Renovating a kitchen is a big investment. Few home improvement projects will ever have a bigger impact on the enjoyability, usability, and feel of quality of a home. Choosing which kitchen cabinets to use is an important decision, and will determine the bulk of the look and feel of your new kitchen.
The benefits of RTA kitchen cabinets if you’re buying a new house, or preparing a house to sell, are obvious: they let you remodel a kitchen, updating its styling and modernizing its features and quality, for a fraction of the price of custom, or even off-the-shelf cabinet models. But what if you intend to stay in your home for many years, or even decades, to come?
Standardization Means Peace of Mind
The case in favor of RTA kitchen cabinets over store-bought versions is pretty clear-cut: why pay someone else to do the assembly, and then pay a shipping company to ship a bunch of empty wooden boxes full of air, when you can get the same quality or better? Not to mention that you can be sure cabinets you put together yourself were done right, and weren’t subsequently damaged during shipping, when they’re assembled and at their most vulnerable.
So the real question is: RTA or full custom? Now, beware, many store brand cabinets claim to be “custom,” but what they really are is semi-custom, as are most RTA cabinets, including ours. “Full custom” means a local carpenter comes to your house, takes measurements, draws out designs, and then creates cabinets just for you, by hand, from scratch. Even the best RTA kitchen cabinets can’t really hold up to that in terms of customization, and if the carpenter who makes them for you is good, custom cabinet quality can be top-notch.
But what if one of your beautiful and expensive custom cabinets gets damaged? Nobody plans for them to, but hey, life happens. What if it’s ten or fifteen years down the line? Will that carpenter still be around? Will someone else be able to replicate his or her work? How much will that cost? With RTA cabinets, customization comes in the form of numerous options, but at the end of the day, those options are still standardized. That means you can replace just one cabinet if you need to.
Cost: The Deciding Factor
Kitchen remodeling is a time to dream big … and then come back to reality and make a cost-effective decision. The truth is, custom cabinets are five, even ten times as expensive as what we offer at RTA Cabinet Store. Of course, you don’t want to cut corners too badly, and wind up with something that looks and feels cheap, and that will fall apart in a few years. Fortunately, our cabinets are anything but that. They’re made from furniture-grade plywood, that’s warp resistant and strong, and the doors and drawer fronts are 100% genuine hardwood, stained and polished to perfection.
When all is said and done, choosing the right kitchen cabinets can be tricky; there are many potential pitfalls, and there’s a lot of misinformation out there. We invite you to come check out what we have to offer. We’ll even give you a free consumer guide, that will go into much greater detail about what to look for, and what to avoid. Click that link now, to get your free copy.