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Affordable RTA kitchen cabinets. Here’s why they are a smart choice

You probably have an idea what your dream home could look like.  It’s probably very grand and filled with beautiful, picture-perfect furnishings.

Thing is, having a perfect look and feel is nearly impossible, especially in rooms we use daily like the den or master bath. Have you ever seen a den that looks like it came out of a design magazine?  Me neither, especially if you have children, pets or life in general.  Who can keep a room looking that good all the time?
But there is one room in a home we still yearn to be functional, gorgeous and yes – perfect and that’s the kitchen.

A kitchen may not be visually perfect every minute of the day, but it should be perfect for you, the way you work and gather with family and friends since it’s usually the heart of a home.

We often equate perfection with high cost or customization but there are ways to achieve the desired look for less. Let’s look at how we can use ready-to-assemble (RTA) kitchen cabinets to achieve the kitchen of our dreams without breaking our bank.

Kitchen cabinets set the tone

When you look at a kitchen, what is the first thing you notice? 
If you said kitchen cabinets, you’re not alone.  The style and type of cabinets used immediately set the tone for the rest of the kitchen and in some cases, the house.

Cabinet color, wood type and trim all contribute to the appeal and look of a kitchen. Ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets are a money-saving option for your home kitchen DIY remodeling since they offer value, can ship to you quickly and have rich features to rival what you might find in custom cabinets.

What are RTA cabinets

RTA stands for “Ready To Assemble”. All the parts and assembly instructions for the kitchen cabinets are included in one package (flat pack cabinets). The cabinet panels are pre-cut and sized to fit your kitchen exactly how you and your kitchen designer set it up in the design process.

They are also pre-drilled, come with fasteners and hardware. Everything is intuitive, well-marked and easy to assemble.

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Why are RTA kitchen cabinets a good value

While we want a picture-perfect kitchen, we also want to save money. Using RTA kitchen cabinets is a great way to meet both goals. By using RTA cabinets, you can save money in two ways:

  • Save on shipping costs. Since flat-packed boxes are less expensive to ship from a factory to your home, you save on shipping. assembled cabinets tend to be more expensive to ship, with higher chances of damage in shipping while flat-packed boxes less so.
  • Save on labor costs. You also save money on labor costs. Just like any other DIY project, RTA kitchen cabinets can save you money because you’re assembling and installing them yourself.


Buying kitchen cabinets can be costly but it is money well spent since a new kitchen is a guaranteed return on investment (ROI) for your home. The money saved by using ready to assemble cabinets can be put towards another low cost but highly impactful upgrade like a backsplash or new counters.

When you use RTA kitchen cabinets, you still get stylish and durable cabinetry that will make your dream home almost picture perfect without breaking the bank.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chris Alexakis

Chris is Director of Product & Design here at CabinetSelect.com. He's certified as a Florida State Building Contractor (CBC1256670) with many years of construction experience. Most important, Chris is passionate about kitchen design – Whether you're building a new home or remodeling an old one, he has plenty of experience and the right tools, ideas and solutions to help create a beautiful kitchen in any space, large or small.

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