If you’re thinking of having a new kitchen installed, you’re probably already reeling at the potential expense. Fitted kitchen prices can be staggeringly high, and even a budget project can cost thousands of pounds.
However, if you’ve got your eye on some designer brands and shiny appliances, then it’s likely to cost a lot more than that. The size and shape of your kitchen, combined with your dream layout, will have a major impact on the expense, as well as the time it’ll take your contractors to complete.
While there are many ways in which the cost of your new kitchen can be inflated, there are a good few ways of reducing costs along the way with some savvy spending and insider knowledge.
In this article, we’ll be covering how much a new kitchen costs, what affects the cost of a new kitchen, how to save money on a new kitchen, what’s involved in replacing a kitchen, what are some cheap ways of upgrading your kitchen and how to find and hire a professional kitchen fitter.
If you’re sick of the sight of your old worktops and chipped kitchen tiles, keep reading to find out the best way to upgrade your cooking space without breaking the bank.
How Much Does a New Kitchen Cost?
The cost for a new kitchen varies considerably depending on quite a few factors. The size of your kitchen, the condition it is in, as well as your desired materials can help to raise or lower your project’s fee.
Let’s take a look at the prices associated with a small kitchen, based on a size of 10 square metres, and working to a tight budget. Costs for appliances for the budget option have been sourced from high street retailers.
|Item||Estimated Supply Cost|
|MDF kitchen units x 8||£900 to £2,000 (average cost £1,400)|
|Nickel effect doorknobs and handles||£2 to £15 each|
|Laminate worktop||£90 to £250 per 3 metres|
|Laminate upstand||£30 to £45 per 3 metres|
|Tempered glass splashback||£40 to £90 each|
|Stainless steel sink (single bowl)||£35 to £220 each|
|Chrome monobloc tap||£35 to £180 each|
|Freestanding fridge freezer (58 centimetres)||£200 to £450 each|
|Electric cooker (60 centimetres)||£200 to £500 each|
|Cooker hood (60 centimetres)||£90 to £300 each|
|Dishwasher||£200 to £600 each|
|Washer/dryer||£300 to £550 each|
|Professional fitting costs||£240 to £600 for 2 to 3 days of labour|
Total estimated cost without appliances: from £1,386 to £3,505 including professional fitting costs. Prices sourced from high street retailers.
Total estimated cost with appliances: from £2,376 to £5,905 including new appliances and professional fitting costs. Prices sourced from high street retailers.
As you can see, the biggest price comes from the kitchen units – the cabinetry. These will always be made to fit your kitchen’s space, so will naturally incur a higher price point than other off-the-shelf items on the list.
For eight MDF kitchen units, you can expect to pay £900 to £2,000, with an average cost of £1,400 for supply-only. To complete this, nickel effect door knobs and handles have been chosen which are between £2 to £15 each.
As this is a budget option, laminate finishes have been selected, such as for the worktop and the backsplash, coming in at £90 to £250 per three metres and £30 to £45 per three metres respectively.
A single bowl stainless steel sink has been chosen, which costs between £35 and £220; while a chrome monobloc tap will finish the set at £35 to £180 each.
For appliances, a freestanding fridge freezer of around 58 centimetres will cost £200 to £450, with an electric cooker and cooker hood (both of 60 centimetres) costing between £200 and £500, and £90 to £300 respectively.
The dishwasher costs between £200 to £600, and the washer/dryer between £300 to £550. Finally, the cost to have all of this fitted will be around £240 to £600 depending on your location and the experience level of the labourers, for around two to three days of work
Now, let’s consider a small mid-range kitchen of around 10 square metres. Costs for appliances for the mid-range option have been sourced from specialist kitchen suppliers.
|Item||Estimated Supply Cost|
|MDF kitchen units x 8||£1,500 to £5,400 (average cost £3,100)|
|Satin nickel doorknobs and handles||£10 to £30 each|
|Solid prime oak worktop||£200 to £310 per 3 metres|
|Solid prime oak upstand||£35 to £50 per 3 metres|
|Ceramic tile splashback||£20 to £80 per square metre|
|Stainless steel undermount sink||£180 to £250|
|Chrome monobloc tap||£160 to £290|
|Integrated fridge freezer (58 centimetres)||£550 to £1,000|
|Electric range cooker (90 centimetres)||£500 to £1,500|
|Cooker hood (90 centimetres)||£300 to £600|
|Integrated dishwasher||£400 to £800|
|Integrated washer/dryer||£700 to £1,100|
|Professional fitting costs||£480 to £800 for 3 to 4 days of labour|
Total estimated cost without appliances: from £2,655 to £7,420 including professional fitting costs. Prices sourced from specialist kitchen suppliers.
