A Look at Kitchen Worktops and How Much They Cost to Replace

Changing the worktop of any kitchen can dramatically improve the appearance of the entire room, it’s considered by many home improvers to be an “easy win”.

This page contains a price guide for removing an existing worktop and replacing it with either a laminate, solid wood or granite worktop.

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Our Price Updated Worktop Price Guide

Back in 2014 and again in early 2018, we asked dozens of kitchen fitters and carpenters to provide us with a price to replace a kitchen worktop.

We’ve worked out the total cost for three different types; laminate, solid wood and granite.

Below you’ll find our updated price guide which compliments our guide to new kitchen costs and kitchen refurbishment prices.

Cost for a Typical “L” Shaped Kitchen Worktop

Worktops in kitchen

For this project, we asked our chosen contractors to give us a price for 3.5 metres of worktop with one corner section.

This is a relatively typical installation, but the gas hob will need to be disconnected for the duration of the work.

The worktop prices below include the cost of the labour, all materials and waste disposal.

Project 1 – Laminate Worktop:

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarger Business (5+ employees)
London Area£450.00£600.00
South, SW and Midlands£450.00£500.00
Outer Region and North£350.00£450.00
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Project 2 – Solid Wood Worktop:

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarger Business (5+ employees)
London Area£850.00£1050.00
South, SW and Midlands£875.00£950.00
Outer Region and North£750.00£850.00
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Project 3 – Granite Worktop:

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarger Business (5+ employees)
London Area£1850.00£2050.00
South, SW and Midlands£1700.00£1800.00
Outer Region and North£1600.00£1600.00
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Don’t forget we are assuming that reconnecting any gas/electric hobs etc. will be done “by the book”, i.e., by a qualified individual.

The granite has customised cuts for the sink, hob and tap holes and also includes recessed drainer grooves pre-cut into the granite.

We were unable to source enough quotes from small “one-man” type traders for this type of work. As the granite is custom cut, this is usually done by the same company that installs the product.

How Long Does it Take to Install New Kitchen Worktops?

For a standard kitchen with approx. 3.5 metres of wood or laminate worktop, allow around half a day for the work to be completed, although it may take slightly less.

Variations in Price

The prices shown on this page are an average of the figures given to us by our chosen contractors.

As mentioned in other articles on our site, the location of your property is a key factor in how much it costs to replace the kitchen worktop.

Tradespeople in London generally charge more than those based in other parts of the country.

Also, be wary when researching prices on the internet, during the recession labour prices dropped through the floor as out-of-work joiners and kitchen fitters competed against each other for work that was hard to come by.

Information on old web forums is notoriously out of date. Since 2012, labour prices have risen.

As always, the price will also be affected by the type of trader you get in to do the work, a one-man type of trader who is happy to earn a £25k a year is obviously going to be a lot cheaper than a company with dozens of employees and lots of additional overheads. ]

Traders with a turnover less than £88k don’t need to be registered for VAT either, so their quotes should be cheaper too.

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7 Responses to “A Look at Kitchen Worktops and How Much They Cost to Replace”

  1. JamesApril 2, 2015 at 9:07 am #

    This is a very interesting read and would be very helpful for lots of people looking to buy kitchen worktops. We often find people don’t understand whats involved with installing worktops and what can indeed affect the price.

  2. Susan neaveFebruary 28, 2016 at 4:34 pm #

    There’s more to this job than meets the eye

  3. Susan neaveFebruary 28, 2016 at 4:36 pm #

    This job is much harder than we had thought worktops fitted are not easy

  4. JanisMay 19, 2016 at 7:37 am #

    Interesting indeed. So the summary about costs: the larger company = higher costs

  5. jimmy macMay 26, 2016 at 11:28 pm #

    the part about cutting corners is a load of rubbish, if youre using a chipboard laminate worktop you need to use them to cap off the ends no matter how neat the cut is there will be exposed chipboard at one end.

    • Neily AJune 8, 2016 at 11:00 pm #

      I think the cutting corners is referring to a joining strip, this can be used to butt the worktops together but looks terrible and unprofessional. The worktops need to be jointed by use of a router and jig then clamped underneath, any visible ends will be covered with a matching laminate strip.

  6. James ObrienSeptember 4, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

    Site could be much better if you provided more information ie. How many lengths of worktop to be installed were being quoted (or kitchen size) for that price. Same goes for your decorating and other pages. Quotes need to be more specific. Lazy fact finding if you ask me.

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