How Much Does It Cost to Install Soft-Closed Drawers?

Alison Kasch
Written by Alison Kasch
Updated June 16, 2022
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Soft-close drawers usually cost about $40 to $100 each for professional installation

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If a slamming drawer sounds like nails on a chalkboard to you, you’ve probably thought about adding soft-close drawers to your kitchen.

Soft-close features can extend the lifespan of your drawers. They won’t slam or break no matter how hard you try, which means the drawer is less noisy. Plus, soft-close doors are safe for kids who are prone to finger pinches. So, how much do these soft-closing mechanisms cost to install? We break down average prices below.

How Much Do Soft-Close Drawers Cost?

If you’re factoring soft-close drawers into your cost to reface cabinets, budget an extra $40 to $100 per drawer for professional installation. Your final price depends on the style you choose as well as who you hire, so this might vary. Always ask for an estimate beforehand so you know what to expect.

How Much Does It Cost to Install Soft-Close Drawers Yourself?

Installing a soft-close feature on your drawers is a pretty simple DIY project that you can complete while replacing your cabinet drawers. Soft-close drawer slides cost around $5 to $230 for a standard soft-close side mount (plus the cost of the drawer if you’re replacing it). This may increase depending on whether you chose a side mount, under mount, heavy-duty, or self-closing slide. You’ll also need about $100 worth of tools if you don’t already have them in your toolbox.

How Much Do the Tools and Materials Cost for DIY Installation?

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To install your own soft-closing drawers, you’ll need a handful of tools and materials, but nothing that you can’t purchase at a local hardware store. The soft-close feature usually costs about $15 to $23 per drawer, plus the cost of the drawer itself.

Here are the basic tools and materials required, along with their average costs:

  • Screwdriver: $6

  • Tape Measure: $10

  • Power Drill: $75

  • Screws: $5 to $10

  • Level: $10

DIY Soft-Close Drawer Installation vs. Hiring a Pro

Your most significant cost factor for this project is the labor required to build and install your soft-close drawers. The labor to install soft-close drawers in your kitchen typically costs around $25 to $40 per drawer. Plus, if you’re doing a custom build, a soft-close feature might cost significantly more, as it may need to be specially made.

However, before you rush into a DIY installation, you should consider how the cost of purchasing the necessary tools and materials will impact your savings. But if you already have tools like a power drill in your home toolkit, it could be worth saving on labor costs and making the upgrade yourself. Keep in mind that DY projects always come with a user-error risk, and you may end up hiring a professional to fix your missteps.

Professional Labor

The labor to install soft-close drawers in your kitchen typically goes for around $25 to $40 per drawer.

What Factors Affect Your Cost to Install Soft-Close Drawers?

As mentioned above, labor is the main cost factor for installing soft-close drawers. Let’s take a look at some of the other factors that will impact your project cost.

Custom Features

If you’re doing a custom build, a soft-close feature might cost significantly more, as it may need to be specially made. However, soft-close drawers installed using a store-bought drawer kit will cost less than a custom-built drawer.

Drawer Hardware

Heavy-duty slide types are recommended for larger drawers for access to heavy components such as trash bins and cookware. This type of drawer hardware typically costs slightly more to install than soft-close drawer mounts with limited durability.

Number of Drawers

You can expect your labor and material costs to increase based on the number of soft-close drawers you’re installing. For example, hiring a professional to install two soft-close drawers will cost about $80 to $200, while installing 10 soft-close drawers will cost about $400 to $1,000.

FAQs

Can I install soft-close drawers during my kitchen cabinet refacing project?

Yes, soft-close drawers are quick and simple to add to a refacing project. Get in touch with a kitchen cabinet refacing contractor near you for an estimate.

What are the pros and cons of soft-close drawers?

While fixing drawer slides is an easy DIY, soft-close features can extend the lifespan of your drawers. They won’t slam or break no matter how hard you try, which means the drawer is less noisy. Plus, soft-close doors are safe for kids who are prone to finger pinches.

As for common complaints, soft-close drawers are more difficult to open, which can affect those with arthritis or related conditions.

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