Taking Practical Kitchen Design to the Next Level

When designing your kitchen, you have no need of frilly extras or whimsical things there, you are someone that values practicality and efficient usage.  We get it.  But unbeknownst to many people, there are some kitchen accessories that can take space storage and organizational cabinet accessories to the next level, turning your practical kitchen into a super-efficient area.

Rev-A-Shelf Kitchen Accessories

Very few things will ever improve your kitchen’s practical usage and space storage like adding a Rev-A-Shelf accessory to your RTA kitchen cabinet.  The system fits RTA kitchen cabinets perfectly, due to the standardized sizes.

With just about every type of organizer possible, from pull-out cabinet racks to sink-front trays, pull-out spice racks and pole-mounted revolving racks, Rev-A-Shelf can put the materials you need where you need it, in an incredibly organized way.  Some of their accessories can even up the available storage space inside of a cabinet up to four or five times its normal capacity!

That’s great news for someone who wants to have a practical cooking area and everything right at their fingertips.  Check out the Rev-A-Shelf we proudly offer on RTA Cabinet Store at: https://www.rtacabinetstore.com/RTA-Kitchen-Cabinet-Storage-Solutions/.

Glideware Cabinet Organizers

No one likes to have their pots and pans stacked up willy-nilly inside their cabinets.  It takes up a huge amount of space, needs a lot of shifting to get to what you want, and oftentimes wastes time as some pans obscure others visually, making you have to hunt for what you need.  That’s no longer a problem with Glideware.

The Glideware system takes a cabinet and allows you to hang your pots and pans on a very robust full-extension rack, with weighted hooks and synchronized motion.  All of your cooking containers right at your fingertips, in one place, and easily accessible.  Combine that with a lid holder, and you never have to search for what you need to cook with again.

Sounds practical to us!  Go ahead and take a look at what Glideware can do, here: https://www.rtacabinetstore.com/RTA-Kitchen-Cabinet-Accessories/glideware-cabinet-inserts/.

Just remember, no matter what you put inside them, buying kitchen cabinets is a big investment. Get your free downloadable copy of The Consumer’s Guide to Buying Kitchen Cabinets today. It will help you avoid ripoffs and costly mistakes.

 

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To Have Glass Doors in Your Kitchen Cabinets or Not

One common question we are asked here at RTA Cabinet Store is if glass doors in a customer’s kitchen is a good idea or not.  While we can give some great advice, there are a few things to consider before buying your kitchen cabinets and the requisite doors that go with them, including whether to go with solid wood or with glass inserts.

Either way, on most of the lines we stock, RTA kitchen cabinet doors with glass inserts are available.  For an example, check out our Shaker Hill line of RTA kitchen cabinets:  https://www.rtacabinetstore.com/RTA-Kitchen-Cabinets/shaker-hill-kitchen-cabinets/.

A Small Kitchen

If you have a small kitchen, then glass insert doors are a great idea.  The reason behind this is that our brains perceive the amount of space in a kitchen based on what we can visually see.  Imagine a small room that is filled up 1/3 with cardboard boxes.  Suddenly, the room seems much smaller.

On the other hand, if those boxes were replaced with transparent plastic boxes, you would perceive that much of the space was restored.  It’s the same way with kitchen cabinets, and having glass door inserts lets you have the perception that the space inside the cabinet is available as well, increasing the illusion of space, while in reality, the space available is exactly the same.

How Much Space Do You Have?

If you have oodles of space, then things can go either way.  Having a lot of space means that you can afford to have some of your cabinets with glass door inserts in them.  We don’t often recommend having the entire kitchen with glass inserts, as oftentimes people want to store things inside them that are not very aesthetically pleasing, and therefore behind a door.

But if there are a pretty good number of cabinets, and you can afford the space to arrange beautiful cups, plates, etc. in plain sight, then it may be a good idea.  On the other hand, with that much space, you would only need to take into consideration the aesthetics of having a glass insert door, and not the illusion of extra space provided.

Just keep it in mind, that buying kitchen cabinets isn’t something you do every day, so make sure you have the insider knowledge you need to get the best cabinets at the best price. The Consumer’s Guide to Buying Kitchen Cabinets tells you what you need to know—click the link to download your copy now!

 

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How Can I Improve My Kitchen Cabinets?

Let’s be honest.  Your kitchen cabinet installation is great.  Especially if you installed RTA kitchen cabinets from RTA Cabinet Store (we MIGHT be biased!).  They are stable, strong, and still look brand new even after many years of use and wear and tear.

