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How Much Do Custom Kitchen Cabinets Cost?

Homeowners who want to give their existing kitchens a makeover often replace the old cabinets with new ones. However, for homeowners who truly want to give their kitchens a unique and elegant touch, it's a good idea to have custom kitchen cabinets installed. This is a wonderful way to add character to any space and get cabinets that are just the right size. Read on to explore the common materials used in custom kitchen cabinetry, the advantages and disadvantages of going with custom kitchen cabinets and what factors can influence the overall cost.

The Costs 

  • The minimum reported cost for custom kitchen cabinets is about $12,000.
  • The maximum reported cost for custom kitchen cabinets is $40,000.
  • The average reported cost of custom kitchen cabinets is $25,000.

Numerous factors can influence the total price paid. For starters, the size of the kitchen and the number of cabinets needed has a huge impact on the total price of the project. The more cabinets needed, the more the project will cost. However, most companies actually charge less per cabinet as the number of cabinets ordered increases.

The types of materials used can also impact the cost of custom kitchen cabinets. After all, custom cabinets made of particleboard are going to be a lot less expensive than cabinets made of cherry wood. The types of accessories such as cabinet handles and knobs may also impact the overall price.

Furthermore, the area of the country where the custom cabinets are being manufactured can affect the cost of the project, especially when it comes to the availability of materials. For example, while red pine is very common and easy to come by in the midwest, a custom order of pine cabinets on the west coast may have to pay a bit more to have the materials shipped. Therefore, homeowners looking to save money are better off selecting materials that are readily available in their immediate areas rather than going with rare materials.

Finally, prices can vary from company to company, so the best way to ensure one is getting a fair deal is to shop around and request pricing quotes from a number of different companies before making a decision.

Common Materials Used

When homeowners have custom kitchen cabinets installed, one of the first decisions that needs to be made is the type of material to be used in the cabinets themselves. The opportunities are truly endless, but most custom kitchen cabinets these days are made of some type of premium or exotic wood. However, laminate is also an option for custom kitchen cabinets and is a good choice for those looking to save money.

These days, the most popular custom kitchen cabinet materials include:

  • White and red oak
  • Hard maple
  • Pine
  • Hickory and cherry
  • Medium-density fiber board

When it comes to the pricing of these materials, particle and fiber board tend to be the least expensive whereas maples and cherries are often a bit pricier.

Aside from the type of material used to create the cabinets themselves, however, homeowners must also consider the materials to be used for the cabinet hardware and other accessories. These days, brushed nickel is a popular look when it comes to cabinet hardware, though stainless steel is also a big contender. Finally, if the custom cabinets will have any cut-outs, then homeowners will also need to choose a particular type of glass.

Advantages of Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Homeowners considering the option of custom kitchen cabinets should also take the time to assess both the pros and potential cons of undertaking such a project. After all, while there are many great advantages to having custom cabinets installed, there are also some potential drawbacks that all homeowners should be aware of.

One of the greatest advantages to going with custom kitchen cabinets is that the possibilities are truly endless; homeowners can choose any size, shape and style of cabinet they want for their space, which allows the true personality of the homeowners' style to come out. With custom kitchen cabinets, it's possible to have things done that homeowners simply wouldn't be able to find in pre-fabricated cabinets.

Furthermore, installing custom kitchen cabinets also adds a great deal of value to the home itself. This is great if the homeowners are planning on trying to sell at some point down the road. Custom kitchen cabinets can be a truly wonderful selling point, especially considering the fact that today's prospective home buyers place a great deal of importance on kitchen space.

Finally, custom kitchen cabinets are a great option for homeowners with unique needs. For instance, homeowners who are bound to wheelchairs and have a hard time reaching traditional overhead cabinets can benefit greatly from custom cabinets made specifically with their needs in mind.

Disadvantages of Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Of course, like any major home improvement project, there are some potential drawbacks that come along with the installation of custom kitchen cabinets as well. For starters, there's the relatively high price tag. Because most homeowners spend around $25,000 on new custom cabinets alone, this isn't always an ideal option for those who are looking to renovate on a budget. Fortunately, new kitchen cabinets and kitchen upgrades in general are seen as one of the best home improvement projects a homeowner can make, especially because their return on investment is often so high.

Furthermore, custom kitchen cabinets tend to be more unique and tailored to the homeowners' tastes, so there is the possibility that the homeowners could have a hard time selling the home down the road if prospective buyers don't like the cabinets.


Overall, custom kitchen cabinets can be a great way to add a unique look and feel to any existing kitchen space. However, by being aware of the types of materials available, the pros and cons of custom cabinets, and what the expect in terms of cost, homeowners can be better prepared to make the decision that's right for them in the long run.

Last updated on May 24, 2016

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