Kitchen cabinet making is a specialised trade that requires tools and equipment that a general cabinetmaker may not have at their disposal. Because of the cost of equipment and the large work area required, the process of kitchen cabinet making has been streamlined to keep costs down. Here's what you need to know about choosing a kitchen cabinet maker without spending more than you need to on your new kitchen or kitchen renovation.
Choosing a Kitchen Cabinet Maker
If you are building a new home and need a kitchen or are replacing your existing kitchen, the best place to start is with a specialist kitchen cabinet making
company. Whether you choose a large kitchen manufacturer or a smaller local company, you should expect to receive the same level of service, including:
- Free measure and quote.
- Free kitchen design service.
- A choice between a wide variety of kitchen benchtop materials.
- A variety of door and drawer front materials to choose from.
- Installation service, including electrical and plumbing.
Many kitchen companies are also registered builders and can do interior renovations for you as needed.
You can also take a more do-it-yourself approach and buy a complete flatpack kitchen from a company such as IKEA
. You can use kitchen design software to help you with your design and hire independent kitchen installers to install the kitchen for you if you choose or install it yourself and save even more. You may, however, need to hire a licensed plumber
for new plumbing or electrical installations.
If you don't need a new or replacement kitchen, but just want to give your kitchen a facelift, there are other options to choose from. For example:
- If you want to replace your benchtop, get quotes from kitchen benchtop cabinet makers and suppliers. Besides being able to make your benchtop, they will also be able to professionally install it for you.
- If you want to add a kitchen island, pantry or cabinet to your existing kitchen, a local cabinet maker might be able to build and install it for you.
- Flatpack kitchen cabinets can be put together using common household tools. A flatpack drawer cabinet, for example, is an easy and inexpensive way to replace an existing cabinet that does not serve your purposes.
How Much do Kitchen Cabinet Makers Cost?*
When you buy a kitchen from a kitchen cabinet making company, you will be charged for the product you buy, including labour and materials. A small kitchen made from budget materials might cost $6,000-$7,000, including installation, while the same kitchen with high-end materials can cost $25,000 or more. Most kitchen companies will be happy to help you choose materials that will keep your new or replacement kitchen within your budget.
If you need someone to help you renovate your existing kitchen, they may charge an hourly rate, but this will be on top of any work they do for you in their shop. Rather than ask their hourly rate, though, ask for complete quotes. A more expensive cabinet maker may charge more per hour, but be able to complete your installation more quickly and efficiently than another less experienced cabinet maker.
*Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces.