Your kitchen is often the hub of the home, so you want it to look its best. Whether you want to give your kitchen a refresh with new kitchen cabinet doors or you want a full new fitted kitchen, read our cost guides to get an idea of how much you should expect to spend on a range of kitchen jobs.
It’s possible to get a new kitchen on a budget – but we’re still talking thousands of pounds rather than hundreds. A budget kitchen with a laminate worktop and one wall of units with budget-brand oven, hob and cooker hood will cost around £5,000, plus labour of around £2,000, making the total cost £7,000. Shop around for units and appliances that have good ratings and reviews for their price to maximise your savings.
A kitchen with mid-range appliances, worktops made from laminate or wood and around 10 mid-range wall or base units will set you back around £11,000 in total, including labour. Remember that the final cost will depend on the exact amount of units and worktop space you need.
You can spend thousands on a luxury kitchen if you want to! For a premium look, choose quartz or granite worktops, high-end units and well-known brands of appliances. If you’ve got the space, go for an island too. A luxury kitchen could cost £25,000 or more – your budget really is the limit!
B&Q is generally cheaper for kitchens than Wickes. They have a range of kitchen units and worktops to choose from, giving you plenty of options for your new kitchen. However, it’s important to remember that cheapest doesn’t always mean best. While there are lots of good cheap kitchens out there, it can sometimes pay to choose something that costs a little more to get more years out of it. Very cheap kitchens aren’t likely to last as long and may need repairing or replacing much sooner than a mid-range kitchen.
The most expensive part of a kitchen remodel, after labour, tends to be the cabinets. This is because they are large items that require a lot of construction. Worktops can be pretty expensive per metre too – quartz and granite can cost as much as £1,150 per 5 metres of worktop – but you generally need less worktop than you need cabinets.
The key to getting a luxury kitchen on a budget is to shop around. Look for second-hand cabinets, appliances and worktops to get premium brands for less. Make sure you check online as well as in kitchen showrooms to get the best price on new items. Clever lighting, decoration and tiling will help you to create a luxurious look without the price tag.
However, make sure you set realistic expectations for your luxury kitchen. There’s a reason why luxury kitchens cost so much, and it’s unlikely you’ll get the same finish if you only spend a few thousand. Make sure you look at where you can save so you can spend out on the parts that you can’t get away with scrimping on.