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Custom cabinet pricing per liniar foot

Ashton D. Shuck Member

Hello, I am new to Woodweb, and am in the process of possibly buying a cabinet shop in eastern Kansas, and I am wondering what to charge per liniar foot, what to charge per drawer and Also installation rates? Thank you!

12/17/18       #2: Custom cabinet pricing per liniar f ...
Dennis Bean  Member



This is not exactly my expertise but knowing what I do know, there are far too many variables in the cabinet business to answer your questions with simple answers. ( How about $400.00/ft, $400.00/drawer and $400.00/hour) :)

It would seem to me that before purchasing any business, I would want to know some basic information like this from past experience in the industry to actually create a business plan.

The seller of the business should be able to furnish this information for you along with all past accounting records, tax records and past job records.

Best of luck.


12/17/18       #3: Custom cabinet pricing per liniar f ...

It all depends on what caliber of work you do and where you are located. This info should come from the shop you are buying. If you come in and your prices are all of the sudden higher than the other owner you will probably loose builders or customers that have worked with that shop for a long time. You also don't want to come in lower and leave money on the table.

12/17/18       #4: Custom cabinet pricing per liniar f ...

Not near enough information and you really need to build your own pricing by doing a mock up cabinet, keeping track of your time and getting precise numbers on all of your pricing. What species, what door types, frame or frameless, what size uppers, how many tall cabinets, what type drawer boxes and slides, what hinges, what crown?
It's just really a crap shoot trying to price by the foot without really getting into details of the particular kitchen.
Figure your pricing from the mock cabinet and call around for pricing on all the components you want to add. You'll also need to come up with a shop per hour rate based on your equipment, utilities, rent, ect, ect.
I'm in Southeast Kansas and the prices down here can swing from $300-$800 per foot. If you do end up pricing by lineal ft. make sure to price a bare bones cabinet per foot and add all components separately.

12/17/18       #5: Custom cabinet pricing per liniar f ...
Alan F.

We bid a commercial job a few years ago and we were considered too low by the GC compared to the other shops based on unit prices, not total job price, our laminate exam rooms with stone tops were about $1,500 per foot.

On another job for the same GC when we submitted a CO they squawked that the footage price should be $300 per foot.

Footage pricing is a tough way to measure whats included in the "foot".

12/17/18       #6: Custom cabinet pricing per liniar f ...

This topic has been discussed at length many times. I suggest you start by reading those and then add some more specific questions to this discussion.

12/17/18       #7: Custom cabinet pricing per liniar f ...
rich c.

Fastest way to go bankrupt! Bid by the foot in competition with other shops, ignoring your true overhead and profit.

12/20/18       #8: Custom cabinet pricing per liniar f ...

We have been bidding by the foot for years and our system is very accurate. We have a base price and adjust for species, finish, tall cabinets, short cabinets, finished ends, type of finish, door style, type of molding, finished ends, ect, ect, ect. As mentioned, the seller should be able to fill you in. Building one mock cabinet will not give you a true time study. Efficiency and speed comes from volume. If you do buy the business keep accurate time studies and use them to adjust pricing. Read woodweb to learn how to improve efficiency.

That being said, years ago I set my goal to be competitive in price with high quality factory built cabinets and have achieved just that. I originally priced my cabinets accordingly as a start and learned how to be profitable at that price buy doing extensive time studies. I took some lumps but was able to learn and move on. I had to in my market or go broke.

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