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Average cost for Kitchen Cabinets ranges from
$2,312 – $12,115

The average cost for kitchen cabinets is $5,277 for materials and installation. Hiring a cabinet pro, you will likely spend between $2,312 – $12,115 for new cabinets. The price of kitchen cabinets can vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). Get free estimates from pros near you.

How much do kitchen cabinets cost?

Author: Daniel W.
Millions of people ask HomeGuide for cost estimates every year. We track the estimates they get from local companies, then we share those prices with you.

The Cost of Kitchen Cabinets (with Examples)


Spending on kitchen remodeling is increasing across the country, and it’s not just for preparing the home for resale. In a recent study by Houzz, data shows that of the homeowners who did a kitchen renovation, a third said they were living a healthier lifestyle since the renovation. Changes included cooking more meals at home, eating more vegetables and fruit, spending double the family time together, and having more sit-down meals. But how much does it cost?

This pricing guide covers:

Kitchen Cabinets Cost

Kitchen cabinet installation quotes are either based on a standard sized kitchen (10’ x 10’ or a 10’ x 12’ kitchen) or on the linear foot measurements for the cabinets. The average homeowner in the US will spend in the region of $5,000 for cabinets of average quality in an average kitchen.

The average cost per linear foot for kitchen cabinets is:

  • For preassembled, on-the-shelf kitchen cabinets: $60–$280 per linear foot
  • Semi-custom cabinets: $100–$550 per linear foot
  • Custom cabinets: $500–$1,200 per linear foot

Kitchen Cabinets Labor Costs

Usually the cost of labor is equal to your cost for the materials, so if your cabinets cost $5,000, so will your contractor. The reason why it can be pricey is that the contractor also has to pay employees and subcontractors, insure the business, and update licensing requirements yearly. Yes, a handyman might be cheaper, but could end up costing a much higher price if s/he gets injured in your home or doesn’t carry out what was promised.

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Costs can vary wildly based on the work you need done too. DPC Construction Texas Painting in Austin, TX, says “Trim-Doors-Cabinets/paint or stain depends on size and material, no set price.” Even something as simple as staining kitchen cabinets can vary depending on the type of wood being stained, how many cabinets there are, and how many coats that wood type will need to take the stain properly.

If you already have custom built cabinets, you may want to research the cost of cabinet refacing versus installing new cabinets. It's about half price when you consider the labor costs of new cabinets.

Types of Kitchen Cabinets

Preassembled cabinets - (10% of the market)

These cabinets will usually be in stock or available for order. They are usually suited to kitchens of a standard 10’ x10’ or 10’ x 12’ and generally available in

  • Increments of 3”
  • From 12”–60” wide
  • A standard height of 30”–36”
  • An above-stove unit height of 12”-18”

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Semi-custom cabinets – (36% of the market)

Semi-custom cabinets offer a wide selection of options in relation to the types of finishes, the wood, and the different options for storage beyond shelves and drawers: dividers, shelves that pull out, rotating shelves, and Lazy Susans. Normally these are produced in the same dimensions as the preassembled or stock cabinets.

Custom cabinets - (40% of the market)

For homeowners who want a more unique design for their kitchen, an eye for the exquisite, and a budget to match. Working with a cabinet designer will afford the homeowner the opportunity to add serious wow factors to their kitchens.

Visiting a contractor’s showroom like Kitchen and Bath Remodeling and Accessories in Spring, TX, might give you a better visual of all your options in cabinet sizes, styles, quality, and add-ons.

Cabinet Size Options

The three sizes of cabinet in your kitchen are:

Base cabinets

Usually between 34 & ½” and 36” and installed on the floor. They will have your countertop mounted on top of them, and your sink will sit in the top of one of them.

Kitchen Cabinets Sizes

Wall cabinets

Typically these come in heights of 12”, 15”, 18”, 30”, 36” & 42”; and measure between 12” to 18” deep. They are installed above the counter, over the stove, and over the fridge.

Tall cabinets

Ranging between 98” and 94” tall and between 12” to 18” deep, they are installed where there is no countertop, and they are mostly utilized for pantries.

Width

Most manufacturers create kitchen cabinets 12”, 24” 36”, 48”, and 60” wide. Where a cabinet is placed often determines its width. For example, a typical cabinet over your stove is normally the same width as your stove, which also allows it to house a typical microwave or fan vent for your stove. Cabinets between 24”–36” typically have shelves and drawers. The narrower 12” kitchen cabinet is frequently used to fill in space and is used for the storage of small, long items in your kitchen.

Cabinet Materials – Wood & Finish

Cabinets are generally constructed from particleboard, medium density fiberboard (MDF) and plywood, and wood and come finished/treated to prevent damage from the moisture in the air which occurs as a result of cooking. When wood is in an environment that allows for repeated exposure to moisture and damp conditions, it will warp and become uneven. If you are getting unfinished cabinets installed, either you or your installer will have to have a finish applied to all of the cabinet walls.

