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How much does a new kitchen cost in 2022?

The prices in this cost guide are accurate, as of 2022

Illustration of a kitchen showing price of cabinets, taps, sink, splashback, lighting, worktop and underfloor heating.
Average installation and materials costs for a new kitchen

You’re much more likely to cook more often, and enjoy the food you eat, if you have a kitchen you love. Investing in a new kitchen will improve your quality of living, and help you fall in love with your home all over again. 

A new kitchen will also add approximately £11,000 to the value of your house. With so many benefits, it’s not surprising that 11% of homeowners recently surveyed wanted to redo their kitchen.

You might be looking to renovate your whole kitchen, or maybe you just want to change one or two things. How much you end up spending on your new kitchen will depend on the scope of your project and the quality of the materials you choose.

The average homeowner spends between £8,000 and £11,000 on a new kitchen, though budget kitchens can cost as little as £3,000. On the other end, larger, luxury kitchen installations can cost upwards of £28,000.

Expect to pay more if you live in London and the South East, where the cost of labour can rise by up to 20% more than the average.

Picture of a kitchen with a worktop counter, stools, overhead lights and wooden floors

Keep in mind that the prices in this guide will always clarify where a sum includes the cost of labour and materials, and where the price refers to them separately. The prices in this guide do not include VAT.

What is the average cost of a new kitchen?

The average cost of a new kitchen in 2022 is between £8,000 and £11,000. 

Picture of a kitchen with marble counters, grey cabinets and wooden floors

Each kitchen renovation project has its own cost parameter, based on your choice of materials, the size of your kitchen, where you live in the UK, and how many things you want to buy and have installed.

On average, homeowners pay between £8,000 and £11,000 for a new kitchen, which takes roughly 2 weeks to fit. 

Smaller, straightforward projects can range from £5,500 to £7,500, with really low budget kitchens costing as little as £3,000.

Larger kitchens with more fittings can cost around £14,000, with no upper limit for bespoke kitchens, that can cost upwards of £28,000.

These prices include the cost of labour, with kitchen fitters charging around £175 a day (between £150 and £200) to work on your kitchen.

Prices will also rise if you are planning on making lots of structural changes, such as a lot of plumbing work. If you replace fittings in the same place, it will save you money.

These prices do not include VAT (20%).

The below prices look at the cost of buying and installing individual kitchen items, so that you can get a sense of how much a renovation could cost you according to the scope of your project. Keep in mind that a professional might charge different rates to install multiple items at once. Tell us what you’re looking for and get a free quote today.

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How much does a new kitchen worktop cost?

A new kitchen worktop will cost you between £250 and £1,800 to buy and install, depending on what material you want your worktop to be made out of. Laminate worktops will cost you the least, whereas marble, glass, and copper are the most expensive worktops to buy and install.

Picture of a kitchen worktop with a built-in sink

How much a new kitchen worktop will cost you depends on what materials you choose to buy. The range is endless, but the most popular are quartz, laminate, wood, and granite.

If you don’t have a huge budget for a renovation, installing new worktops can easily make your kitchen feel brand new. With little work, you could completely change the aesthetics of your kitchen, turning it into a more welcoming space.

You need to consider what type of worktop you want, as prices range quite widely.

  1. Worktop materials
Worktop materialLow rangePer m2AveragePer m2Upper rangePer m2
Granite £250£325£500
Quartz£200£350£500
Wood £50£100£150
Copper£300£400£500
Laminate£20 £35£50
Glass£300£400£500
Marble£300£350£400
Concrete£250£375£500
Slate£100£200£300
Cost of worktop materials

These are some approximate costs (by material) to buy and have a worktop installed:

  • £950 to £1,450 for a granite worktop
  • £850 to £1,750 for a quartz worktop
  • £350 to £700 for a wood worktop
  • £1,000 to £1,750 for a copper worktop
  • £250 to £380 for a laminate worktop
  • £1,000 to £1,750 for a glass worktop
  • £1,100 to £1,800 for a marble worktop
  • £900 to £1,750 for a concrete worktop
  • £500 to £1,300 for a slate worktop

The cost of a worktop fitting is usually around the same as how much you paid for the materials.

So, if you buy a slate worktop for £200 per m2, a three metre worktop will cost you £600 in materials and around £600 in labour costs, for a total of around £1,200.

