Can You Put New Doors on an Old Kitchen?

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Dreaming of a brand new kitchen but on a tight budget? Don’t despair! Replacing your old kitchen cabinet doors can be a fantastic way to achieve a dramatic transformation for a fraction of the cost of a full renovation. But is it the right option for you? Let’s delve into the world of revamping tired kitchen cabinets with a fresh set of doors.

How Do You Upgrade Old Kitchen Cabinet Doors?

There are two main ways to upgrade your kitchen cabinet doors:

  • Replacement Doors: This involves purchasing pre-made doors in a style and size that matches your existing cabinets. Many kitchen retailers and specialist companies offer a wide variety of replacement doors, allowing you to modernise your kitchen with a sleek handleless design, add a touch of farmhouse charm with shaker doors, or completely transform the look with a bold pop of colour.
  • Bespoke Doors: For a truly customised look, you can opt for bespoke doors made to your exact specifications. This is a great option if you have unusual sized cabinets, a unique kitchen layout, or a desire for a very specific material or finish.

Advantages & Disadvantages


  • Cost-Effective: Compared to a full kitchen renovation, replacing the doors is a significantly cheaper option.
  • Transformative Impact: New doors can completely change the aesthetic of your kitchen, making it feel fresh and modern.
  • Wide Variety of Options: With a vast selection of styles, colours, and materials available, you can find doors that perfectly complement your existing kitchen or create a whole new look.
  • Relatively Simple Installation: Replacing doors is a less complex process than a full kitchen refit. While some DIY skills might be needed, it’s often manageable with a bit of research and the right tools.


  • Limited to Existing Cabinet Layout: You can’t significantly alter the layout of your kitchen with just new doors.
  • Door Quality: When replacing with pre-made doors, ensure they are good quality to ensure a lasting upgrade.
  • Not Suitable for All Cabinets: If your existing cabinets are damaged, warped, or have water ingress issues, replacing just the doors might not be the best solution.

Is It Expensive?

The cost of replacing kitchen cabinet doors will vary depending on several factors, including:

  • The size and number of doors you need: Larger kitchens with more cabinets will naturally cost more.
  • The material and style of the doors: Solid wood doors will be more expensive than MDF or laminate options. Bespoke doors will also typically cost more than pre-made ones.
  • Quality: Opting for higher quality doors will ensure a more durable and visually appealing upgrade.

However, as a general estimate, replacing kitchen cabinet doors is significantly cheaper than a full renovation.

How Do I Know If My Kitchen Is Suitable?

Here are some things to consider before deciding if replacing the doors is the right option for your kitchen:

  • Condition of the Cabinets: The cabinets themselves should be in good structural condition, free from significant warping, water damage, or loose hinges.
  • Door Size and Style: Replacing doors is easiest if the existing doors are a standard size. However, some specialist companies can create bespoke doors to fit unusual sized cabinets.
  • Door Functionality: Ensure the opening mechanism (hinges, slides) of your cabinets is still functional. Replacing just the doors won’t fix faulty hinges or damaged drawer runners.

Do I Need to Have a Standard Kitchen to Be Able to Replace the Doors?

While standard-sized doors are easiest to replace, some companies specialise in creating bespoke doors for non-standard kitchens. These companies will typically require precise measurements of your existing doors and cabinet frames to ensure a perfect fit.

How to Measure Kitchen Doors and Fronts?

Before ordering new doors, it’s crucial to take accurate measurements of your existing doors and cabinets. Here’s what you’ll need to measure:

  • Door Height: Measure the height of the door itself, excluding any hinges.
  • Door Width: Measure the width of the door itself, excluding any hinges.
  • Cabinet Height: If ordering bespoke doors, you might need the overall height of the cabinet opening (including the space above the door).
  • Cabinet Width: If ordering bespoke doors, you might need the overall width of the cabinet opening (including the space to either side of the door).

Tip: When measuring the width, take measurements at the top, middle, and bottom of the door to ensure it’s square.

By considering these factors and following these tips, you can determine if replacing your kitchen cabinet doors is the perfect way to breathe new life into your tired kitchen.

Remember, Klever Kitchens is here to help you navigate the process and find solutions that fit your unique style and budget. So, why wait, contact us, and embark on your small kitchen renovation journey with confidence!

Is it time to transform your kitchen into the heart of your home? Discover the possibilities of a full kitchen renovation with Klever Kitchens! Don’t wait any longer to create the kitchen you’ve always wanted. Get started today and cook up a beautiful new space for your family to enjoy!

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