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Budget Planning for Your Kitchen: Part 3

Updated: Jun 22

Your kitchen is the most used room in the house. It’s the room where all members of your family congregate first thing in the morning, after work and school, mealtimes and even more frequently on weekends. It is where discussions are had, decisions are made, homework is done, food is cooked and shared, and reluctantly, where a million dishes are washed!


So, the question most often asked when considering a kitchen upgrade or renovation is how much does it cost to create a space your whole family can be happy in? There is no clear-cut answer, and the price variance can be quite large.



Depending the size of your kitchen, the finishes you’re after and the style you want, it can generally cost as little as about $12,000 or upwards of $50,000 or $60,000! It would seem obvious that the larger the kitchen, the more expensive it is, as it takes more cabinets to fill it. However, it is possible for a small kitchen to also become quite costly if top-of-the-range finishes and appliances are used to fill it too!


You’ve got your cabinet and benchtop materials, styles and finishes sorted, time to sort out the structure of your kitchen. Here is another factor of the kitchen that affects the cost, drawers versus cabinets.


$$ Drawers

In the contemporary style kitchen, drawers are becoming more on trend. They look streamlined, modern, organised and you can really make a statement with the handles or go for the more minimalist look with mitred fingerpull detailing that keep the drawers looking flush and uninterrupted.


Drawers are easy to keep organised and make your working time in the kitchen efficient as you can immediately see what is in a drawer when you open it. For this reason, drawers are best placed below bench height.


However, due to the mechanisms and extra work required in manufacturing, assembling, and installing a drawer, it is more expensive than a cabinet. A drawer involves cutting five pieces of material, whereas a cabinet door is cut from just one. Drawers require runners and drawer slides. Plus, what surprises a lot of clients is that drawers actually provide you with less storage space.


Quite often, a kitchen will have two deep drawers beneath the oven which are handy for keeping pots and pans, and a set of three or four utensil drawers, but creating more drawers in your kitchen means you can also use them to store plates, bowls, mugs, Tupperware and all your other cookery needs neatly.


$ Cabinets

So, we have established that cabinets are more budget friendly. They also provide a lot more space for your bigger kitchen appliances, tall vases and jugs and things you simply cannot fit in a drawer.


The downside of course is that once you fill a cabinet, it can get messy and hard to find what you need. This problem can be solved by additional hardware inside your cabinets to keep the contents under control, but this will increase the cost and reduce storage space. For example, pull out bins, slide out corner units, Lazy Susan units and pantry frames with baskets.


If your kitchen is very small, it makes sense to have more cabinets than drawers for all your storage needs. Ideally, an average size kitchen will have a mix of drawers and cabinets depending on budget, storage requirements and personal taste.


AJ’s Cabinets offers a seven-year warranty on all of the above finishes, plus a ten-year warranty on all our workmanship of the newly installed products.


In our next post, we will supply AJ’s Cabinets quotes for various sample kitchens to help you understand what type of kitchen you can afford with your budget, so stay tuned for that one!

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