RTA vs. Custom Cabinets

Who wouldn’t want a completely custom kitchen? The first thing that people think of when redoing their kitchen is the cabinets. However, custom kitchen cabinets can come with a steep price anywhere from $6,000 to over $20,000 and beyond depending on what extras you tack on. Many RTA cabinet lines offer an array of specialty cabinets that will give you the options you want without the hefty price tag. Check out our Ready-to-Assemble cabinets! But first, let’s compare.

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Why Choose Ready-to-Assemble Cabinets?

The kitchen is often the center hub of a home. All of the cooking and most of the eating is done there, entertaining is done there, and family time collects there. That’s why you never want your kitchen to be out of date. If you’re looking to spruce up your kitchen what better way than updating the cabinets? Why consider Ready-to-Assemble (RTA) cabinets? You can find what you want at the price you need. Here are some factors to consider when talking about RTA cabinets.


Why not buy custom-built cabinets? Custom-built cabinets are a beautiful luxury for any kitchen, but they come with a hefty price tag. With custom cabinets you often have to wait a long time from ordering before you receive them on top of the higher prices. You can get the same beauty from RTA cabinets at a fraction of the cost. RTA cabinets are perfect for any renovation on a budget.


Not only are RTA cabinets reasonably priced but you also get tons of options. Because you can order them you don’t have to stick to the already assembled cabinets that stores may carry in a limited selection. When you walk into a home improvement store they will have cabinets you can pick out and take home right away, but you will be extremely limited on choices. With our huge selection of cabinets you will easily find what fits you and your home best.

DIY Friendly

If you are a Do-It-Yourself type then you will love RTA cabinets! RTA cabinets are easy to assemble yourself (but that doesn’t stop you from hiring a professional if that’s what you prefer). They come to your door and offer easy assembly and installation. If you are looking to update your kitchen on a budget this is the solution for you, especially if you love a project. We make it easy and simple for you to do it all yourself. We even have videos to help you along!


With our selection you will have no trouble finding what fits you style. Here are some of our favorites…

Looking for a vintage feel? We love these choices:


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Satisfied Customer: Great RTA Cabinets and Outstanding Customer Service!

Happy Customer - RTA Cabinets - Ready To Assemble Cabinets

Remodeling your home can be easy, cost-effective, and even enjoyable – when you have beautiful cabinetry and great customer service! Ready To Assemble cabinets from CS Hardware can help make that process smooth and efficient.

We wanted to share a great story – and a beautifully finished kitchen (yes, those photos sent to us by a real customer, not a showroom!)

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Should I Buy RTA Cabinets?

CSH RTA Ready To Assemble Cabinets

CSH RTA Ready To Assemble Cabinets 1 Why Should I Buy RTA

Why buy RTA Cabinets?

In selecting new cabinets for your home, there are a variety of options to consider. Remodeling a home- either one area or a whole house- is a good way to increase the value of your home over time while enhancing the quality of living of your everyday life. That said, remodeling days can be quite costly. This is where DIY ideas such as ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets come into place. If you’re looking for a quick and easy assembly, are remodeling on a budget or love do-it-yourself projects, then ready to assemble cabinets are your best option.

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5 Ways to Revamp Your Kitchen Cabinets

The kitchen is often the central focal point in a home. People gravitate to serve drinks, cook and chat during parties and daily use. Whether time has taken its toll on the cabinets or you’ve inherited a fixer-upper, there are endless ways to spruce up your kitchen cabinets without spending a fortune. Here we look at the various ways to improve your kitchen cabinet from labor intensive ideas to quick and easy fixes.

1. Paint

A fresh coat of paint is a great way to breathe new life into your cabinets. It’ll brighten the entire room and create a new look. Darkcolor to add some natural lighting. Make sure to prep the ready to assemble kitchen cabinet thoroughly first, by cleaning, sanding and priming them before busting out the paint can.

Oil based paints work best on cabinets but can have extremely toxic fumes. Search around for latex paint made for cabinetry (100% acrylic) and the results will be quite close in quality.

2. New hardware

New decorative pulls and knobs give you an opportunity to change the look of your kitchen simply and inexpensively. No matter your price range, you’ll be able to find the right fit, whether you can spend $10 or $100. Another quick fix involves replacing old hinges. While many cabinet doors use concealed hinges, you can switch them out for decorative hinges. On the other hand new concealed hinges would be great if the old ones are squeaky or rusted.

3. New pull out cabinet shelf

Organization and storage is always a challenge in RTA kitchen cabinets. Whether it’s the little stuff stuck at the back and hard to reach or just cluttered pans, adding new storage can go a long way. A pull out cabinet shelf only requires a little extra installation and drawer slides for easy access to whatever might be needed. Other great storage options include on-door storage for spices and lazy Susans for access to everything on a rotating stand.

4. Refinishing wood / staining

Old kitchen cabinets that have been scratched up or caked in grease from years of cooking can be fixed up with some refinishing or resurfacing. This project will require a greater investment than some of the other options, but it can make a huge difference. Replacing just the cabinet doors or adding on some veneer panels can make it an easy task. Veneer panels often have to be cut to size, make sure to measure carefully.

