How to Choose the Perfect Ready-to-Assemble (RTA) Cabinets for your Kitchen Remodel

Are you searching for a cheaper way to remodel your kitchen cabinets? RTA cabinets are an option worth considering. As the name suggests, the buyer assembles the ready-to-assemble cabinets on arrival. The cabinets arrive in flat packages, each containing unassembled parts of the cabinets such as handles, cabinet doors, hinges, and screws, which you can assemble at your destination. 

RTA cabinets are a cost-effective option for having kitchen storage spaces. They are easy to order online and cheaper to ship and install than pre-assembled kitchen cabinets. In addition, they come with instructions and online videos that guide you through the process of assembly, which are simple to follow. It can take between 10 and 15 minutes max to fix the cabinets.

Choosing and purchasing RTA cabinets is easy enough, even for first-timers. Find below some pointers to help you pick the perfect RTA cabinets for your kitchen. 

  1. Quality

As with almost everything else, RTA cabinets range from very good to poor, and everything else in-between. Therefore, as you make your purchase, you can avoid low-quality, less durable options. Inferior quality cabinets include those with stapled particleboard drawers, veneer doors, or integrated rail drawer guides. 

The highest quality RTA cabinets include features such as

  • Full-extension drawer guides
  • Solid wood door frames
  • Solid wood door panels
  • Solid wood drawers
  • Dovetail drawers
  • Brush coating and finishing

If you make an online purchase, remember to request a door sample to be sent to you at a small refundable fee. Obtaining a sample serves as a precaution as you will ensure the quality of the cabinets that you are getting. The market has many unscrupulous sellers who say one thing and deliver something else. Make your purchase from a trustworthy dealer. 

  1. Space

Before you go out shopping for RTA cabinets, you must first get your tape measure out and measure the space in your kitchen for each cabinet. Measure the height, width, and length of the area you intend to use for each cabinet and measure more than once to ensure that you do not get the measurements mixed up. You could even enlist the services of a professional to gather the accurate measurements you need.

  1. Extra Amenities

To make setting up and storing your kitchen items as stress-free as possible, look for RTA cabinets having extra frills. Extras like corner storage, trash pulls out, vertical dividers, soft-close mechanism, and replacement parts. These extras will go a long way in making it much easier to enjoy cooking in your kitchen.

  1. Cost

The cost depends on the RTA cabinets’ design, complexity, and materials used to manufacture them. The prices can range from anything as low as $200 to as high as $750. It would, therefore, be wise to have a budget in mind, to help you choose, from a myriad of patterns, models, and designs, for an option that is within your budget.

  1. Layout

The layouts of various kinds of RTA cabinets suit different kitchen styles. Therefore, ensure that you select a design that suits your ideal kitchen, allowing space for enough access and ease of access.

A more sophisticated option would require more time and effort to assemble. It might probably take you time until your next kitchen upgrade or remodel. You may want to consult a cabinet maker to design a layout that is attractive for your kitchen storage needs. 


Because of their affordability and convenience, RTA cabinets are fast becoming the number one choice for kitchen cabinets for homeowners. They come in a dizzying range of styles and sizes. However, the factors described in this article give you guidance on how to get the highest quality RTA cabinets.

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