Could your kitchen benefit from a facelift? Unfortunately, as many homeowners find out, renovating this room can break the budget. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend, you can still update your kitchen for a fraction of the cost by replacing the kitchen cupboard doors.
Before you start tearing apart your cupboards, here are some things to consider:
It’s Cheaper, but You Still Need to Plan
Although installing new cupboard doors will save you £1,000s, it’s not free. If you feel confident in your skills, you can turn this into a DIY project. You’ll need to buy new doors, drawer fronts, handles, and kickboards. For an average-sized kitchen, the materials alone will run around £400.
Hiring a contractor is another good idea if you don’t have the time to complete the task on your own. Together with the amount needed to buy materials, you’ll also have to figure in the cost of labour. The project will take about 1-3 days to complete, and the typical tradesmen will charge about £360.
Most homeowners spend about £800 out of pocket to install new kitchen cupboard doors. This total includes materials, labour, as well as waste removal. Of course, this number will increase if you have a larger kitchen or want higher quality materials.
Factors That May Influence the Cost
There are no two kitchen cabinet remodels that are the same, so you can’t expect to pay the exact price as your neighbours. The type of cupboard doors you want will affect the total cost significantly. For example, choosing high-quality, brushed metal handles will run you more than ceramic handles. If your cupboard doors are more extensive than average, the cost per each will also increase accordingly.
The tradesmen you hire will also determine how much you spend. While many homeowners choose well-known national companies, you will pay more. These companies often charge more than £1,000 or more. Local fitters, on the other hand, usually have lower rates.
How Old Are Your Cabinets?
In most instances, you can replace the cupboard doors without removing the cabinets. Kitchen cabinets often last 20 or more years before you need to replace them. Be cautious of contractors who claim they cannot replace the doors without new kitchen carcasses. Always get several quotes to weed out the honest workers from the greedy ones.
But, if your cabinets are old and in need of repair, you’ll need to address them before you install new doors. A local fitter can quickly tell you if your carcasses can support new doors or if you need to replace them. Of course, new cabinets will increase your overall budget tremendously.
After all this, your new cupboard doors will give your kitchen a fresh, modern look. It’s possible to revamp this busy room without spending a fortune.