But you are the type of person who likes change, and a fresh new look periodically.  The only bad thing about getting some of the best cabinets in the business is that they have much more longevity than some people’s patience!  Never fear, though, as there are many ways to spruce up and improve those kitchen cabinets, and make your kitchen just a little bit better!

Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

When it comes right down to it, sometimes the simplest changes make the biggest impact.  Changing your kitchen cabinet hardware, while not making a huge visual change, can really make a difference in the feel and use of your kitchen.  By adding soft close hinges/door dampers and drawer slides, you won’t have to deal with slammed doors or drawers again … an amazing upgrade, especially if you have kids.  Check them out on our accessories page:  https://www.rtacabinetstore.com/RTA-Kitchen-Cabinet-Accessories/.

Cabinet Knobs and Pulls

Visually, this is pretty much the least amount of work you can put in for the highest amount of visual change.  Getting a completely new set of cabinet knobs and pulls can really bring a kitchen to life again.  Getting accessories to match them, such as picture frames, napkin holders, small utensil containers, etc., can help to tie everything together.

Replacement Doors and Drawer Faces

One of the great things about RTA kitchen cabinets is that they are standardized sizes.  This means you can mix and match doors between cabinet boxes.  Want to go with a contrasting theme?  Get some gray Shaker doors to go on those white Shaker face frames.  Or replace some of your existing doors with cabinet doors that have glass inserts, immediately giving your kitchen an updated and fresh look!

In any case, before you make a move to buy new kitchen cabinets or refresh the old, be sure to download The Consumer’s Guide to Kitchen Cabinets and our free bonus reports, The Kitchen Remodel Survival Guide and Our Top 12 Most Popular Design Ideas.

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Unique Countertop Ideas

Most people don’t realize just how important the countertop is to tying your kitchen together, nor do they realize how much choice they can have when choosing the material the countertop is made of.  Very few people realize that more choices than just laminated particle board or granite are available.

With the advent of technology, new materials began to be used for countertops, including resin, concrete, recycled glass, butcherblock, marble, etc. By choosing the right materials, and with a bit of ingenuity, you can have an amazing countertop sitting on top of those RTA kitchen cabinets.

Partially Clear Kitchen Countertop

With resin, and to some extent recycled glass, you can get an amazing looking countertop which is clear.  Most people would opt to not have the ability to see through it down into their cabinets, but oftentimes, resin countertops have many small stones or pieces of something interesting in them.

This leads to the interesting idea of having your own countertop molded with LED lights baked in.  One of our clients here at RTA Cabinet Store did the same, and the results were nothing short of spectacular.  They were careful to make sure that they used many small and shiny colourful beads, of many different colors, in their resin countertop.

The LED’s were placed in strips that basically outlined the cabinets beneath them.  They were hooked up and controlled by a panel mounted in the backsplash, making the final hookup rather easy.  The LED strips had the ability to turn many different colors and had many different functions, such as fade up and fade down, dimming, color cycling, etc.

The kitchen was made with the Traditional White Shaker line of RTA kitchen cabinets, seen at this link: https://www.rtacabinetstore.com/RTA-Kitchen-Cabinets/traditional-white-kitchen-cabinets/.   The lights, no matter the color, highlighted the cabinets very well and gave the ability to change the look of the entire kitchen, while creating a super unique view for any onlooker.

Butcherblock Kitchen Island Countertop

Why not make your entire kitchen island a cutting board?  By choosing a butcherblock countertop for a kitchen island, you can have the look and feel of a super professional cooking area, complete with a huge working space.  Have indents scraped out to place a number of bowls for ingredients, and you have a piece that people will envy!  If you want to take it to the next level, go ahead and top all the cabinets with a huge butcherblock countertop.  It will be a very unique look, both stylish and professional.

Talk with some of our design professionals, and see what you can come up with using RTACabinetStore.com’s free online kitchen design tool now, and start designing your dream kitchen today!

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New Kitchen Cabinets – Not for the Faint of Heart

The time has finally come, you are ready, almost, to get that new kitchen in your house.  Remodelling small things isn’t going to work, and you have made all the changes you possibly can without just ripping the entire kitchen out and starting over.  But this is a big expense, in both time, money and effort.

In the days of yesteryear, this would have been a real problem, but in today’s world these three problems can be reduced significantly, to the point that the problems in putting in a new kitchen may seem very small.

