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At what height should the kitchen base units be set at before the worktops go on.

12 Answers from MyBuilder Kitchen Fitters

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Measure your plinth depth, add that measurement to the height of your unit, find the lowest point of your floor and set the level from there... that way you can scribe the plinths to the floor, rather than having gappy plinths as you work around the of worktop usually 900mm-910mm above finished floor.

So top of unit is usually 860-870mm above your floor covering.


Answered 31st Dec 2011

ideally your worktop height should be 900mm. set base units to about 860-870mm. hope this helps.
darren betts


Answered 28th Dec 2011

I fit kitchens for all major suppliers, and their plinths vary from 145mm to 180mm.DO NOT set units to fit plinth size. The base units are set at 870mm from floor. The plinth is then ripped to suit.
JOhn Davidson


Answered 29th Jan 2012

Hi ellie7792
I set base units at 860 - 870mm.
This height is not governed by the height of the plinth which should be trimmed (scribed) to fit.
Kind regards
Paul Sharpington


Answered 24th Jan 2012

TAKE CARE !,before you decide what height to set your base units(usually 850-880mm)check the height of any appliances that are to go under it !!!!.
Nothing worse than fitting a complete kitchen,tiling and all that then finding(as with Homebase/Wickes)that as the plinths are small you have set up to suit and then can't get the washing machine back in !!!!!- I GOT CAUGHT WITH THAT ONE- ONCE!!


Answered 6th Feb 2012

With most manufacturers the units are designed to sit at around 860 to 870mm to the top giving room to fit free standing appliances and a finished worktop height of around 900-910mm. You will find the plinth usually have plenty of trim room in cas the floor is un even.


Answered 13th Jan 2012

Usually the total height of work surface is 90-91cm, so the top of the units is 86-87.
Kind Regards


Answered 5th May 2012

Most kitchen unit are set to 870mm ex Worktops as most plinths are 150mm with total height being 910mm if you look at specs in most installation books they will tell you this as this allows for kitchen appliance to fit under counter
Martin Meehan


Answered 13th Jan 2012



Answered 28th Dec 2011

bottom of the work top should be at 900 mm that will give you enough room if you tiling underneath washing machine or dishwasher ...


Answered 28th Dec 2011

hi,normally 860mm if you are using 40mm worktops


Answered 28th Dec 2011

The base units are set at 870mm from floor but this can sometimes change depending on floor covering height so adjust if need be to allow appliances under the work tops if they are not intergrated and plinth are usually cut down


Answered 3rd Jul 2019

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