Should You Use RTA Cabinets for Your Kitchen Renovation?

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The prospect of replacing your kitchen cabinets can be daunting, but there are many good reasons to do it. You might be concerned about the sturdiness or age of your current cabinets, or maybe the layout doesn’t work for your specific needs. Whatever the reason, there’s a very good chance that buying ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets is a great option for your cabinet replacement project.


Common Concerns vs. Benefits

With such a large investment of time and money on your hands, you probably have some questions about whether purchasing RTA cabinets is right for you. Below I’ll discuss two common concerns and three benefits that can help you make the best decision.


#1 How is the Quality?

In the past, RTA cabinets tended to be a cheap, low-quality option for kitchen remodeling. With the growing popularity of buying RTA cabinets, however, that is no longer the case. RTA cabinets now come in a huge variety of styles, and many offer outstanding quality for the price. Depending on where you shop (such as CSHardware’s many high-quality RTA cabinet choices) the quality of your RTA cabinets will be no less than the best quality you can find in assembled cabinets.

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#2 Will Assembly be too difficult?

This is a very valid concern—not everyone is a skilled craftsman, and a large project like this can seem scary. However, you do not need to be a trained professional to assemble and install RTA cabinets in your home! Most RTA cabinets are designed specifically to be assembled easily by people with little experience, and CSHardware has gone even a step further and has created several cabinet assembly instructional videos to walk you through the process. If you’re concerned that you might not be able to assemble a set of cabinets yourself, seeing someone else do it might be exactly what you need to help you decide!


#1 Cut Labor Costs

Whether you’re hiring a contractor to install your cabinets or you’re buying pre-assembled ones to install in your kitchen yourself, you’re paying for labor costs. However, if you buy RTA cabinets and put in the work to assemble and install them yourself, you’ll be saving a lot of money.

#2 Cut Shipping Costs

If you go with RTA cabinets, you’ll be saving money in more ways than one! Because RTA cabinets take up so much less space in shipping than than pre-assembled cabinets, you’ll save a lot of money on shipping costs. (As an added bonus, this also means they’re less likely to suffer damage in shipping) Also, because they’re all in stock and ready to go, RTA cabinets will arrive faster than other cabinet options!

#3 Variety of Styles, Features, and Customization Options

With stock pre-assembled cabinets, what you see is what you get most of the time—there’s not much you can do to customize them. However, with CSHardware’s RTA cabinets, you get lots of options. You can choose from over 60 lines of all-wood cabinets, and each one is different. Plus, you can customize them with specialized trim or storage racks for plates, spices, or wines We even make this whole process as convenient as possible with our RTA cabinet easy order forms.


I hope this helps you as you decide whether RTA Cabinets are the right choice for you. If you’re interested, check out CSHardware’s wide selection of all-wood RTA cabinets or watch our instructional videos on youtube.