The cost of a fitted kitchen: units, fitting, appliances and services
On average, people in the UK spend around £8,000 in fitting a new kitchen.
Taking the “standard” UK kitchen that’s used to calculate prices, (consisting of a sink and base unit, a double base unit, 3 single base units, 4 wall units, housing for an oven and dishwasher , worktops, handles and fixings) – for off-the-shelf kitchen units you could pay:
£1,000 at the budget end of the market using brands such as Ikea,£8-10,000 at the mid market (Moben, Magnet, Everest)£10-30,000+ at the high end.
If you’re thinking of having fully bespoke cabinetry – well the sky’s the limit.
These prices don’t include delivery, installation or appliances, decorating, flooring or tiling.
Installation for an average kitchen can be anything from £500 to £2000 depending on site and services condition – and again fitting bespoke units will cost significantly more.
Taking a typical list of kitchen appliances – washing machine, cooker hood, oven, hob, dishwasher and fridge freezer – can cost from £1,800 at the budget end of the market, averaging £2500 – but at the top end of the market a single extractor can cost over £3000.
You can still get a new kitchen on a tiny budget. If your kitchen units are in good general condition but are simply dated, it’s possible and straightforward to find companies that just supply new kitchen unit doors, drawer fronts and worktops. These can save you several thousands of pounds, while giving a new look and feel to your kitchen.
If you have a compact kitchen or are willing to do some basic DIY, it’s possible to spend far less than £1,000 – however if your DIY skills are less than brilliant, you could end up costing yourself in the long run. With current gas and electrical regulations, these services MUST be fitted by a trained and certified technician – so there is no such thing as a fully DIY kitchen.
Now thanks to e-bay and other furniture recycling sites, its easy to find second-hand kitchen units at a bargain price, but it’s vital to make sure that everything’s going to fit – and that care has been taken to avoid any damage to the kitchen units during removal and transportation – as often with old units it’s impossible to buy replacement parts that match.
Changes to your plumbing and electrical systems are another big cost implication. If you’re looking to save money design your kitchen in such a way that there is no need to modify their positions. The money savers are keeping the sink where it is and the cooker where it is. Water supplies and waste water are easy to move short distances but to move a sink to the other side of a room is going to cost. Move the oven and hob and you’ll be looking at moving the cooker supply circuit and or a gas supply.
The more services you move, the higher the cost (and the greater the disruption)
If you’re saving money – NEVER consider moving a boiler!