If your kitchen is looking tired, a great way to update it without breaking the bank is to replace your kitchen doors. Not only will you save money on a new kitchen, you’re also doing your bit for the planet by keeping most of your kitchen in use for longer.
So how much should kitchen door replacement cost? We’ll go through it in our guide.
How much it costs to replace your kitchen doors depends on how many doors you have, how big your worktops are and what material you want your kitchen doors to be made from.
Here are the average costs to expect for kitchen door replacement:
Standard kitchen cupboard door (supply only)
Tall kitchen cupboard door (supply only)
Carpenter/joiner hourly rate
Our carpenter and joiner hourly rate is an average range based on our members across the UK. To get a more accurate idea of how much the labour part of replacing your kitchen doors will cost, take a look at our table further down the page.
We’ve analysed our database of rates for carpenters from all around the country and created estimates for labour in many towns and cities in the UK, so you can get a more accurate idea of how much your carpenter or joiner will charge.
The material you choose for your kitchen cabinet doors will affect the cost. The cheapest type of kitchen cupboard door is chipboard, which could set you back as little as £30. However, wood or high-quality MDF could cost £150 or more.
While it could be tempting to go for the cheapest option, it might not be cost-effective in the long term. Chipboard isn’t very strong and will be affected by water more quickly, so you may have to replace chipboard kitchen doors more quickly than if you spent more on higher-quality cupboard doors.
Make sure you shop around before making a decision on your kitchen cupboard door material, as different brands will have different levels of quality.
The style of kitchen cabinet door you choose will also have an impact on cost. Kitchen cupboard doors with no handles are very popular these days, and you can often pick these up cheaply.
Another popular style of kitchen cabinet door is the shaker style, which are rectangular or square doors with a recessed smaller rectangle or square in the middle. They often come with circular door knobs.
Shaker cabinets look fantastic in farmhouse-style or period kitchens, but they are generally more expensive than other styles of kitchen cabinet doors.
As you’d expect, the more kitchen units you have, the more it will cost to reface them. A carpenter may charge you per door rather than an hourly or daily rate, but you should be able to discuss the most cost-effective option with them before agreeing on a price.
Where you live will have the biggest impact on labour costs to replace your kitchen doors. The cost of living varies widely across the UK, so carpenters in different areas charge different hourly rates.
Labour costs are generally highest in London and the south east, with other major cities following close behind. Rates in Scotland and the north of England tend to be among the lowest in the country.
Make sure you take a look at our table further down the page and find for your area to get a more accurate idea of how much a carpenter will charge to replace your kitchen cupboard doors.
You’ll find plenty of choice for new kitchen cabinet doors in DIY stores like B&Q and Wickes. It’s also worth looking in stores like Homebase, Wren Kitchens and Howdens.
However, there are also lots of specialist kitchen door companies that may have higher-quality kitchen cupboard doors and a wider range of sizes and styles. It’s worth looking online too, as many online retailers will offer free returns if you don’t like the kitchen door once it’s been delivered.
It’s certainly cheaper to just replace your cabinet doors rather than the entire kitchen. You could spend between £700-£1,500 on replacing all of your kitchen cupboard doors, but an entire kitchen renovation could cost as much as £6,000-£10,000 – with luxury kitchens coming in at £20,000+.
If you’re on a budget, replacing just your cabinet doors is the way to go.
It’s definitely worth thinking about simply replacing your kitchen cabinet doors if you’re happy with the rest of your kitchen. Not only is it much cheaper, you’ll also be reducing your carbon footprint since you haven’t bought newly-manufactured units and worktops, and you’ll be sending less waste to landfill.
New kitchen doors can completely change the look of your kitchen without breaking the bank. We certainly think it’s worth replacing them rather than splashing out on an entirely new kitchen before you need one.
In general, it’s cheaper to paint cabinet doors if you or a painter and decorator is painting them by hand using a brush. Paint for kitchen cabinets will cost up to £25 per litre, while a decorator’s day rate varies between £250-£400.
However, if you’re getting your kitchen doors resprayed, this could cost more than replacing them. Spray painting your kitchen cabinets gives them a smooth, even finish, but it could cost between £800-£1,600 to respray kitchen cabinets in an average kitchen.
Whether you choose to paint or replace your kitchen doors is largely down to personal choice. It’s worth looking at the condition of your cabinet doors before you choose to paint them. If they are in bad condition, it might make more financial sense to replace them now, as you may paint them and then have to replace them a short while later if their condition deteriorates further.
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|New fitted kitchen cost||£11000|
|Cost for kitchen cupboard door replacement||£460|