After spending years dealing with that creaky cabinet door, minimal storage, and just odd layout, you might be thinking it’s time to replace your kitchen cabinets. But how long does it take to install kitchen cabinets? And how do you handle cooking during the installation?

These are all common questions to ask, which is why we are breaking down the timeline for how long it takes to install kitchen cabinets!

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How Long Does It Take to Install Kitchen Cabinets? 4 Impactful Factors

Normally, solely installing new kitchen cabinets takes 2 to 3 days when done by a professional contractor. When paired with new countertops and a full remodel, installation usually doesn’t take more than 7 to 10 days. While this is the average timeframe of a cabinet installation, there are a few factors that can shorten or lengthen this timeframe.

1) Kitchen Size

It may seem obvious, but the larger kitchen you have, the longer it will take to install cabinets. You may be looking at a few extra hours, up to an extra day or two. This also applies if you are completely remodeling your kitchen to be larger than it currently is.

On the other hand, if you have a smaller kitchen, installation won’t take as long. Smaller kitchens may only take 1 to 2 days to replace kitchen cabinets.

2) Number of Cabinets

Along the same line as your kitchen size, the number of cabinets you choose to install will affect the installation time. Usually, when people decide to remodel their kitchen, they want to get more storage space and a better layout with their new design.

It’s likely that your remodeled kitchen will have more cabinets and drawers than your original kitchen plus a functional kitchen island. However, unless this number is dramatic, your installation time will likely only be affected by a few hours or maybe an extra day.

a silverware drawer in a new custom cabinet

3) Specialty Features

At Puustelli, we love incorporating specialty features into our cabinet designs so that homeowners can experience a kitchen that fits seamlessly into their lives. Some specialty features that we’ve designed before include:

  • Vertical lift cabinets
  • Our signature Power Slide “lazy Susan” corner cabinet
  • Cooktops with side knobs integrated into the cabinetry
  • Pull-out cutting board integrated into the cabinetry
  • Appliances like dishwashers, refrigerators, and washing machines blended into the cabinetry
  • Ovens and microwaves built into the wall cabinetry

If you want to incorporate a few specialized features, they may add some time to your installation. However, we think the added time is 100% worth it for the incredible result.

4) Changing the Design

Lastly, custom cabinetry depends on a solidified design. If you have second thoughts about your design before your scheduled installation date, you’ll likely have to deal with a delay. Scrapping an old design for a new one requires ordering new material, creating new blueprints, and undoing any work that’s already been completed.

Installation Schedule for New Kitchen Cabinets

When you decide to get started with custom kitchen cabinetry, there’s a thorough process to go through that ensures you get the kitchen of your dreams. From start to finish, the entire process of getting brand new kitchen cabinets can take 2 to 4 months. The timeline follows these steps:

Step 1: Talk to a Designer

Your dream kitchen starts with a simple call or email. Start by getting in touch with a custom cabinet designer and explain that you’re looking to have brand new cabinets installed.

Step 2: Schedule a Free Consultation

Once you’re in touch with your preferred designer, you’ll schedule a free consultation and get started with the kitchen design process. Before the consultation, think about what kind of design you’re looking f

or. Gather inspiration photos and blueprints before the meeting so that the designer can get an idea of what you’re looking for.

Step 3: Visit a Showroom

When it’s time for the consultation, you’ll visit the designer’s showroom or meet virtually to discuss your vision. If you visit the showroom, you get the added advantage of looking at materials and cabinet layouts that could inspire your own kitchen.

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Step 4: Collaborate on a Design

When you work with Puustelli, you can schedule an optional home visit so the designer can gather the right measurements and document the space to ensure the smallest details will be executed perfectly. You can talk through what you envision, and the designer will come up with a final 3D design for you to approve.

In this 3D design, you can choose all of the final details that breathe life into your kitchen— from the countertop on your kitchen island down to the hardware. When you feel happy with the design, you’ll sign a contract and the manufacturing process will begin.

Step 5: Schedule an Installation Date

It generally takes 8 to 12 weeks to build custom cabinetry. After your design is finalized, you won’t be able to jump immediately into the installation. Your designer will help you schedule an installation date that falls in the future when your cabinets are fully constructed and ready to be installed.

Step 6: Watch the Magic Happen

Now for the exciting day! When your installation date arrives, a certified installer will bring your approved design to life in front of your eyes.

If you’re doing a remodel on an existing kitchen, or if you’re building a new home, your cabinets will be installed by a certified professional contractor when all the plumbing and electric work is completed, and when the floors and walls are finished. Puustelli installers can also install your countertops during the cabinet installation, which shaves off a huge amount of time from the typical remodeling process.

Typically, the total kitchen renovation process follows these steps:

  • Removing old cabinetry
  • Marking electrical outlets
  • Wiring, plumbing, drywall, and flooring
  • Installing new cabinets
  • Adding appliances & countertops
  • Final touchups

Step 7: Final Inspection

When all the cabinets, hardware, and countertops are installed, your certified installer will perform a detailed inspection. This inspection helps ensure that everything is in line with your approved design, the kitchen is ready for use, and everything is clean and tidy. When all is said and done, you get to enjoy your brand new kitchen cabinets in your fully transformed kitchen!

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Why You Should Choose Custom Cabinets Over Stock Cabinets

As we mentioned earlier, custom cabinets typically take 8 to 12 weeks to build and deliver. You may see this number and think that that’s a long time to wait for your dream kitchen and be tempted to opt for mass-produced stock cabinets from a big-box retailer.

While it’s true that stock cabinets can be available to you almost immediately, we never recommend purchasing them for multiple reasons. Some of these reasons include:

  • Stock cabinets are made from medium-density fiberboard (MDF) which can release dangerous formaldehyde into your home.
  • Stock cabinets are made from cheap materials that aren’t very durable.
  • Stock cabinets are mass-produced meaning many people have the exact same cabinets, and you can’t personalize them for your needs.

Even though you’d potentially wait a couple of months for your custom cabinets to be built, you’d be getting a much more ethical result. Puustelli cabinets are eco-luxury, meaning they’re:

  • MDF and chipboard free
  • No formaldehyde-based glues are used
  • No endangered wood species are used
  • Biocomposite frames are 100% recyclable

Plus, the short wait time is absolutely worth it to get a fully-personalized kitchen that matches your lifestyle to a T! Whether you’re building a brand new home or remodeling your current kitchen, custom cabinets are the way to go.

Ready to Get Started With New Kitchen Cabinets?

All in all, the entire process of getting new cabinets takes roughly 2 to 4 months, and the actual installation rarely takes more than a week. A kitchen remodel may briefly interrupt your life, but in the end, it will be completely worth it when you have a layout that compliments your life.

Are you ready to say goodbye to your clunky, outdated kitchen? Trust Puustelli with your custom cabinet design. We offer 30-year workmanship warranties, and we can’t wait to transform your kitchen.

Try out our kitchen simulator to explore your cabinetry options, and contact us today to set up a free consultation!

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