Total estimated cost with appliances: from £5,105 to £12,420 including professional fitting costs. Prices sourced from specialist kitchen suppliers.
Coming in at a slightly higher price than before, the mid-range cabinetry costs between £1,500 to £5,400, with an average cost of £3,100 for eight units. These will be finished with satin nickel door knobs and handles, equating to £10 to £30 each.
For the worktop and upstand, solid prime oak wood has been selected. This is £200 to £310 per three metres, and £35 to £50 for the same size respectively.
An under-mount sink has been chosen, which is more expensive than an overmount, in stainless steel for between £180 to £250, which is finished with a chrome monobloc tap for £160 to £290.
The fridge/freezer has been integrated into this example, totalling £550 to £1,000, and an electric range cooker and hood cost £500 to £1,000, and £500 to £1,500 respectively.
Also integrated is the dishwasher, totalling £400 to £800, and the washer/dryer, which is between £700 to £1,100. Finally, the cost to have this all fitted is between £480 to 800 per day for a timeframe of around three to four days of labour.
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What Affects the Cost of a New Kitchen?
The list is practically endless when it comes to the things that can affect the cost of a new kitchen – with a few hidden costs that you might not necessarily expect, too.
Size of Kitchen
Understandably, the larger your kitchen, the higher the price you can expect to pay to have it renovated.
Number of Kitchen Units and the Quality
Most kitchen units nowadays – unless top of the line or bespoke – are built using MDF for the carcass. Budget kitchen unit doors are also made from MDF, but mid-range and higher-end doors have either an MDF door frame with a solid wood panel, or are made entirely of solid wood.
Whether or not you choose MDF for solid wood will determine the price you can expect to pay on your kitchen renovation. Especially for larger kitchens with more surface area, the higher quality materials can see your project fees skyrocket as there is so much space to cover.
Choice of Worktop
There’s no one-size-fits-all worktop – you can choose from laminate, solid wood, solid surface, stone, concrete, glass, or even stainless steel.
Prices will differ depending on the type you choose, with composite worktops and glass worktops being substantially more than laminate or some types of stainless steel.
Worktop Length and Design
Consider whether or not you’ll want cut-outs for sinks, tap holes, and hobs in your worktops, as well as extras such as drainer grooves, integrated stainless steel hot rods to rest hot pans, bespoke features such as edge profiling and curved worktop corners.
You may already have traditional pendant lights or downlights but may want to consider whether you want to upgrade your kitchen design by adding under-cabinet lighting or LED strip lighting above the kitchen units.
You will likely need a range of appliances and these will all come with their own individual costs. Some examples of common appliances are:
- Fridge or fridge-freezer
- Extractor hood
- Wine fridge
Kitchen Fitting Costs
Kitchen fitting companies charge between £120 to 200 a day for fitting, but this depends on the size of your kitchen, number of units, and whether you’d like the company to do any necessary plumbing/electrical/gas work, or whether you intend to hire your own contractors for those jobs.
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Other things to consider when managing your kitchen renovation budget are:
- Worktop upstands and splashbacks
- Sink and taps
- Doorknobs and drawer pulls
- Choice of flooring and underfloor heating
- Electrical work (lighting, extra sockets for worktop appliances, sockets and isolator switches for a new electric cooker/fridge/freezer)
- Plumbing work (for taps but also waste line for a dishwasher or washing machine)
- Tiling (either for floors or walls)
- Whether you need a gas engineer to fit a gas line for your cooker
- Plastering, painting, and decorating
- Removing your old kitchen units and disposing of any rubbish from the renovation.
How Can I Save Money on a New Kitchen?
It’s easy to see how a new kitchen can seem like an unattainable goal, with costs spiralling out of control easily. But there are ways to save money on a new kitchen, and we’ll explain them now.
Set a Budget Before You Start Looking
One of the most important things to do if you’re trying to save money on your kitchen is to set a budget before you even start looking. This means you don’t have the chance to fall in love with expensive gadgets or costly cabinets – instead, you can instantly dismiss them as unaffordable.
