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Assembled kitchen cabinets or ready to assemble: planning your kitchen remodel

Many people think purchasing assembled kitchen cabinets from a home and design center is their best choice, in lieu of pricey kitchen cabinets. With some do-it-yourself skill, however, ready-to-assemble cabinets are another viable option.

Planning for assembled kitchen cabinets

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Unless you're planning on using the same cabinetry layout, redesigning a kitchen requires a lot of thought. Home improvement stores and kitchen design centers usually have experienced staff on hand to help you plan your kitchen, so that it functions to complement the rest of your home.

Assembled kitchen cabinets are usually constructed of materials, such as wood, MDF board and metal, to allow you to conduct side-by-side comparisons of cabinet finishes and construction methods. Many designers demo top kitchen cabinet manufacturers, including the following highly respected kitchen cabinet brands:

  • KraftMaid Cabinets
  • Aristokraft Cabinetry
  • Merillat Cabinets
  • Yorktowne Cabinetry
  • American Woodmark Cabinets

Ready-to-assemble cabinets: great if you prefer to "do-it-yourself"

If you like "DIY" projects, you might get more bang for your buck by purchasing Ready to Assemble (RTA) cabinets for your kitchen remodel. Ready-to-assemble cabinets can be purchased from cabinet companies and online retailers in the same woods as assembled kitchen cabinets, including oak, maple and cherry.

Ready-to-assemble cabinet quality ranges from budget-friendly MDF cabinets, to top-of-the-line models with wood side panels. Ready-to-assemble cabinets generally require two tools: a drill and screwdriver. Some RTA retailers claim you save as much as 30 percent on your kitchen cabinets by doing your own assembly. The best bet for your budget is to do comparison shop before you dive into this fun and rewarding home improvement project.



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