If you are like the rest of us, you are probably spending more time at home than normal because it just is not feasible to leave your home as much as we all did a few years ago. The economy has played a huge role in how we watch out pennies and what we spend those pennies on. Since we spend a ton of time in our humble homes, we start to find that we all re-invest into our largest investment. Our homes.
One of the largest expenses is the kitchen. We all spend a ton of time in our kitchens and yet we dread spending a ton of money to make it feel new again. I have done plenty of research on suppliers of kitchen cabinets and have come across a growing breed of cabinets that sparked my interest. Aside from your big box store cabinets, there are custom and semi-custom cabinet lines that are all well made, but you are going to pay for it. The increasingly popular RTA Cabinets are very interesting to me. RTA means ready to assemble. I wanted to look deeper into these cabinets and see if I could find a pitfall. Biosafety Cabinet I also noticed that if you look for a pitfall you will find one in no matter what you are searching. I will explain what I mean. I searched for types of RTA Cabinets and found different suppliers, different manufacturers, and different materials. Of course I found the largest similarity, price. They all seem to be very low in price. This reason being a standard cabinet line that is assembled and delivered to your door, you pay for the man hours it takes to assemble the cabinet and you pay for the empty internal space that the cabinet takes up on a delivery truck as the delivery companies do not just rate the shipment on weight but density and cubic feet that the shipment takes up compared to a solid shipment. Also they tack on a little for shipping damage (as there is a ton) and packaging man hours and material. You see where this is going. Feel free to pull out the calculator and the check book because this will get pricey. You then have to pay for a contractor who is qualified, insured and bonded to take out your old cabinets. Now mind you, this can be done by you with a few simple household tools.
With RTA Cabinets, they come flat packed. As stated earlier, this means you pay a ton less for shipping and packaging, less for freight damage allowance, less for man hours to put them together and less for handling. You put them together with the same simple household tools.
There are RTA Cabinets that are made extremely cheap that the cabinets don’t stand up to a home with children or even just shear use. I have found if they are made of all wood hold up just as well as the semi-custom lines. I have also broken up a list of reasons why to buy Ready to assemble Cabinets.
1. Price – By assembling and even installing RTA cabinets yourself, it can take the average kitchen remodel from $15-20,000 with name brand cabinets, to around $2-5,000 with RTA cabinets or ready-to-assemble cabinets
2. Ease of Assembly and Installation – RTA cabinets are extremely easy to put together. Some are cam-lock and some go together with L-brackets. It all depends on the cabinet manufacturer.
3. Delivery Lead Time – If you buy cabinets from a big box home supply store, you generally will wait 4-8 weeks for delivery, then another 1-2 weeks for an installation scheduling. When you buy RTA cabinets you normally will see your complete order by 3 weeks the latest. Normally they are in route to a customers delivery location within 1-2 weeks.