How much does a new kitchen cost?

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Our kitchen fitting cost guide explores everything you’ll need to consider when preparing for the cost of your new dream kitchen. This includes the average cost of quality professional installation, but also covers the potential cost of kitchen units and other additional extras you might require, such as painting and tiling. Note that all kitchen fitting cost data is accurate as of 2024.

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Whether you’re planning to install a brand-new kitchen in your home or just hoping to bring some new sparkle and excitement to your existing kitchen, budgeting appropriately is essential. Especially when you consider that kitchen installation cost estimates have changed substantially in the past few years.

We'll cover the following topics in this pricing guide:
  1. Average kitchen installation costs
  2. Cost breakdown of a new kitchen installation
  3. How long does fitting a kitchen take?
  4. How to reduce kitchen fitting costs
  5. FAQ
  6. Your kitchen fitting checklist
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Average kitchen installation costs

You won’t get an exact, 100% accurate quote for your kitchen remodel without speaking directly to tradespeople in your area. Once you’ve found an available and appropriately skilled kitchen fitting professional on MyBuilder, they can assess your job’s size and scope, talking you through material and labour costs on this basis.

If you’re hoping to make some estimates before approaching a fitter, this table should be a helpful starting point.

Kitchen installation jobAverage labour cost
Removing existing kitchen, including any existing floor and wall tiles£200 to £600
Delivering new kitchen units, worktops and other products£50 to £200 
Working with the gas cap/gas connection£150 to £500
Electrical worksDay rate from £250 to £400
Plumbing worksDay rate from £180 to £350
Installing new kitchen units and worktops£2,200 to £4,600
Installing flooring Day rate from £100 to £350
Tiling (walls or floors)Day rate from £150 to £200
Painting and decoratingDay rate from £170 to £360
Removal and disposal of rubbish £100 to £400 (if skip hire is required)

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Kitchen productAverage material cost
Kitchen units£20 to £130 per unit
Worktops£1,000
Appliances (oven, hob, fridge, sink, washing machine, dishwasher, etc.)£2,000 combined
Flooring£500 to £2,000
Tiles/backsplash£75 to £300
Paint£5 per litre
Wallpaper£30 per m

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Cost breakdown of a new kitchen installation

How much does kitchen replacement cost?

When you start looking into the average cost of a new kitchen in the UK, you’ll soon realise how many factors influence the final price, including:

  • Where you’re located and how easy it is to access your property
  • The materials you’ve chosen to work with and their ease of installation
  • The size and shape of your kitchen space
  • The existing state of your kitchen space/whether your old kitchen needs to be removed 
  • Your plans for the new kitchen/whether there will be any significant layout modifications
  • Your choice of kitchen fitter

It goes without saying that if you have a small kitchen, costs will be lower than if you have a large or even medium-sized kitchen. More units and increased labour add up to more money spent on your end. Similarly, the cost will rise quickly if you’re only willing to work with premium, high-end materials. A kitchen with marble worktops and top-of-the-line appliances could easily cost you £10,000 more than a kitchen with laminate worktops and budget appliances.

Kitchen scenarioMaterial costs Labour/fitting costs Total costs
A SMALL kitchen (approximately nine square metres) with BASIC fixtures and appliances£2,000£1,000£2,500
A SMALL kitchen (approximately nine square metres) with MID-RANGE fixtures and appliances£2,500£1,000£3,000
A SMALL kitchen (approximately nine square metres) with premium fixtures and appliances£3,500£1,000£4,500
A MEDIUM kitchen (approximately nine square metres) with BASIC fixtures and appliances£3,350£2,000£5,350
A MEDIUM kitchen (approximately 15 square metres) with MID-RANGE fixtures and appliances£4,350£2,000£6,350
A MEDIUM kitchen (approximately 15 square metres) with PREMIUM fixtures and appliances£5,850£2,000£7,850
A LARGE kitchen (approximately 20 square metres) with BASIC fixtures and appliances£5,200£3,000£8,200
A LARGE kitchen (approximately 20 square metres) with MID-RANGE fixtures and appliances£7,200£3,000£10,200
A LARGE kitchen (approximately 20 square metres) with PREMIUM fixtures and appliances£9,200£3,000£12,200

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With so many costs to juggle, purchasing the materials you need and attempting to install your kitchen yourself is tempting. But beware: If you choose the DIY route, you’ll still need to make a significant financial investment in the project, and you’ll then be the only person liable if the installation goes wrong. If your skills aren’t up to scratch, you might find that your kitchen’s final look isn’t as you imagined or that the space doesn’t function correctly in some way.

