Kitchen - Kitchen and work surface height guide. (BS 8300 Section 12.1 & HVN Best Practice)


  1. SOCKET 150mm above work surface.
    (A) SWITCH - to raise or lower electrically adjustable worktop to ensure safe/comfortable use of cooker or sink.
    (B) HEIGHT - 760mm minimum height of work surface specifically for wheelchair users. A work surface should not be more then 600mm deep to allow wheelchair users to access the preparation area and to reach the back wall.
    (C) KNEE RECESS - 700mm minimum clear height from floor to the underneath of work  surface. Where a knee recess is provided under a hob, its underside should be insulated to avoid harm to a person who has little or no feeling in their legs.
  3. CABINET with deep pan drawers.
  4. PULL-OUT BOARD above floor mounted cupboard unit. Circular cut-out optional.
  5. CUPBOARDS 1625mm max. height reachable by ambulant disabled people.
  6. FRIDGE FREEZER. 1150mm max. shelf height to allow reach from wheelchair.
  7. CUPBOARDS with sliding doors that contain pull-out shelves.
  8. TASK LIGHTING from ceiling and under cabinet.
  10. CONTROLS FOR AN OVEN AND GRILL intended for use by wheelchair users should be no higher than 1050mm and no lower than 700mm from the floor, with display panels no higher than 1200mm from the floor.
  11. MICROWAVE OVENS should either be located on a work surface or mounted so that the base of the oven is no higher than 850mm from the floor and its controls no higher than 1150mm from the floor.

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