Knowing how much you can afford will help you make rational choices. It also means that if you discover something expensive you just can’t live without, you can try and cut costs in other areas.
Know Your Dream Kitchen
Though it’s important not to do too much kitchen shopping before you’ve determined your budget, it is a good idea to know what you’d like.
Many designers offer a freebie service where they’ll come and measure your kitchen and draw you up a design – however, sometimes these consultants charge a fee upwards of £50. Having a few ideas of your own, such as wanting an island, allows you to avoid unnecessary consultancy expenses.
Remove Your Old Kitchen
A spot of DIY is always a good way to save money, and taking out the old components of your kitchen could even make you money. If you’re up for a project, you can take out all the old cabinets and sell them; you’d be surprised who will pay £20 or more for a few old cupboards.
Though you shouldn’t touch gas appliances without a professional, you could also get rid of electrical appliances. You might be able to sell these, or some repair companies will be eager to have these for free; no bad thing when disposal fees can cost over £150.
Alternatively, you can hire professional companies to remove your old units. These companies work carefully, but typically charge £300 to £500, which may not be very economical depending on how much you get for your second-hand kitchen units.
Sell Your Old Units
If you want to sell your kitchen units through a specialist company, make sure you ask how much they charge in commission and whether there’s a minimum fee to sell. For example, some companies say they charge X% commission, but the minimum commission fee is £1,000.
If you want to try selling your kitchen, online marketplaces like Gumtree charge the lowest fees.
Try Not To Move The Plumbing
Where possible, try not to rejig your kitchen so much that it requires extra plumbing or pipework to be fitted.
In the case of your kitchen sink, the cost of moving it will be far greater than if you can stand to have a replacement one fitted into the existing space where all the pipes are geared towards.
This is also true of moving the entire kitchen to a different room in your property. This will require additional gas, electricity and plumbing to be installed and re-routed, which will bump up your costs considerably when compared to what you can expect to pay if you’re just having a standard re-fit.
It’s not impossible, but it will cost more money, so it’s something to avoid if you’re trying to save.
Many companies now buy and sell second-hand or ex-display kitchens, which can save you thousands.
If you buy a second-hand or ex-display kitchen, make sure you see the units in person before you purchase so you can be sure of the quality – also, make sure you measure very carefully so you know the units will fit, as you likely won’t be able to return the products like you would if they were standard store stock.
Don’t Scrimp on Rewiring and Installation
The kitchen can be a dangerous place with all those wires, so it’s essential to get a qualified electrician in to do any re-wiring. This could cost between £300 and £900 depending on the size of the job and the number of appliances you have.
In addition, since 2008 all electricians have to ensure your kitchen has a residual current device (RCD). If you don’t have one, you’ll have to have one installed which will push up rewiring costs.
There are still a few opportunities to save money, however. For example, some electrical ovens come with a plug, so you don’t have to pay installation costs.
Research and Compare Cupboards and Worktops
When it comes to keeping kitchen costs down, research is essential. In general, the more straightforward a product is, the cheaper it will be.
For instance, a standard wall unit won’t be as expensive as a rounded corner cabinet or one with a glass inlay. You should expect to pay around £3,250 to £5,250 for a range of good quality units to fit an average-sized kitchen.
Like units, worktops can vary considerably in price, too. For example, fitted laminate worktops for an average-sized kitchen may cost £2,000 to £3,000.
Wood, granite and marble, meanwhile, can easily head over the £4,000 mark. If you decide to choose wood, negotiate with fitters to stain and seal it yourself as this will save in labour costs.
One of the most expensive outlays for a new kitchen is the appliances. This is where shopping around can really help.
First, think about the appliances you need, how you’ll use them and if you really need that huge, American-style double fridge freezer, for example. Some retailers offer cash-back on specific products, so it’s well worthwhile heading online and looking for deals.
Avoid Fancy Accessories
Adding a fancy tap, an elaborate doorknob or having all your drawers soft-close will bust your budget almost instantly.
You should always be on the lookout for hidden extras. For example, you might think handleless cabinets would be less expensive when, in fact, they cost a lot more than having a simple but stylish handle.
Don’t Forget the Flooring
One area that’s often forgotten, yet can spiral out of control regarding cost, is the floor.
If you’re trying to save money, consider laminate or vinyl.
Though the idea might sound horrifying, modern products have come a long way from the plastic-looking floors of the past and are very realistic and emulate wood or tiles extremely well.
