How Much Does it Cost to Update a Kitchen by Replacing Cupboard Doors, Drawer Fronts and Plinths?

Did you know that you can replace cupboard doors, drawer fronts and plinths without replacing the units?

Most kitchens in the UK are made with units of a similar universal size, making it easier to replace parts.

This is a great way to update a kitchen but at a fraction of the cost you would expect to pay for an entirely new kitchen.

On this page, you’ll find our price guide, recently updated for 2018.

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Our Price Guide

In 2015 we got in touch with dozens of kitchen fitters and local tradespeople, we asked them to provide us with a price to refurbish our kitchen with new door and drawer fronts as well as new plinths.

We then published a price guide based on the figures given to us.

in 2018, we repeated the process and updated the prices that you’ll now see on this page.

Doors, Drawer Fronts, kickboards and Handles – Labour Only

The prices shown below exclude VAT, which some smaller firms don’t need to charge.

The figures also exclude the cost of the parts and waste disposal.

Our kitchen is a galley and is in a 3-bed home:

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarger Business (5+ employees)
London Area£650.00£1200.00
South, SW and Midlands£600.00£1100.00
Outer Region and NorthN/AN/A
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Get a Price For the Parts

There are several websites where you can get a price for the replacement parts, don’t forget hinges and door handles.

We suggest you measure your existing doors and then check out these sites:

Hot Doors

Kitchen Door Workshop

Lark and Larks

General Advice/Tips

As a general rule of thumb, follow these tips to ensure a smooth installation at a reasonable price:

  • Get ballpark figures from local kitchen fitters/joiners for the labour cost.
  • Check their history online.
  • Ask the reliable/trustworthy traders to visit the property to see if the carcases are suitable for new doors/handles etc.
  • Visit online stores that sell kitchen doors and drawer fronts and check the prices.
  • Make an allowance for unexpected costs. If you budget for an overrun in material costs of 15%, you can’t go far wrong.

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.

This page contains a price guide for kitchen worktops and here is a guide to floor tiling costs.

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