How much should oak cabinets cost?

Answered by Jeffrey Anderson ~ January 8, 2013 ~ No Comments

My kitchen is approximately 12' x 16'. How much should I budget for purchasing oak wood kitchen cabinets and their installation?

Jeffrey Anderson

Installing new cabinets during a kitchen remodel is one home improvement project that has options for just about any budget. Oak is a very popular choice for kitchen cabinets so manufacturers normally provide selections in the species in just about every price range.

The best method for determining the potential cost for your project is to establish a layout so you'll know how many and what types of kitchen cabinets are needed. A kitchen that's 12' x 16' is large enough that there should be many possibilities.

A single row of wall and base cabinets is usually the most economical arrangement, but it's important to pick a layout that fits your lifestyle. If you spend a lot of time in the room and enjoy cooking, the most budget-friendly layout may not always suffice.

It might be a good idea to work with a kitchen designer to ensure you're getting an arrangement that works for you as well as your budget. However, keep in mind that every cabinet you add can increase the price of your remodeling project -- not only do you have the cost of the unit, you also have the installation and extra length of countertop.

The style of the kitchen cabinets you choose can also have a big affect on the project's cost. Solid wood cabinets normally last longer than those made of particle board and veneer and can add more value to your home, but they are also more expensive. Specialty cabinets such as those that have cutting boards or spice racks normally cost a little more than standard door or drawer units.

One option to consider if you are somewhat handy with tools is ready-to-assemble cabinets. These are much the same as the units offered by the major manufacturers, but you put them together at your home. While assembly can vary depending on who makes them, in many cases all that's needed is a screwdriver. Using RTA cabinets can allow you to have solid wood units in your kitchen, but still keep your remodeling project within budget.

Door configuration is another consideration that can affect the cost of your oak cabinets. A flat panel door is normally less than those that require more time to make such as those with raised or recessed fronts.

The number of options available when choosing oak cabinets for your kitchen makes the advice of an experienced contractor invaluable. Consider filling out the form on this website to find a prescreened, certified contractor in your area and receive a quote on your project. The contractors are licensed, bonded, and insured.*

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