Prices will go up if you want a more intricate cutting for your worktop, like if you want to fit a worktop around a hob or sink. On average, worktops take between 3 and 5 hours to install.

Worktops have a big impact on the finished look of your new kitchen. As well as materials, there are also a wide range of colours and styles for you to choose from.

Do you need upstands in a kitchen?

Picture of a kitchen upstaged behind a kitchen sink

Upstands are extensions that you can get on top of your worktop, and that rise up the wall behind worksurfaces. They prevent liquids from running down the back of your cabinets by sealing off the gap between your wall and your worktop.

They’re also quite useful because they’re easier to clean than your walls, and act as a protective layer that catches splashes and stains well. Unlike splashbacks, which usually cover more of your wall, upstands tend to be under 200mm long.

If you do want to add an upstand, then you’ll need to factor in around £150 – £270 for the price of the upstand and installation. It should take no more than 5 hours to fit.

How much does it cost to replace kitchen cabinets?

On average, it will cost between £800 and £1,900 to buy and have 10 kitchen cabinets installed.

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Like worktops, new cabinets can revitalise your kitchen. Your options are endless, with cabinets coming in a huge range of styles, sizes, and colours. 

The cost of your cabinet installations will be affected by:

  1. Quality of materials 
  2. Choice of brand 
  3. Size of the cabinets 
  4. The number of cabinets you are getting installed
  5. How easy the cabinets are to access
  6. Where you live in the UK

Budget kitchen units cost around £25 – £70 per base cabinet, whilst wall units cost around £25 – £50, depending on size. If you have a small budget for cabinets, you might want to think about buying flat-pack units, available at most DIY stores.

On average, a new, 500mm high-gloss cabinet will cost you between £80 and £100. Other premium quality cabinets include:

  • Shaker units (500mm) for £120 – £160 per cabinet
  • Shaker units (1000mm) for £180 – £220 per cabinet
  • Larger high glass units (1000mm) for £120 – £150 per cabinet
  • Handleless units (500mm) for £120 – £150 per cabinet
  • Handleless units (1000mm) for £150 – £200 per cabinet
Picture of a kitchen with grey kitchen shaker cabinets

In terms of materials, the most common kitchen cabinets come in MDF, solid wood, or chipwood. On average, a single floor unit will cost you:

  • £70 for a chipwood cabinet
  • £80 for an MDF cabinet
  • Between £200 – £250 for a solid wood cabinet

The more cabinets you buy together, the cheaper they will be to purchase and install. For instance, average labour and materials for 10 cabinets will cost you between £800 and £1,900, whereas for twice that many cabinets the price range is £1,550 and £3,730.

Standard cupboard sizes include widths of 300mm, 500mm, 600mm, 800mm, and 1000mm.

An average kitchen fitter costs between £20 and £40 an hour. Day rates are between £120 and £240. One or two days are usually enough to fit new kitchen cabinets, depending on how many you want installed. 

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Can I just replace the doors on my kitchen cabinets?

Instead of replacing your cabinets entirely, you might want to consider leaving them, and only changing the doors instead. This is cheaper and requires less work than removing and installing new ones.  

For 8 new cabinet doors, you could spend around £500 (£100 – £150 for daily labour costs and between £280 – £320 for materials). It will take a skilled tradesperson between 1 and 2 days to change the doors on your units. 

On top of this, the handles you choose for your cabinets will also affect costs, as these range quite widely. The cheapest cost just a few pounds, but they can range to upwards of £150 each if you’re looking to buy luxury ones. 

How much do kitchen taps cost?

Kitchen taps cost between £120 and £250 to buy and install. How much plumbing is required will affect costs, as will the quality of materials.

Picture of a kitchen sink with gold taps

There is so much variety when it comes to taps. From brass to chrome, and everything in between, new taps are a great way to give your kitchen a personalised touch.

On average, buying and replacing a kitchen tap will cost you between £120 and £250. On the lower end, a kitchen tap can cost as little as £30, whilst luxury taps, such as those that have additional features like instant boiling water, can cost upwards of £400. These luxury taps also cost more to install (around £350).

Broken down, that’s roughly between £50 – £120 for materials, and between £80 £150 for cost of labour (for a mixer tap). How much the installation will cost will also depend on whether or not there is an isolation valve already present, with the higher bracket reflecting the cost of installing a tap with no isolation valve.

