At Kitchen Pride Cabinets and our sister company Amended Surfaces, we hold to what some call an old-style, high-quality craftsmanship standard. When we decided to offer premium kitchen cabinets to our line of countertops, backsplashes, and outdoor kitchens we found one manufacturer who uses only the best materials and construction methods – U.S. Cabinet Depot.
About our RTA Cabinets.
In the past, the term ‘ready-to-assemble’ (or RTA) was associated with cheap furniture of lesser quality than traditional kitchen cabinets. That’s no longer true. Just like most things material and technological, RTA cabinets have evolved and are now regarded by contractors, builders, designers and homeowners as a sturdy and long-lasting wood product that offers great value, quick turn-around time and easy assembly. There are many important features to consider when deciding whether to use RTA cabinetry for your project.
In today’s economy, you – like many homeowners – may be choosing to renovate rather than upgrade to a newer, more accomodating house. That doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style or quality. After all, you want to upscale your living not your debt.
Renovating and updating your kitchen is the single most impactful way to raise the value of your home and create a more impressive and comfortable space that you can enjoy. Aside from the countertops, cabinets are the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel.
Choosing RTA cabinets will reduce your overall renovation cost and still satisfy your desire for beautiful, well-built cabinets. The cabinetry itself is less expensive because it arrives unassembled. Because RTA cabinets are stocked in knock-down compact boxes, they occupy less storage space in warehouses, which lowers their operational and shipping costs. You can cut labor costs by opting to assemble the cabinets yourself and even if you decide to have your contractor assemble them, you still save on the expense of “warehouse assembly” because let’s face it, your contractor will charge for installing the cabinets whether they’re preassembled or not.
Another area of savings comes from the fact that our RTA cabinets are in-stock and ready to ship quickly. They are packaged in slim boxes and transported easily, which reduces freight charges.
There is no need to compromise on quality when you can own RTA cabinets with outstanding quality at a fraction of the price you would be charged from big box retailers or custom cabinet lines.
Our RTA cabinets feature all-plywood boxes and soft-closing doors and drawers, among many other coveted characteristics. We also offer additional moldings, trims, pull-outs and accessories which help to create a custom look to rival what you may see in a semi-custom kitchen or bathroom.
Availability & Quick Turnaround
As the name implies, ready-to-assemble cabinets are not assembled and therefore, take up very little storage space. This allows for efficient warehouse storage. RTA cabinets are always in-stock and available for fast shipping, including replacements, which makes them highly sought-after for the contractor or homeowner who needs a quick turn-around. For this reason, it is hardly surprising that the RTA cabinet business is booming. Custom-built cabinetry can keep you waiting for months, even for small replacement parts.
Easy Transport & Handling
Traditional cabinets are fully assembled and shipped in large, heavy boxes, causing a higher risk for damages during transportation and delivery. RTA cabinets are often referred to as ‘flat-pack’ because, as the term suggests, they are packaged and shipped in a flat box, allowing for easier handling and lower freight costs. Another clear advantage of shipping flat-pack is the reduced chance of the order arriving in damaged condition. When the packages are loaded onto a truck or container, they are stacked in a way that maximizes space. The slim, light-weight boxes can be quickly and easily unloaded upon delivery.
You may choose to leave the assembly and installation in the hands of a cabinet professional or remodeling company; however, if you are on a tighter budget, it is important to keep in mind that RTA cabinets are designed with ease of assembly in mind. With some practice, even DIYer’s and novice handymen who have light experience with cabinets can assemble them quickly and with little effort. All of the parts and pieces required for assembly are included in the box, and the cabinets can be assembled several different ways, depending on preference.