Custom Cabinets Cost

The average cost of installing custom cabinets is $18,600.

In this guide

Location
Types
Materials
Doors
Sizes and design
Labor
Comparing the options
Accesories
Enhancement and improvement costs
Additional considerations and costs
FAQ

How much does it cost to install custom cabinets?

Custom cabinets are built expressly for you and your space. Unlike stock cabinets, which are readily available, a custom cabinet is built after measurements have been taken of the space, and options such as material, style, and finish have been selected. Custom cabinets can be used in any room and are often built to fit unique spaces, such as around appliances or in tight spaces. They may be used in conjunction with standard cabinets or on their own, and may be mounted on walls or floor.

Custom cabinet prices vary widely depending on the type and size of the cabinet, as well as the material, finish, and location. The average cost of custom cabinetry in the US is around $400 per linear foot when adding in finish, material, and custom moldings, and many components you may add will have separate pricing. A full kitchen of custom cabinetry is around 30 linear feet, with an average cost of $12,000 just for the cabinets. Doors, moldings, hardware, and other items typically add another $5,000 and installation costs another $100 per cabinet, making the total cost for basic custom cabinetry around $18,600.

Location

While most people have custom cabinets made for their kitchen, custom cabinetry can be installed in many other areas as well. It’s not uncommon to have custom cabinets installed in the bathroom, laundry room, living room, or home office. The reason to use a custom cabinet over a stock or semi-custom option usually comes down to size: custom cabinets can be made to fit unusually-sized area, and may offer you more storage solutions that can better suit your needs.

For example, you may wish to have custom cabinets built into your laundry room between and around the washer and dryer to hold detergents, stacks of linens, and other useful items.

Types

The sky is really the limit with custom cabinetry, which is one reason that people may choose it over a stock item. In addition to standard cabinet pieces, custom cabinetry can be found in a range of other items:

Type of cabinetDescriptionAverage cost
Short wall

Smaller wall-hung cabinet

For hanging above appliances

$225 per linear foot
Spice cabinetSmall, thin cabinet for holding spices$245 per linear foot
WallWall-hung cabinet of normal height$265 per linear foot
BaseFloor-mounted cabinet with just doors$300 per linear foot
Sink baseOpen double cabinet to mount a sink above$300 per linear foot
Appliance panelDoor or drawer meant to conceal an appliance$300 each
Linen towerTall cabinet for holding towels and linens$315 per linear foot
Base with door and drawersFloor-mounted cabinet with one drawer and doors$399 per linear foot
Pantry towerTall cabinet for holding food items$399 per linear foot
Glass doorWall cabinet with finished interior and glass inset

$399 per linear foot

$100 per insert

Drawer baseStack of floor-mounted drawers

$399 per linear foot

$150 per drawer


Materials

The material that a cabinet is made from can have a significant impact on its final price. Some materials, such as rare or difficult to work with wood species, will have much higher costs for the same cabinet as one made with a more common or less difficult wood. The majority of custom cabinets are made from solid wood, but some may be made from MDF or stainless steel. Each material has a different price point.

The costs below are in addition to the base cabinet costs above, with more expensive woods adding more to the final cost.

MaterialDescriptionAverage cost
MDF

Manufactured material coated in thermofoil

Good for intricately cut doors

Rare to find in custom cabinetry

Less than $10 per linear foot
Maple

Little to no grain

Clear finish

Takes paint well

$13-$19 per linear foot
Red oak

Pink to golden red hardwood

Prominent grain

$13-$19 per linear foot
Birch

Little grain

Clear finish

$13-$19 per linear foot
White oak 1

Light brown to gray hardwood

Takes dark stains well

$15-$22 per linear foot
Cherry

Warm

Rich hardwood with a red tone

Darkens over time

$16-$23 per linear foot
Walnut

Dark brown

Very hard wood with deep grain

$17-$24 per linear foot
Mahogany

Dark brown

Very hard wood

$17-$24 per linear foot
Steel

Stainless steel

Polished or matte finish

$1,000-$1,500 per linear foot


Doors

The style and type of door that you choose for your custom cabinetry can also influence final costs. The more intricate the door style, the higher the costs are likely to be.

