I often get asked how much does a fitted kitchen cost, but it’s impossible to give a simple answer. How much does a car cost? Depending on whether you want a ford Fiesta or an Aston Martin, anything from £5,000 to £100,000. Kitchens are the same, based on several criteria.
1. Effect of fitting on fitted kitchen cost
Your fitted kitchen cost will depend on who does the fitting. If you go to one of the high street chains, such as Wickes, Magnet or Wren, you’ll pay a fortune. On the other hand, you can hire a general builder to do it for about half the price.
The problem there is that the builder doesn’t specialise in kitchens, and you’re unlikely to get better than average results. The best option is to go for a specialist kitchen fitter via the supplier you buy the kitchen from. For about the same price as a builder, they’ll get the job done more quickly and with a far superior finish.
An average cost for fitting a U-shaped kitchen with fourteen units would be between £1,200 and £1,800. please note, this price would cover fitting the units and worktops and putting the sink, tap & appliances into position. It wouldn’t include connecting the sink, tap or appliances or any additional building work (eg. plastering, tiling, electrical, plumbing, decorating etc.) These would be extra. Also, this amount is based on a what a builder or specialist kitchen fitter (via a specialist showroom you buy from) charge. This is not what one of the high street chains charge. The high street chains charge around double these amounts.
2. Effect of number of units on fitted kitchen cost
It stands to reason that the number of units you have will affect your fitted kitchen cost. A kitchen with thirty units will cost much more than one with ten units — though not as much as three times as much.
3. Effect of the type of doors on fitted kitchen cost
The type of door you choose will also affect the price of the units. For instance, if you go for an inexpensive slab style door with a handle, 14 units should cost around £3,500. However, If you go for a painted wood in frame kitchen, you’ll be looking at about £12,000 for the same number units.
4. Effect of the type of worktops on fitted kitchen cost
Worktops come in a wide range of materials, and your choice will affect your fitted kitchen cost. If you go for cheap laminate worktops, they might cost around £500 for an average sized kitchen. However, If you want high-quality worktops of granite, quartz or Corian, though, it could be as much as £2,500.
5. Effect of the type & brand of appliances on fitted kitchen cost
Though most kitchens have similar appliances, the type and brand will have a big effect on your fitted kitchen cost.
If you’re on a budget, you might go for a basic single oven, basic 60cm gas hob and basic 60cm chimney hood. You could get this for around £400 from brands like Beko, Indessit, Caple or Candy. However, if you want higher specification appliances from a higher quality brand such as Bosch, Neff, AEG or Siemens, you could pay up to £1,000 for a single oven, 60cm gas hob & 60cm hood.