With the average kitchen size in the US around 100 square feet, a small kitchen is considered to be 70 square feet or less. The cost of cabinets for a small kitchen can vary widely depending on several factors, including the materials, design, brand, and where you purchase them. On the low end, cabinets can be as little as $1000 for a small kitchen, going all the up to $25,000+ for full custom.
Here are some general guidelines to help you estimate the cost:
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Stock cabinets are pre-made and come in standard sizes and styles. There are often much fewer available finishes, sizes, and unique configurations like tall pantry or trash pull-out cabinets. They are typically the most budget-friendly option, with prices ranging from $50 to $200 per linear foot. For a small kitchen, you might spend anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 or more on stock cabinets. If you're rather handy and don't mind assembling the cabinets yourself (which is actually a pretty simple process!), then RTA (ready-to-assemble) cabinets could be a big cost-saver, as well. Using RTA cabinets, for example, is how we recently saved a couple $95,000 (yes, ninety-five-thousand!!) on their whole-home cabinet order.
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Semi-custom cabinets allow for some customization in terms of size, style, and finishes. They are more expensive than stock cabinets and can range from $150 to $500 or more per linear foot. For a small kitchen, you might spend between $3,000 and $15,000 on semi-custom cabinets.
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Custom cabinets are made to order and offer the highest level of personalization. Unlimited sizing options, interior storage customization, and any finish under the sun is available! Prices for custom cabinets can start at $500 per linear foot and go up significantly from there. For a small kitchen, you might spend $10,000 or more on custom cabinets.
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Other Costs To Consider
In addition to the cost of the cabinets themselves, you should budget for installation. Installation costs can vary based on the complexity of the design, but it's common to allocate 50% or more of the cabinet cost for installation.
Consider any additional features or accessories you may want with your cabinets, such as pull-out shelves, soft-close drawers, and decorative hardware. These can add to the overall cost.
The Value Of Unbiased Advice
On any large-scale project, it's very rare that everyone is advocating for the homeowner. The cabinetmaker or showroom wants to sell the most expensive upgrades, the contractor often wants what is convenient and familiar, and the architect wants to design what will make the cover of the next issue of Architecture Digest. This is all great, so long as it is what the homeowner wants, as well. This unfortunately is rarely the case. The absolute most valuable thing we at Wayhome can offer you is unbiased advice. Our only goal is to advocate for you, the homeowner.
While we've got single virtual consults perfect for one-time questions, we're excited to launch a new program for complete support throughout every step of your build or remodel: our new Project Partner.
With unlimited virtual calls and 1:1 messaging with your Expert, we will help inform, educate, and empower you with the peace of mind that every decision made was as informed as possible. We also help act as quality control. Sending a quick "does this look right to you?" text and, if necessary, flagging something to your contractor as early as possible helps to ensure that quality remains high.
No matter your project or budget, we'll help you find your way home.