When choosing your wood, keep in mind its durability/resistance to dents, the grain of the wood, how well it absorbs stain, and the color it will age to over time. If you think you might want to paint your cabinets down the road, opt for wood with a tighter grain, because loose-grained wood may need filler before painting. In order of low to high cost, the types of wood used for cabinets include:

Ash – A coarse straight grain and has great overall strength. Absorbs stains evenly.

Oak – Oak is unusually strong and yet its fibers absorb stain perfectly. Oak is an easy wood to clean and an inexpensive and very popular hardwood. White oak has straighter grains than red oak. Absorbs stains evenly.

Birch – Lends itself well to treatments like staining, painting, faux marbling, etc. Often referred to as the poor man’s maple, this durable wood can be finished to look like maple, mahogany, or walnut. White birch can blotch if not prepared for staining.

Pine – An extremely porous wood that often takes more than the average number of coats when applying a finish. A great environmentally friendly option because of the pace at which pine trees grow. This wood has an affordable price point. Absorbs stains evenly.

Cherry Kitchen Cabinets
Pine Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Maple – A durable, strong wood that takes stain well. Prices in all categories depend on hardness and availability. Stain can blotch if not prepared for stain.

Hickory – Very strong—to the point that the cabinets can last for decades. Stains remain on the surface instead of soaking into the wood, giving it a longer curing/drying time.

Bamboo – Environmentally friendly because it grows so fast. Either a horizontal or vertical grain effect. A very sturdy product that doesn’t contract or expand like regular wood. Softer than most woods. Not as cheap as it could be because it’s processed in Asia, so shipping costs are factored in.

Beech – Affordable wood with a high density which gives it a hard finish. A cheap alternative to hard maple. Has a fairly straight grain. Beech displays a leaning toward warping from moisture, so it has to be sealed really well. As a result, it is one of the least popular woods for cabinets.

Cherry – Looks great with either a gloss or matte finish. While not technically a hardwood, it is very strong and durable. This durability and luxury appearance carries a price though. Choosing cherry will typically reflect about a 7-10% price increase over the cost of oak, pine, birch, or hickory. Known for its color—better not stained.

Cherry Kitchen Cabinets
Cherry Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Walnut –Not considered cheap. It’s very durable and can hold up well with the moisture in a kitchen. Can easily be cleaned with a damp cloth without any concern about damage. Known for its color—better not stained.

Mahogany – Expensive. Durable and resistant to rot. Ages well.

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Mahogany Kitchen Cabinets

Wood choices like alder, fir, mahogany, redwood, rift cut woods, teak, etc. are generally priced higher than the more common options of pine or oak.

For cabinets made from particleboard (MDF) and plywood, the parts of the cabinet that face the kitchen and can be seen are made from a range of products including wood veneers, thermofoil, laminates, and melamine. The popular white thermofoil is slightly less expensive than maple.

If you're currently remodeling other parts of your kitchen, you may want check out our guide on kitchen remodeling costs to plan your new kitchen cabinets budget accordingly.

Before making your final choice, consider getting the opinion of a kitchen remodeler who has been in the business for many years, like Dream General Contractors in Capital Heights, MD, and make use of their free estimate. It can also help to work with a contractor like JMR Home Services in Marietta, GA, who “work with an architect to develop a preliminary design at no extra cost.”

Cabinet Construction

For the actual construction of kitchen cabinets, there are three types on the market in the US today.

Framed Cabinets

Historically, framed cabinets are the most commonly produced type of cabinet. This 1”–1 ½” frame is essentially like a picture frame that runs around the perimeter’s front face. In this type of cabinet, the doors are attached to the frame, which provides structural integrity to the cabinet. This type of construction allows for a customized look with either traditional or inset doors.

Frameless Cabinets

This design is gaining ground in the US marketplace. With this frameless design, the doors are attached to the sides of the cabinet and you can’t see the hinges as easily because they’re attached to the inside of the cabinet wall. The walls of the cabinet are thicker to provide strength and support to the doors.

Another difference with the frameless design is that there is no vertical center support where the doors close, making it easier to access the cabinet contents and allowing for the storage of wider objects. Generally, another benefit of the frameless construction is that the drawers in a frameless cabinet are wider because there is no frame on either side taking up space.

Cherry Kitchen Cabinets
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Inset Cabinets

For homeowners looking to install something unique, inset cabinets, with their original inspiration from Victorian and Georgian times, lend a classical look. What sets the inset cabinets apart is the fact that unlike framed and frameless cabinets, both the drawers and doors are flush with the front face of the cabinets when closed, and there is typically very little spacing between cabinet units. When matched with slab doors, the resulting look is very clean and elegant.

