughts on “Designing the Tall Person’s Home”
This post was excellent!! As a six foot tall young, female, new homeowner, I’m so ready to remodel the kitchen and bathrooms to accommodate my height. Seeing the dishwasher at a height I wouldn’t have to bend over to load is a huge inspiration! Thank you for this!
Great! Glad we were able to inspire you, Jessica. Good luck with your new home – we’d love to see pictures when you’re done! If you need help finding taller vanities and other furnishings, feel free to contact our helpful and knowledgeable sales staff for assistance.
I would like to know how big tables, tubs, sinks, beds, etc for the tall pro basketballers compared to us puny humans.