Kitchen Cabinets Installation Cost

The average cost of installing kitchen cabinets is $,6,412 - $11,400.

In this guide

Cost factors
Measurements
Sizing
Comparing cabinets
Types of cabinets
Features
Materials
Design

How much does it cost to install cabinets in a kitchen?

Updated kitchen cabinets are both functional and they refresh a home’s appearance. You spend a lot of time in the kitchen and so does your family, so having a nice, easy-to-use room is essential. In addition, kitchen remodels recoup up to 70 percent of the cost if you decide to sell your home.

The cost of standard kitchen cabinets ranges from $160-$380 per linear foot, depending on the type of cabinets you install. If you opt to install custom cabinets then you will be looking at $500-$1,500 per linear foot. The total cost for 30 linear feet of medium-priced standard mid level cabinets/RTA cabinets installed averages $6,412.

Cost factors

Ultimately, the size of your kitchen is going to determine the cost of the cabinets. A larger area with additional cabinets will cost significantly more. Also, is it a new installation or a replacement? A new installation is much easier and requires no removal of old cabinets or demo work. If you must have the old cabinets removed then a carpenter or handyman will charge an average of $60-$90 per hour to tear out old cabinets and customize various installation aspects, such as affixing custom molding. It takes a handyman approximately 1.5 hours to install each cabinet. The shape of your kitchen might also affect the price. If there are numerous curves or windows then the cabinet might require customization to fit.

The type of wood cabinets you decide to install will also affect the price. Remember, the final cost varies greatly depending on the materials. For example, mid-range kitchen cabinets average $200-$250 per cabinet, stock MDF cabinets average $100-$280 per linear foot, semi-custom cabinets range from $200-$550 per linear foot depending on the type of wood, and custom cabinets average $500 to $1,200 per linear foot, while steel cabinets average $1,000 to $1,500 per linear foot and acrylic cabinets are sold per cabinet and average $5,000-$20,000. To arrive at an accurate price estimate you must determine how many cabinets you will require, the type of cabinets, and the size of the area measured in linear feet.

Measurements

Here are the steps required to measure for kitchen cabinets:

  • Make a sketch of the kitchen. Make marks on the sketch to indicate any windows or appliances.
  • Measure from floor to ceiling where you plan on placing your cabinets. Record the measurement on your sketch. Repeat this everywhere in the kitchen that you plan on installing a cabinet.
  • Measure the width of the walls from corner to corner. Write the numbers on the blueprint 1.
  • Record the measurements that go from floor to windowsill, if there is a window.
  • Write down the measurements for objects such as sink, windows, and oven.
  • Draw on the blueprint any power outlets, light switches, range outlets, or ventilation shafts.
  • Measure the width and depth of each cabinet. Record them on your blueprint in the spaces where they will go. Remember, a standard base cabinet stands 36 inches tall and has a depth of 24 inches. Wall cabinets have a depth of 12 inches, but will have differing heights depending on the style and height of your ceiling.
  • Once you have a good idea of size and measurements, then you can determine how many cabinets will fit into your kitchen blueprint.

Sizing

Standard cabinets are always the same size. However, custom cabinets can differ dramatically. Base cabinets measure 36 inches high by 24 inches deep. Custom cabinets are often 27 inches deep. The cabinets sit atop a 4-inch recessed riser. Upper cabinets measure 12 inches deep but customs cabinets might measure 17 inches deep. The upper cabinet will always be positioned 18 inches above the countertop and measure from 30 to 42 inches tall. There is normally an 18-inch backsplash 2. Tall cabinets average 83.5 inches in height. They are often used as a broom closet or pantry.

Comparing cabinets

You are probably wondering what are the pros and cons of each cabinet type. There are three main types of cabinets: budget, mid-level, and premium.

Type of cabinetProsCons

Budget cabinets

($70-$100/l.f.)

Affordable

Often have real wood doors with MDF shelving

Thinly veneered 3 particle board 4 construction

Very few styles or trim options

Usually do not come assembled

Mid-level cabinets/RTA

($100-$280/l.f.)

Made-to-order

Custom options are available

Nice materials such as real wood

Full MDF boxes

Crown molding 5

Already assembled

Rim

Accessories included

Boxes are thin veneered wood instead of real wood

Premium cabinets/ Semi customizable

($200-$550/l.f.)

Numerous styles

Lots of storage options

Plywood 6 boxes

Premium hardware

Width measured in ¼ inch increments

Often costs as much as custom cabinets

Custom cabinets

($500-$1,200/l.f.)

Endless styles

Can be built of any material

Built to fit your kitchen's unique design

Expensive

Installation takes longer because each cabinet is custom designed and manufactured


Types of cabinets

When shopping for cabinets, you will find a variety of standard-sized units to fit in your kitchen.

You can purchase the following types of cabinets:

  • Wall cabinets which hang above the countertop.
  • Base cabinets which support the countertop.
  • Specialty or utility cabinets act as pantries, broom closets, etc.. They are typically tall and narrow.
  • Corner cabinets fit into the corner. They often contain a lazy susan or pull out trash holder.

