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When it comes to the overall cost of your kitchen, the cabinet selection the 800 pound gorilla in the room. Your cabinet selection can cause large swings in pricing. Here are the 5 main elements that go into pricing your kitchen cabinets:
1. Cabinet Construction Methods and Materials.
The type of box construction says a lot about the quality of the cabinet. Many cabinet boxes and drawers are made out of particleboard. While great for keeping costs down, particleboard is not very durable, especially when exposed to water. When you are doing a kitchen remodel, you are investing a lot of financial resources into this experience. So, we recommend that you don’t go cheap on the construction and the frame. The better the construction, the more durable the cabinet will be. Other construction factors are important: Dovetailed drawers, ball bearing slides, and soft close slides/hinges are all factors that determine the cost of your kitchen cabinets.
2. The Material that Covers the Cabinet.
Material for cabinet faces can range from stainless—most expensive—to melamine (thin plastic laminate over pressed wood) surface—least expensive. In standard wood-faced cabinets, Maple is far and away the most common. For a little more, you can get Hickory, oak, and pine. All of these usually run very close in price. Cherry is usually about 7-10% more than oak. More exotic or specialty cabinet woods like alder, mahogany, fir, rift cut woods, redwood, teak, etc. will cost more than common the more common woods.
3. Kitchen Layout and Types of Cabinets.
The layout of the kitchen and the cabinet configuration will largely affect the price. A Lazy Susan will cost more than a sink cabinet, and drawered cabinets will be higher priced than shelved cabinets. When it comes to layout, a U-shaped kitchen generally costs more than an L-shaped Kitchen. Adding an Island will bump that price up even more. A wall oven/cooktop combination can increase the kitchen cost about $1,000 or more.
4. Cabinet Door Style.
Big picture: The more detail, the more the cost. A shaker style door is fairly basic and straightforward. Adding an arch to an otherwise square door adds to the cost. Doors with grooves or molding generally cost more than a simple door. Changing to a full overlay door is another upgrade that will add to your costs. You can upgrade further to a door set inside the cabinet frame (called inset).
5. Type and Style of Finish.
When dealing with wood cabinets, generally there are two types of finishes available: painted and stained. Painted cabinets will run 10 -15% more than a stain finish. There are glazes that can be added to both painted and stained cabinet faces that can all add to the price. This glazing can add another 7 - 15% more due to the extra labor. A lot of work goes into the finish of the cabinets. The more layers you add, the more it costs.
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