Updating the kitchen is an easy way to improve the value of any home. Whether it is part of a full remodel or just a quick upgrade, kitchen cabinets installation can change the entire look of the space. Plus, most kitchen upgrades and renovations will return as much as 70% of the initial investment.
The square footage of your kitchen is the best way to estimate what cabinets will cost. Larger areas that require more cabinetry will cost more, as will the addition of specialty cabinets and islands. Another element that impacts how much it costs to install new kitchen cabinets is whether you are building new construction or replacing old cupboards. A new installation is actually cheaper because there is no demo work required.
Typically, you can expect to spend between $150 and $500 per cabinet, plus installation costs, or $150-$380 per linear foot for total installation. Each cabinet will take 60-90 minutes to install, so you can also expect to pay an hour or two of labor per cabinet that you are installing. If you choose to install custom kitchen cabinets, your costs will increase significantly.
Cabinets installation: 30 linear feet of cabinets made from mid-range quality materials, including installation and labor.
Cabinet labor-cabinet installer $35-$65 per hour
$60-$90 per hour
|Cabinets - mid-range models
$100-$280 per linear foot
|Total Installation Cost
|Other Related Costs||
|Cabinet removal and disposal||$55-$85 per cabinet|
|Specialty cabinet - Lazy Susan||$300-$850|
|Sink base cabinet||$300 per linear foot|
Other considerations and costs
- If you opt for a new cabinet layout or change the location of your appliances, you will incur additional costs for reconfiguring electrical outlets, gas lines, plumbing, and other systems.
- A cabinet retailer may have their own installers available with discounted rates or special offers for customers. If you do choose to hire your own handyman or installer, make sure that they have comparable rates and that they are licensed to do the work.
- If you are looking to cut costs, consider doing some of the work yourself. It isn’t difficult to remove old cabinets and you can save the expense for a rainy day, or upgrade to a premium cabinet.
- Make sure that you have the proper tools for the job if you are going to attempt any part of this on your own. If there are important lines or appliances that need to be relocated, you need to call in a professional.
- If a full replacement isn’t in your budget, consider cabinet refacing, which is a much more affordable and DIY-friendly task.
- Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
- Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
- Literature review of DIY Web sites.