Diving Into the Costs of Kitchen Cabinetry

Kitchen cabinetry is the most expensive component of a kitchen remodel, accounting for up to half of the total cost. Whether you want to change outdated cabinets or add more storage space, you will need to plan a healthy amount of money to change out cabinets. Many factors affect the price and can quickly add up to more than your budget. Find out the various factors and costs to help make the most cost-effective option for your kitchen needs and desires. 

What affects the cost of kitchen cabinets?

Several factors influence kitchen cabinets' price as many hands create the trail leading from the wood to the kitchen. First, the cabinet maker needs the wood and supplies. Next, cabinets come in customizable, semi-customizable, and stock options to suit all budgets and needs. 

In addition, the cost of drawers, pulls, organizers, and inner shelving affect the cost. The quality of the products and the construction can further increase or decrease the price. Add in finishes such as stains, glazes, paints, hinges, and other hardware, adding to the finished cost. 

Cabinets also require transportation from the manufacturer to the store or to your home. Then a contractor needs to measure and install the cabinets with a crew. All of the components make up the higher than expected cost of cabinetry. Some of these have a greater impact on cost than others, and you may be willing to spend more for some of these qualities while others are less important to you.

As simple as it may appear to install new kitchen cabinets, there are some important considerations when selecting the right ones. Homeowners should assess their current cabinets to see if there are any locations where more room or a different layout is required as the number of cabinets and size increase along with the price. Your budget will determine which options will work best for your needs. 

How much does it cost to put new cabinets in a kitchen?

Cabinets can cost up to $15,000 for a pretty straightforward renovation with a budget of roughly $30,000. However, the cabinets might quickly deplete your money due to their size and foundational characteristics. Take a look at the various factors and upgrades to determine the costs. 

Stock cabinets are a popular choice among homeowners who want to save money while still improving the style of their kitchen. However, the average cost of installing stock cabinets is between $100 and $300 per linear foot. On the other hand, custom kitchen cabinets cost up to $1,200 per linear foot, including installation, which are much more expensive than most stock cabinet options. 

The type of material you choose for your kitchen cabinets has a big impact on the price. For example, wood veneer costs between $2,000 to $15,000, while other options range from $4000 to $38,000, such as laminate, wood, acrylic, and stainless steel.

Next, the type of framing increases the cost too. Framed cabinets reveal the rails and stiles and have a flat front frame for the door. This cabinet costs $5,000 to $20,000 or more. Frameless cabinets suspend the door with a heavier box and are more adjustable. Frameless cabinets might cost $6,000 to $30,000 or more.

The size of the kitchen determines the number of cabinets that must be changed. For example, new kitchen cabinets for a 10-foot-by-10-foot kitchen might cost as little as $2,000 or as much as $24,000, depending on quality and customization.

Nearly half of the cost of kitchen cabinets is made up of labor and installation fees. It is a time-consuming operation that requires skill and meticulous attention to detail to ensure that the cabinets are precisely sized and placed to avoid leveling concerns. Labor and installation costs range between $130 and $200 per cabinet.

How many cabinets are in an average kitchen?

On average, kitchens measure between 100 and 200 square feet. The majority of the differences in size are due to the size of your home. A small city apartment's kitchen might be 70 square feet; a suburban mini-kitchen mansions might be 700 square feet.

A 10x10 kitchen is often used as a reference point by kitchen designers and cabinet retailers, and this size contains 12 cabinets. Therefore, this standard can be used to compare pricing between different retailers or cabinet treatments. On the other hand, your kitchen is unlikely to be a perfect 10x10 foot square as most kitchens vary in size and shape. 

Nonetheless, you may get a general sense of how many cabinets you can fit into a given space using this method. For example, if you are expanding your kitchen, count the number of cabinets you already have and then measure the new square footage to add the number of necessary cabinets for your space. 

How much do cabinets cost for a 12x12 kitchen?

Cabinets for a 12 by 12-foot kitchen range from $2,500 to $29,000. This is more in line with the average kitchen size in American households. However, a home with an open floor plan may have less room for cabinets but still require cabinets on an island. 

How much should I budget for kitchen cabinets?

Figure out your budget for the entire renovation, and then plan about 30 to 50 percent for the cabinets. If it's under $15,000, consider refacing the cabinet instead to save money if necessary. Refacing cabinets can reduce the price to about 30 to 250 percent of your budget. If you plan to have higher-end finishes and materials, you may need to budget a little higher. However, you can plan for the lower end of the budget for stock cabinets and standard options. 

Conclusion

The cost of new cabinetry for the kitchen depends on various factors, including size, finish, materials, and labor. On average, customers who choose low-end finishes with stock cabinets spend around $12,000. As the options improve, the prices go up accordingly. 

On the bright side, new cabinets are a quick and easy method to update your kitchen and increase the value of your property. And, as far as home renovations go, they are rather quick and simple to complete. However, they are not inexpensive, and because costs may quickly spiral out of control, understanding what to look for and how to buy is an important element of installing cabinetry.

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