5. New countertops

New countertops can bring a new clean and updated look to your kitchen. Of course, this could be more labor intensive considering the removal of the old counter and installing the new one. However, if you choose one that is pre-sized to fit your counter and around your sink, and then all you’ll need to do is seal it on. Instead of completely replacing your countertops you could consider refinishing them or painting them if you’re feeling adventurous. Some companies sell granite countertop paint to give the illusion of gorgeous granite without all the labor of installing a new countertop.

Customer RTA Cabinet Video


CSH customer Bob Bulick was kind enough to share a video of his recent cabinet installation on our Facebook page. Mr. Bulick worked with CSH cabinet sales representative Howie Manos for guidance during the purchase and installation process. CSH offers video tutorials for installing our ready to assemble kitchen cabinets, but we're also always a phone call away for any extra help or advice needed. Mr. Bulick also customized his Elegant Birch Series cabinets by cutting out two of the doors to put in glass. He was impressed with the soft closing drawers and cabinet doors, as well as the pull out shelving.

“Wanted to do a shout out to Howie for his excellent service with our kitchen cabinet order. The process is a bit daunting but with your patience and guidance we no can boast a most excellent kitchen. I have over 40 years as a carpenter and while I could have built my own I was impressed by your catalog and it's description on the quality of their build. After assembling them My hope was confirmed, great cabinets. Very glad I ordered these from you and thanks again Howie.” – Bob Bulick

Custom Type Features for RTA cabinets

Ready to assemble kitchen cabinets are great for the conveniences they offer. The lead time between ordering your desired cabinet and receiving them is often non-existent because the parts are ready to be shipped. The selection of finishes and styles are large enough that you can find exactly what you need. Once you receive your RTA kitchen cabinets you'll be able to easily and quickly assemble these cabinets.

However, if you want the ease of assembly, but desire some special customization, you're in luck! Most ready to assemble cabinet lines offer the option to add specialty pieces. You'll get quality materials and a high end look without breaking the bank. Whether you want extra functionality in your kitchen cabinets or just want it to fit with the theme of your kitchen stylistically, there are a variety of options to choose from.

Customize for Utility

Add custom-like features for your RTA kitchen cabinet to help make life easier for you as you work. Specialty wine racks offer storage not just for wine bottles but other bottles and glasses you may want to keep out of cupboards. A wine lattice is both attractive and functional, and if you choose a deluxe wine rack option that comes with unique molding. Consider adding appliance lifts to your cabinets for easy use of your heavier appliances. You won't have to struggle with lifting heavy mixers or your microwave with an appliance lift.

Customize in Style

Even if you don't need special function, you want your kitchen cabinets to feel unique to your home. There are other ways to customize your RTA cabinets to enhance or incorporate them into your kitchen's theme. Decorative moldings for your cabinets are a great way to personalize your kitchen. From crown molding to rope molding and beyond, the options are endless. Another specialty option for many RTA cabinets is decorative hoods for your range. Many lines of cabinets offer a wide range of gorgeous wood hoods that come in different styles and trims. You'll find a truly great style in this selection of custom decorative hoods from arched to rectangle to Victorian styles.

American Made Ready To Assemble Cabinets

Custom Service Hardware recently introduced a new line of American made RTA cabinets into their inventory. American made products are becoming popular across many industries, including hardware. Stimulating American manufacturing helps strengthen the US economy and supports buying locally. CS Hardware noticed a gap in the industry with a lack of American made cabinets, and they decided to provide for people desiring American made products.

New American Made

CS Hardware has a new line of ready to assemble cabinets that are manufactured in the US. American made RTA cabinets have many benefits over the more common Chinese made models. The new line of cabinets available from CSH offers three different door styles and finish options. These American made cabinets are custom made to order, so customers know they'll be getting exactly what they want. You don't have to worry about receiving old cabinet parts that were sitting in a warehouse for years! The American made ready to assemble cabinets from CSH are top quality, and they come with no cam-lock fasteners for better installation and better quality results. Most Chinese made RTA cabinets aren't made of quality wood and generally have a shorter life span with extended use. Choosing American made cabinets from CSH allows you to support US manufacturing, and you'll receive a better quality product that will stand the test of time.

Blum manufactures the majority of their products in the USA, and CSH is proud to sell Blum products with their ready to assemble cabinets. Our top quality cabinets come with Blum soft closing drawer slides and hinges. You know you're getting quality products from Blum, and you can enjoy that they were manufactured domestically as well.

Commitment to American Made

CS Hardware offers other American made items in their product line. Did you know that CSH's library ladder hardware and barn door equipment are all American made as well? The unique and stylish roller straps available were designed inhouse and manufactured in the USA. The hidden doors from the Invisidoor line are also manufactured in the US by CS Hardware. CSH takes pride in becoming part of the American made movement in the hardware industry.