It should take around 1-3 hours to install.

Why not consider…

  • A pull out spout tap, that can cost between £60 and £350
  • Coloured kitchen taps, such as copper, black, gold, or space grey, costing anywhere from £30 to £300+
  • Ceramic handle taps, starting at around £40 
  • A kitchen filter tap, costing upwards of £120 
  • Designer kitchen taps, starting at around £150 – £200+

Plumbing and installation logistics matter a lot here. Some tap fittings, such as on island kitchen worktops, cost more and take longer because they need underfloor plumbing. If you aren’t fitting your tap in the same place as your old one, it will cost more. Tell us about your project and get a free quote today.

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How much does a plumber charge to install a kitchen sink?

On average, a new kitchen sink will cost between £350 and £500, depending on whether you are installing a single or double basin sink, and your choice of materials. On the lower end, it could cost you under £250, whereas there is no real upper limit if you want luxury materials.

Picture of a black kitchen double sink

Sinks are one of the most important features of your kitchen, and there are a wide range of sink designs available, from farmhouse kitchen sinks to more modern matt styles. You’ll want to consider whether you want yours to have a draining board, and are you looking for a single or double basin?

Maybe your old sink is broken, or maybe you’re looking to buy something a bit bigger. Whatever your reason for having work done, a kitchen sink replacement is a fairly straightforward and simple home improvement project you can do to revitalise your kitchen space.

Cost of kitchen sink materials

What quality you decide to buy will impact costs. Some ballpark price ranges for kitchen sinks include:

Sink materialSingle basin budgetSingle basin mid-rangeSingle basin premiumDouble basin budgetDouble basin mid-rangeDouble basin premium
Ceramic sink£170£250-350£450+£280£350-450£600+
Granite composite sink£150£200-250£300+£300£320-370£450+
Stainless steel sink£60£170-250£300+£100£250-350£450+
Fireclay sink £170£200-400£600+£430-50£500-600£750+
Cast iron£270£400-600£800+£550£700-800£1,000+
Copper£250£350-500£800+£400£450-600£800+
Cost of kitchen sinks, according to materials

Within half a day’s work, a plumber can install a new sink in your kitchen. A like for like installation will only take around 2-3 hours. An installation with a different, larger model will add an hour onto the work, with an hourly cost of around £70 – £150 for both these jobs, depending on where you live. 

A plumber may charge more if you don’t want your sink installed in the same place, due to the additional plumbing that’s needed.

How much does a kitchen splashback cost?

The average cost of a splashback installation is between £150 and £380, including the cost of materials. These can range from around £20 per m2 for a ceramic splashback, to £230 for a large, glass splashback, plus cost of labour, which ranges depending on where you live in the UK.

Picture of a kitchen with a grey cplashback and white cabinets

Splashbacks are mounted over your kitchen walls to protect them from water damage and food stains, like grease. They also prevent your walls from getting damaged by steam and heat. 

They are easy to clean, and come in a range of materials. This means that splashbacks are just another way you can personalise your kitchen, with endless colours and design options for you to choose from. 

You can usually buy them per m2.

Material costs

Type of splashback200 x 200 mm600 x 600 mm
Ceramic splashbackBetween £10 and £25 per m2Between £25 and £70 per m2
Granite splashbackBetween £20 and £35 per m2Between £25 and £45 per m2
Slate splashbackBetween £20 and £25 per m2Between £25 and £45 per m2
Porcelain splashbackBetween £20 and £50 per m2Between £25 and £55 per m2
Glass splashbackBetween £100 and £160 per m2Between £155 and £230 per m2
Acrylic splashbackBetween £110 and £130 per m2Between £140 and £180 per m2
Cost of splashback materials

A professional tiler will charge a day rate of £150 – £200. The average kitchen splashback installation, including materials, costs between £150 and £380.

How much does kitchen lighting cost?

On average, it costs between £80 – £250 to buy and have a kitchen light installed.

Picture of kitchen with modern kitchen lighting

Lights can set the tone in your home, so the kind of lights you decide to install in your kitchen will definitely make a difference. If you want to make big changes to the lighting in your kitchen, you’ll need to hire an electrician to fit your new lights.

