Their utility and simplicity make them enduringly popular so if you’ve joined their legions of devotees, you’ll want to know how much Shaker kitchen cabinets cost in order to draw up a budget for a kitchen with them at its heart.
Perhaps the most versatile of kitchen ideas, Shaker style can complement a huge variety of home styles. And the Goldilocks quality of Shaker kitchen ideas that shun the purely decorative yet still provide pleasing detail means they’re a favorite of many.
Whether you’re looking to swap existing cabinets for this style, or remodeling entirely, our guide to what Shaker kitchen cabinets cost has all the details you need.
How much do Shaker kitchen cabinets cost?
The key features of a Shaker kitchen make it a top choice for many people. But it’s important to know what you can expect to pay when you’re budgeting for new cabinets.
‘Installing new kitchen cabinets can cost anywhere between $2,000 and $10,600,’ explains Mallory Micetich, home expert at Angi. ‘This cost data covers all types of cabinets, including Shaker cabinets,’ she notes.
But what if you’ve decided Shaker is the only style for you? ‘Shaker cabinets are simple by nature, so they’re usually less expensive than more ornate kitchen cabinets,’ Mallory explains. ‘However, other cost factors, like whether the cabinets are custom or stock, will make more of an impact on your overall project cost than the style of cabinets you choose.’
The elements that are crucial to what the final bill for Shaker cabinets will be are all included in the guide below.
Mallory Micetich is a home care expert, with particular expertise in small home living and consumer protection. Currently renting in Austin, TX, she has been a homeowner, investor, and landlord over the last decade. She is committed to minimizing her environmental footprint and to small home living, having lived in only properties of 1,000 square feet or less.
How many cabinets you’ll need is, of course, a major influence on what the total bill for them will be.
‘Kitchen cabinets cost between $100 and $1,200 per linear foot,’ explains Mallory. ‘Because cabinets are priced by linear foot, the size of your kitchen is one of the biggest cost factors when installing new cabinets.
Installing new cabinets in a small kitchen can start at $2,000, while new cabinets for a large kitchen can cost $32,000 or more.
Here's how much it costs to install new kitchen cabinets in small, medium and large-sized kitchens: 10 x 10 foot kitchen: $2,000 to $24,000; 12 x 12 foot kitchen: $2,400 to $28,800; 12 x 15 foot kitchen: $2,700 to $32,400.’
The kitchen cabinet style – Shaker – is decided, but you’ll also need to choose between different types of cabinets.
‘You can choose pre-made stock, semi-custom or custom cabinets,’ advises Mallory. ‘Pre-made stock cabinets are the most affordable option, costing between $100 and $300 per linear foot.
‘Semi-custom cabinets give you some flexibility while still being relatively affordable, costing between $150 and $650 per linear foot.
‘Custom cabinets give you a high level of flexibility, but they also come at a higher price point. Expect to pay up to $1,200 or more per linear foot for custom cabinets.’
Focus on what the cabinets are made from as this will also factor into the cost of a new kitchen. ‘Most Shaker cabinets are made out of wood, which comes at a variety of price points,’ says Mallory. ‘Depending on the type of wood you choose, expect to pay between $5,000 and $25,000 for your Shaker cabinets.’
Removal of old cabinets
Don’t forget to count the cost of stripping out the current kitchen cabinets ready to put Shaker designs into the room. ‘If you need to remove your old cabinets, you’ll have to pay extra for proper removal and disposal,’ says Mallory.
‘Ask your pro if the removal cost is included in the overall project cost. If not, you’ll need to budget an extra $300 to $500 for removal.’
Installation of new cabinets is also an important consideration when drawing up a budget.
‘Labor is one of the biggest cost factors when installing cabinets,’ says Mallory. ‘Expect to pay between $50 and $450 per linear foot for labor. The type of cabinets you choose will impact the total labor cost. For example, stock cabinets are usually on the lower end of the spectrum, while fully custom cabinets may cost $450 or more to install.’
Are Shaker cabinets more expensive than flat cabinets?
If you are looking to remodel a kitchen on a budget, you might be considering whether flat cabinets, which lack the detail of Shaker designs, might cost less. However, although there is a difference, it isn’t large. ‘Shaker cabinets and flat cabinets are usually priced similarly, with Shaker cabinets leaning slightly more expensive,’ says Mallory Micetich, home expert at Angi. ‘For example, custom Shaker cabinets cost $25 to $80 per door, while custom flat cabinets cost $25 to $75 per door.’
Shaker kitchens’ popularity rests on their enduring elegance. They’re also versatile when it comes to kitchen color. White Shaker kitchens can be space stretching, but there are a range of colors for Shaker kitchen cabinets that complement their design and allow the creation of individual style.
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