The Ultimate Guide For Ready To Assemble Cabinets

Kitchen Confidential 

“Life happens in the kitchen”


Are you planning a kitchen remodel and don’t know what types of cabinets to purchase?  

Have you heard of ready-to-assemble cabinets or RTA, but aren’t sure what that means?

This article will break down ready-to-assemble cabinets to help you make the most informed decision and hopefully save you money AND time researching! 


The answer is actually quite simple.  RTAs are cabinets that are sent to you in a broken-down form ready for you (or your contractor) to assemble in your kitchen.  

One of the most common reasons why people choose RTA cabinets instead of assembled cabinets is because of cost.  When the items are shipped to you unassembled it costs a lot less to ship.  It also makes it easier for you to store until you are ready to assemble.

RTA cabinets have changed the design industry by giving homeowners more control of the remodeling process.  Homeowners are able to assemble the cabinets themselves without the help of a contractor, which is useful if you are looking to DIY your kitchen remodel and save money.

Here are some of the pros and cons of RTA cabinets:


  • Easy to assemble

  • Can be cost-effective if you are doing the labor

  • Fast shipping

  • Easy to store


  • You are responsible for any mistakes you make while installing them and you may end up spending more money on repairs

  • You’re the one installing them.  Make sure you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into!

  • Takes a long time to install (correctly) if you don’t know what you’re doing

  • No guarantees from the manufacturer if you mess up since you are doing the work yourself.


For us, premium RTA means that we can design ANY size and ANY color.  This is not typical in the industry and gives you an enormous advantage.  Not only are we less expensive than other online retailers (who import), but we also use higher quality materials.

They use standard industry sizes and cheap materials like particle board and lower quality doors and drawer boxes, cheap hardware and hinges.

We use premium BLUM soft closing slides and hinges, rated up 150lbs.  3/4″ premium pre-finished maple plywood boxes, 3/4″ shelves (all adjustable), dovetail birch drawer boxes with inset backs and bottoms.  This means each box is square, straight and will not come apart over time.  All of our cabinets are frameless with full overlay hardwood doors. Inset frames available upon request.

So when you think of RTA cabinets, think premium and unlimited design and color for less $$.

I hope you found this article helpful and it answered some of the questions you may have!

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