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And if you like soft close cabinet doors, but sure to add the clip restrictors, too! They are little plastic clips that attach inside the hinge that restrict how far the cabinet door can be opened. Usually limits opening angle of the door to 86°. No more worries about doors banging into the fridge, walls or other cabinets. I'll never have cabinet doors without them, now. Bought in bulk and they were dirt cheap.

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The original article states, "Typically you want your forearms to be at or near level when you’re working at the countertop." However, most other sources I've found say the countertop should allow the forearm to rest at a 45-degree angle to the countertop, though this seems too low to me to prevent back strain unless it is a dough kneading surface. Some sources talk about height of countertop zones relative to the elbow, higher for general prep (3 to 5 inches below elbow), mid-level for range (5 to 6 inches below elbow) and lower for dough work (7 to 8 inches below elbow).

We're looking at a bi-level kitchen countertop to get our sink higher and reduce back strain. So far, with mocking up various countertop heights, 39" seems a good compromise for a one-level countertop for adults of the house who average 5'8". If we do bi-level, the sink could be 40" and the remainder of the countertops 38". After reading many posts on this topic, it would seem that users who find 36" too high are usually those who hover just above 5 feet in height. Many people in the mid- to upper-5-foot range seem to do well with countertop heights in the 37" to 39" range. People over 6 feet appear to prefer 41" or 42" countertops as a max height that still also allows shorter people to use the counters and maintains resale value.

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I am 5'1" and 36" is his for me...especially since our cabinets were placed on top of the wood floor. Our bathroom cabinets are at 34 1/2" vs. the standard lower height. It is a good compromise. I once rented a place with 36" counters in the bathroom and I could hardly wash my face.


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