The Cost of Replacing Kitchen Cupboard Doors

All you need to know about the associated costs of fitting new kitchen cupboard doors including materials, labour and time frames.

Kitchen Cupboards

What the job entails

Replacing cupboard doors is a great way to update your kitchen at a fraction of the cost of a new kitchen! Most kitchens have carcasses (the actual body/frame of the cupboard) that are the same standard sizes, so you can get new doors and drawer fronts, along with kickboards, to give your kitchen a stylish makeover without breaking the bank! There is a huge difference in prices charged for this job, particularly between small local traders and the larger national companies, so it is even more important to shop around and get a few prices when looking to replace your kitchen cupboard doors.

Many companies will try and sell you a new kitchen rather than just replace doors and drawer fronts, as the profit margins are much higher, but stick to your guns and firmly request quotes for new cupboard doors only, otherwise you could be talked into buying a complete new kitchen! Get some estimates from local kitchen fitters/joiners after you have checked them out by way of references or online review sites. Then check out what the DIY superstores like B&Q have to offer to get a good idea of ballpark prices.

The quotes you get generally won’t include the cost of new kitchen worktops or flooring, but having these related jobs done at the same time would certainly finish off your updated kitchen nicely! But even just the new cupboard/drawer fronts will give you a kitchen that looks as good as new, as long as you have everything fitted professionally by an experienced kitchen fitter/joiner. You can do this job DIY but it can sometimes be difficult to install the new doors and get them to fit/hang correctly without making a pig’s ear of it! For a decent DIY job you will need some joinery experience, a lot of patience and good measuring up!

Over the last few years replacement kitchen doors have become a big part of the kitchen remodelling business, many people update their existing kitchens by simply fitting new kitchen doors to the old kitchen cabinets. This is a far cheaper alternative than replacing the old kitchen completely and who even notices that the old cupboards have not been changed anyway? It is also much quicker to replace doors and drawer fronts than to replace the kitchen cabinets. So if your kitchen cabinets are in a good order and you like the layout of your kitchen the way it is, then resurfacing the kitchen cabinets that are already fitted could be a great option.

Most people with decent DIY skills can change cabinet doors and drawer fronts by themselves as long as they take their time. If you feel you can’t do this by yourself, simply get in touch a local kitchen fitter or joiner as it will be just one or two day’s work for them with the right tools. The selection of new kitchen doors available to buy today is incredible and still growing. Whether you prefer contemporary kitchens of traditional farmhouse kitchens, or anything in-between, you will be able to find replacement cabinet doors and facings to suit. Many companies will supply replacement kitchen doors which are completely blank with no drillings so you can place the handles and hinges exactly where you would like them to be. They also have no hinge holes as many kitchen cabinet manufacturers place their hinges at different heights, so buying doors with the holes already in them will limityou in terms of what type of cabinets they will fit.

Many people have discovered that replacing your entire kitchen, when a makeover looks just as good, does not make much sense. For the majority of people, they will save £1000s when compare to the cost of an entire new kitchen, plus there’s less stress and mess with a simple kitchen facelift. No need to empty all of your cupboards, and the entire job rarely takes longer than 1-2 days. On average, by replacing your old kitchen unit doors withnew ones you will save at least half the money you would have spent on a comparable new kitchen - and you could potentially save much more as that saving was based on getting new kitchen worktops and sink, oven and hob too! Of course saving all this money is no good if you don’t like the finished product, but you really would be hard pushed to tell once the job is done, the new doors, kick plates and drawer fronts will completely transform the kitchen.

The Cost of Replacing your Kitchen Cupboard Doors

The average cost to replace kitchen cupboard doors for a regular-sized kitchen would normally cost around £275 in labour from a local fitter. This price includes waste removal of the old cupboard doors, the fitting of the new cupboard doors, drawers, handles and kickboards, but does not include the costs of the materials. If you decide to receive a quote from a national company prices can be up to £1000 and quite often they tell you that changing cupboard doors isn't possible without new kitchen carcasses. We suggest asking your local fitter to check if your kitchen carcasses are suitable for new cupboards doors.

The price of the actual cupboard doors themselves can vary greatly depending on size, quality, finish and style. Kitchen drawers tend to be priced at around £20 each, and the cupboard doors at around £30. Kitchen door handles can add up too depending on the quality of handle you choose with prices starting at around £2 each.

Below are some estimated costs of hiring a tradesmen to replace kitchen cupboards, drawers, handles and kickboards of a standard kitchen:

Job Type Job Description Avg. Cost Duration
Fit Only 10 Doors, 4 Drawer Fronts, 14 Handles & Kickboards £350 1-2 days
Supply and Fit 10 Doors, 4 Drawer Fronts, 14 Handles & Kickboards £800 1-2 days
Fit Only 15 Doors, 8 Drawer Fronts, 23 Handles & Kickboards £500 2-3 days
Supply and Fit 15 Doors, 8 Drawer Fronts, 23 Handles & Kickboards £1100 2-3 days


Cost Breakdown

Individual costs for supplying and fitting the cupboard doors, drawer fronts, handles and kickboards for a regular sized kitchen - Total Cost: £800

50%

Materials
£400

45%

Tradesmen
£360

5%

Waste Removal
£40

FAQ's

A lot will depend on your location and the size of company you are dealing with. But a typical price would be around £300 for fitting costs (labour) only from a local fitter, or up to £1200 from a large National "Household Name" company! Though these quotes did not include supply of new doors etc, they did include the removal of waste from the job. Smaller 110mm x 596 kitchen cupboards start at £12, with a bigger 1245mm x 595mm cupboard starting at £65. Kitchen door handles sell cheap starting at around £2. Kitchen drawers are more expensive and cost typically between £60 and £150 depending on size and quality. Kitchen Carcasses start from around £40.
Not a problem, local joiners and fitters will be happy to do this for you and fit the doors too, in addition many national kitchen door replacement companies offer a full made to measure service where they will visit and take all the measurements then come back with the doors, drawer fronts and kickplates, then fit everything for you!
Most kitchen carcasses should last for up to 20 years, so most of the time they won’t need to be replaced. However, most companies that offer replacement cabinet doors, will also be more than happy to offer made to measure kitchen cabinets too! But also check with local joiners and kitchen fitters to compare quotes. But beware of pushy salesman if contacting companies in the Yellow Pages or similar, some of these modern kitchen companies model themselves on the old double glazing high pressure sales system, so stick with trusted and recommended kitchen companies for less hassle and a professional service.