DoorDescriptionCost
Exposed hinges

Hinges 2 that sit on the exterior of the door

Can open to either side

$1-$5 per hinge
Partial inset cabinet hinge

Concealed hinge

Does not inset into the door

Can open to either side

$5-$7 per hinge
Concealed hinges

Fully concealed

European-style hinges

Can open to either side

$5-$15 per hinge
Plain glassDoor with a solid glass insert$10-$27 per insert
Shaker

Flat interior

An overlay or frame around the perimeter

$14-$37 per door
Flat panel

Decorative door with a flat interior

Raised edge

$14-$37 per door
Mullioned glassDoor with a glass insert made of several pieces of glass$15-$30 per insert
SlabFlat door or drawer with no detail$15-$37 per door
Mitred

Decorative door

Intricately cut pieced corners

$17-$30 per door
Raised panelDecorative door with a raised interior and edge$17-$44 per door


The door hardware you choose will also impact costs. Many custom cabinet makers will predrill for the hardware you choose, and some types of doors and drawers may not require any additional hardware to operate. Door hardware may range from $1 to $100 per pull, depending on style and material chosen.

Sizes and design

One of the benefits of purchasing custom cabinetry is the ability to get differently sized or styled cabinets than may be available in stock. When you have a custom cabinet built, you’re having it made just for you, to your exact dimensions. So, if you have very tall ceilings and need longer cabinets, or you don’t have a lot of space and need cabinets that are more shallow, these can be accommodated. Some of the most common changes in cabinet size are in their depth. While a standard base cabinet is 24-inches deep, in shallow spaces, it could be as little as 12-inches deep. And while standard wall cabinets are 12-inches, they may be reduced to 6-inches, or expanded to 24 as space allows.

Changing the size of a cabinet by a few inches doesn’t really impact costs. However, if you are altering the size of the cabinet dramatically, then your costs may increase.

For example, a cabinet measuring 24-inches in height would cost about $225 per linear foot , while a cabinet measuring 36-inches in height would be $315.

The exact costs are determined by how many cabinets you’re making in differing sizes and the range you’re moving outside of normal.

The other reason to consider custom cabinets has to do with style or design. Custom cabinets have more flexibility and options for getting a unique look. For example, you can mix and match different bases, use decorative end panels, include mouldings or even carvings that can enhance the look. These types of details are generally priced on an individual basis, but may range from $100 for a decorative molding to $250 for a decorative end panel that matches your doors.

Both framed and frameless cabinets can be built custom made. In many cases, this may not change the cost of the cabinets dramatically, but frameless cabinets do tend to cost more because they require thicker plywood 3 for their construction.

Labor

Custom cabinetry can be built in one of a few ways. Generally, however, the process begins similarly. You will meet with a designer, or the carpenter directly, to discuss what you want, choose finishes and wood species, and for the designer or carpenter to take measurements of the space.

If you are working with a kitchen designer, this process will be part of the overall renovation. If you are hiring a carpenter directly, then they will generally visit your home to view the space and see what your needs are.

The cabinets may be built on site, but more often are built either at the manufacturer or carpenter’s workspace and transported to your home when they are complete. Because custom cabinets may be used in unconventional spaces or with oddly-sized appliances, it’s customary to provide the cabinet maker with the dimensions of your appliances (manufacturers usually have specific dimensions they can send) and of the sink you are using in the sink base cabinet if applicable. If you are having a farmhouse sink installed, a template will need to be taken of the sink as well.

From the time that the order is placed until the cabinets are ready for install, there is generally a lead time of 10-12 weeks. This is because a custom order is built just for you; while a stock or semi-custom cabinet may be available sooner, custom cabinets take time to construct.

Once the cabinets are ready, they are delivered to your home and unboxed. The base cabinets are set into place and leveled if necessary. They are screwed together at the walls or stiles for stability, then the wall cabinets are installed and leveled on the walls. Your plumbing, counter, and backsplash 4 are all installed later. In most cases, the flooring of the kitchen should be in place and the walls finished before the cabinets go in.

The cabinets themselves cost roughly $100 each to install. If you are working with a kitchen designer to help create the layout and choose your cabinets, you will likely also pay an hourly rate of $100 to $125 per hour. In most cases, the design portion will cost at least $800, but may cost more if you make multiple changes to the design and layout.

