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RTA Kitchen Cabinets – What Are They And Why Are They So Popular

RTA or Ready-To-Assemble Cabinets have been around for quite a
while, but because of manufacturing improvements over the past couple of
years, there are now more and more companies manufacturing and selling
Ready-To-Assemble Kitchen &

Bathroom Cabinets (RTA), with higher quality standards. Lets face
it, the kitchen is one of the most expensive rooms in a house to build
or renovate. Other than your countertop selection, kitchen cabinets are
going to be the most expensive part of your kitchen remodel. Custom
kitchen cabinets can cost anywhere from $10,000-$100,000 depending on
the type of wood, brand name, and amount of detail you are looking for.
With the current state of the mortgage industry, and slowdown in the
housing market, most people are looking for a way to increase the resale
value of their home without a huge financial investment that they may
or may not get back when they sell their house. Is there such a thing as
budget kitchen cabinets?

RTA Kitchen Cabinets are the solution.
RTA stands for Ready-To-Assemble. This category of cabinets includes
everything from the particle board cabinets you find at Ikea that you
assemble yourself, to the pre-assembled cabinets you find at Home Depot
or Lowes, or the RTA cabinets that you find on-line that have plywood
sides and come ready-to-assemble in a box. As you can see by the
descriptions, there are different levels of quality and material used in
Ready-To-Assemble (RTA) cabinets. Some of the RTA cabinets that you
find on-line end up being stronger and sturdier than the name brand
cabinets because they are using a solid plywood cabinet box for their
construction. When looking at the structure of the cabinet, always make
sure that they are using solid wood for the cabinet face and stiles,
plywood for the cabinet box itself, and a plywood or solid wood back for
a strong connection to the studs in the wall.

The key to a high
quality (RTA) Ready-To-Assemble cabinet is how the cabinet is held
together. Some of the lower end RTA cabinets use wood glue and staples
or screws to hold the cabinet box together. These types of kitchen
cabinets have a tendency to separate or split apart where the staples or
screws connect to frame. For a high quality RTA cabinet, make sure that
they use a cam lock assembly. What is a cam lock assembly? A cam lock
assembly is simply a locking system that you turn using a screwdriver to
interlock the cabinet panels in place. It comes in two versions: one is
a hidden assembly that uses a combination of pegs and rotating locks,
while the other one is an exposed cam lock which also uses rotating
locks. Both systems are simple use and do not require any assembly
experience, which makes it a great option for home owners and/or novice
DIY Handymen.

Availability is another huge advantage to using RTA
Cabinets for your kitchen or bathroom project. One of the biggest
problems with custom cabinets is the lead time required to order and get
your cabinets in time for installation in your house. Most require 6-8
weeks in order to produce and ship your cabinets. With RTA cabinets, you
can walk into a home supply store and buy them as needed, or most RTA
Importers/Distributors traditionally ship with 1-2 weeks (some even
faster). This allows you to adjust to the inevitable changes that will
occur in your project, plus it doesn’t slow you down in the event of
miscalculations… a miscalculation with custom cabinets could delay
your project for an additional 2-3 months.

What it ultimately
comes down to with (RTA) Ready-To-Assemble Kitchen Cabinets is the cost.
A full kitchen of ready-to-assemble cabinets can cost as little as
$2,500 whether as the same kitchen built with custom cabinets could be
5x, 10x, or even 20x that cost before installation. With
Ready-To-Assemble cabinets, you could easily assemble and install the
cabinets yourself and avoid the high labor costs associated with custom
cabinet installation. If you are interested in finding some simple
design tools to get started on your kitchen, check out some of my other
articles at Squidoo and Hubpages under Nealon52 for step-by-step
instructions on how to measure your kitchen, along with step-by-step
instructions for installing them.

I have been installing RTA
cabinets in all of my rental and flipped properties for years. I have
been able to save thousands on each kitchen by shopping around. If you
want to find out my secrets for saving thousands, check out some of my
other articles.