Assembled Cabinets vs. RTA Cabinets
Kitchen cabinets are usually purchased and delivered in one of two ways: Assembled or Ready to Assemble (RTA).
Assembled kitchen cabinets are delivered already assembled, built from the manufacturer, and ready to be installed in the home. Assembled cabinets do not require the homeowner to build the cabinets; everything is complete, including all the drawers and hardware components. RTA kitchen cabinets are delivered in a form that is commonly referred to as “flat packed” or unassembled.
What are RTA or Ready to Assemble Cabinets?
RTA cabinets require the consumer to put together and build the cabinets at the location that they are being installed. The cabinet is in a broken-down form and will require a little extra work from the installer, however, are generally offered at a lower price.
RTA cabinets are a more affordable option than pre-assembled cabinets because they need to be assembled by the buyer — that’s you! While this may sound tasking, it’s actually not all that difficult.
You order RTA cabinets like any other cabinets, The RTA Store will ship them to your home, and then you could put them together before installation.
Pre-assembled cabinets do not require assembly, which is why they are priced higher and arrive in larger shipping boxes than RTA cabinets.
Pros of Assembled Cabinets
1. No assembly required by the homeowner, ready to be installed
2. Generally offer a better finished product due to the fact that they are assembled at the manufacturer with the right tools and machines
3. Allow for more internal cabinet accessories like Trash Pull Outs, Lazy Susans, etc.
Cons of Assembled Cabinets
1. Longer shipping lead times due to the fact that the cabinets are built after the order has been placed
2. Slightly more expensive due to the extra labor and manufacturing cost
Pros of RTA Cabinets
1. Shorter shipping lead times since the cabinets are in stock and ready to be shipped out as soon as the order is placed
2. Less expensive than assembled cabinets because the labor of putting the pieces together has not been done
Cons of RTA Cabinets
1. Cabinets require the buyer to assemble them at the job site, creating extra work and an investment of time and energy
2. Harder to guarantee the quality of the finished product since the cabinet is not being assembled at the manufacturer
RTA cabinets may be a good choice for people with more hands-on capabilities.