The right kitchen fitter can provide not just their services but necessary peace of mind amid an expensive, large-scale project like a kitchen renovation. Plus, fitters often have access to better costs and rates than the average, non-trade customer, saving you money on materials.

Cost to remove your old kitchen

If applicable, removal is one of the first costs you should consider when replacing your kitchen. Many people overlook this element and end up going over budget as a result. During the removal stage, you or your professional fitter will need to:

  • Take apart and dispose of old units
  • Disconnect/dismantle and dispose of old appliances 
  • Remove existing flooring or tiling (if applicable)

A kitchen fitter can usually clear your space and prepare it for a fresh installation in around two hours, though this will take longer if your kitchen is particularly large or complex. The condition of the existing kitchen also plays a part, with damaged areas potentially expediting or prolonging the process. Generally speaking, you’ll be looking at labour costs of around £400 and potential additional skip hire costs of anywhere from £60 to £300, depending on the size required.

Cost of plastering

If you need to tidy up your walls before installing your new units and cabinets, you or your kitchen fitting company will need to call in the expertise of a plasterer. It usually takes about a day to plaster a room, which holds true for kitchens, and you can expect a day rate of around £170. Note that this could rise to around £400 in locations like London.

Cost of plumbing

Qualified plumbers can assist with several essential kitchen fitting jobs. They usually charge a daily rate of approximately £250.

The amount you’ll pay for a plumber on your kitchen renovation project primarily depends on how much you hope to change your existing layout. For example, replacing a sink by putting a new one in the same spot as the old one tends to cost around £70 in labour. Meanwhile, moving a sink to a brand-new location and sorting the required pipework is around £200 in labour.

Cost to hire an electrician

If you want to change the location of any plug sockets in your kitchen, light your new units or install new ceiling/wall lighting in the room, you’ll need the help of a licensed electrician. An electrician’s day rate is usually around £240, but there’s a chance your electrical work will only take a couple of hours. If so, your electrician will charge around £30 hourly for the time taken.

Cost to hire a gas engineer

Most of the work in your kitchen can be done directly by a kitchen fitter, but you or your fitter will need to organise the help of a gas engineer for jobs pertaining to gas caps and gas connections. Only certified Gas Safe Register engineers are legally allowed to disconnect a gas appliance in the UK, and the hourly rate for an appropriately registered engineer is usually around £40 to £75 an hour.

Cost of tiling

The labour cost of a tiler usually works out to about £110 per square metre, though some tiling professionals prefer to charge their customers based on a day rate of around £200 to £350. The biggest determiner of the cost of tiling is how much surface area you want to cover, but other influencing factors include:

  • Whether you’re tiling walls or floors (floor tiles need to be more durable)
  • The style and design of your tiling (some shapes and patterns necessitate more complex, time-consuming installations or are more costly to purchase)
  • The tiling materials being used

Cost to replace kitchen flooring

The cost of changing the flooring in your kitchen depends significantly on the material you choose, and there are numerous types to explore.

Kitchen flooring materialAverage materials costAverage installation cost
GraniteFrom £100 to £200 per square metre(Included in previous figure)
Polished concreteFrom £120 to £150 per square metre(Included in previous figure)
VinylFrom £10 to £40 per square metre£225 day rate
LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tiles)From £15 to £60 per square metre£250 day rate
TileFrom £100 to £200 per square metre£300 day rate
WoodFrom £100 to £200 per square metre£35 per square metre
CorkFrom £100 to £200 per square metre(Included in previous figure)
LaminateFrom £20 to £60 per square metre£25 per square metre

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As you weigh up flooring options, don’t forget to account for other costs that might be attached to the flooring itself, including removal of old flooring, trimming, cleaning, sealing, grouting and latex screeding.

