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Cabinet Installation Costs

Whether you're outfitting a newly constructed house or simply remodeling an existing one, the kitchen is one space that will almost certainly take priority. The kitchen serves as the heart of the home in many ways, and some of the biggest items visible within the kitchen are the cabinets. The cost to install kitchen cabinets is certainly not set in stone, but this cost guide can better prepare homeowners for some of the most common expenses associated with all cabinet installation projects.

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National Install Cabinets Costs

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National Install Cabinets Costs
Average reported cost $4,173
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Minimum reported cost $65
Maximum reported cost $13,000
Most homeowners spent between: $2,420 to $4,549

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Table of Contents

  1. Kitchen Cabinets Cost (Total)
  2. Kitchen Cabinet Removal Cost
  3. Kitchen Cabinet Installation Cost
  4. Custom Kitchen Cabinets Cost
  5. Stock Kitchen Cabinets Cost
  6. How to Install Kitchen Cabinets
  7. Other Cabinet Remodeling Options
    1. Cabinet Refacing
    2. Cabinet Refinishing
    3. Cabinet Repair
    4. Cabinet Painting
  8. Cabinet Types & Materials
  9. Find A Pro

Kitchen Cabinets Cost (Total)

When it comes to cabinet installation, the overall cost depends on two key factors: materials and DIY or professional installation. Needless to say, if you use basic materials or stock cabinets over custom cabinets and higher-end materials, the overall cost will be less. In fact, custom cabinets can cost as much as $500 more per cabinet. If you’re installing more than five cabinets, that price difference really comes into play. Nonetheless, if you hire a pro, expect to pay roughly $4,000 for the entire cabinet project.

Kitchen Cabinet Removal Cost

If the project being tackled is a kitchen remodel or renovation, then the first thing that needs to be done is removing the existing cabinetry. Before new cabinets can be installed, the older items have to be removed from the wall and hauled away. While it’s certainly possible for DIY-savvy homeowners to remove kitchen cabinets themselves, this can be a labor-intensive job that might be better left to professionals. Experienced carpenters can remove cabinets without damaging the walls, which will end up saving money in the long run. On average, the cost of paying for professional kitchen cabinet removal is $300, but that number might rise depending on the size and weight of the cabinets. 

Kitchen Cabinet Installation Cost

With the old cabinets out of the way, we can talk about installation. Remember, the majority of the project cost will come from materials, but if you hire the pros, installation is not free.

After having your cabinets picked out, purchased and delivered to the home, professionals can install them safely and securely. The average cost of installation is $1,834, but this will depend on how quickly the project needs to be completed.

Kitchen Cabinet Removal Cost

Custom Kitchen Cabinets Cost

When it comes to the overall price of kitchen cabinets, one of the biggest determining factors will be whether the cabinets are ready-made and purchased from a store or customized to fit the exact decor and size of a home kitchen. As might be expected, customized kitchen cabinets are substantially more expensive. In fact, a single cabinet, of which a traditional kitchen typically has several, can cost around $800 including labor and materials. However, there are ways to reduce the overall expense of customized cabinets by choosing more affordable materials like pine wood instead of an exotic cherry wood.

Stock Kitchen Cabinets Cost

For homeowners who want to stick to a budget, purchasing ready-made cabinets for the kitchen may be a more affordable option. Thankfully, most stores offer a variety of choices, and the size variations should allow everyone to find the right shape and size to fit their existing kitchen layout. On average, the price of cabinets alone can range from $3,000 to $5,000, but that will be largely depend on the overall size of the kitchen. A general rule of thumb is to determine how many linear feet require cabinetry in the kitchen, and then multiply that number by $100 for basic cabinets, $200 for mid-range cabinets and $300 for upscale cabinets.

How to Install Kitchen Cabinets

While cabinet installation or remodeling for that matter is not typically a project reserved for homeowners, active DIYers can complete the project with minimal help from family and friends. Below is a quick overview of cabinet installation. For more insight, please see How To Install Kitchen Cabinets.

Step 1: Measure & Find Studs

Use a stud finder or try by hand. To locate a stud:

      • If you knock on the wall with a stud behind, it should sound solid.
      • If you knock on the wall with no stud behind it, it should sound hollow.
      • Press into the wall and see if it gives in a little. Chances are, if the wall holds firm, a stud is behind it.
      • Studs are generally 16” from each other in the U.S. If you know where one stud is, you should know where others are.

