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Last updated on May 22nd, 2024

How much do replacement kitchen doors cost?

Replacing kitchen cabinet doors is a great way to upgrade a dated kitchen without having to spend a fortune. But how much will replacement kitchen doors cost you? Keep reading to find out.

Fast Facts

  • The average cost of replacement kitchen doors in the UK is around £131.10 – £258.90 per door
  • The total cost of replacing kitchen doors, on average, is around £1,300 - £2,250
  • Replacing kitchen doors is an excellent option for updating your kitchen on a modest budget

How much do replacement kitchen doors cost in the UK?

Below are some of the average costs per door for replacing kitchen cabinet doors in the UK.

Door typeDoorHingesHandlesJoiner @ £37.5phTotal cost inc VAT @ 20%
Cupboard door
(497mm x 715mm)
Tall cupboard door
(597mm x 1306mm)
Drawer set
(497mm x 715mm)

Our costs are ballpark averages – get a local tradesperson to quote now

The total cost of replacement kitchen doors can vary considerably. Prices depend mainly on the quality and quantity of replacement doors needed.

It’s also worth checking the state of your kitchen units to make sure that the main cabinet units are in good condition. If they’re damaged or suffering from damp, then they might need to be replaced too.

Failure to check the structural condition of your kitchen cabinets may lead to problems when attempting to fit new doors to warped or damaged units.

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The total cost of replacing kitchen doors

On average, the cost of changing the kitchen cabinet doors for a whole kitchen may range from £13.91 per m2.

This will vary depending on the size of your kitchen, how many cupboards you have and the style of cupboard you choose for the replacement.

To put that figure into perspective, the average cost of a new kitchen is somewhere between £5,250 and £28,400.

With this in mind, replacing your kitchen cabinet doors could be a cost-effective option to freshen up the look of your kitchen.

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To calculate your kitchen door costs, you need to consider the factors that would affect the price. These include:

  • Type of door
  • Size of the doors
  • Number of doors
  • Quality and material you want
  • Additional fittings
  • Labour costs

For example, if you choose MDF boards as your replacement door material, you can expect it to cost around £13.91 per m2. A door that’s 72cm x 60cm will require 0.4m2 of MDF and applied facing.

For 10 doors of the same size, you will need around 4m2, which would cost £59.80 for the MDF board.

For vinyl wrapping, you’d be spending £50 – £250 per door to wrap it in the vinyl of your choice. You will also need hinges and door handles.

Plus you’d also need to factor in the labour cost for a kitchen fitter, which will be around £250 - £350 a day.

Note about kitchen door sizes…

It’s worth noting that the above costs are based upon an average size. However, the cost of replacing kitchen doors will increase if you have uncommon sizes.

With that in mind, you can expect to pay more to replace bespoke kitchen cabinet doors.

Get quotes to see how much replacement kitchen doors cost

If you’re looking for competitive kitchen cabinet door replacement quotes, we suggest getting them from at least three local tradespeople.

To get the most accurate estimate, you should give a detailed job description; specify the number of doors, sizes (with measurements, if possible), style, and door material.

If you can, you could even provide a rough sketch of your kitchen layout with dimensions. That will also help you get a better door replacement estimate.

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Types of replacement kitchen doors

Cupboard doors are the main style statement of the whole kitchen, so replacing the doors is a great chance to swap out the overall style.

Traditional Shaker-style doors are still highly popular and are defined by a recessed centre panel with simple detailing.

Contemporary doors tend to be even more straightforward, with blank front slabs and a matt or gloss finish.

Need some inspiration for your kitchen cabinets? Check out our favourite kitchen cabinet ideas.

Hinges and pre-drilled holes in kitchen cupboards

When replacing your cabinet doors, it’s a good time to replace the existing hinges too – years of wear and tear will invariably make them loose.

You can specify pre-drilled 35mm holes for the hinges on your replacement kitchen doors, but of course, you’ll need to measure their position.

Doors usually have two hinge holes (occasionally three), so measure from the top or bottom to the centre of the existing door’s 35mm hinge hole.