Cost of kitchen units

Cupboards and cabinets are integral to the functionality of your kitchen space, and every person has different preferences and priorities concerning the look and organisation of these. On average, base units cost from £45 to £150 each, depending on the materials and finishes you choose, while wall units are between £35 and £135 each. Factors that will impact the cost include:

  • The style of the unit
  • The material the unit is made from
  • The unit’s finish, e.g., vinyl-wrapped versus hand-painted

The cost of kitchen cabinets is a huge price determiner for your renovation and often the most significant portion of expenditure. Usually, the quoted price you’ll see in kitchen store displays is for a very basic eight-unit kitchen. According to these averages, that would put the cost for all cabinets in a basic eight-unit kitchen at anywhere from £280 to £1,200. The table below expands on that for a few different unit numbers.

Number of kitchen cabinets and cupboardsBudget quality cost estimatePremium quality cost estimate
8£280£1,200
10£350£1,500
15£525£2,250
18£630£2,700

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Cost of kitchen worktops

Another significant cost contributor when it comes to your new kitchen will be your choice of worktop, which could cost anywhere from around £250 to over £2,500. Worktops must be cut to size for your space and around your appliances, safely installed and properly sealed. They’ll cost you in terms of both materials and labour, and you’ll find that cost is primarily determined by three key factors:

  • The material you choose – The four most common choices are laminate, wood, granite and quartz, which each have their own price point. Heavier options like granite and quartz can be more costly from the labour side of things, as they’re harder to work with.
  • The size of your kitchen – The larger your kitchen space, the more material you’ll have to purchase for the worktops, and the longer it will take to fit. 
  • The shape of your kitchen – You may pay more than you expect for worktops if your kitchen is a complex or unusual shape. This is because you’ll need more individual lengths and small pieces of your chosen material to be cut and fit. 

Running through price points for the four most popular worktop types, we can see that laminate is the lowest-budget option, coming in at an average cost of £500. However, it’s usually the least long-lasting option, too.

Wood is a very aesthetically pleasing choice that costs £800 on average, but it’s important to note that wooden worktops will require regular maintenance.

Granite will increase the price point to an average of £1,700. It is durable and incredibly scratch resistant. Finally, quartz is both stylish and hard-wearing, with an average cost of £2,700.

Cost of appliances

A complete set of kitchen appliances usually costs around £2,000. If you plan to replace every appliance in your kitchen during your renovation, you’ll find that prices range greatly depending on whether you opt for budget or premium options. For instance, you could find a Beko electric ceramic hob for just under £200, or instead opt for a top-of-the-range Hotpoint gas hob for nearly £450.

ApplianceUsual price range (from budget to premium)
Freestanding ovens£210 to £2,700 (higher prices usually for highly premium range cookers)
Built-in ovens£300 to £1,500
Hobs£170 to £500
Dishwashers£500 to £1,000
Sinks and taps£120 to £1,200
Fridge freezers£450 to £1,800

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Cost of painting and decorating

Putting the final finishes on your kitchen with a fresh coat of paint or a stunning accent wall can truly complete the renovation effect. If you’re planning on either, the cost of hiring a painter-decorator will depend on the materials you choose and the size of your kitchen/area to cover.

Painters’ day rates are usually from £250 to £400, and a professional shouldn’t take more than a day or two to finish the job. In terms of materials, paint costs about £5 to £30 per litre, depending on your choice of brand, and wallpaper is similarly about £5 to £50 per square metre.

Cost of additional kitchen items

Additional kitchen itemAverage cost
Kitchen island£2,000
Pull-out cabinets and pantries for small spaces£600
Pull-out/Lazy Susan systems for corner cabinets £300
Pot filler tap/kettle faucet£200

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How long does fitting a kitchen take?

The time it takes to fit your kitchen will depend on all the factors we’ve explored above, including the size of your space and how much you want to change the existing layout. The best way to get an accurate prediction on the length of the job and the resultant cost in terms of hourly/daily rates is to speak directly with each kitchen fitter you consider working with. That said, most kitchen installations take three to five days.

