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RTA Cabinets: An Economical Option

Ready to assemble cabinets, or RTA cabinets, are typically a less expensive alternative to custom or designed cabinetry that can result in the same look. RTA cabinets are not installed by a professional, but rather use disassembled pieces that are already cut, drilled and measured based upon your kitchen. These types of cabinets also save money since they allow for an easy installation that anyone can do. The cabinetry is also packaged much more efficiently (as a stack of flat pieces), which can save you a great deal on shipping costs.

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Kitchen stores and showrooms vs. the Internet

RTA cabinets are typically made overseas in order to get the lowest possible price. They are mainly distributed by kitchen and bath stores or chain hardware stores such as Home Depot, Lowe's and Menards. Home Depot, for example, carries some of the top brands including Thomasville, KraftMaid and American Woodmark. Stores and showrooms offer a wide variety of finishes and sizes that a consumer can see in person.

The Internet also has a wide variety of kitchen cabinet websites that sell RTA cabinets. Websites can offer lower prices than stores since many are selling straight from the manufacturer. However, most cabinet websites only let a buyer preview pictures rather than merchandise.

Materials and finishes for RTA cabinets

Like premade cabinetry, ready to assemble cabinets can come in a variety of styles, finishes and materials. They are usually made from a hardwood, like maple, or a synthetic material, like laminate or thermofoil, sometimes paired with particle board. Natural wood is more desirable and can be stained to match any kitchen style or color scheme. Laminate or thermofoil is a form of plastic that is a less expensive option. It can be one of the most durable RTA cabinet options and can come in a variety of colors and textures.

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