How much you end up spending on this service will depend on your choice of fittings and fixtures, and how much electrical work is required. Keep in mind that electricians charge more in London and the South East.

Typically, an electrician will charge between £30 and £60 an hour for standard jobs like light fitting replacements and dimmer switch installations. Both of these jobs require 1 hour of work to complete.

If instead you want downlights installed in your kitchen, then it will cost you between £120 and £440, and will take roughly 4-8 hours of work, depending on the electrics in your home and the scope of your project. 

Then, you have to account for the price of the lights themselves. You could go with:

  • Ceiling lights that are common in kitchens (with budget options starting at £10 per light, with an average cost of £30 – £100. These can cost into the thousands if you want designer ceiling lights)
  • Wall lights, that are often used to highlight specific areas of a room (usually cost between £30 and £60)
  • A strip of LED lights, if you are looking to add extra lighting under your kitchen cabinets and appliances (around £5 – £6 for a metre strip)
  • Downlights, also used under kitchen appliances and on kitchen walls (a good quality downlight could set you back by £120, but budget ones start at around £10)
  • Pendant lights, that hang from the ceiling (budget option start at £15, but they can cost as much as £5,000 or more for luxury chandeliers)

On average, new kitchen lights (and installation) will cost you between £80 – £250, though designer lights will bring this price up.

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How much does it cost to install underfloor heating?

Picture of two men installing underfloor heating in a kitchen

Electric underfloor heating costs roughly £800 to buy and install in an average sized (10 m2) kitchen. If you want wet underfloor heating, it will cost between £1,350 – £1,850 for the same sized kitchen.

If you are thinking of getting underfloor heating, doing it during your kitchen renovation is a good idea as it needs to be installed first, before you can lay down everything else. 

If you are renovating your home, then electric underfloor heating might be a better option than wet underfloor heating. This is because wet underfloor systems are usually installed in new build properties and big scale renovations. Electric heating is also cheaper and easier to install.

It takes roughly 2-3 days to install electric underfloor heating, with an average cost of around £800. 

Taking 3-4 days to install, wet underfloor heating will cost you between £1,350 – £1,850 for a 10 m2 kitchen.

Additional costs 

As well as the cost of buying and installing lights, heating, units, and worktops, there are some additional costs that you might want to factor in. They might not all apply to your renovation, but it’s worth checking so that you can have a clear sense of your budget.

How much does it cost to remove a kitchen?

Before your new kitchen can be installed, your old one has to be removed and disposed of. The fee for this is typically between £300 – £500 to hire a skip and a professional removal company that will dispose of your old units. 

Sometimes, this service is included in the package when you hire builders to renovate your kitchen – it’s worth checking upfront.

Alternatively, if you want to avoid creating waste, and save yourself a bit of money, you could try and sell your old units online. If they’re in decent condition, you could get quite a bit of money back.

You may also want to hire a post construction cleaning specialist, to professionally clean your kitchen after the building works.

Do I need planning permission to install a new kitchen?

Unless your property is a listed building, in general, you will not be required to get planning permission for a new kitchen installation (if it’s in place of your old one). In this case, there will be no additional fees.

If, however, you are installing a new kitchen as part of a house extension, then it is very likely that you will need permission.

According to Planning Portal, the service that deals with all online planning applications, the cost to apply for planning permission is £206 plus £32.20 service charge (VAT). This totals to £238.20.

New kitchen floors

You might decide that your floor is looking worn down and in need of a renovation.

A popular choice for kitchen floors is tiling, which ranges in cost depending on quality and how intricate the pattern is. The average cost of floor tiles and installation in the UK is £100 per m2, but lower end tiles can cost around £30 – £50 per m2.

If you don’t want kitchen tiles, for a medium floor of around 16 m2, you could pay:

  • £300 to £400 to buy and install laminate kitchen flooring
  • £900 to £1000 to buy and install hardwood kitchen flooring
  • £400 to £450 to buy and install linoleum kitchen flooring
  • £150 to £250 to buy and install vinyl kitchen flooring

Remedial work 

You might also want to do other small jobs to help your kitchen come to life and feel brand new. 

In particular, you might want to hire a painter to freshen up the walls of your kitchen. Painters usually charge a day rate of around £230. For a medium-sized room, you could pay around £400. They should also be able to paint your ceiling, or wallpaper your kitchen walls.