Kitchen Fitting JobUsual Timeframe
Installing new cabinets/unitsThree to seven days
Any additional bespoke carpentry workThree to five days
Electrical workOne to three days
Plumbing workOne to three days
Installing new flooringOne to two days

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How to reduce kitchen fitting costs

It’s completely normal to have cost concerns when embarking on a kitchen renovation project. This is one of the more expensive room transformations in the home, with lots of additional elements and plenty of potential for budgeting errors. These are our best recommendations if you’re looking for ways to reduce overall kitchen fitting costs:

  • Consider a partial DIY route: Though some aspects of kitchen installation are best left to the professionals, there are other elements that you might be comfortable taking on yourself to reduce overall costs. You could, for example, handle the dismantling and disposal of existing kitchen units to cut back in this area. If you damage a cabinet headed for disposal in the process of dismantling, it won’t be the end of the world.
     
  • Find savings where you can: This might mean making use of deals, sales and offers from your fitter or the places where you’re sourcing materials and appliances. It also might mean waiting a little longer to get the best price for an item. When you plan ahead and work to find the best deal, you’ll be surprised how much you can save.
     
  • Consider refreshing the kitchen rather than entirely replacing it: Plenty of kitchen fitters and designers can help you embark on a kitchen renovation project that doesn’t include a total replacement. An increasingly popular option, for instance, is choosing to replace just the doors of your cabinets and units. If those frames are sound, but you’re bored of the general look, this is a great way to give your kitchen a facelift at a fraction of the cost.
     
  • Ask your fitter about the possibility of a payment plan: If your fitter allows you to pay for your kitchen over time, this could massively reduce up-front costs and see you spreading the financial burden across 12, 24 or 36 months. This is only a cost-beneficial route to go down if it’s offered to you interest-free and you’re confident in your continued ability to pay.
     
  • Look for low-impact swaps to less expensive items: Premium options can quickly add to the cost of a project. If the kitchen quote you’ve received is higher than you hoped it would be, think about what you can swap out for a cheaper alternative without harming the final look and feel of the kitchen. Do you need a top-of-the-line integrated fridge-freezer, for instance, if it will be hidden most of the time?
     
  • Reduce changes to the layout, especially cooker and sink placement: One sometimes overlooked cost-increasing factor in a kitchen renovation is layout change and the resultant need to move plumbing, gas and electric sources. If you can keep your oven, hob and plumbed-in appliances where they are, you’ll noticeably reduce that final figure. 

FAQ

What do kitchen fitters do?

Kitchen fitters have a variety of skills by necessity. Most fitters can help design your new kitchen, rip out your existing kitchen, install your units, worktops and appliances. They can even work on jobs like repainting the space, tiling the walls and installing new flooring. This broad skillset allows for a seamless customer experience. Even when a kitchen fitter can’t help with a particular aspect of the job, they’ll generally be able to point you in the direction of someone who can.

What are the benefits of hiring a professional kitchen fitter?

Hiring a professional kitchen fitter allows you to receive experienced, informed input at every stage of your renovation, from design to installation. In many cases, a fitter will be the person best equipped to advise you on the most effective use of space, even in a small kitchen area, and about potential item swaps if your quote doesn’t match your budget. Plus, hiring a qualified fitter gives you peace of mind that if anything goes wrong during the installation, your costs will be covered.

Should I fit my new kitchen myself?

It’s possible to fit a kitchen without professional help, but it’s not always advisable, and your suitability to do it will depend on the strength of your DIY skills. As mentioned in answer to the previous question, a hired kitchen fitter is liable for errors made during their installation. Alternatively, if you choose to fit a kitchen without any support, you’ll be the only one with liability if something goes wrong, and you could end up costing yourself a lot of money.

When’s the best time to get my kitchen fitted?

If the weather will impact your kitchen refit (for instance, if you’re also planning to replace your kitchen windows), you’ll want to avoid the colder, rainier months if possible. If not, late winter and early spring are usually the best times to contact a fitter. Business is busiest for fitters in the summer and preceding Christmas. Conversely, business is quietest around February and March. At these times of year, you may even be able to negotiate a rate reduction!

How long does a kitchen renovation usually take?

