Metric Data 01 Average dimensions of person standing

Metric Data 01: Average dimensions of man and woman standing

In Metric Data 01 we look at the average dimensions of a man standing and the average dimensions of a woman standing. This includes details such as average male height, average female height, average reach dimensions and much more. These dimensions are useful when planning spaces and developing designs.

Scroll to the end to download this article as a handy PDF guide!

The format of our metric data posts will follow the same layout for each post. First we will demonstrate the dimensions and heights in a series of images. Then we will list out all of the dimensions we have demonstrated in the images. You can then download the pdf of all the dimensions. Finally, you can get the cad drawings of the dimensioned images for your own use. These are available to purchase from our shop for a very small contribution.

Average dimensions of woman standing


  • Upward reach dimension of average woman: 1970mm
  • Top of head height of average woman (average female height): 1650mm
  • Eye level of average woman: 1545mm
  • Shoulder height average woman: 1355mm
  • Shoulder width of average woman: 405mm 
  • Side reach of average woman: 820mm
  • Full reach finger to finger of average woman: 1650mm
  • Forward reach of average woman: 705mm
  • Knuckle height of average woman: 740mm
  • Hip width of average woman: 400mm


Average dimensions of man standing


  • Upward reach dimension of average man: 2120mm
  • Top of head height of average man (average male height): 1740mm
  • Eye level of average man: 1635mm
  • Shoulder height average man: 1430mm
  • Shoulder width of average man: 460mm
  • Side reach of average man: 885mm
  • Full reach finger to finger of average man: 1790mm
  • Forward reach of average man: 780mm
  • Knuckle height of average man: 770mm
  • Hip width of average man: 370mm

01 Dimensions of woman standing02 Upward reach of average woman03 Top of head height of average woman04 Eye level of average woman05 Shoulder height of average woman06 Side reach of average woman07 Full reach of average woman08 Forward reach of average woman09 Knuckle height of average woman10 Hip width of average woman

11 Dimensions of man standing12 Upward reach of average man13 Top of head height of average man14 Eye level of average man15 Shoulder height of average man16 Shoulder width of average man17 Side reach of average man18 Full reach of average man19 Forward reach of average man20 Knuckle height of average man21 Hip width of average man

Make sure you download the pdf guide that goes with this post by filling in your info below. And get your copy of the cad files too by heading over to the FIA shop.

This is the first in our Metric Data series, and we have many more to come. If there is something specific you would like to see in this series, please let us know and we can get it sorted. 

Information based on average data for British men and women.

Other recent posts…

Introduction to Beam and Block Floors

Introduction to Beam and Block Floors

What are Beam and Block Floors? There are two types of concrete floor system commonly used in residential construction; ground bearing and suspended. In this article we will be focusing on the suspended concrete floor, particularly beam and block floors. The suspended...

Detail Library – New Details May 2024

Detail Library – New Details May 2024

New Details Something a little different this month. We have been talking about a template of construction build ups for some time now, and it is finally here! The construction build up template provides a large range of different construction assemblies that can be...

Detail Post – Foundation Details

Detail Post – Foundation Details

The following post includes excerpts from our book Understanding Architectural Details - Residential, 4th Edition. Understanding Foundation Details The main role of foundations is to structurally support the building by transferring the loads of the building through...

1 Comment

  1. pls same metriske data for teens


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.