Size and shape
The first variable is simply the size and shape of your kitchen and how many cabinets you are installing. If there are any nooks or crannies that require a contractor or carpenter to fix, you can expect to pay more. Larger kitchens with more cabinets will always cost more. Smaller kitchens will cost less overall, however, the “per box” price may be the same in some smaller spaces due to economies of scale.
Another important aspect that will affect kitchen cabinet installation costs is your location. Depending on where you live in the US, our research shows a wide range of cabinet installation prices. Here are some of the numbers:
- On average slightly less than $ 100 per box in small towns and cities in the South and Midwest.
- On average nearly $ 300 per cabinet on coasts, in major cities and from premium installers.
- The best price for furniture installation is 10% of the total cost.
- The most often cited total price range was between $ 2000 and $ 4000.
- Installing suspended shelves in place of built-in cabinets or just base cabinets can alter these figures.
Custom or semi-custom
Another variable to address is the cabinets themselves. If the cabinets are fully customized, it may be impossible to separate the installation costs yourself. Although most of the boxes would be built offsite in the furniture store, depending on the shape of the kitchen and the level of customization, some of the cabinets could end up being built on site. In many cases, a bespoke furniture store insists on installing their products. In this case, the installation costs are part of the overall project and construction estimate.
Semi-custom, pre-fabricated cabinets can be the easiest to hang and simplest to quote for installers. These types of lockers are designed to be built in a factory setting, using construction methods that mimic those used in their much more expensive custom locker cousins. They are also designed to remain stable during shipping which means they will remain strong and true even during installation. While cabinets may arrive fully built and ready to use, be aware of any additional shaping, trimming, or finishing work that could add to the cost of installation.
Ready-to-assemble cabinets are another thing. Putting the parts and pieces of the RTA cabinets or “flat pack” together falls on the shoulders of the homeowner or contractor / installer. Assembling any of these types of cabinets can range from 20 minutes to an hour or more. For larger, more complex pieces, assembly often takes over an hour. If your cabinet installation professional will need to assemble your RTA cabinets in addition to actually installing them, it means more time spent on work, which means a higher price.
It’s also worth noting that sometimes RTA products aren’t as robust as pre-built cabinets. This depends on the assembly and style of the hardware used to hold the pieces together. Due to this instability, wall cabinets can be particularly difficult to hang. Installers may even require additional personnel on site to help. Take note, this may further increase the cost.
Ask yourself …
Regardless of the types of cabinets you will install or where you live, there are several important things to keep in mind when looking for offers to install your kitchen cabinets. The answers to these questions will likely have the biggest influence on the pricing you see for cabinet installation:
- Does this contractor specialize in installing cabinets or remodeling the kitchen? Do they have all the right tools, like nail guns, croppers, etc?
- Will the contractor take care of the necessary demolition? Do they remove your old lockers? Who will dispose of the old cabinets?
- What does site preparation include? Will drip sheets be used to protect your floors? Do the walls need special preparation to hang the wall units?
- Does the quote include the installation of door handles and drawers? If necessary, what about the door hinges and drawer runners?
- Does the quote include all finishing work, such as crown molding, light rails, props, etc?
You may want to hear contractors providing rough estimates such as “per box” cost. However, an installer’s actual quote is likely to be a final figure for all services provided. All figures mentioned in this article are to be used as a guide only. Please do your research, in your area, for your unique project, and make sure you know what each quote includes.
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