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All About RTA Cabinets…Not Your Average Kitchen Cabinets

All About RTA Cabinets…These Arent the Dowel and Glue Models Like You Might Think.

Many people remember their parents coming home with a flat box that held a new television stand, bookshelf or bedside table that needed to be assembled. These versions of retail store RTA cabinets came with small dowels that needed to be glued in, small plastic brackets to hold shelving and particle board shelves with a cardboard backing.

They screamed of cheap quality. But if you could put them together correctly, they looked nice for a few months until the weight cracked a shelf.

Those were the days.

Well ready to assemble cabinets have grown up and in a big way. Speaking specifically about the kitchen cabinet variety of RTA cabinets, you can find a cabinet style that fits your personality and your budget without sacrificing quality.

What you need to know about RTA Cabinets

They are the same quality as pre-assembled cabinets

Pre-assembled cabinets are built in the factory and shipped as one unit. This gives them a little advantage in the assembly department but costs more to ship due to all the packaging to keep them from being damaged. They are all-plywood cabinets with factory-treated finishes and materials that will last 20 years or more with proper installation.


RTA cabinets come meticulously packaged for shipment in zero-movement packaging. They are delivered with all the required pieces so you or your contractor can assemble them onsite. When purchased through a wholesale cabinet company, RTA cabinets offer three advantages: they cost less (about 40% less than big box store cabinets), ship much faster, and are less likely to be damaged during shipping. They are also made out of all-plywood and have the same high-performance soft-close hinges and drawer glides as pre-assembled cabinets. The disadvantage is you or your contractor need to install them.

Installing RTA cabinets

If you are on a budget for your kitchen remodeling project, RTA cabinets are a great option. And if you’re handy and have the necessary tools, they are the perfect cabinet for your project as they are easy to install. If you’re not handy, your kitchen contractor can install RTA cabinets as easily as pre-assembled cabinets. With the advantage being, they often have the right tools and installation materials necessary for a quality installation that will last.

RTA cabinets are semi-custom cabinets

Semi-custom cabinets are the perfect mix of cost-effectiveness and custom cabinets. By using all-plywood construction, semi-custom cabinets are strong and durable. You can choose from various finishes from a wood stain to a special cabinet paint that can withstand moisture. There is a wide variety of cabinet door styles from the smooth-frameless door for a modern home or a framed cabinet with clean-lined shaker doors, added beveling of Tacoma doors, or a more elaborate overlay with Cambridge style doors. These 29 choices all you to customize the look of your cabinets and make your kitchen shine. They can even be installed in the bathroom. RTA bathroom vanities are also semi-custom, allowing you to choose the style and color that compliments your home decor.

RTA cabinets are no longer hard to assemble, often missing a piece, and don’t last long pieces of furniture of the past. They have evolved into a durable, beautiful, long-lasting cabinet everyone will appreciate in their kitchen or bathroom.

Contact our designer to plan your kitchen or bathroom remodeling project.

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