What Is the Average Cost to Replace Kitchen Cabinets

Replacing kitchen cabinets can get complicated. The cost of cabinet installation involves several factors. Due to the various types of cabinets, it can be hard to determine the price. Here are some factors that will affect the cost. 

The cost to replace kitchen cabinets

Size of Your Kitchen

The first factor to affect cabinet cost is kitchen size. The bigger the kitchen, the more cabinets you will have to buy. While kitchen size won’t tell you the exact price, it will help you with a rough estimate. Measure the walls that have the space for cabinets. Be sure to subtract any windows, doors, or doorways from this number. Accurate measurements will give a better estimate.

A smaller 70 square foot kitchen will be about $1,700 – $11,000 on average. Your larger 200+ square foot kitchens will be $4,000 – $26,000+. Size is not the only factor that affects the cost. The size is a good starting place for an estimate, but it won’t tell you the exact price.

Reface or Replace

If your existing cabinets are still in good condition, refacing cabinets is cheaper. When you reface a cabinet, you take off the doors and refresh them. Sometimes refacing includes completely new doors or fixing up the old ones. People choose to reface if they are looking for subtle improvements. Only decide to reface if you are confident in the quality of your current cabinets. If you reface cabinets that are not in good condition, it will cost you more money.

Replacing your cabinets is best if you want a whole new look. Sometimes the old cabinets are too damaged, or you need something new. Getting brand new cabinets will be more costly. Replacing your cabinets will give you the freedom to customize and try new cabinet styles. It would be best to make this decision before moving on to the next steps.


Think about your storage needs. If your current kitchen doesn’t have enough room, opt for more storage. Spending extra money is better than a cluttered kitchen. Custom cabinets may be more suitable for you if you have significant storage needs. 

Cabinet Style

Stock Cabinets

Stock cabinets refer to pre-manufactured cabinets that are ready to assemble. They will be your cheapest cabinet option as they are premade and ready to go. Stock cabinets are a good option if you have a limited budget. These cabinets’ materials range from $50 to about $200 per linear foot.


Semi-custom is the happy medium between stock and custom cabinets. It’s the perfect option for people who want some freedom but don’t want to go over their budget. The cost will be more than stock cabinets but less than custom cabinets. Semi-custom cabinet materials are $75-$400 per linear foot. 

Custom Cabinets

The custom cabinetry manufacturers make the cabinets to order. There are far more options when it comes to custom cabinetry. More colors, styles, and sizes become available when choosing the custom option. Custom also means more expensive. Be prepared to spend more money if you choose custom instead of stock cabinets. Custom cabinets are $300-$750 per linear foot for materials.

Consider Areas to Save Money

It can be easy to overspend on cabinets. Pay attention to areas to lower the cost. 

Some ways to reduce your cabinet cost include:

  • refacing
  • avoid excessive customizations
  • get a simple cabinet style
  • get fewer drawers
  • get stock cabinets
  • do your own demolition 

Cost of Cabinet Installation

When calculating the price, don’t forget the installation. Depending on your order’s size, the installation can take several hours or days. The labor cost will go up if they remove the old cabinets.