Hire a skilled painter today. 

How much does a kitchen designer cost?

A kitchen designer can really help you make the most of your space, sharing tricks of the trade and solid advice that will turn your kitchen into a beautiful room you’ll love spending time in!

Hiring a kitchen designer can save you time and stress, and can ensure you get the best, long-lasting value for your new kitchen.

The hourly rate of a kitchen designer is between £125 and £250.

Designers sometimes ask for a deposit, which will usually be of around 50% of the total kitchen design price.

New kitchen appliances

You might want to change your kitchen appliances, to update them alongside your new kitchen. Buying more eco-friendly and energy-saving appliances is a popular way to cut back on energy bills and lower your carbon footprint.

You could buy:

ApplianceBudgetAverageLuxury
Fridge£250 – £250£500 – £800£1,200 – £2,300+
Dishwasher£200 – £300£400 – £600£800+
Oven£150 – £200£300 – £500£1,000+
Microwave£50£100 – £200£450+
Hob£60 – £100£200 – £300£400+
Toaster £15 – £20£50 – £100£200+
Kettle £25£60 – £80£150+
Cost of kitchen appliances

Where do plug sockets go in a kitchen?

Picture of a white tiled kitchen with plug sockets installed

Kitchen sockets usually go above or below your worktops. The ones that go above are used for appliances like your microwave and kettle, whilst those below (under unit socket outlets) are used for fixed or free-standing appliances like your fridge and washing machine.

Getting the right amount of sockets for your kitchen is important, as too many can make the space feel cluttered, whilst too few can cause problems getting power to all your appliances.

Look at your floor plans and mark down where you want sockets installed, according to where your worktops are. A good range is one socket (double sockets are recommended to maximise the amount of appliances you can connect in each spot), for every 2-3 metres of wall.

Above-worktop sockets should be about 10-12 cm above the surface.

One plug socket, plus labour, costs roughly £120 to install, or between £50 and £200. Raise the price to around £200 (£100 – £300), for a double socket. 

The cost will range depending on where you live in the UK and where in your kitchen you want the socket installed.

How can I save money on my new kitchen?

Whatever your budget looks like, there are definitely ways that you can make the most of your money and avoid materials going to waste. Not all of these will necessarily apply to you, but in general they are useful tips to keep in mind before you set off on your kitchen renovation project.

  1. Always shop around – this will help you get a sense of what is on the market, and how much things generally cost. Be mindful of websites offering huge savings, and do some extra research – if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. When it comes to labour costs, get multiple quotes if you can, and make sure you have a clear sense of what is included in each package, so you can calculate the additional costs.
  2. Reuse old items – your kitchen may be old and in need of a renovation, but it doesn’t mean that every single part of it needs throwing away. Keeping the items that are still in good, working order is a great way to cut back on costs. 
  3. Sell your old kitchen – there are companies that buy old cabinets and kitchen appliances, or you can list them on online stores like Gumtree or Ebay, to avoid throwing them away. This will also save you money on disposal fees.
  4. Save money in the right places – not only are the cheapest products more likely to break and need replacing sooner than more sturdy materials, but hiring the right tradespeople is also vital. In the long run, having everything installed correctly the first time can save you a lot of money. Do your research, and make sure you hire skilled kitchen fitters who will get the job done, right. 
  5. Keep things simple – installing your new kitchen in the same place as the old one is a great way to keep costs to a minimum. Big structural changes to the layout of your kitchen will always require additional plumbing and electrical work that will raise prices, especially if planning applications and architects are needed.

Equally, just changing the doors on your cabinets, or buying new worktops, can make your kitchen look new with minimal spending. If you are on a tight budget, consider renovating rather than re-fitting a whole new kitchen

Conclusions 

Renovating your kitchen gives you the chance to get creative. From splashbacks to cabinets, you can choose your own designs, colours, and features.

How much you’ll spend will depend entirely on the quality of materials, and how much additional plumbing and electrical changes you are planning to make. Where you live in the UK will also have an impact on the cost of labour.

That’s why prices can range so widely. A budget kitchen is entirely possible, as are fully bespoke options. 

If you want to renovate your kitchen, let us know what you have in mind, and get some free quotes today.

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