Features

There are several nice features that you can choose from, such as self-closing to prevent the cabinet doors from banging shut, roll-out islands 7 to place trash receptacles, pull out shelves so you can clearly see what is in each cabinet, double trash cabinets, ironing board pullouts, ergonomic drawers, vertical dividers for cooking sheets, corner storage, and cabinets with a lazy susan. Such features can be plain or fancy. Spice pullouts average $245 per linear foot and wine racks run $100-$400. Pullout cabinets and slide out organizers average around $400 per cabinet. The prices vary dramatically depending on the type, manufacturer, and materials.

Materials

You can purchase kitchen cabinets made of numerous types of materials and designs to fit every taste and decor. Plywood 6, MDF, veneer, and particle board 4 are the most affordable. Hardwood varies depending on the type of wood. Steel and acrylic are both high end materials.

TypeProsCons

Plywood, MDF, wood veneer, and particle board

($100-$280/l.f.)

Affordable

Easy to clean

Resistant to stains and water

Cannot cover or fix flaws

The adhesive that holds it together can become weak over time causing the cabinet to disintegrate

May swell in humidit

Hardwood

(Maple, oak, white oak 8, redwood 9, cherry, and birch)

($200-$550/l.f.)

Beautiful

Durable

Easy to fix scuffs or scratches with wood filler

Easy to repair if they break

Water from the sink can rot or discolor the wood

Can easily scratch

May warp in humid regions

Steel

($1,000 to $1,500/l.f.)

Easy to clean

Durable

Resists rust, stains, and water

Expensive

Absorbs heat

Can become dented

Acrylic

($5,000-$20,000/cabinet)

Resistant to moisture

Scratch resistant

Available in a variety of colors

Easy to clean

Withstands wear and tear

Very expensive

Fingerprints can mar the surface

May stain


The type of cabinet material you choose depends on your budget and taste. Although steel cabinets and acrylic are very high end, they may not fit into your home’s decor. Ideally, you should study all of the pros and cons to decide which one fits your needs.

Design

You have several choices when it comes to cabinets–framed versus frameless or shaker versus raised. Each one gives your kitchen a different look. If your home boasts a contemporary style then you might want to go with a frameless cabinet, but if you love the appearance of a country kitchen then a framed cabinet might be ideal.

Types
Pros
Cons
Framed

Available in a multitude of materials

Hangs well on even or uneven walls

Many styles

Affordable

Constructed of light materials

Less accessible

Takes more time to hang

Frameless

Contemporary

Easy to hang

Accessible

Made of durable materials

Expensive

May warp

Few colors or styles to choose between

Shaker

Made of many materials and woods

Easy to access

Often in frameless construction

Readily available

Affordable

Often requires tall cabinets to reach the ceiling

Requires more maintenance

Not very many decorative choices

Raised

Widely available

Many kinds of wood and design choices

May have decorative molding or edging

Easy maintenance

Expensive

Difficult to obtain in frameless


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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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1 Blueprint: A technical drawing of an architectural design. Traditionally these were made using a printing process that produced a white line on a blue background. They can also be made with CAD software and a large-scale printer
2 Backsplash: The upright surface, often made of tile, behind a kitchen counter, sink, or stove, that protects the wall from damage from splatter due to kitchen activities
3 Veneered: A thin layer of decorative finishing applied to a coarser construction material
4 Particle board: An engineered wood product used in construction projects and composed of wood chips, sawmill shavings, and/or sawdust and a suitable binding agent, such as resin.
5 Crown molding: A decorative finish that adds interest to the area where the top of a window meets the wall, or lines the area where the wall meets the ceiling
6 Plywood: An engineered construction material manufactured from thin slices of wood glued together in alternating grain patterns for strength
7 Islands: A kitchen counter that is not attached to walls or other surfaces, and that can be accessed from all sides
8 White oak: A higher-quality hardwood commonly found in eastern North America. It is used for construction, fencing, flooring, shipbuilding, making wine barrels, and in home interiors
9 Redwood: Tree with reddish colored timber

Cost to install cabinets in a kitchen varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Arlington, TX
+6%
Arvada, CO
-3%
Athens, GA
-9%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Banning, CA
-6%
Baton Rouge, LA
+19%
Boston, MA
+40%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Canonsburg, PA
+15%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Corona, CA
+19%
Dallas, GA
-19%
Davis, CA
+24%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Easton, PA
+13%
Emerson, NJ
+26%
Fairburn, GA
-9%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Fresno, CA
-6%
Greensboro, NC
-9%
Irvine, CA
+23%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Kissimmee, FL
-20%
La Quinta, CA
-6%
Lake Worth, FL
-2%
Lakewood, CA
+16%
Leominster, MA
+11%
Lexington, KY
+1%
Lilburn, GA
+16%
Long Beach, CA
+16%
Manchester, CT
+23%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Miami, FL
+1%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
New York, NY
+77%
Newark, NJ
+27%
Oklahoma City, OK
-12%
Old Bridge, NJ
+36%
Palmdale, CA
+9%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Portland, OR
+11%
Pueblo, CO
-18%
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
+23%
Richmond, VA
+4%

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