To measure, remember that most backsplashes take up at least 20”. Add that to the custom cabinet height (35”) and an extra inch for the counter, and your total measure should be 56”. Mark the studs with long vertical lines down (pencil).

Step 2: Hang A Support Board and Remove Cabinet Doors 

Installing upper kitchen cabinets can get heavy. The pros mount a beam to the wall so the cabinet can rest while installing. It also helps you keep the cabinet level. We recommend having a partner there with you. They can get heavy and tough to hold while drilling.

Also, remove the cabinet doors from your new kitchen cabinets. You might as well make them as light as possible.

Step 3: Attach Cabinets Together

Installing kitchen cabinets can be complex, so you should make the process as simple as possible. One way to do that is attaching two cabinets together before mounting on the wall. If you choose this easier route, make sure you clamp the two cabinets together to make sure they stay level while drilling.

Step 4: Hanging Kitchen Cabinets

Lift your cabinet onto the support beam. Your long vertical line indicating the stud should be right behind. Drill in two screws per stud.

If you see a space between the wall and your cabinet, don’t worry. Most old walls are not straight. If you have a crooked wall, add a shim behind it that matches the colors of the cabinet. It should blend in with the cabinet color. You should be able to nudge it in there and then detach the excess that is showing below the cabinet.

Step 5: Installing Base Kitchen Cabinets

Installing lower cabinets is much easier than uppers. First, find the high point on the floor and then measure the height of your cabinets. Mark this point on your wall. Place your cabinet along the wall and once again, add a shim if necessary. Drill in your screws. Once again, we recommend two screws per stud, one at the bottom and one at the top.

Other Cabinet Remodeling Options

Besides cabinet installation, there are other ways to upgrade your current cabinets. Fortunately, all are cheaper than installation, but none with have as large an effect as brand new cabinets.

The other cabinet remodeling options are:

      • Refacing
      • Refinishing
      • Repair
      • Painting

Cabinet Refacing

Refacing is essentially replacing all aspects of the cabinets you can see. That means replacing the door exterior, drawer exterior and cabinet handles. Some also cover the rest of the cabinet with a thin layer of veneer, but others skip this aspect of cabinet refacing.

Frequently, contractors will quote estimates based on the linear foot. Using basic materials in most markets, the price for material and professional refacing installation will be between $2,400 and $3,200.

If you need help with your cabinet project, let us connect you with a cabinet pro in your area for free!

Cabinet Refinishing

Cabinet refinishing means working with your current cabinets. Whether you sand, stain or repaint (more later), cabinet refinishing is a great way to upgrade your old and dated cabinets.

Bear in mind, this is not an easy project. You need to know how to strip and stain correctly to get the job done right. Otherwise, you could end up with worse cabinets than you started with.

According cabinet refinishing cost guide, most refinishing projects cost between $400 and $900.

Cabinet Repair

Anyone with kids will understand that cabinets can get damaged over time. Even the most durable cabinets or custom cabinets need a repair or two over its lifetime. Fortunately, most cabinet repairs are less than $500, but most will depend on the extent of the damage.

Cabinet Painting

As I touched on earlier, you can paint your kitchen cabinets. Before you jump at this opportunity, research the correct paint and primer for your cabinet material. The right primer can make all the difference.

Years of cabinet use can make your cabinets look dull and worn, but a good coat of paint will have them looking like new.

Kitchen Cabinets Cost

Cabinet Types & Materials

Much like your flooring, there are plenty of kitchen cabinet types and materials on the market. While current design trends have changed over the years, a few of these options are still prominent in kitchens across the country.

Some of the most popular kitchen cabinet types are:

      • Ready-To-Assemble (RTA) Kitchen Cabinets
      • Stock Kitchen Cabinets
      • Semi-Custom Kitchen Cabinets
      • Custom Kitchen Cabinets
      • Tall Kitchen Cabinets

Some of the most popular kitchen cabinet materials are:

      • Wood (Hickory, Walnut, Cherry, etc.)
      • Laminate
      • Plywood
      • Metal
      • Glass

Find A Pro

After seeing the various costs, projects, types and materials for your kitchen cabinets, are you ready to start your next home remodeling project? If so, ImproveNet can connect you with a kitchen cabinet pro for free!

Last updated on Aug 24, 2016

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