At just a few hundred pounds for your average kitchen, they’re far cheaper than other flooring options and can be a great way of keeping costs low while still getting the look and style you want.
Use a Local Kitchen Fitter
Finally, it’s a good idea to use a local fitter instead of the ones offered by your kitchen supplier.
You can use HouseholdQuotes to find trusted carpenters who are often able to install your kitchen at a fraction of the price. In some cases, local fitters have relationships with kitchen specialists too, allowing you to get discounts or wholesale prices on units, worktops and fittings.
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What’s Involved in Replacing a Kitchen?
The first job in any kitchen renovation will involve removing the old fitted kitchen to make way for the updated version.
If you’re moving into a property and are planning on taking the old suite out, you can ask the owners if they’d consider removing it before you get in to save you the hassle when you get there. This can also be a haggling point if you’re selling your property and want to get a little bit more for it, as removing the old suite and disposing of it can help the buyers out.
You can be in a position to sell on the old kitchen suite on resale websites, so it’s worth taking your time and some care while taking out the old set as it’ll improve the price you’ll be able to command for the purchase of it.
Plans will be drawn up for the prospective new fitting, including where cabinets will be and any appliances. At this point, it’s good to know whether or not gas, water or electrical points will need to be changed as this can affect the timeline of the project, as well as the predicted fee for completion.
If you’re engaging with a kitchen stylist or architect, they’ll produce drawings for you to then take to your contractor to have them turn into a reality.
Depending on what’s being added or fitted, you may need to enlist the help of a gas professional to settle in your new hob or oven, as this is something you shouldn’t tackle yourself due to the high risks. Similarly, you shouldn’t take on any of the electrical wirings yourself and should leave that to the professionals.
If you need any new pipework laying for additional plumbing or waste pipes, your plumber will take care of this for you while the fitting is taking place.
Once the cabinets are fitted and any fixtures or appliances are in place, the ground will need to be finished off to whatever specification you have decided on, as well as re-plastering of walls where required.
Flooring will be added, as well as any free-standing items like a floating unit, and you can finalise the space with some finishing touches to make it your own.
What Are Some Cheap Ways To Update My Kitchen?
If replacing your entire kitchen is outside of your current budget but you still want to make some noticeable changes to your space, here are some ideas on how to update your current kitchen without spending a vast sum:
Spray Paint Your Units
Kitchen cabinetry is the most expensive part of a kitchen renovation, so while you’re living with your current ones, why not have your units spray-painted, or paint them yourself, to switch up the feel of the room?
You can even apply adhesive layers to them to make the style change instantly, and these can easily be removed without residue when it comes to replacing the actual units.
Replace Your Worktop
If your budget allows, replacing your worktop can be a great way of rejuvenating your kitchen. If you have an old work surface that is covered in scratches or chips, do away with it and have something fresh laid in its place.
Change Your Doorknobs
This is incredibly easy to do, and possibly the most low-cost change you can make to your kitchen. By buying some different knobs or drawer pulls, you can change the look of your kitchen’s cabinets and drawers pretty much instantly, without the help of anyone else.
Add More Lighting
To brighten up your kitchen, try adding a few more lights to the space. Adding a table lamp to your work surface can brighten up dark corners, or adding in adhesive spotlights underneath your cabinets can help to shine the light down onto the worktops to make food preparation that little bit more pleasurable.
Create a Statement Wall
Want to change up the walls? Pick the feature wall and strip it from its existing wallpaper, and then cover it with something fresh and new, like a bold colour or a striking pattern.
Invest in Accessories
In complementary colours, add in a new set of storage canisters for your tea and coffee, new tea towels, or a colourful set of chair cushions or chair pads to add some life into the kitchen.
Clear the Clutter
Probably the least fun option, but perhaps the one with the biggest impact (as well as being free), is clearing the unwanted and unneeded clutter from your kitchen.
If your worktops are covered in post, leaflets and magazines, tidy them away somewhere to leave the surfaces clear of clutter. Similarly, if your drawers and cupboards are overflowing with things you don’t use, take them out so that when you’re using your kitchen, it’s a nice experience and not a stressful balancing act of too many mugs.
How Do I Find and Hire a Professional Kitchen Fitter?
Have your friends, family or neighbours had work done recently in their kitchen? Asking for their contractor’s details can be a great way of securing the name of someone reputable and trustworthy, as your friends (hopefully!) won’t want to share their details with you if they turned out to be no good for them.
