One of the biggest questions you’re likely asking about your kitchen remodel is how much you should expect to pay for cabinets?
It is impossible to set an accurate remodeling budget without knowing how much kitchen cabinets cost and what factors influence their pricing.
At Custom Built, our mission is to provide Mid-Michigan homeowners with their dream kitchen spaces. For the last 15+ years, we have delivered on this promise and built more than 100 kitchens for Lansing area residents.
In this article, you’ll learn about average costs for kitchen cabinets, along with factors that influence cabinet pricing:
What’s the cost of kitchen cabinets?
Small kitchen layout (15 - 24 Linear Feet)
Medium kitchen layout (25 - 35 Linear Feet)
Large kitchen layout (36 - 45 Linear Feet)
$10,000 - $15,000
$15,000 - $25,000
$28,000 - $40,000+
(Includes the removal of existing cabinets and reinstallation of new, high-quality cabinets).
During your research into kitchen cabinet pricing, you will likely find an incredibly wide range of prices from different sources. Some company sites may provide pricing as low as $2,000 while others quote as much as $50,000+.
A range this large isn’t very helpful. Numbers alone won’t indicate quality, and they don’t take into account the specific details of your space.
Using internet prices to determine how much you should expect to pay for cabinets may result in a very inaccurate remodeling budget.
The cost of your kitchen cabinets will depend greatly on the size of your kitchen space as well as how you choose to have them installed. Price ranges for the installation of new kitchen cabinets of different layout sizes are provided below.
Factors that influence the cost of your kitchen cabinets
There are several factors that influence how much kitchen cabinets might cost. These include:
Size of Your Kitchen
The size of your kitchen is a pivotal factor influencing the overall costs of your kitchen cabinets. Larger kitchens naturally require more cabinets to provide ample storage and workspace. This means a greater quantity of cabinet materials, finishes, and hardware, all of which contribute to the total cost.
Moreover, spacious kitchens often involve more complex design considerations, like islands, custom storage solutions, and specialized cabinetry. These elements can add to the overall expenses. Conversely, smaller kitchens may require fewer cabinets and less material, potentially reducing costs.
However, it's essential to note that customization and unique design features can offset this advantage. The key here is balance. A well-thought-out kitchen design, tailored to your specific needs and preferences, can help optimize costs, regardless of your kitchen's size.
Working closely with experienced designers can ensure your kitchen space is utilized efficiently and cost-effectively.
Installation Labor Costs
When it comes to the overall costs of kitchen cabinets, installation expenses play a pivotal role. While the cabinets themselves are a significant part of your budget, the quality of their installation is equally important.
The skill and precision of the installation team can impact the functionality and longevity of your kitchen cabinets. Professional installers ensure that your cabinets are level, secure, and seamlessly integrated into your kitchen's design. They handle delicate tasks such as aligning doors and drawers, making sure they operate smoothly.
While opting for skilled cabinet installation might seem like an added cost, it's a crucial investment in the longevity and functionality of your kitchen. Cutting corners here can lead to future headaches and additional expenses, making it an area where quality should not be compromised.
Working with a reputable design-build firm can help you find a balance between cabinet quality and professional installation within your budget.
Door Overlay Style
The door overlay style you select for your cabinets will impact their price. Typically, full and partial overlay doors are less expensive than inset doors.
Cabinet Door Style
Different cabinet door styles such as shaker, raised panel, or beveled edge will affect the cost of your cabinets.
Shaker-style doors tend to be the more affordable option whereas beveled and raised panel doors tend to be more expensive. This is because beveled and raised panel doors require more manufacturing to produce.
Cabinet Box Material
The material used to construct your cabinet boxes will impact their price. Two commonly used materials are furniture board and plywood. You can expect to spend more on cabinets constructed with plywood than furniture board.
Finished Surface Species of Wood
While your cabinet box may be constructed of another material, visible portions are often built with solid wood. The species of wood used for your finished surfaces will affect your cabinet price.
Poplar, pine, and oak tend to be less expensive, while species such as cherry, maple, and walnut tend to be more expensive.
Kitchen Cabinet Accessories
The accessory options you select for your cabinets will have an impact on your overall cost. Including soft-close hinges and glides, cabinet pull-out options, lazy susan shelves, trash cabinets, and glass front cabinets will naturally increase cabinet prices.
Paint and Stain Selection
Whether you select to paint or stain your cabinets will impact their cost as well.
Typically, you can expect to pay more for paint as opposed to a stain because more steps are required to complete the painting process. Custom colors typically cost more than standard color options as well.
Cabinet Crown Molding
You can select crown molding where your cabinets meet the ceiling to give them a different style. Crown molding cost will vary depending on the length required and the intricacy of the molding style.
Next steps for adding cabinets to your kitchen remodel
Planning a kitchen remodel can present a lot of challenges. Knowing what you can expect to pay for your cabinets will help you come up with a realistic budget.
At Custom Built, we have over 15+ years of experience designing and remodeling kitchen spaces in Mid-Michigan homes. We strive to not only create beautiful finished products but also to empower homeowners like yourself with knowledge about all aspects of kitchen remodeling.
Dianna Corsi is a highly experienced professional with over 14 years in the remodeling industry. She has lived in the Greater Lansing area for the last 3 decades and currently resides in Okemos. Dianna specializes in kitchen and bath projects, and currently holds the roles of Project Advisor and Cabinet Specialist with Custom Built Design & Remodeling. With her extensive knowledge of the remodeling industry, she is able to provide her clients with high-quality services that enhance their experience.