Taking up about 40 percent of most kitchen remodel costs, kitchen cabinets represent a long-term investment. It's important to consider what your money can buy and how much you want to spend.
"There are many factors to consider when deciding how much to spend on cabinetry, such as how long you're going to stay in the house; the value of your home and neighborhood; and the age of your kids and if you have pets—which add to wear and tear," says Paula Kennedy, a certified master kitchen and bath designer from Timeless Kitchen Design in Redmond, Washington.
According to Kennedy, most kitchen cabinet ideas range from $500 to $1,500 per cabinet box. "Based on an estimated 30 cabinets in an average-size kitchen, you can be looking at a cost of about $15,000-$45,000," she says.
First, measure the dimensions of your kitchen. To get the best kitchen cabinets within your fixed kitchen remodel cost, use a compact work area and standard sizes.
Then, determine your cabinetry construction. Cabinets are available as stock, semicustom, or custom units. Your choice will impact the overall cost of kitchen cabinets and options available.
Finally, add in bells and whistles. If custom cabinetry isn't in your budget, consider mixing a few custom pieces with semicustom or stock units. Millwork and architectural details add character, and accessories make the most of every inch of storage. Although details and accessories add beauty and function to your cabinets, they also add to the cost.
Are you unsure of kitchen cabinet prices? Use our free price guide to learn the average cost of cabinets, appliances, countertops and more. These guidelines will help you start a budget for your kitchen remodel.
With a budget in place, begin your kitchen planning with our free remodeling guide. This comprehensive guide outlines what you need to know about working with professionals, material options, layout and lighting planing and more.