Your replacement kitchen doors supplier might be able to supply standard 110-degree hinges. If not, these are readily available from online retailers.

new kitchen cabinet doors

Replacing doors on integrated appliances

If your kitchen has integrated appliances such as fridge freezers and dishwashers, it’s possible to replace the door in much the same way as the rest of the kitchen.

Kitchen doors are held onto the appliance front with clips, which can be released through screws on the inside front of the appliance (or at the side, depending on the model).

Have a look at the handbook/user instructions that came with the appliance for more advice on how to remove the door. Remove the door by unlocking the clips and apply the new door to the appliance using the same clips.

It’s not just about the doors

There are a lot of elements of a standard kitchen. As such, replacing the kitchen cabinet doors alone won’t complete the look.

Your kitchen will need new coordinating plinths, cornices, pelmets, end panels, and so on – as well as the finishing touches like handles.

Here are some average costs for some common extras when replacing kitchen cabinet doors:

  • Plinths (150mm high) – £35.40 per metre
  • Cornices and pelmets – £23.40 per metre
  • End panels (590mm x 715mm) – £81.00

You may find that it makes sense to replace whole units; if this is the case for you, then reach out to a kitchen fitter near you.

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Which size cabinet doors do I need?

The easy bit about replacing kitchen cabinet doors is that you know exactly what size door you’ll need to buy. Measure the width and height on the back of the unit in millimetres.

Avoid measuring the front as bevelled edges can cause issues with getting accurate measurements.

The doors tend to be 4-5mm smaller than the cabinet. So in most cases, a door for a 60cm wide unit will be 596mm wide. Most cabinet doors tend to be 22mm thick.

What to look for in quality cupboard doors

Doors on kitchen cupboards and cabinets tend to fit into three different types: Melamine faced chipboard, MDF with an applied facing (typically veneer, foil wrapping, or vinyl) and solid timber.

Solid timber is the most expensive type of door, but MDF is the most commonly used by most high-street kitchen retailers. It’s solid and dimensionally stable, and in many ways, the choice is in the finish rather than the core material.

Foil and vinyl wrappings aren’t without their problems. For a start, if they get scratched, they are challenging to repair and can eventually let water into the MDF core and degrade it.

However, wrappings of this sort do offer a wide variety of styles and finishes, including wood grains. Solid timber doors can always be repaired, sanded down and repainted – but do come at a cost.

Where to shop for new kitchen cabinet doors?

The major DIY shops such as B&Q and Wickes sell doors, but the range is usually better – in terms of both style and size – at the many online retailers now specialising in selling individual replacement doors.

They will often produce doors made to measure and can supply doors with pre-drilled holes for hinges if required.

Your kitchen fitter will also be able to source your new cabinet doors for you. This way, you know they’re exactly the right size and what you need.

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How do I find the best kitchen fitters near me?

If you’re ready to replace your kitchen doors, you’re in the right place. We can help you find the best kitchen fitters near you.

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Is it expensive to change kitchen cabinet doors?

Changing your kitchen cabinet doors is a great way to give your kitchen a makeover on a budget. It costs a lot less to replace the cabinets than installing a whole new fitted kitchen.

On average, replacement kitchen doors cost around £1,300 - £2,250.

Can I just replace the doors on my kitchen cabinets?

Yes, absolutely. It’s a relatively quick and easy job to replace kitchen cabinet doors. The key is to make sure that the new doors are a perfect fit for your existing kitchen cabinetry.

You’ll need to measure each cabinet door so that you know the exact measurements for the new cabinet doors.

If in doubt, call in the help of experienced local kitchen fitters near you to do the job.

How can I update my kitchen cupboard doors?

There are several ways you can update your kitchen cupboard doors, including painting the doors or replacing them.

Spray painting is a popular choice for homeowners looking to update kitchen cabinets. Find out more about prices in our guide to spray painting kitchen cabinet costs.

You might also want to check out our step-by-step guide on how to paint kitchen cabinets.

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