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What is the Cost of Kitchen Cabinets?

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Because the cost of kitchen cabinets varies wildly based on changing factors (how big is the kitchen? can you live with MDF? are they RTA or not? etc.), I'm listing different scenarios.

Standard of Comparison

Estimates are for full kitchens, not individual cabinets. To aid in uniform comparisons, wherever possible I am expressing cabinet estimates in a 10'x10' kitchen size, an industry standard. This does not mean you need to have a 100 sq. ft. kitchen; it's just a method of standardizing measurements. I have given you details about the cabinet offerings so that you can mentally adjust for price differences. For example, IKEA adds a few extra items into their overall price, and I have listed those items.

Installation, Shipping, and Tax

Installation costs are not included. As a rule of thumb, you can expect to add another 50%-75% of the cabinets cost to account for high-quality installation from cabinet pros. To save some money, a small contractor firm or handyman can do a decent installation job for far less. Shipping is expensive because cabinets are large and heavy. Many companies offer "free" shipping if you order above a certain amount of money (typically $1,500). Many online kitchen cabinet companies do not include sales taxes in their prices.

Ballpark Estimate of Cost

Expect to pay between $1,800 and $4,500 for assembled or RTA (ready to assemble) cabinets, shipped. Lower prices nearly always are for unassembled cabinets. The pre-assembled option significantly adds to the cost in two ways: 1.) the cost of the company assembling cabinets for you; 2.) higher shipping charges (flat-packed RTA kitchen cabinets take up far less space than assembled, so shipping charges are less).

$1,800: Unassembled Tuscany Shaker Merlot Kitchen

Tuscany Shaker Merlot Kitchen Cabinets
(c) Sunco Inc.
These are good-quality, unassembled kitchen cabinets with solid wood doors, plywood cabinet boxes, maple cabinet faces. Like many other RTA cabinets, these assemble with cam locks. Sold via Amazon by a company called Good Value Home Improvement Center, based in Silsbee, TX. Free shipping.

Where?

Amazon

$2,327: Unassembled 11 Wall and Base Cabinets in Vintage Merlot

Vintage Merlot Kitchen Cabinets
(c) The Cabinet Spot
All wood construction, 5/8" A grade plywood boxes. Price include: 1 base 15"; 1 blind base corner cabinet 36/42"; 1 sink base 36"; 1 base 33"; 1 wall cabinet, 36"; 2 wall cabinets, 15"; 1 wall cabinet 30"; 1 wall cabinet 33"; 1 corner wall cabinet 24"; and 1 wall cabinet 27". Free shipping.

Where?

The Cabinet Spot

$2,574: Unassembled Maple Kitchen Cabinets

RTA Cabinets Sonoma
(c) RTA Cabinet Store
These are unassembled 3/4" Solid American Maple doors and fronts on 1/2" cabinet-grade plywood boxes (veneered). Style: Sonoma.

Where?

RTA Cabinet Store

$3,292: Pre-Assembled 8 Cabinets, Fulton Mocha Style

Costco Fulton Mocha Glaze Cabinets
(c) All Wood Cabinetry
Kitchen cabinets from Costco. Sink base 30"; base cabinet 21" with 2 roll out trays; 24" base cabinet; 2 wall cabinets, 30" and 18"; microwave shelf 30"; corner cabinet 24"; pantry (or utility) cabinet 18" (84" high) with 4 roll out trays. All measurements refer to width unless otherwise indicated. Assembled cabinets. Price includes shipping. Requires Costco membership.

Where?

Costco

$3,677: Pre-Assembled Maple Kitchen Cabinets

RTA Cabinets / Sonoma
(c) RTA Cabinet Store
Same product as the previously-listed Sonoma cabinets, except these come pre-assembled. Essentially, you are paying around $1,100 for the company to assemble the cabinets for you. Since the company sometimes offers free shipping, the higher price presumably includes the higher shipping costs.

Where?

RTA Cabinet Store

$4,570: Unassembled Melamine and Particle Board Cabinets

IKEA Kitchen Cabinets AKURUM
(c) IKEA
This cabinet estimate includes the whole ball of wax--and more: AKURUM cabinets, cabinet fronts, hinges, handles, drawers, dampers, moldings, plinths, legs. Stylish Euro kitchen cabinet design by IKEA. Like other RTA kitchen cabinets, you have to haul home and assemble these cabinets. Particle board box construction. Note: Price is elevated because it includes worktops, faucets, and sinks.

Where?

IKEA

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