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How Much Do Kitchen Base Cabinets Cost?

Base kitchen cabinets are located below the countertops themselves and are often used for the storage of pots and pans, small kitchen appliances and silverware. For homeowners looking to save money on a kitchen remodeling project, try replacing only the base kitchen cabinets as opposed to replacing all the cabinets in the space.

Read on to learn more about the materials commonly used in base kitchen cabinets, the pros and cons of having new base kitchen cabinets installed, and which factors can most influence cost when having new base cabinets put in.

The Costs 

  • The minimum reported cost is $250 per linear foot.
  • The maximum reported cost is $400 per linear foot.
  • The average reported cost is around $325 per linear foot.

Many factors can influence the total cost of new base cabinet installation, so it's important for homeowners to keep these in mind and to shop around with various contractors in order to find the deal that's best for their needs.

For starters, the type of base cabinet configuration needed can have a great impact on overall cost. For example, it may be possible to have ready-to-assemble base cabinets installed for as little as a few thousand dollars, but for those who want semi-custom or fully custom base cabinets, that price can be tenfold.

Furthermore, because most companies will charge by the linear foot for base cabinet installation, the number and size of cabinets needed will also influence the overall cost. The average base cabinet, for example, measures around 24 inches deep and 36 inches tall. However, based on the specific kitchen space, the depth may need to be increased or decreased to suit the space and the homeowners' needs.

Finally, the location of the home can also have an impact on the cost, especially when it comes to materials. For materials that are harder to come by, it may be necessary to have them shipped from across the country or even from another country altogether. When this is the case, the cost of the materials can easily be doubled. This is why homeowners are encouraged to stick with cabinet materials that are easily found in their area, especially for those who want to save money.


When it comes to base kitchen cabinet materials, the options are essentially endless. However, there are four main types of materials used. These include:

  • Ready to assemble
  • Stock
  • Semi-custom
  • Custom 

Generally, ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinet materials tend to be lackluster in overall quality and durability. However, they also tend to be among the most affordable base cabinet materials available. Some examples of materials used in ready-to-assemble base cabinets include particleboard, fiberboard, and laminate. Because these come ready to put together, homeowners have the option of attempting to install these cabinets themselves, but it's always a good idea to hire a professional.

Stock base cabinets, on the other hand, tend to be a little better in terms of quality and durability. However, they must be constructed on-site by a professional. Furthermore, stock units come in limited sizes, so they may not be ideal for homeowners who need especially large or small cabinets. The common materials used in these types include particle board, plastic laminate or even solid wood in some cases.

Semi-custom and custom cabinets offer a bit more in terms of options, style and quality. However, they also tend to be on the higher end of the price spectrum because homeowners can select their own materials, hardware and size. Some common materials used in these types of cabinets include hardwoods such as cherry, pine and oak.

Advantages of Base Kitchen Cabinets

Before making a decision when it comes to new base kitchen cabinets, it's a good idea for homeowners to weigh both the benefits and possible drawbacks of having new base kitchen cabinets installed in their homes.

There are many advantages that come along with having new base kitchen cabinets installed. For starters, new cabinets can have a great impact on the overall look and feel of the existing kitchen space. Cabinets can add better functionality to the space as well.

For those looking to sell their homes in the near future, new base kitchen cabinets can also offer a great return on investment while being an attractive selling point. These days, home buyers place a great amount of importance on whether a home's kitchen is up-to-date or not. Homes with updated kitchens are much more likely to receive an offer than those without up-to-date kitchens.

Disadvantages of Base Kitchen Cabinets

Of course, having new base kitchen cabinets installed can be a bit pricey. Most homeowners pay around $325 per linear foot of new base cabinets. When taking into consideration that most kitchens require at least 25 linear feet of cabinets, the cost can easily jump into the tens of thousands of dollars. This is no small sum of money for many homeowners.

Furthermore, having new base cabinets installed often means that new top cabinets need to be installed; otherwise, the kitchen space may appear to be mismatched. This adds at least another $10,000 or so onto the project.


There's a lot to learn about new base cabinet installation, especially for homeowners considering it. By being aware of the material options, pros and cons, and influencing cost factors, homeowners can make a decision that's best for them and their needs.

Last updated on Feb 18, 2015

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