Actually fitting a kitchen is unlikely to take longer than a week, but the entire kitchen renovation process, inclusive of the quotation stage, the design stage and the product sourcing stage could take a few months. Estimates will differ from place to place and fitter to fitter depending on supply and demand. The best source of information concerning how long it’ll be until a tradesperson can arrive on-site and get the job done is the tradesperson themselves.

What’s the cheapest way to get a new kitchen?

Replacing your cabinet doors can replicate the effect of a new kitchen at a much cheaper price point. However, the ability to do this depends on the condition and quality of your current units, so it won’t always be feasible. If your heart is set on starting from scratch, many budget options could see you covering fitting and materials for under £5,000. However, if you go down this route, don’t forget to factor in the potential long-term impacts and costs of poor-quality work and materials.

Do I need Building Regulations approval for my kitchen renovation?

Many standard kitchen makeover projects don’t need to be approved by an authorised inspector to confirm they’re in line with the Building Regulations. You’ll only need approval if one of the following circumstances applies (and your installer will usually advise if this is necessary):

  • You’re providing or extending a controlled service or fitting because:
    • You’re moving the boiler to another location
    • You’re extending the boiler flue
    • You’re installing a new gas appliance 
    • You’re relocating the sink and altering connections to a drainage stack or underground drain to do so
    • You’re replacing a window or external door
    • You’re installing a new window or external door
    • You’re installing an electrical circuit
    • You’re installing or altering fixed electrical equipment in the kitchen “within the ‘special location’ measured 2.25m vertically from the floor or shower head (if higher) and within 600mm of any bathtub or shower tray”
  • You’re installing an extractor fan that requires a new electrical circuit
  • You’re carrying out a material alteration
  • You’re carrying out a material change of use
  • Your alterations could affect the building’s status
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Your kitchen fitting checklist

Hiring a kitchen fitter can feel daunting, stressful and confusing if you’ve never worked with a tradesperson on such a big home renovation project before. Fortunately, our easy-to-follow checklist should help you find and hire the right kitchen fitter in no time.

  • Do your research and decide what you like: It’s essential to go into such a high-budget project with a clear idea of your preferences and goals. Do some research into kitchen prices and loosely define your budget, then research aesthetics, colours and styles to land on something you like that you think you’ll be able to attain within your budget
     
  • Try out a kitchen fitting cost calculator: UK kitchen costs have changed in the past few years. Therefore, you must not rely on potentially outdated ideas about price. Instead, you should estimate the potential cost of your project with a kitchen fitting cost calculator. These tools, available online, allow you to input the size of your kitchen space and the number of units you’d like installed. They then cost accordingly, giving you a good idea of what to expect.
     
  • Post your job for free on MyBuilder: You can share the details of your kitchen project for free on MyBuilder in a matter of minutes. When you do, we’ll share the job with hundreds of kitchen fitters in your area. Then, fitters with the right availability and skill will register their interest. Over 90% of jobs posted to MyBuilder generate interest, so the chances are high that you’ll soon have a selection of qualified contractors to choose from. 
     
  • Find someone with relevant experience: When planning your new kitchen, the project's cost is usually your first consideration. But ensuring a quality, long-lasting finish comes a close second. The best way to guarantee quality is to choose an experienced, professional kitchen fitter with a working history that aligns with your project and verified positive reviews from past customers like you. Reviews and working histories are both easy to view on MyBuilder.
     
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions: When you’re speaking with potential hires, never leave a question on the table. Ask your kitchen fitter everything you want to ask, whether you’re seeking evidence of specific qualifications or hoping to change an element of their suggested kitchen design that doesn’t fit your vision. 
     
  • Be clear about your expectations regarding timing and budget: It’s completely normal and expected that you’ll have a budget you need to stick to. Don’t feel the need to hide this from your fitter. Similarly, be open and communicative about your expectations and preferences surrounding the installation's completion timeframe. If you keep your needs to yourself, how can you hope to find a tradesperson who is genuinely suitable for the job?
     
  • Never make payment in full before the kitchen has been fitted: It’s common practice in most trade professions that a deposit is paid in advance, and perhaps a first instalment, but that payment in full is only due after the work is done. If you speak with a kitchen fitter who will only accept payment in full before fitting, note that this is uncommon. Be aware that to agree to these terms is to put yourself at risk of job abandonment on the fitter’s part.

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