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Replacing cupboard fronts is a great way to update your kitchen at a fraction of the cost when compared to a whole new kitchen! Most kitchens have carcases (that’s the actual frame of the cupboard) that are of similar size, so you can get new doors, drawer fronts and even kickboards to give your kitchen a makeover.
So how much should you expect to pay a joiner or kitchen fitter to replace the doors, kickboards and drawer fronts on a typical kitchen in a 3-bed house?
What is a fair and reasonable price to pay for this type of work?
Gathering Quotes and Getting a Bargain
As usual, we gathered several dozen quotes from kitchen fitters and joiners up and down the country. One thing we noticed very quickly was the huge difference in price between small local traders and the larger national companies.
Nearly every “national” company we asked to quote tried to sell us more than we needed. We told by several of these household names that it wasn’t possible to change only the doors, kickboards and drawer faces. According to them we needed new carcasses too.
We can only presume that there wasn’t enough profit in simply changing the fronts so we were given the high pressure sales pitch.
We have done our best to get an average cost for this type of work, but most of the quotes we received from the larger companies were on the steep side and several of them refused to quote unless they supplied the doors (surprise surprise).
So here are our prices, they are for labour, new hinges and screws etc. They EXCLUDE the cost of the doors, the kickboards, the drawer doors, handles and worktops. The kitchen worktops have been covered separately on our kitchen worktops page.
Doors, Drawer Fronts, kickboards and Handles – Labour Only
|Location||Small Business /Trader||Larger Business (5+ employees)|
|Need a Custom Price? >|
|South, SW and Midlands||£450.00||£1000.00|
|Outer Region and North||£450.00||N/A|
Don’t forget the quotes we received were for labour costs only. As you can see from the figures above, the quotes from the smaller businesses were quite reasonable but the national companies were sky high!
When we asked for quotes we also made sure the traders would be taking the waste materials away with them. But as businesses have to pay to dispose of waste, you may be able to save £50 or so by taking the waste material to your local council waste disposal yard.
As a general rule of thumb, follow these tips to ensure a smooth installation at a reasonable price:
- Get ball park figures from local kitchen fitters/joiners.
- Check their history online.
- Ask the reliable/trustworthy traders to visit the property to see if the carcasses are suitable for new doors/handles etc.
- Visit B&Q and other DIY stores and check stock levels, note down the sizes of the doors and communicate with your kitchen fitter.
- Make an allowance for unforeseen costs. Budget for an overrun in costs of 15% and you might be pleasantly surprised when you have some money left over at the end of the installation.
Worktops and Flooring
Our quotes don’t include the cost of new worktops or flooring but having these replaced would certainly finish off your “new” kitchen nicely!
If done correctly by a professional kitchen fitter/joiner then you can expect the kitchen to look as good as new, but there are pitfalls to this work. It can sometimes be fiddly to install the new doors without making a pigs ear of it! While this work can be done by a DIYer it would involve a good dose of patience and certainly some preparation work (i.e. measuring up properly!)
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