What are Ready to Assemble Cabinets and Should You Install Them?

[fa icon="calendar"] December 04, 2020 / by Home Services Expert

kitchen cabinetsIf you are attempting a kitchen remodel in your home, you’ve likely stumbled upon the many cabinet choices available. From options at your local Home Depot to the massive selection online, and even custom cabinet makers – it can be hard to decide where to buy your cabinets.

One popular option people choose for home remodeling is ready-to-assemble (RTA) kitchen cabinets. These can be bought in store or online and can potentially save you money on your kitchen renovation. Here are some things to know about RTA kitchen cabinets before you buy:

Here are some helpful facts on RTA cabinets from TheSpruce.com:

“Ready-to-assemble (RTA) kitchen cabinets offer homeowners an option to save money on kitchen remodeling. The cabinets are delivered in a flat pack along with all the hardware needed for assembly. Because you do the assembling yourself, you can cut costs significantly.

Before you start shopping for new kitchen cabinets, it pays to take some time to learn more about RTA cabinets.


What Are RTA cabinets?

The ready-to-assemble name explains these products in a nutshell. When you order RTA cabinets, all of the parts have been cut to size, holes have been drilled where they needed, and any finishes you requested have been applied. Then the parts are stacked and wrapped. You can bring them home from the store or have them shipped to your home.”


Where to Buy RTA Cabinets

“You can find RTA cabinets at some big-box stores (IKEA, Home Depot, Lowe's, and Costco), but a much broader selection, including some of better quality, is available online. Buying at a store allows you to interact with the staff, who may be able to help explain the difference in the cabinets available and give advice on your layout. These types of services may also be available at online stores, with some sites having the ability to create a custom layout and see photorealistic renderings of the room.”


Getting Good Quality RTA Cabinets

Like pre-assembled cabinets, ready-to-assemble cabinets cover the full spectrum of quality, from poor to very good. You can buy RTA cabinets that are every bit as strong and attractive as anything you find in a kitchen showroom. But you also need to be able to recognize inferior quality. Avoid stapled particleboard drawers, integrated rail drawer guides, and doors made of veneered particleboard or medium density fiberboard (MDF).


The features of a quality cabinet include:

Solid wood drawers with dovetail joinery

Full-extension drawer guides

Doors that have a solid wood frame, with panels either of solid wood or plywood

Finishes and coating applied by brush rather than sprayed on."


Some Cost Considerations:

You may be wondering how RTA cabinets are priced. According to The Spruce:

“Your costs can vary significantly depending on such factors as materials, finish, complexity, and degree of completion. At the low end of the cost spectrum are cabinets with white melamine-coated particleboard cabinet boxes and drawers, flat panel doors, and unfinished elements that you paint yourself.

More expensive options will include veneered plywood cabinet boxes, hardwood face frames, solid wood doors, and dovetailed drawers. Cabinets in odd sizes and with angles can cost more, as can accessories like crown molding.”

Read the full article at TheSpruce.com.


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