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Q: My wife and I are putting on an addition to our home and want to plan it carefully. What is the best height for a work surface such as a counter?

The right work height depends on the task you are doing. For most regular work around the home, you should try to position your hands at about elbow height. For precision, your hands should be 4-6 inches above elbow height. For heavier or more forceful work, or work which requires downward pressure, your hands should be 4-6 inches below elbow height.

This is an important, but often overlooked aspect of design. The correct work height will make your task easier and lessen your risk of injury.

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