Whether remodeling your kitchen, or installing a kitchen in a new home, the newest comparison people seem to be making these days is not between custom or off the shelf cabinets, but between Ikea’s kitchen cabinets and online RTA cabinets. This is because the first two options are pricey, and today you can score huge savings and meet or exceed the quality you would get on a custom job. Here is a quick comparison of both styles so that you can determine which is best for your new kitchen.
Ikea has become a household name across most of the Western world. The familiar sign leads to a store that has the same layout and stock as every other Ikea around. In many places, it provides quality products at a reasonable price.
Ikea has made a name for itself through ready-to-assemble furniture, and its kitchen cabinet line is no exception. A walk-through the Ikea “path” will lead you to the kitchen section, with a number of different kitchens preassembled to look at. At the end of that section, there is the build section where you can speak with a store associate and build your kitchen, choosing from all the Ikea styles and accessories.
This is a great way for people to check out what they are buying and get a feel for what their kitchen will look like. All the kitchen hardware is right there, and one can see exactly what a drawer pull or under-cabinet lighting looks like in person. Oftentimes, you can take your kitchen home from the store, or have it delivered in just a few days, provided that the items are in stock. You can also have Ikea professionals come and install your Ikea cabinets for an additional cost.
RTA kitchen cabinets, while similar to Ikea, trump them in a few key ways. First is primarily ease of installation. While Ikea cabinets are technically RTA, many times they have been constructed without ease of installation in mind. One of the current claims to fame of RTA kitchen cabinets is that they are dead simple to put together, while maintaining super high stability.
Another is price. Even including shipping costs and a short wait time, RTA cabinets end up being cheaper than Ikea. While they do have great prices, Ikea is still a physical place which carries all of the associated costs of maintenance of a business. An online retailer, such as RTA Cabinet Store, cuts out the majority of the costs, and this is reflected in the price of their cabinets.
A third way that RTA kitchen cabinets from a (reputable) online retailer beats Ikea cabinets is quality. To keep its name and reputation, an online retailer must ensure that they only carry the highest quality cabinets. Ikea, while they have many quality offerings, sometimes has models that are made from particle board or MDF, which may look nice, but in the end are not built to last. Many times, you can get a much higher quality kitchen for the same money or less.
Last, but not least, is ease. Yes, Ikea is easy, but only if it’s near you. The closest one may be many hours’ drive away, and not really worth the trip. Yes, you could order from Ikea online and have it delivered, but then that’s missing the perks of ordering from a specialized high quality online RTA cabinet dealer.
There are pros and cons for both methods, the primary being whether you must see and feel a kitchen before buying it. One method which can be useful is to go see Ikea and other brick and mortar stores’ cabinets in person, choose a style that you like, and then head online and help yourself to the huge savings awaiting you. Get that new kitchen going, and good luck!