Cost to Install  Kitchen Cabinets

Cost to Install Kitchen Cabinets

How much are kitchen cabinets? Compare the contractor cost of $3,674 to install kitchen wall cabinets with the do-it-yourself cost of $1,950, with a 46 percent saving, and adjust the cost with your ZIP Code.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Diy Logo Hours Pro 20.8 DIY 35.0
Money Pro $3674 DIY $1950
Per Unit Cost
Per Unit Cost $3674 Total Cost

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Kitchen wall cabinets cover a lot of wall space and they're like built-in furniture that must be designed to fit along the walls and around appliances, it's easy to see why they're the major expense in a kitchen remodeling project. No matter what your price range is, you'll find a dazzling selection of styles, materials and finishes from modest unfinished ready-to-assemble units to fine handcrafted cabinetry. Be sure to take your time and see all that's available at kitchen design showrooms and home centers.

If you're looking at moderately priced prefinished wooden cabinets, a contractor will charge $3,674 to remove and dispose of the old cabinets and replace them with 10 feet of moderately priced base and wall cabinets with doors, drawers and shelves and post-formed laminate countertop. This includes the labor and material. That's assuming the new cabinets are a direct replacement for the old ones and no new or custom carpentry work is needed. A handy homeowner with carpentry tools and experience can make the swap for $1,950, the cost of the cabinets, countertop and fasteners, and pocket a 46 percent saving. You'll need an electric drill, stud finder and carpenter's level.

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No matter who does the installation, open the cabinet boxes as soon as they are delivered to make sure they are the correct size, style and finish, and to see that they are not damaged.

Looking for a carpenter to do the job? Click Home Advisor and find qualified, prescreened contractors in your area. features a roundup of the Types of Kitchen Cabinets.

When you’re shopping for kitchen cabinets look at how they’re constructed. Frameless cabinets have doors and drawers that extend entirely across the face of the cabinet, while face-frame cabinets have a hardwood frame around the outside of the doors and drawers. A sturdy cabinet shelf should be at least 5/8-inches thick so it can handle heavy loads.

The average price to install wall cabinets in the kitchen noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.

Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020

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