Saving Time with RTA Kitchen Cabinets

RTA Cabinet Store created its business around the ideals of reducing the time, money and effort of getting kitchen cabinets to and into your home, alongside making sure that quality, stability and class rank as high as possible.  One of the great ways that ordering online can save time is that you can literally check for your new cabinets any time you like, and with tools like our online kitchen design tool, you can take a look at a virtual kitchen, without ever spending a penny, whether it be from purchasing a sample door or from the gasoline it would take to get to the store!

Combine this with our professional design consultants, the large stock we have on hand, fast shipping, shopping from the convenience of your own home, and you can get a mock-up, approve it, and have the cabinets delivered to your front door!  Now those are some time-saving options!  Check out some of the RTA kitchen cabinet styles, here: https://www.rtacabinetstore.com/RTA-Kitchen-Cabinets/.

Saving Money with RTA Kitchen Cabinets

All of the lines of RTA kitchen cabinets we carry are made to exacting specifications.  This doesn’t translate into expensive, though, as factory production lines are making these cabinets at the highest quality possible, and we make sure the cabinets we source are from strong and long lasting materials.

Due to the nature of the construction, you are going to get beautiful, strong, and long lasting cabinets at a fraction of the cost of custom cabinets, and most likely lower than the cost of cookie-cutter store-bought, low quality cabinets.  The direct-to-consumer model means that we save a whole lot of overhead costs, and we reflect those savings in our prices.

Save Effort with RTA Kitchen Cabinets

As we mentioned before, ordering online saves the time and effort of searching far and wide for your new kitchen cabinets.  There is no need of driving all over the city, or farther, as the styles will be right at your fingertips!  There will be no hauling cabinets to your car, or anything of the sort.

For installation, they are also meant for the average person to be able to put together, so while you will spend some effort to assemble them, they are much easier than other cabinets.  Also, if you choose to, you can have professional installers install them, but at much less cost and time than other cabinet types, thereby reducing your time and effort, AND saving you money on the entire process.

Speaking of savings, would you like to get a $500 kitchen design consultation for free? RTA Cabinet Store’s professional design consultants are happy to provide a customized design for your kitchen. Get started here!

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Buying Your Kitchen Cabinets Online

Beautiful customer service operator woman with headset, isolatedAny way you cut it, whether buying bargain basement, second hand, new, RTA kitchen cabinet, custom cabinet, store bought, etc., you are going to be making a major purchase.  Since online buying is now an established norm rather than an oddity, it makes sense to go that route.

But there are many stories of people getting ripped off or receiving lower quality products than they were promised.  Also, such a major purchase might make some people wary of buying online.  While products are cheaper, due to lowered overhead costs and the lack of a need to keep an entire physical storefront running, online retailers suffer from buyer cautiousness.

Getting a Quality Retailer

There are many ways in today’s day and age to check the quality of a retailer.  One is to check with the BBB (Better Business Bureau) as to whether more positive reviews or negative complaints have been filed.  This method, while becoming slightly dated, is still very valid.

A second, but similar, method is to check for reviews of the retailer online.  There are industry-specific review sites for just about every type of business.  RTA kitchen cabinets are no exception, and RTA Cabinet Store is one of the top-most rated retailers on Houzz.com, a website that reviews anything and everything having to do with constructing and furnishing your home.  Check out some of the great reviews and photos at https://www.houzz.com/photos/query/rta-cabinet-store.

Remembering Logic

All retailers will have both good and bad reviews, but if the majority are very good, then they are most likely a quality service provider.  Each person will have their own opinion, but some people are never happy, no matter what.

Nevertheless, take the time to poke around the net at the retailer of your choice, and peruse the not so interesting sections of their website, such as the FAQ section and the shipping and restocking policy section.  If these are industry standard or better, you probably have a winner on your hands.

Order Some Sample Doors

One cheap and easy way to tell the quality of the place you are considering ordering from is to order something small.  If you like a few styles, but are on the fence about which one, order a few sample doors.  This will give you something to touch and feel, to be able to get a real world handle on the quality you can expect.  As an added bonus, you can send the doors you don’t buy back for a small restocking fee, and keep the door for the RTA kitchen cabinet line you choose!

In any case, if you would like to get the inside scoop on buying cabinets online, including common dirty tricks and misconceptions, then go ahead and get The Consumer’s Guide to Buying Kitchen Cabinets—it’s a free downloadable book that will help put your mind at ease.

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