Cost to Install a Kitchen

We recently updated our bathroom installation cost (you can find that price here) and we thought it would be a good time to revisit our guide to fitted kitchens in the UK.

The prices displayed below were last updated in 2017.

Are you thinking about installing a new kitchen in your property? The good news is a new kitchen is a great investment and you may get all or perhaps even more of your money back should you sell the house at a later date.

But, how much does a new kitchen cost?

On this page, you’ll discover how much a kitchen typically costs including a breakdown for the following:

  • units and worktop
  • sink, oven and white goods installed
  • floor and wall tiles
  • oven hood and extractor fan
  • waste disposal fees
  • labour and vat

Kitchen Cost Guide

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Our Example Price – 8 Square Metres “U” Shape Kitchen

Typical “U” Shape Kirchen

Below is our guide price for a new kitchen fully installed to a room measuring 8 square metres wall to wall.

The kitchen is of “U” shape design and has cabinets and worktops to three sides.

The price also includes the supply and installation of:

  • 10 cabinets
  • laminate worktop to three sides
  • sink and taps
  • wall tiles to three walls between cabinets and worktops and as a sink splashback.
  • floor tiles
  • decoration/painting of the fourth wall
  • built in oven with hood and extractor fan and vent
  • boxed in fridge/freezer
  • washing machine and dishwasher

Fully Fitted Kitchen Work Schedule

Day 1 – rip out and dispose of old kitchen units, worktop, floor/wall tiles and old white goods. Start plastering if required.

Day 2 – finish plasterboarding, install new wiring/plumbing as required. Start installing units.

Day 3 – continue installing units, worktop, sink, oven, hood/extractor fan and any lights under units.

Day 4 – finish installing units and start wall tiling.

Day 5 – floor tiles and white goods installed.

Day 6 – final decoration and finishing off.

Expected work duration: 5 to 6 days depending on how many fitters are on the project.

Breakdown of Costs

Waste disposal – £125.00

Plasterboard and materials to make walls good – £100.00

Units and plinths etc – £1500.00

Worktop – £200.00

Sink w/drainer and taps  – £200.00

Fridge/freezer – £350.00

Oven, hob and hood – £500.00

Dishwasher – £300.00

Washing machine – £300.00

Floor and wall tiles, inc grout – £200.00

Paint – £50.00

Labour (2 fitters for 1 week) – £1500.00

Profit margin – £750.00

VAT (on labour/profit margins) – £450.00

Total Cost – £6525 inc vat

How to Reduce the Cost of Your Kitchen Installation

Popular Kitchen Layouts

As you can see from our list above, there are some areas where you can save money and reduce the price:

  1. dispose of the waste yourself at the local council tip (assuming they accept this type of waste).
  2. choose a smaller firm or installer that is trading below the VAT registration threshold and avoid paying this tax on their labour/profits.
  3. smaller firms typically have smaller profit margins and many “one man” type businesses charge a labour fee to cover their time and don’t make any profits above their wages. Our prices on this page assume you go with a company that has employees and will be looking to make a profit above the labour fees charged.
  4. re-use your existing white goods if they in acceptable condition. Don’t forget; the installation cost is the same, regardless of whether the item is new or old, so sometimes it’s best to replace the electrical goods if they are past a certain age.
  5. We have budgeted for units at a value of £1500 which for a “U” shape kitchen should be enough for mid-range quality units. You could buy units at the lower end of the quality/price range and make a saving. For an “L” shape kitchen expect mid-range units to cost around £950.

Areas Where You Can Spend More

  1. We have chosen a laminate worktop costing around £200 but you can spend considerably more for solid oak or granite if that’s your thing.
  2. Major relocations of pipework, radiators, boiler or new electric wiring will add to the cost.
  3. Wall tiles and floor tiles. Good quality floor and wall tiles can drastically improve the appearance of a kitchen. We have suggested a price of £200 for a typical “U” shape kitchen in a 3-bed house but you could spend much more if you wanted.

How Your Location Affects the Price

We are based in the south of the United Kingdom and have had several kitchens installed for us so we have a good idea of how much a mid-range kitchen costs.

If you live further north or in the far west, you can expect to pay less for the labour, although the cost of the materials will be the same.

Comparing Our Prices to Others

Wren Kitchens have a cost calculator and for a “U” shape kitchen, fully fitted but excluding floor and wall tiles expect to pay £5600 for 8 cabinets and £7000 for 12 cabinets.

There are various other companies that offer cost calculators online, but most of them exclude so many aspects of the installation (such as wiring, tiling or new white goods) that a comparison would be impossible.

Get Ideas and Inspiration for Your New Kitchen

We aren’t affiliated with any of these websites but do think they have some great ideas:

Homify’s kitchen design ideas

Houzz has sourced thousands of contemporary kitchen photos

House and Garden is another great site worth checking out.

Pinterest has a list of ideas for small kitchens, traditional and modern kitchens.

Try Our Kitchen Budget Planning Spreadsheet

We have created a downloadable kitchen budget planning spreadsheet.

You can use this to list everything you want in your kitchen and then calculate the cost:

See kitchen our budgeting spreadsheet here

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This site was created so homeowners and those with limited experience in this sector can get an idea of how much certain projects will cost.

In addition to a suggested price, you also discover on our pages:

  • a breakdown of the material cost
  • labour charges
  • profit margins businesses are looking to make
  • other charges such as optional extras and waste disposal fees
  • spreadsheets so can calculate how much your home improvement project will cost
  • online calculators so you can get a good idea of how much a business will charge based on job size and spec
  • polls and questioannaires so you can see what others think the project should cost

The prices you see on this page are based on experience in this area. We have also provided a breakdown of all the materials used in a typical installation, along with a suggestion for how long the work will take and a suggested labour fee.

Our prices are not an offer of work but you can use our research to see where your money goes and discover areas to make a saving.

Yes, we are based in the south of the UK so have experience of prices for this area.

The labour fees for businesses further north will be less but in most cases, the costs for any materials are the same.

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