Comparing the options

Custom cabinets are not the only option you have when it comes to choosing cabinetry for your home. Some people use custom cabinets alongside a mix of stock and semi-custom, while some people choose just one option. All three types of cabinets have their pros and cons, which may make them a better or worse fit for your purposes.

Cabinet TypeProsCons
Stock Cabinets

Readily available

Popular styles and finishes can be found in as little as 2 weeks

Least expensive option

One size fits all

No changes in exterior or interior

What you see is what you get

Semi-Custom

Readily available

Can let you make small changes including finish and accessories to get a better fit

More expensive than stock

Changes you can make are limited

Some changes can increase lead times

Custom CabinetsCan allow complete control over every aspect of the design from size, to finish, to accessories

Most expensive

Longest lead time of up to 12 weeks


Accesories

Most people only think of the cabinet itself, including its style, size, and function when planning the design. But there are many other components that can go into the cabinet, all of which have options for you to choose from:

AccessoryDescriptionCost
Hinges

Allows door to open left or right

Visible, semi-visible, or concealed

$1-$15/each
Knobs and pulls

Allow easier opening and closing

Many materials available

Many sizes, and styles

$1-$100/each
MoldingsDecorative rails and options for the tops of the cabinets$10-$80/linear foot
Drawer organizersCan help hold utensils in a variety of configurations$10-$100/each
Shoe rail

For mudroom or laundry cabinets

Holds shoes off the ground

$20-$100/each
End or side panels

Decorative panels to complete the end of a run

Made to match the cabinet fronts

$80-$200/each
Plate dividersDesigned to hold plates, cookie sheets, pans, or other items$100-$200/each
Wine cradlesCan hold wine bottles in a rack or other configuration$100-$400/each
Hidden drawersDrawers that slide out when a cabinet is opened$150/each
Slide-out organizers

Lets you easily hold trash or recycling

Holds cleaning supplies, knife holders, kitchen tools, or other items

Slides out when the door opens

$400/each
Wardrobe lift

Can help store items in clothes, bathroom, laundry, or mudroom closets

Lifts them as needed for access

$500
Appliance lift

Can store heavy countertop appliances

Lifts them to counter height when needed

$500


Enhancement and improvement costs

Countertop

Most cabinets require some type of counter to cover their top. This counter can be made of laminate, wood, stone, quartz, glass, concrete, or metal, and the template for the counter will be made after the cabinets are installed. Counters cost between $500 and $1,500 on average.

Flooring

Flooring is installed before your new cabinets go in. While you can use existing floors, many people use this opportunity to have new floors put in as well. Flooring may be wood, laminate, tile, stone, or any other material. Costs can range from $700 for tile to $5,000 for hardwoods.

Sink

If your cabinets are being installed in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, or in a bar area, you will also need a sink. Sinks can come in many shapes, sizes, materials, and configurations and costs may range from $200 to $1,000 depending on the model.

Pull out unit

Pull out units can be useful for storing items, or making the cabinets easier to access and use. Costs usually start around $400 per unit.

Lighting

Under cabinet lighting is a common addition to new cabinetry. You may wish to have the toe-kick area lit, or the underside of upper cabinets. This type of lighting starts around $200 per light installed.

Shoe rail

Cabinets for laundry rooms, bedrooms, and mudrooms may have a shoe rail installed to help organize and hold shoes. These costs usually start around $20 each and can go as high as $100.

Finish

One of the biggest benefits of using custom cabinetry is getting more options for your finish. Each type of wood or material takes finishes differently, giving them a range of appearances and tones. The finish you choose for your cabinets can also have a range of costs, depending on how involved it is. For example, antique finishes and glazes cost more than simple stains. You can expect your finish to cost $8.50 to $16.50 per square foot .

