New cabinets are essential to any kitchen remodeling project, and you’ve got three options: Replace old ones or make them look new again by refacing them or refinishing them. This kitchen cabinets price guide includes costs all three options to assist you in budgeting for your kitchen remodeling project.
Types of New & Replacement Kitchen Cabinets
How much do new kitchen cabinets cost? The answer depends on which grade of cabinets you choose: Stock, semi-custom or fully custom cabinets. Here are the characteristics of each. Prices are compiled in the table below.
Stock kitchen cabinets: These are the pre-built wood or laminate/thermofoil cabinets stocked at home improvement stores and ready to ship from online sellers. Being the most affordable, their quality ranges only from fair to good. Unfinished wood cabinets and pre-finished cabinets are available in pine, oak, birch and possibly a few additional species depending on where you live. Laminate cabinets are produced in several colors. The selection door styles, shelving configuration and hardware styles is limited too. Widths are available from 9” to 48” in increments of 3”-6” from various manufacturers.
Semi-custom kitchen cabinets: These wood or laminate cabinets are built after you place your order. The term “semi-custom” refers to the options you have for combining wood species, finish color, sizes, door style, shelving configuration and hardware you prefer. Accessories such as crown molding and appliance side panels outside and pull-out drawers, a lazy Susan or pan slots inside give you more choices. Semi-custom kitchen cabinets range in quality from good to excellent. The most common domestic woods are red oak, white oak, pine, maple, cherry and walnut. Few exotic woods are used. A wider array of laminate colors is offered than in stock cabinets. A set number of cabinet widths from 9” to 48” or 60”, rising in 1” or 1.5” increments, are offered from various brands.
Custom kitchen cabinets: What sets apart custom from semi-custom cabinets is that there are no set sizes. The cabinets are only built once the space has been measured. Custom cabinets offer about the same number of options as semi-custom cabinets. A primary reason homeowners choose custom cabinets is that they have atypical kitchen space that won’t accommodate stock or semi-custom cabinet sizes. This is rarely the case in kitchen remodels where the space is gutted. You might also want custom kitchen cabinets if you’re planning a unique design for them or prefer a wood species not available in other cabinets.
Types of Refinished Kitchen Cabinets
Wood cabinets are refinished with the methods and materials used to refinish wood furniture. The old finish is removed chemically and/or with sandpaper, repairs are made where needed, and fresh stain and sealant are applied. You might prefer to paint the cabinets depending on the look you want to achieve.
The hardware is often replaced. Sometimes just the cabinet frames are refinished and the doors are replaced, often when the old door style is dated.
Types of Refaced Kitchen Cabinets
A new face can be applied to both cabinet frames and doors. There are many materials used to reface cabinets, but the most common are:
- Thermofoil/rigid thermofoil (RTF): A durable plastic, thermofoil is heated and molded over existing cabinetry
- Plastic laminate: Printed paper covered with a clear, durable layer of plastic
- Medium-density fiberboard (MDF): Composite material covered with laminate
- Genuine wood veneer
- Solid wood in 1/16” and 1/8” thicknesses
Kitchen Cabinet Costs and Prices Sorted by Type
This comprehensive cabinet pricing table allows you to compare all your options.
Table 1: Cost of Kitchen Cabinets: A Comparison at a Glance
|Cabinet Type||Material Cost/Linear Foot||Labor Cost||Total Cost/linear foot|
|Base custom cabinets||$300-$800||$25-$50/cabinet||$325-$825|
|Wall custom cabinets||$275-$725||$25-$50/cabinet||$300-$750|
|Base semi-custom cabinets||$175-$400||$25-$50/cabinet||$200-$425|
|Wall semi-custom cabinets||$125-$325||$25-$50/cabinet||$150-$350|
|Base stock cabinets||$35-$75||$25-$50/cabinet||$60-$100|
|Wall stock cabinets||$25-$60||$25-$50/cabinet||$50-$75|
|Refacing w/ solid wood||$90-$150||$20-$40/linear foot||$110-$190|
|Refacing w/ wood veneer||$40-$75||$20-$40/linear foot||$60-$115|
|Refacing w/ MDF/RFT/Plastic||$20-$40||$20-$40/linear foot||$40-$80|
|Refinishing w/ new doors||$20-$65||$30-$50||$50-$115|
|Refinishing w/o new doors||$1-$3||$20-$35||$21-$38|
Note 1: For cabinet refacing and refinishing, measure your wall and base cabinets separately, add the total linear feet and multiply that number by the total cost per linear foot.
Note 2: New hardware such as pulls, handles and hinges, cost $10-$50 per cabinet depending on the quality and the material used. Those prices are included in the new cabinets prices above; they are not included in the refacing and refinishing prices, since old hardware can be used.
Factors Affecting Cost
Beyond the quality of the cabinets and materials used, there are two keys affecting costs. One is the cost of living in your area. Urban centers in the East, West and Northwest have the highest costs of living. Smaller cities and rural areas in those regions have higher living costs than their counterparts in the Midwest and South.
The other factor is who does the work – and to some extent, who hires them. An experienced handyman can do a good job installing cabinets and will charge less than a kitchen contractor. Simply make sure the person or company you hire is licensed and insured for your protection. If you hire a general contractor or designer to handle hiring the contractors, that person or company will charge you a premium for that service.
Ways to Save on Your Cabinets
Removing old cabinets yourself, often along with the countertops, will save you $10-$15 per cabinet. If you do, the simplest method is to remove the base cabinets before the wall cabinets. Simply take precautions to avoid costly damage to flooring that isn’t being replaced.
The obvious way to reduce your cost is to choose refinishing or refacing over replacement or to choose stock cabinets over semi-stock or custom.
Installing your own cabinets will save money, of course, but wall cabinets must be hung very straight and base cabinets must be very level side to side and front to back or countertops won’t sit properly and might be prone to cracking or separating in the future.
The way to ensure you’ll have properly installed cabinets at the best price is to hire the installer rather than trusting the job to a general contractor or designer. The service we offer is free, and there’s no obligation. If you use it, you’ll receive free written estimates from pre-screened, license and insured kitchen installers that know they’re competing for the work.
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