Renovating a kitchen is a major project that requires a lot of careful consideration. After all, the quality of your kitchen renovation can often determine the resale value of your home. The centrepiece of nearly any kitchen remodeling job is kitchen cabinetry. With the typical cost of a cabinet ranging from $500 to $1500, and multiplying that number by the average number of cabinets in a kitchen, it’s easy to see why kitchen cabinetry can quickly make up nearly 40% of your renovation costs. 

Before you start planning your dream kitchen, you need to consider a few factors including what you’re trying to achieve with this renovation, as well as what your budget will be. For example, are you planning to turn around and sell the house shortly after the kitchen is completed? You’ll want to add something that looks great but isn’t necessarily made from the most expensive materials on the market. Or are you planning to make this kitchen part of your “forever home?” You’ll want to spend a lot now for customized options so it lasts for a long time.

At Moose Kitchen and Bath, our master designers and contractors know how daunting it can be to design and choose all the details during a kitchen renovation project — especially when it comes to kitchen cabinets. Our experts have provided this guide to calculating the average cost of kitchen cabinets and what factors you should take into consideration when planning your kitchen remodeling project.

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Kitchen Cabinet Dimensions

How much are kitchen cabinets? If you’re keeping the layout of your current kitchen but just swapping out the cabinets, it’s easy enough to work from your existing situation to assess all required dimensions. However, if you’re planning to build a new kitchen or reconfigure your existing layout, you’ll begin by considering the dimensions of the entire space. 

Define what your critical needs are. Do you need customized storage solutions? Have you been considering a larger work area for food prep? Are you desiring an expanded place for dining and entertaining? You may also consult your Moose Kitchen and Bath design expert for great ideas on kitchen designs that are more efficient for you and your family’s needs.

Cost of Kitchen Cabinets

So, how much do new cabinets cost? It’s time for the kitchen cabinets budget. Consider the total linear feet and size of your kitchen when trying to calculate the cost of kitchen cabinets. You’ll get a rough estimate that will be further influenced by the grade of cabinets and type of cabinets you decide to install. 

Any professional kitchen contractor will tell you that kitchen cabinets make up the bulk of the cost of remodeling a kitchen. In just one rough example, if you have an average-sized kitchen of approximately 150 square feet, you could expect to pay between $6,000 and $7,000 for new kitchen cabinets. Again, these figures may vary depending on the materials and grade of your cabinets.

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Types of Cabinets

How much do kitchen cabinets cost? As mentioned earlier, there is a wide range when it comes to the grade of kitchen cabinets that affects the price. On the higher end of things, you have custom and semi-custom cabinets. These types of cabinets are typically made from solid hardwood and are very durable but expensive to manufacture. Everything is made to order, exactly to your specifications. But these can cost up to $1,500 per linear foot. 

But let’s take a closer look at the two most commonly requested grades of cabinets for both homeowners looking to sell and people who have found their “forever home.” 

Stock Cabinets

Stock cabinets or prefabricated cabinets are designed and manufactured in typical sizes that cannot be altered or changed in any way before arriving at your home. For this reason, many homeowners with smaller kitchens won’t find stock cabinets suitable for their space.

However, there are a few limits when it comes to materials. You can go from the lower end with melamine to the higher end with hardwoods. There are many affordable, stylish, and durable options for you to choose from as you work with your Moose & Bath kitchen designer.

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Ready to Assemble Cabinets

Ready-to-assemble cabinets otherwise known as RTA, are the most effective option when it comes to selecting new kitchen cabinets. These are flat-packed products available off the shelf at most major hardware chain stores.

The downside is that there are very few options for materials and styles. You also need to be a little handy to hang them properly. It’s highly advised that you still hire a professional to install your kitchen cabinets sturdily for the long haul.

Material Selection is Important

If you’re worried about the cost of new kitchen cabinets and you need to save some money on your kitchen renovation project, then take the time to do your research about the current value of certain materials.

The prices of various hardwoods can fluctuate from one year to the next and some materials are simply hard to get a hold of, meaning you might be waiting weeks or even months if there’s something specific you’re trying to source for your project.

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And you may even want to consider painting or refacing your cabinets. This is another budget-friendly way to instantly elevate the look of your kitchen and execute an effective makeover. 

Finally, some people even opt to get rid of the cabinet doors to some degree and go for a more open-concept look if they like to display their dinnerware and cooking implements. Many homeowners prefer to leave some cabinets for storage of less aesthetically pleasing tools and ingredients.

Contact Us 

For years, Moose Kitchen and Bath has been Toronto’s most trusted team of home contractors, providing first-rate customer service, competitive pricing, and an astounding commitment to detail.

From our very first consultation, we work closely with each client to make the kitchen of their dreams a reality. Every crew member is fully trained, licensed, and insured to provide high-quality trade services to all of our customers. 

Don’t wait, contact us today to book your first free consultation.

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