How to Find Cabinets in Your Budget

How to Find Cabinets in Your Budget

Remodeling your kitchen is an exciting but potentially overwhelming project, especially when it comes to budgeting. With the national average cost for a 10' x 10' kitchen remodel (including cabinets, countertops, flooring, and appliances) ranging from $13,500 to $38,000, finding ways to save money is crucial. One of the most significant expenses in a kitchen remodel is the cabinetry, which can account for up to 40% of the total cost. Here are some tips to help you choose kitchen cabinets that fit both your style and budget.

Opt for Stock or Semi-Custom Cabinets

Buying stock or semi-stock cabinets is a great way to save money compared to custom or semi-custom options. Stock cabinets are mass-produced, readily available, and come in standard sizes and finishes. They are the most affordable option and can be a good choice if you have a straightforward kitchen layout.

Semi-custom cabinets offer more flexibility in styles, finishes, and sizes while remaining more affordable than fully custom cabinets. They allow for additional features like pullouts, lazy Susans, spice racks, and cutlery trays, giving you the benefits of custom cabinets without the high price tag.

Quick Tip - Save on Shipping Costs

Pick up the cabinets yourself if you have the means, eliminating shipping costs altogether.

Consider the Material and Construction

The material of your cabinets plays a significant role in the overall cost. Cabinets are constructed from either plywood or particle board. Some common wood species these can be made from include cherry, maple, oak, and alder. Plywood is generally a better choice compared to particle board due to its durability and resistance to moisture. 

Choose Simple Styles and Designs

If you’re trying to save money, simpler designs are usually more affordable. Shaker style cabinets are a popular choice because they offer a good balance between price and quality. While raised panel doors and intricate designs can add up to 20% to the cost, Shaker cabinets provide a classic look without the high price tag.

Be Mindful of Hardware Choices

The cost of knobs, pulls, and handles can vary widely based on the material and style. Wood and plastic options are cheaper than metal or stone. The number of cabinets and the complexity of installation also affect the final cost. Choose budget-friendly hardware to keep costs down without sacrificing style.

Optimize Cabinet Configuration

The size of your kitchen greatly impacts the cost of cabinets. For an average 10' x 10' kitchen, minimizing the number of wall cabinets and opting for open shelving or floor-to-ceiling pantries can be more cost-effective. Configuration helps find the most efficient and functional layout for your space.

Understand Custom Cabinets and Installation Costs

Custom cabinets are tailored to your specific dimensions and preferences, making them the most expensive option. Detailed designs, unique storage solutions, and specialized hardware add to the cost. Installation costs can vary based on the size, shape, and location of your kitchen, typically accounting for about 10% of the total cabinet cost.

Additional Tips and Information

- Allocate about 40% of your kitchen remodel budget to cabinets.

- Stock cabinets cost around $200-300 per linear foot, semi-custom $250-700, and custom $500-1,200.

- Styles to consider include Shaker, Slab, Cathedral Raised, Square Raised, Mullion, Open Frame, Arch Raised, Louvered, and Beadboard.


By carefully choosing your materials, styles, and configurations, you can achieve a stylish, functional kitchen without breaking the bank. Prioritize your needs, consider all options, and make informed decisions to maximize your kitchen remodel investment.

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