Since we offer so many great cabinet selections available assembled or ready to assemble (RTA), I thought it would be a good idea to explain what each is along with the pros and cons.
This type of cabinet is just as the name suggests, they are delivered straight from the manufacturer assembled and ready to be installed. Assembled cabinets have many pros as well as a few cons. The advantages to assembled cabinets are that they arrive all ready to be installed and are much easier to install since they are put together at the factory with the correct tools. Our assembled cabinets feature an all wood construction with full depth, dovetail drawers. Assembled cabinets also have more accessory options available as well such as trash pull-outs, Lazy Susan, etc. But, all the advantages to assembled cabinets come at a cost, in time and money. Assembled cabinets are more expensive than ready to assemble cabinets due to the extra time in assembling them at the manufacturer. These cabinets also have a longer lead time due to the extra labor involved.
Ready to assemble (RTA) cabinets are shipped in flat packs, with all the pieces there to assemble the cabinets. Our RTA cabinets are available in plenty of finishes and door styles and we have some of the best selection on the market. Some more advantages of Ready to Assemble cabinets would be the lower cost. RTA cabinets are less expensive than its assembled counterpart and also have a shorter lead time due to the reduced labor time. Our RTA cabinets are also all wood construction and feature dovetail drawers, so quality isn't skipped with this less costly option. Our RTA cabinets also have accessories and cabinet extras such as decorative fillers and furniture details. The disadvantages to selecting Ready to Assemble cabinets would be that you or the installer needs to be very skilled with experience assembling cabinets and installing them. Cabinet installation must be very precise with each piece cut to fit exactly and there’s not a lot of room for error. The other down side is that it is hard for us to guarantee the quality of the finished product since it’s based on the installer and not the manufacturer.
We have a page under our Resources tab on our website that lists out more pros and cons to Assembled and Ready to Assemble cabinets, as well as links to videos of the construction of our products. Please check it out before making your selection for your next kitchen or bath project!