If no one has had work done recently, then turning to an online search is a great option. Using HouseholdQuotes, you can quickly and easily search for a contractor in your area capable of fitting your kitchen professionally.
This cuts a lot of time out of your search which would have otherwise been spent hopping back and forth from web pages and tabs to compare traders to one another – with HouseholdQuotes, you can see everything you need on one page, and compare straight away.
Ensuring the Professional Is the Right Fit
As with all our renovation articles, we always suggest you get hold of a written quote as soon as possible when talking with your potential contractors.
The home renovation industry is sadly rife with rogue and cowboy traders, who are out to get your money and give you nothing back in return – other than empty pockets and wasted time. By obtaining a written quote, and later a written and signed proposal, you can be sure that what they offer you on day one is what you receive when work begins, with agreed timeframes and costs outlined so nothing can catch you out once work begins.
When researching your contractors, it’s a good idea to look at their experience and any relevant videos or photos of their past work to figure out if they are a good fit for you. If you have a particularly tricky space with tight corners or exceptionally high ceilings, you want to make sure the contractor can finish the job to the standard you require – if they have this type of work already in their repertoire, it’ll give you a sense of trust when booking them.
Reading up on their references can also shine a light on their credibility – as it’s incredibly easy to write something about yourself on your own website, but it’s a lot harder to get individuals to do that for you on your behalf.
Finally, checking that your trader has the appropriate insurance to cover themselves and you while working is essential. You don’t want to be left liable for any damages they may cause throughout the work, so find this out in the first instance to avoid any surprises.
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If you want to take the plunge and change up your kitchen for something entirely new, having it re-fitted can be the best option. Whether or not you’re changing the entire space, or just switching up a few appliances, here’s our final checklist to make sure you make the right choices along the way:
- Define your budget, and let your choices be led by this during your project
- Can you afford an entire re-fit, or would it be best to just make some cosmetic changes in the first instance, such as changing the worktops, painting the walls and switching in a few tonal accessories?
- Consider what would make the most impact on your day-to-day life and movements in the kitchen. Do you want a bigger sink, or would a larger hob be more beneficial? If you can’t afford everything at once, pick out smaller projects to gradually chip away at
- Remove your old kitchen suite carefully, and look to resell it on a second-hand website to help recoup some of the expenditure of the kitchen re-fit
- Find a contractor suitable for your needs using HouseholdQuotes to help to save your project fees by up to 40%
- Ensure you get a written quote before any work begins to you know exactly what is included in your terms and conditions
- Where possible, try not to move plumbing or gas appliances as this will require extra plumbing or gas work to be carried out which will incur higher fees
- Finally, make sure you’re happy with your quote before settling on it and make sure your contractor has insurance to cover the work they’ll be doing in your home.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can a New Kitchen Increase the Value of My Home?
It’s important to consider that your particular style might not match that of the potential buyer’s, so if you’re looking to add in a new kitchen to sell your house quickly afterwards, make sure it’s a standard style that’ll suit multiple tastes, and not something bespoke to you and your wants.
What’s the Best Material for a Kitchen Worktop?
You can choose from a whole host of worktops, from wood to composite to resin or even glass – but when considering durability and effectiveness, the top player is usually composite for the combination of being hardwearing while looking sleek and attractive – but it is far more expensive than other options.
Can You Use Hardwood Flooring in a Kitchen?
Hardwood floors aren’t good for spaces where the humidity is likely to change often, such as a hot kitchen where it heats up with cooking and cools down again overnight, to repeat the same cycle the next day.
A better flooring option would be engineered wood if you want the same look and feel but without any of the humidity effects that hardwood can hold.
What’s the Most Expensive Part of a Kitchen Renovation?
For this reason, it’s a good idea to really think about the type of cabinet you want in your kitchen, as it’s not something you’ll be wanting to rip out and add in again in a few months.
Although in rental properties, it’s common to see adhesives attached to the surfaces to change the colour temporarily over the rental period, this isn’t a long-term solution, and shouldn’t be considered as a backup plan if you don’t like the finish of your cabinets once they’re fitted.
Can You Move a Kitchen to the Front of Your House?
It’s not an impossible task, but it is something to seriously consider before embarking upon when looking at the price you’ll be expected to pay to have it done. It’s also important to think about the resale opportunities and if this layout will be appealing to future buyers, or if it’s best to keep the kitchen in its original positioning.
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