Despite what people think, there are many downsides to being tall, most of which occur in a domestic setting. The good news is that good home design can eliminate many of the problems that tall people face. This is especially easy to take into account in new construction, but minor modifications to your existing home can make a dwelling much more comfortable for tall people.
One hundred years ago, the average height of an American man was 2 inches smaller than it is now. Home builders build homes for average people, and provided you don’t fall too far from that average, the regular home is perfectly functional for you. However, I am 6 feet 5 inches tall and notice a lot of things in the regular home that don’t suit my posture, height and build. Any larger body will notice more problems and to a more serious extent. What I consider a minor inconvenience a tall person might consider a factor that makes a house uninhabitable. Let’s look at it piece by piece …
Cooked – Worktops, sinks, taps, etc. should be an inch or two taller to avoid stooping when preparing food. Exhaust air fans should be taller, like all light fixtures, to avoid head banging. The positioning of the handles on the drawers, cabinet and the fridge / freezer a little higher also helps. Much of this is only possible at the time of construction, but with the help of a good architect can be designed in your home.
Bathroom – probably the worst room in the house for a tall man. The shower head should be high enough so that you can stand up straight and still have a generous stream of water on your head. Not having to lean too far towards the shower controls is a good thing to have. Some vendors offer extra long baths, a must for the taller person who likes to submerge their whole body including knees in the water. The last problem in the bathroom is a mirror placed too low on the wall. There is nothing worse than bending your knees to get a view of your face while shaving.
Bedroom – the major problem here is the bed and its length. Sleigh bed designs, with the vertical plank at the end, are also to be avoided. Another tip here is to increase the height of your wardrobe hanger rails a bit to prevent your shirts from hitting the bottom floor of the wardrobe.