Cost of Kitchen Cabinets: Estimates and Examples

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Modern Kitchen with Slab Cabinet Doors. Getty / Camilo Morales

When remodeling your kitchen, new cabinets comprise a significant percentage of your budget--30% to 50%.  Reducing the cost of cabinets means more money to spend on flooring, appliances, countertops, and wall treatments.

On the low end, expect to pay between $1,800 and $4,500 for assembled or RTA (ready to assemble) cabinets, shipped and delivered to your door or to the nearest shipping and receiving facility.

Lower prices nearly always are for unassembled cabinets. The pre-assembled option...MORE significantly adds to the cost in two ways: 1.) the cost of the company assembling cabinets for you; 2.) higher shipping charges (flat-packed RTA kitchen cabinets take up far less space than assembled, so shipping charges are less).

Because the cost of kitchen cabinets varies wildly based on changing factors, different scenarios are listed below.  These factors include:  assembled vs. unassembled, shipping costs vs. customer pick up; and style of cabinets.  Comparisons are standardized on the basis of a 10' x 10' kitchen.

  • 01 of 08

    $2,327: Unassembled 11 Wall and Base Cabinets in Vintage Merlot

    Vintage Merlot Kitchen Cabinets
    Vintage Merlot Kitchen Cabinets. (c) The Cabinet Spot

    All wood construction, 5/8" A grade plywood boxes. Price include: 1 base 15"; 1 blind base corner cabinet 36/42"; 1 sink base 36"; 1 base 33"; 1 wall cabinet, 36"; 2 wall cabinets, 15"; 1 wall cabinet 30"; 1 wall cabinet 33"; 1 corner wall cabinet 24"; and 1 wall cabinet 27". Free shipping.

    Find It:  The Cabinet Spot

  • 02 of 08

    $1,800: Unassembled Tuscany Shaker Merlot Kitchen

    Bamboo cabinets in contemporary kitchen
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    These are good-quality, unassembled kitchen cabinets with solid wood doors, plywood cabinet boxes, maple cabinet faces.  Shaker is one of the most popular cabinet styles on the market today, which also means that competitive deals can be found with this style.

    Like many other RTA cabinets, these assemble with cam locks.  Cam locks are a special type of fastener ensures that no screw heads are visible.  Cam locks are the standard fastening mechanism for RTA cabinets.

    The pictured cabinets are sold via Amazon by a company called Good Value Home Improvement Center, based in Silsbee, TX. Shipping is free.

  • 03 of 08
    RTA Cabinets Sonoma
    RTA Cabinets / Sonoma. (c) RTA Cabinet Store

    These are unassembled 3/4" solid American Maple doors and fronts on 1/2" cabinet-grade plywood boxes (veneered). Style: Sonoma.

    RTA Cabinet Store is one of the largest players in the RTA market, and its products have been featured on shows such as Money Hunters, Kitchen Impossible, and House Crashers.

    Find It:  RTA Cabinet Store

  • 04 of 08
    Costco Fulton Mocha Glaze Cabinets
    Costco Fulton Mocha Glaze Cabinets. (c) All Wood Cabinetry

    Kitchen cabinets from Costco. Sink base 30"; base cabinet 21" with 2 roll out trays; 24" base cabinet; 2 wall cabinets, 30" and 18"; microwave shelf 30"; corner cabinet 24"; pantry (or utility) cabinet 18" (84" high) with 4 roll out trays.

    All measurements refer to width unless otherwise indicated. Cabinets come assembled.  Price includes shipping.

    Discount requires a Costco membership.  Costco's cabinets come from Florida-based All Wood Cabinetry, Inc.  Costco has maintained this relationship with AWC for many years, and AWC's products consistently receive high marks for customer satisfaction.

    Find It:  Costco

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  • 05 of 08
    RTA Cabinets / Sonoma
    RTA Cabinets / Sonoma. (c) RTA Cabinet Store

    These cabinets are the same product as the previously-listed Sonoma cabinets, except these come pre-assembled.

    Essentially, you are paying around $1,100 for the company to assemble the cabinets for you. Since the company sometimes offers free shipping, the higher price presumably includes the higher shipping costs.

    With pre-assembled cabinets, the extra amount that you pay not only covers assembly labor charges back at the factory, but the increased shipping costs.  This is because the company cannot ship as many assembled cabinets in a truck as they can flat-packed cabinets.  

    Tip:  Assembling RTA cabinets is far easier than it may seem.  You can save substantial amounts of money by choosing the unassembled option over pre-assembled.

    Find It:  RTA Cabinet Store

  • 06 of 08
    IKEA Kitchen Cabinets AKURUM
    IKEA Kitchen Cabinets AKURUM. (c) IKEA

    This cabinet estimate includes the whole ball of wax--and more: AKURUM cabinets, cabinet fronts, hinges, handles, drawers, dampers, moldings, plinths, legs. Stylish Euro kitchen cabinet design by IKEA. Like other RTA kitchen cabinets, you have to haul home and assemble these cabinets. Particle board box construction. Note: Price is elevated because it includes worktops, faucets, and sinks.

    Find It:  IKEA

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    Methodology: Standard of Comparison

    Estimates are for full kitchens, not individual cabinets. To aid in uniform comparisons, wherever possible cabinet estimates are expressed in a 10'x10' kitchen size, an industry standard.

    This does not mean you need to have a 100 sq. ft. kitchen; it is just a method of standardizing measurements.

    Provided here are details about the cabinet offerings so that you can mentally adjust for price differences. For example, IKEA adds a few extra items into their overall price, and those items are listed.

  • 08 of 08

    Installation, Shipping, and Tax

    Installation costs are not included. As a rule of thumb, you can expect to add another 50%-75% of the cabinets cost to account for high-quality installation from cabinet pros.

    To save some money, a small contractor firm or handyman can do a decent installation job for far less.

    Shipping is expensive because cabinets are large and heavy. Many companies offer "free" shipping if you order above a certain amount of money (typically $1,500). Many online kitchen cabinet companies do not include sales taxes in their prices.

    You can scale costs upward or downward by choosing any mode of delivery, from self pick-up at the nearest port all the way up to white-glove delivery into your home.