Kitchen cabinetry is a big investment. Learn how to stretch your cabinetry dollars further.
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.
Stock. Sold ready-to-install at home centers and dealers or ready-to-assemble online, stock cabinets are considered to be cheap kitchen cabinets, though not in quality. Your dealer might not have every unit in stock, but special orders take as little as a week. Stock cabinetry ranges from 6 to 42 inches wide, in 3-inch increments. Average cost is $75-$400 per linear foot.
Semicustom. Next up in price, semicustom cabinetry is also factory-made in standard sizes, but you'll find more woods, finishes, and decorative features to fit your kitchen design. Widths range up to 60 inches. Options include pantry units, sliding shelves, and drawer inserts. Allow four to six weeks for semicustom orders. Average cost of kitchen cabinets is $150-$900 per linear foot.
Custom. With the most options available, custom cabinetry is designed, built, and installed to fit your space. A professional kitchen designer will help establish an efficient layout. Exotic woods, ornate details, and period styles will add cost and delivery time but result in a one-of-a-kind kitchen, perfect for modern kitchen cabinets. Average cost is $500-$1,400 per linear foot.
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.