To what extent does the expense of installing a new kitchen affect the budget?

This article's kitchen fitting costs are current as of 2022.

Many homeowners' top home improvement priority is to revitalize their kitchen.

Many of us dream of transforming our kitchens from tired and run-down spaces into modern, functional spaces ideal for cooking and dining, but many people are unaware of the costs involved in kitchen renovations. or even how to calculate the cost of a new kitchen

We've put together a guide to help you budget for a new kitchen, from low-cost fitted kitchens to high-end bespoke situations.

When determining the cost of installing a new kitchen, it is critical to understand what this cost includes.

In general, the prices you will see when looking at the cost of a new kitchen will cover the price of the units themselves (ie, the cupboards and cabinets) as well as the cost of installing them in your home. This is referred to as a dry fit.

Basic rewiring and plumbing to accommodate the new structure may incur additional costs.

Prices will also generally exclude the cost of appliances, such as ovens, refrigerators, extractor fans, and dishwashers, as well as cosmetic work in the kitchen, such as painting, tiling, and flooring, if these are also being replaced.

We estimate that the average cost of a new kitchen installation in the UK is around £5,000 to £6,000 after speaking with experienced Mybuilder tradespeople across the UK.

At the low end of the price range, a new kitchen can be purchased and installed for around £1,200.

The price at the high end can be limitless depending on your specifications, but a top-of-the-line kitchen can cost around £14,000.

Prices will be higher in London and the south east because tradespeople can charge a premium for their time.


The cost of kitchen cabinets is determined by the quality of materials used and the type of finish desired.

A small set of galley kitchen units, such as eight units providing approximately 10m2 of storage space, may cost around £1,000

This price could be more than £7,000 if you have a very large kitchen that requires 20 units and provides 30m2 of storage.

This will only provide you with a basic shell of a kitchen; you will still need worktops, appliances, and installation.

Another consideration when comparing kitchen prices is whether it is cheaper to buy your kitchen from a supplier and pay for their recommended installers to install it for you, or to find your own installer.

Alternatively, you may prefer to find your own kitchen fitter and have them purchase the kitchen, in which case they may be able to pass on their trade discount to you.

We can connect you with professional kitchen fitters in your area so you can get real quotes right away.

Another cost to consider is the cost of removing your old kitchen, which must be factored in when planning a new kitchen installation.

Tradespeople with a waste carrier license may be able to do this for you for a few hundred pounds, or you can hire a skip or transport the old units yourself.

Kitchen worktops can be made of a variety of materials, which will have a significant impact on the overall cost.

Simple laminate work surfaces can be purchased for less than £500 and may scratch, stain, or blister over time.

Solid wood surfaces will be more expensive, as will granite and quartz worktops, which are extremely hard-wearing and can last for years - prices for these can range into the thousands of pounds, depending on the amount required.


The price of appliances is directly proportional to the specifications you require. A small, under-counter fridge, for example, costs less than £150, whereas a large, two-door fridge with a chilled water and ice dispenser costs more than £1,000

The same market applies to ovens and all other appliances; do your research to determine what best meets your needs and compare prices from various brands and retailers.

Make sure to consider the sizes of any appliances to ensure that they will fit in your kitchen.

The installation of new units typically takes around five days, depending on the size of the team doing the kitchen installation.

It could take up to ten days to complete the entire process, which includes removing the old kitchen, replumbing, plastering, installation, and tiling.

This will have an impact on the overall cost of the installation.

Read our individual pricing guides for those trades to learn more about pricing for individual elements such as tiling or floor fitting.

If you hire a dedicated kitchen fitting firm or a larger building company, the kitchen fitter may be able to provide these services as part of the overall cost, or they may be able to recommend other tradespeople to complete the work.


There are several ways to ensure that you get good value for money when installing a new kitchen.

If you are purchasing the kitchen yourself from a store or online, make sure to shop around and compare prices, as well as keep an eye out for sales that will be held throughout the year.

Hire tradespeople who are dependable and work on time - MyBuilder makes it simple to find quality tradespeople with reviews from previous customers.

You should always obtain kitchen installation quotes from several tradespeople to determine how much they will charge for the job.

Also, if you will be taking delivery of your new kitchen, make sure it is exactly what you wanted and that it is stored in a secure location. where nothing is damaged - everything that needs to be replaced will add time and cost to the project

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