Cabinet Doors

Designs

Doors come in a range of designs including the following:

  • Arch - Featured on raised and recessed panel doors with an arch on the top of the design feature
  • Cape Cod - Classic timeless style and a coastal/farmhouse look
  • Raised Panel - Classic style with a formal appearance from the inset frames
  • Recessed Panel – Simple with minimal embellishment
  • Shaker – Simple with an understated look
  • Slab - Minimal features, contemporary look

Kitchen Cabinets Types

Overlays

Overlay is the term for how the doors and drawers cover a portion of the front face of the cabinet when closed. There are two types of overlay:

Standard Overlays – The traditional option. Anywhere from ½”–1” of the front face of the cabinet surface is visible between doors and drawers.

Full Overlays – None of the front face of the cabinet is visible between doors and drawers. The gap between doors can be as little as ⅛”. Less traditional in appearance, more contemporary look and feel. A more expensive design choice.

Cabinet hardware

The interior hinges, drawer rails, handles, pulls, and knobs have a functional task as well as finish out the look of your install. Most exterior hardware is made from ceramic, crystal, plastic, or metal. Ceramics, plastic, and crystal will come in a range of colors, and the metal options include brass, brushed chrome, and stainless steel. Your cabinet installer can advise what works best with the type of cabinets you choose. Prices for these exterior pieces range from $2 to $30 or more each.

Optional extras in kitchen cabinetry

Prices will vary a lot from different manufacturers and cabinet installers. Add some space-efficient and ultra-convenient extras to your cabinet installation:

  • Pull out trash/recycling can - an ideal way to remove unsightly trash cans from the kitchen floor
  • Built-in fridge - conceal your fridge behind a tall cabinet door for a more cohesive look
  • Lazy Susan corner storage - uses up that otherwise tricky space, giving easy access to everything
  • Divided storage drawers - great way to neatly organize all your utensils
  • Tray storage cabinet - well suited for chopping boards, baking trays, and pizza pans
  • Full-extension drawers - allows for easier accessibility to all items in the drawer
  • Deep drawers - useful if you have a range of pots and pans
  • Soft-closing hinges - a luxurious option that allows the cabinet doors to close slowly and quietly
  • Soft-closing drawer sliders - allows the drawers to close slowly and quietly
  • Glass doors - add an element of distinction, especially with interior lighting for prized porcelain or glassware

Concealed trash/recycling cabinets are currently the favorite optional extra followed by tray organizers and Lazy Susans.

Installing cabinets to sell your home

Many homeowners choose to spend 50%-60% less on a kitchen remodel when the project is done in order to help the home sell rather than to enjoy it themselves. According to Trulia, if selling, the renovation cost should not exceed 15% of the sale price and not be lower than 5%. Going less than 5% of the value of the home could negatively impact the house valuation and dull interest with potential buyers. Spending more won’t give you a good return on price increase.

As an extreme example, a $100,000 kitchen in a $200,000 home doesn’t result in a $300,000 house.

While the industry standard expectation is that you will see a price increase of 15% with a renovated kitchen, comparable sales values of homes in your neighborhood could indicate the recoup of up to 70% of your investment if the new kitchen raises the value of the home to the level of the other homes. Having said that, upgrading your kitchen will do more to sell a home than spending the same money anywhere else in the house, since a good kitchen is one of the top three most important areas in a house to buyers, and many buyers don’t have the energy or motivation to do the upgrades themselves.

Check out the experience of some homeguide contractors to see if they have done work for investors, who care about the resale value of a home considerably. Iga Construction in West Palm Beach, FL, is one such contractor and has fifty employees to ensure quality and timeliness.

What is everyone else doing?

According to a Houzz kitchen trends study for 2018, kitchen remodeling projects have increased by about 25% in the last year with most remodels including cabinet replacement. People are spending $5,000–$100,000 to fix up their kitchens, with the average spend at $25,000–$50,000, and homeowners are saying the chief motivation for remodeling their kitchens is that they can no longer stand their current kitchens.

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The particular styles of new kitchen, after the projects were completed, ranked in order as follows:

  1. Contemporary 22%
  2. Transitional 16%
  3. Traditional 13%
  4. Modern 13%
  5. Farmhouse 10%
  6. Craftsman 7%
  7. No particular style 1%

There was no single particular style that has become so hated, it had to be changed, according to 35% of the survey participants.

Kitchen color schemes

The most popular look at present is white cabinets with stainless steel appliances, multi-colored countertops, white backsplash, wood-colored flooring, and gray walls. Wood is 60% less popular than white cabinets right now, stainless steel appliances are very much favored over white ones, and multicolored backsplashes are almost as popular as white ones.

Beige walls are just as popular as gray.

Finding a contractor

When narrowing down your list of good contractors, look for contractors who stand out from the crowd because they, among other things:

  • Are A+ rated members of the Better Business Bureau like
  • Have years of experience
  • Are rated highly on HomeGuide
  • Provide a great warranty
  • Are licensed, bonded, and insured
  • Stand out from the crowd

Once you get detailed bids from your final three options, you’ll have enough good information to make your final selection. The cheapest contractor will not necessarily do the best work, and then again, neither might the most expensive.

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