Appliance storage

Cabinets can be used to house dishwashers, microwaves, warming drawers, wall ovens, and other appliances. While these are not as expensive as the cabinets themselves, they can still cost around $300 per linear foot to construct.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Most contemporary cabinets are premade in modular units you fit together. This is why opting for custom often gets you more options.
  • No customization is available for stock cabinetry; semi-custom has some options, but adds to lead time.
  • Custom cabinetry is made to order and will take up to 12 weeks to complete before install can take place.
  • If you are installing a sink, you will need a plumber on hand after the counter is installed
  • Stock and semi-custom cabinets are a lower-cost alternative to custom cabinets, coming in around $3,560 on average.
  • Custom cabinets may have varying warranties depending on who builds them. Always ask to find out what may be covered.
  • Depending on the extent of the kitchen remodel, installing your cabinets may involve moving appliances, which in turn will mean moving electric, gas, plumbing, and vents as well. Your designer or cabinet maker should help you make these determinations before construction starts.
  • Custom cabinets should always be installed by professionals; this is not a DIY job unless you yourself are an experienced carpenter.
  • If you have old cabinetry you are replacing, you may need to pay a removal fee of between $100 and $500 depending on how many cabinets you are having removed.

FAQ

  • How are cabinets installed?

Lower cabinets are set in place, then screwed to one another and to the wall behind. Upper cabinets are leveled and hung by screwing them into the studs on the walls, and to one another on the sides.

  • Do you put flooring under kitchen cabinets?

Yes, your new cabinets should be installed on the same flooring as the rest of the room to prevent height differences and to allow you more options in the future without changing the footprint 5 of the cabinets on the floor.

  • How much does it cost to install kitchen cabinets?

The actual install cost of cabinets is around $100 per cabinet, while the average cost of the cabinets and installation ranges from $3,000 to $30,000 depending on the size, type, and finishes of cabinets purchased.

  • What screws to use to install kitchen cabinets?

Wood screws measuring at least 2-½-inches are necessary for securing kitchen cabinets.

  • How much do custom cabinets cost?

Custom cabinetry costs are around $400 a linear foot on average, but may be higher or lower depending on factors such as material, finish, and accessories.

  • What is a linear foot for kitchen cabinets?

Linear feet refers to how many running feet of cabinetry you need. So if you are lining a 6-foot wall with cabinets, you need 6 linear feet of cabinetry.

  • How much does it cost for kitchen cabinets?

Kitchen cabinets can range in cost from $50 to $500 per linear foot depending on material, size, customization, and finish

  • How much does it cost to replace kitchen cabinets and countertops?

The average cost of new cabinets in the kitchen is around $3,500, while the average cost of counters ranges from $500 to $1,500.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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1 White oak: A higher-quality hardwood commonly found in eastern North America. It is used for construction, fencing, flooring, shipbuilding, making wine barrels, and in home interiors
2 Hinges: A type of joint that attaches two items together but allows one of them to swing back and forth, such as a door attached to a door frame
3 Plywood: An engineered construction material manufactured from thin slices of wood glued together in alternating grain patterns for strength
4 Backsplash: The upright surface, often made of tile, behind a kitchen counter, sink, or stove, that protects the wall from damage from splatter due to kitchen activities
5 Footprint: The entire area of ground covered by a building, including the exterior walls and porch or patio areas

Cost to install custom cabinets varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Anaheim, CA
+21%
Arlington, TX
+6%
Athens, GA
-9%
Athens, TX
-38%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Bedford, OH
+7%
Bellevue, WA
+13%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Chanhassen, MN
+8%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Denver, CO
+1%
Edison, NJ
+36%
El Paso, TX
-28%
Estero, FL
-9%
Euclid, OH
-1%
Fayetteville, NC
-20%
Fontana, CA
+6%
Honolulu, HI
+35%
Houston, TX
+24%
Irvine, CA
+23%
La Verne, CA
+9%
Livermore, CA
+35%
Long Beach, CA
+16%
Miami, FL
+1%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Mission, TX
-40%
Montgomery, AL
-10%
New York, NY
+77%
North Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Palmdale, CA
+9%
Portland, OR
+11%
Raleigh, NC
-3%
Redmond, WA
+10%
Riverside, CA
+13%
Rockville, MD
+27%
Saint Paul, MN
+20%
San Antonio, TX
-4%
San Bernardino, CA
-1%
San Diego, CA
+11%
San Francisco, CA
+53%
San Jose, CA
+33%
Santa Cruz, CA
+13%
Seattle, WA
+9%
Stockton, CA
+4%
Wakefield, MA
+19%
Washington, DC
+23%

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