Ready-to-Assemble Kitchen Cabinets: Purchasing, Assembling, and Mounting Your Own


DIY kitchen cabinetry is now feasible, thanks to the abundance of online planning and resource aids. Now more than ever, high-quality, straightforward cabinetry is an option thanks to RTA Cabinets (Ready-To-Assemble) availability. They can be found almost anywhere you look. Big-box retailers have started stocking their versions, but online is still the place to find the most excellent prices. The money you save will be well worth it because you won’t be able to consult with a personal designer. You can save as much as 30–40% by purchasing your cabinets from the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). These days, it’s hard to find a website that doesn’t provide some design tool or template to make the purchase process simpler. If you’re still on the fence about RTA kitchen cabinets, I’ll answer the issue on everyone’s mind: “What sets them apart from conventional kitchen cabinets?”

In most cases, today’s readily available cabinets outperform the higher-priced, branded alternatives in terms of quality of construction. However, they’re certainly not all created equal. Remember the following while you shop for them: 1) Doors, stiles, and face frames made of solid wood 2) Plywood side panels of either 1/2 in. or 5/8 in. thickness (not particle board or fiberboard). Assembly with a cam lock rather than screws or dowels 4) Hardwood or hardwood veneered strips for wall mounting 5) Drawer boxes made of solid wood, ideally with dovetailing Six) Epoxy drawer slides with self-closing European hinges. The majority of these stores also offer convenient home delivery of their cabinets.

Let’s discuss putting together your new cabinets now that you have them. Ready-to-assemble cabinets are as simple to put together as it gets. Cam locks (far more secure than staples or dowels) are used to assemble the basic box. A flathead screwdriver is the only tool you’ll need to put it together. Keep a drill on hand if you need to adjust the screws that fasten the drawer slides and fronts to the base cabinets drawers. Most of them take less than 5 minutes to put together. The cabinets will all have instructions on how to put them together.

Assembling the cabinets is the first step toward getting them ready for installation. Since the floor and walls will not be exactly level and straight… that’s how it is; the preparation work is the most critical element of the procedure. Locate any high points on the floor or bumps in the walls to ensure your kitchen cabinets are installed flush and level. Kitchen Cabinets: How to Install Them Yourself is a fantastic article that details the process of installing kitchen cabinets. It can be found by searching for “kitchen installation” on the Hubpages website. Installing RTA cabinets will require more work than installing custom cabinets, but the money you save by doing it yourself will more than compensate you.

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Buying RTA cabinets instead of custom ones helped me save money on my kitchen remodel. My secrets are all revealed in my HubPages post, “Kitchen Cabinets,” so check it out if you’re interested.

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