Why choose RTA cabinets for my kitchen?


best for your kitchen. Do you buy the already assembled cabinets? Or do you choose the RTA cabinets and build them yourself? In this blog, we’re going to go over why RTA cabinets are a great choice for any kitchen remodeling project, and the numerous pros that come with them.

For a comprehensive overview of the advantages and considerations when opting for RTA cabinets, be sure to check out our exclusive buyers guide for RTA cabinets. This guide will provide you with valuable insights, tips, and recommendations to assist you in making an informed decision tailored to your kitchen remodeling needs.

What are RTA Cabinets?

If you’re new to buying cabinets, you’re probably wondering what it means when someone talks about RTA cabinets. Basically, these are cabinets that are shipped in pieces in a flat pack as opposed to already assembled. When they arrive you put them together yourself and hang them on your wall. They’re a great, budget-conscious option for any home renovation project, especially if you enjoy a more hands-on project. But don’t panic about building your own cabinets if you’re not the best builder out there. RTA cabinets are known for being easy to assemble

To ensure a seamless and accurate installation process, consider consulting our Kitchen Measuring Guide. This guide provides detailed instructions on how to measure your kitchen space effectively, ensuring that your RTA cabinets fit perfectly and contribute to a flawless home renovation.

  1. Amount of Options
  2. One of the best things about RTA cabinets is that they come in almost as many varieties as assembled cabinets. When you’re browsing through cabinet options, many will say you can order them as RTA cabinets or already assembled. You never have to worry about finding cabinets you really want but aren’t able to order because they aren’t RTA. Plus, there are a wide variety of cabinets for you to choose from, so browsing only RTA cabinets will still yield excellent options for your home. You can find everything from American-style shaker cabinets, which include a frame on the door, or the frameless European-style cabinets.

  3. Cost-Effective Without Sacrificing Quality
  4. When you’re shopping for cabinets, you keep two things in mind; are these cabinets high-quality and are they a good price. Luckily, RTA cabinets provide both of these things. It’s easy to find RTA cabinets that are made with quality materials like plywood or premium hardwood, and neither of these options will break the bank. Assembled cabinets could cost you up to $8,000, but RTA cabinets are easier to ship and therefore help you cut costs. Cabinet Distribution has a fantastic selection of RTA kitchen cabinets for every budget. You’ll have so many options to explore, from modern white RTA cabinets to more classic styles, all within a great price range.

  5. Easy to Install
  6. You might think that RTA cabinets are more of a hassle because you have to install them once you build them, but they’re actually quite easy to put together. The great thing about RTA cabinets is that they come with pre-drilled holes and screws, as well as instructions, and often the website you bought them from will have videos demonstrating how to build them. All you’ll need is a hammer and screwdriver, and a level for putting your cabinets on your wall. However, if you feel that you need extra help with putting your cabinets on your wall, you can hire a contractor to help you. Just let them know ahead of time what they need to do.

    For a step-by-step guide on the assembly process, refer to our comprehensive assembly instruction manual. This detailed resource ensures a smooth and hassle-free experience, providing additional insights to enhance the efficiency of building and installing your RTA cabinets. Whether you're a DIY enthusiast or seeking professional assistance, our assembly instructions cater to all skill levels, ensuring the successful completion of your cabinet project.

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  7. Arrive Quickly
  8. RTA cabinets ship in flat packs, which means that they’re easier to ship and will arrive quickly. The flat pack shipping means that shipping costs will ultimately be cheaper, which adds to the savings you already achieved by buying ready to assemble cabinets. If you choose something like custom cabinets, which need to be created to order, those can take a super long time to arrive. RTA cabinets can arrive in as few as 14 days. You don’t have to stress about when your cabinets will arrive or if you’ll like the look of them when they do.

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  9. Take Advantage of Free Kitchen Design
  10. Picking cabinets is especially tough if you’re not sure how they’ll look in your home. You have to consider what color you want your kitchen to be, what cabinet color compliments that, and sometimes the vision you have in your head just doesn’t match up with real life. However, there are ways to avoid this particular headache when renovating your kitchen. Many online cabinet retailers offer a free kitchen design service that will show you what your chosen RTA cabinets will look like in your space. Any website that offers this service will give you a guide on how to do this, but generally you submit photos of your kitchen along with the cabinets you’re thinking about buying, which can include specialty cabinets like wine racks, and that company’s design team will get back to you with a rendering of those cabinets in your kitchen. Additionally, they may also give you a quote so you can anticipate what these cabinets will cost you when you start your renovation. It’s a great service for deciding if you want to buy that set of cabinets.

    Want to see what your modern RTA cabinets will look like in your kitchen? Check out Cabinet Distribution’s free kitchen design service online. You can select which RTA cabinet you want to try out and see it rendered in your own kitchen thanks to our talented design team. And if you want a more hands-on experience, you can order refundable samples of your favorite RTA cabinets to try them out.

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RTA cabinets are fantastic for a whole host of reasons. You get the same quality as assembled cabinets but don’t need to spend lots of money. They come in just as many varieties as assembled cabinets, and you can still see what they’ll look like in your kitchen thanks to online design tools. So, if you’re thinking about which cabinets are a good choice for you, consider checking out RTA cabinets. Building them yourself may sound overwhelming, but think about how accomplished you’ll feel once you stand in your renovated kitchen with cabinets you put together yourself. Don’t let the assembly part of ready to assemble cabinets discourage you from buying these cabinets, because the fun of a renovation is trying something different.