Upgrading kitchen cabinets
Cabinets are essential for a kitchen. They can store silverware, plates, cups, pots and so much more. Cabinets also have a big impact when it comes to the aesthetics of your kitchen, they can make or break the interior design in the kitchen. For that reason, many people look for ways to enhance their cabinets to improve the appearance of the kitchen space.
How much should I budget for kitchen cabinets?
The cost of kitchen cabinets can vary depending on many factors. One factor is the size of your kitchen. Usually it is about $180 to $380 per linear foot, however this can increase depending on the type of cabinet. For the whole kitchen, the cost can range from around $2,855 to $9,137. Cabinets should ideally last you at least 20 years. It is an investment but if you choose high-quality cabinets they could last even longer than 20 years. Here is a breakdown depending on the kinds of cabinets:
Stock: Stock cabinets come pre-assembled. When it comes to cost, these will be the cheapest. The range of cost varies between $180 to $380 per linear foot, which is about $300 to $450 per cabinet. These cabinets are found in stores like Lowes and Home Depot. They are made for standard size kitchens such as a 10’ x 12’ or 10’ x 10’.
Semi-custom: Semi-custom cabinets provide more flexibility than stock cabinets. This is because you have more options like custom sizing, storage options, and various finishes. Cost-wise, they are usually $300 to $650 per linear foot, which is roughly $400 to $700 per cabinet.
Fully custom: If you truly want to wow your friends and family, fully customized cabinets allow you to make all the changes you’d like. Every detail of these cabinets are fully customizable by the buyer. This is a great option if your kitchen is not the standard size. However, it will require a higher budget. Usually priced at $500 to $1200 per linear foot, which starts at $500 per cabinet. A complete kitchen can cost up to $22,100. However, if they are high quality material, these cabinets can last a long time and can always be refaced to maintain their nice appearance.
Additionally, there are different kinds of materials that can affect cost. Wood veneer is the most affordable material, followed by laminate and wood. There are various kinds of wood that also impact the cost. For example, mahogany and redwood cost more than cheaper woods. Acrylic and stainless steel are the most expensive materials used for cabinets.
Is it cheaper to reface or replace cabinets?
The term “cabinet refacing” is often used interchangeably with “cabinet replacing”. However, they do mean different things. With cabinet refacing, the layout and boxes of the cabinets remain the same but the doors, hardware, and drawers are changed. Cabinet refacing is less expensive than replacing cabinets. It is also more environmentally friendly since the cabinets are repurposed instead of being thrown out. However, there are some downsides to refacing cabinets. If the structure of the boxes are poor, refacing is not a good option. Also while the external appearance of the box looks different, the inside remains unchanged. Additionally, the location of the boxes would not change.
Cabinet replacement on the other hand gives you a blank slate to install entirely new cabinets and possibly change their placement. This is a better idea than refacing if your cabinets are in bad shape or you want to remodel the kitchen’s layout. However, if your cabinets are in good shape and you like the layout of your kitchen, refacing might be a better option.
The Benefits of Cabinet Replacement are Endless
Overall, replacing cabinets is an investment that comes with many benefits. Kitchens are essential in homes and are usually a place to gather with loved ones. Overtime, cabinets will sustain some damage, so replacing them can enhance the appearance of your home. Not only that but new cabinets can last a lifetime if they’re high quality and taken care of. Additionally, cabinet replacement can increase your home’s value by 5%. Kitchens are often prioritized by potential buyers when looking for a new home.
FKB Design provides guaranteed, quality work that can fit any budget, from residential to commercial jobs. Here at FKB Design, we are a great mix of kitchen and bath designers with architectural, tradesman, and general contractor backgrounds with combined experience in every aspect of the kitchen/bath build, from the ground up. For more information, call us at (949) 481-6100 or make an appointment online.