How Much Does It Cost to Install Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets?

Dina Cheney
Written by Dina Cheney
Updated February 10, 2022
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Highlights

  • Expect to pay between $100 and $1200 per linear foot of kitchen cabinetry.

  • From the least to the most expensive, cabinets come in stock, semi-custom, and custom.

  • From the least to the most expensive, cabinets come in framed, frameless, and inset.

  • Larger kitchens mean more cabinetry, adding up to a higher price.

  • On average, wood cabinet installation runs about $130 to $200 per cabinet.

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Solid wood kitchen cabinets are beautiful and work in any style of kitchen. They’re also durable, tolerating stains and withstanding high humidity without swelling or warping. As an added plus, homeowners tend to recoup anywhere from 65%–80% of their investment when they sell. Unfortunately, solid wood kitchen cabinets come at a price—even though most such products now include some plywood. Read on to learn how much wood kitchen cabinets cost and how to make them work within your budget.

How Much Do Kitchen Cabinets Cost Per Linear Foot?

Expect to pay between $100 and $1,200 per linear foot of kitchen cabinetry. Angi members who had kitchen cabinets installed reported spending an average of about $11,100, with a range of roughly $10,000 to $12,175, not counting discounts many service providers offer members.

How Much Do Kitchen Cabinets Cost Near You?

The expense will vary throughout the country. Here’s a look at the average price of kitchen cabinets in 10 U.S. cities.

  • Atlanta, GA: $4,520

  • Austin, TX: $6,240

  • Boston, MA: $6,030

  • Charlotte, NC: $3,960

  • Colorado Springs, CO: $2,780

  • Lansing, MI: $9,715

  • Lincoln, NE: $3,000

  • Los Angeles, CA: $6,625

  • Tampa, FL: $5,560

  • Washington, DC: $7,945

What Can I Get On My Budget?

Here’s what you can expect at different price points.

  • Under $5,000: You can buy stock framed solid wood cabinets for a small kitchen.

  • Under $10,000: You can buy semi-custom framed solid wood cabinets for a small-to-average kitchen.

  • Under $20,000: You can outfit an average-sized kitchen with semi-custom frameless solid wood cabinets.

  • Under $25,000: You can purchase semi-custom frameless solid wood cabinets for a large kitchen.

  • $30,000 or more: You can work with a local cabinet contractor or kitchen remodeler to outfit a large kitchen with custom inset solid wood cabinets.

Cost to Install Kitchen Cabinets Yourself vs. Hiring a Contractor

Installing kitchen cabinets is complicated and challenging—which is why it’s worth hiring an experienced cabinetry installation specialist. Ideally, have the same company take measurements and design, make, and install your cabinets. 

The average wood cabinet installation runs about $130 to $200 per cabinet or $50 to $450 per linear foot, but prices vary among installers. This adds up to an average of about $11,100. Expect to spend more for extensive installation, as with large kitchens.

How Much Do Kitchen Cabinets Cost by Type?

Cabinets come in stock (premade), semi-custom, and custom, in order from the least to most pricey. Here’s a breakdown of these options.

Stock

These cabinets cost $100 to $300 per linear foot installed or $50 to $100 per linear foot for the cabinets alone. Just know that you’ll have fewer design options, the quality will be lower, and there could be measurement issues. To avoid this common problem, measure carefully before making any purchases or hire a cabinet professional to handle this task.

Semi-Custom

These slightly more custom cabinets run $150 to $650 per linear foot installed or, for the materials alone, $75 to $400 per linear foot or $150-plus per unit.

Custom

One of the main differences between custom and semi-custom cabinets is that custom cabinets are ideal for oddly-shaped kitchens or specific design and functionality needs. They cost $500 to $1,200 per linear foot installed or, for the materials alone, $300 to $750 per linear foot. Expect to pay $13,000 to $30,000 for high-end custom cabinets.

How Much Do Kitchen Cabinets Cost by Style?

Whether you opt for a framed, frameless, or inset design will affect the price of your cabinets, regardless of material.

Framed Cabinets

Framed cabinets incorporate a structural frame and are more traditional in design. They cost $5,000 to $20,000 or more.

Frameless Cabinets

Frameless cabinets are more contemporary in design. They cost an average of 15% more, running about $6,000 to $30,000.

Inset Cabinets

With inset or flush cabinets, doors and drawers sit within the cabinet frames, and fit flush with the cabinet faces when closed. They cost about 20% more than framed or frameless cabinets, coming to $150 to $1,200 per linear foot.

What Other Factors Influence the Cost of Kitchen Cabinets?

Other factors that impact cost are the amount of cabinet and, to a much lesser extent, the type of wood you use.

Amount of Cabinetry

The smaller your kitchen, the fewer cabinets you’ll need, meaning the less you’ll pay. If your kitchen is oddly shaped, you may need to spring for custom cabinets, which would up the price. Here’s a breakdown of average kitchen cabinet costs for stock or semi-custom cabinets, regardless of materials.

  • 70-square-foot or smaller kitchen: $1,700 to $11,000 or more

  • 120-square-foot kitchen: $2,200 to $14,000 or more

  • 200-square-foot kitchen: $4,000 to $26,000 or more

Type of Wood

One factor that won’t have much of an impact is the type of wood you choose. Since you’ll only pay an average difference of $5 per linear foot between varieties, feel free to go with maple, cherry, oak, pine, or bamboo based on which will look best in your kitchen.

FAQs About Installing Wood Kitchen Cabinets

What other expenses might come with replacing kitchen cabinets?

You might also need to move electrical outlets ($300 and up), reroute a single plumbing line ($650 to $800), patch drywall ($560 on average), and paint a wall ($100 to $500).

What does it cost to remove and dispose of my old cabinets?

On average, the cost should be between $300 and $500.

What does it cost to install hardware?

Pulls and handles cost between $2 to $50 or more. Contractors should include hardware in their estimates.

How long does it take to install solid wood kitchen cabinets?

Expect the work to take pros a bit more than one hour per unit, or about 25 to 35 hours of labor for the average kitchen. Tack on more time for custom jobs.

What other projects should I do at the same time?

You’ll usually install new solid wood cabinets during a kitchen remodel; it also makes a lot of sense to put in new countertops, appliancesflooring, and plumbing fixtures and to paint your kitchen.

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