How Much Do Bathroom Cabinets Cost?

Amy Pawlukiewicz
Written by Amy Pawlukiewicz
Updated January 24, 2022
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Installing new bathroom cabinets costs between $300 and $42,000

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New bathroom cabinets or a vanity can modernize your bathroom, add storage space to a smaller secondary bath, or make a primary bath more luxurious. Pre-made vanities can cost as low as $100, while custom-built cabinetry can be as high as $42,000. Installation generally costs between $200 and $600 per unit.

How Much Do Custom Bathroom Cabinets Cost Per Square Foot?

The total cost of your new bathroom cabinets vary based on material, but here are some typical ranges for common installations:

  • 20 sq. ft. (powder rooms or half baths): $1,500–$5,000

  • 40 sq. ft. (three-quarter bathrooms): $3,000–$10,000

  • 145 sq. ft. (full bathroom): $10,875–$29,000

  • 160 sq. ft. (primary bathroom for two): $12,000–$32,000

  • 210 sq. ft. (large primary bathroom for two): $15,750–$42,000

How Much Do Bathroom Cabinets Cost by Type?

When it comes to the type of cabinets you choose for your bathroom, there are lots of options to choose from. While the bathroom vanity typically consists of a mirror, sink, and cabinets, the choices you make about those items will influence the cost of your remodel. 

If you plan to have a medicine cabinet behind your mirror, for example, that may cost more than a simple mirror. Generally, there are two types of cabinets: pre-made and custom.

Prefabricated Bathroom Cabinets

Prefabricated, or stock, bathroom cabinets are ones that are available at home improvement stores and come in a kit. They come in a large range of prices (typically anywhere from $40 to $500) and styles, and can sometimes be shipped directly to your home. 

Keep in mind that stock cabinets still require installation, which means either doing it yourself or hiring a professional to install them.

Custom Bathroom Cabinets

The name is pretty self-explanatory: Custom cabinets are custom-built for your bathroom. They are usually built on-site by a cabinetmaker, and again can vary greatly in price depending on materials and labor. 

Costs of custom bathroom cabinets vary by contractor, size, and materials, but you can expect to pay between $300 and $600 per cabinet, not including installation. For a large primary bathroom cabinet overhaul, you could be looking at upwards of $10,000, between materials and installation costs.

How Much Does Cabinet Installation Cost?

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Even if you are buying prefabricated cabinets, installation is at least a two-person job, requires tools, and can take between six and eight hours. If you want some help and decide to hire a handyperson near you, you’re looking at anywhere from $300 to $500 to install a set of vanity cabinets. If you are having your cabinets custom-built, the cost varies greatly depending on the contractor and the difficulty of the job.

How Much Does It Cost to Install Bathroom Cabinets Yourself?

If you are looking at installing your own cabinets, you have likely opted for a stock kit. Fortunately, these kits include all necessary installation hardware, so you’ll just need tools. A basic list of tools you might need includes: 

  • Tape measure

  • Pencil

  • Level

  • Drill with screwdriver bits

  • Stud finder

  • Jigsaw

  • Small profile gauge

  • Caulk tape

The advantage of installing cabinets yourself is that you’ll only have to pay for the tools. This cost can quickly add up, but if you’re pretty handy you might already have many of these items tucked away in your toolshed.

Keep in mind that installing a vanity can be tricky, as there’s a countertop and plumbing involved. While vanities can be installed as a DIY project, you risk making mistakes—and those mistakes can be expensive. It might be best to contact a pro to get the job done right.

FAQs

What should I consider when installing new bathroom cabinets?

Expect material prices to vary depending on your location and the market price. Cabinet prices also vary between companies because they have different operation and overhead costs in addition to materials prices. Be sure to source quotes from several different pros if you’re opting to hire someone to install stock cabinets or design and install custom ones.

Is there a better time of the year to hire a contractor to install bathroom cabinets?

Contractors have a down season in the late fall/early winter period, especially in those states where weather becomes a factor in building. Sourcing quotes from contractors at this time might get you a better rate than at other times of the year.

Should I leave room in my budget for surprise costs?

If you’re just buying a simple cabinet for your bathroom, factoring in other surprise costs is probably not necessary. However, if you’re planning a huge overhaul of your cabinets, building in a cushion of around 8% to 15% is a good idea, just in case.

What other projects should I do at the same time?

You may want to update your countertops and sink at the same time you update your cabinets, especially if you’re replacing your under-sink cabinets.

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