Where to Buy Your RTA Kitchen Cabinets

Manufacturers and Major Retailers

New Custom kitchen with white cabinets and solid surface island.
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RTA--as in "ready to assemble"--kitchen cabinets aren't just a way to save money on cabinetry.  RTA is a way to get out of the sometimes-frustrating kitchen designer loop.  While designers play a valuable role, there are times when a DIY homeowner feels confident enough to plan and install cabinets.  In this case, why go through a middlemanr?  Sample prices are meant to show relative cost between companies.

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    All Wood Cabinets

    All Wood Cabinets (AWC) is based in New Jersey, but ships its RTA cabinets throughout the U.S. Cabinets are 1/2" Grade A furniture-quality plywood with veneer.

    After spending some time on AWC's site, I found that I didn't like a couple of things.  In order to create a cart (and thus estimate shipping costs) you must create an account, complete with log-in and password.  A great number of RTA sites let you estimate shipping, without going through all of that.  Alternatively, you can sign-in with a social log-in.  I tried to log in with my Google Account.  Result:  access denied.  Yet when I checked my Google settings, I see AWC listed as a site that has permission to view personal settings on my site.

    • Sample Price:
    • $400 for an angled base cabinet measuring 24"W x 34-1/2"H x 24"D in its Oasis line.
    • Sample Shipping For This Item:
    • If you order $3,000 or more of product, AWC will credit you $299 toward shipping. Greg Luc of AWC tells us that this credit covers shipping costs for most orders.
    • Can Order Online?
    • Yes
    • Ship To Home?
    • Yes
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    Cabinet Barn

    In Fall 2013, Chuck Chapman's The Cabinet Barn was extensively revamped, and now the site is clean and easy to navigate.  Online ordering is smooth, though some items presently cannot be ordered online.

    • Sample Price.  36" Coffee Shaker Base cabinet = $291.73.
    • Sample Shipping For This Item.  $99.80, UPS Ground
    • Can Order Online?  Yes.
    • Ship To Home?  Yes.  

    The Cabinet Barn offers free freight shipping to a business or freight terminal for orders $2,500 or more.

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    EKitchen Superstore

    Based in Cape Coral, FL, EKitchen Superstore has a reasonable, but not giant, selection of RTA cabinets.  Company site has tons of information about the cabinets--more than most other companies' sites.

    • Sample Price.  36" Ginger Shaker Double Door Base = $321.60.
    • Sample Shipping For This Item.  Free for orders over $3,000 in Continental U.S.
    • Can Order Online?  Yes.
    • Ship To Home?  Yes. 
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    Glenn Rogers, The Cabinet Broker

    Definitely one of the most bizarre RTA cabinet suppliers' websites. This Web 1.0 site appears to have been hand-coded 20 years ago. But in some strange way, this down-and-dirty site draws you in with its stark descriptions and unadorned photos. I have no idea how much anything costs (Excel spreadsheets are provided, but I did not want to download them). I have no idea how to order. Call him? Fax? E-mail? I highly recommend you check out this site.

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    27estore.com

    Modern style slab cabinets from this online store based in Las Vegas, NV.

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    IKEA

    While we cannot say much for IKEA's appliances or counters, IKEA's kitchen cabinets rock.  Stylish and modern, these flat-packed cabinets really are cheaper than most other cabinets.  The text-free, picture-only assembly instructions may drive you crazy, though.  Shipping costs are rock-bottom cheap:  $99 flat delivery cost for any number of cabinets ordered.

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    In Stock Kitchens

    Kitchen cabinets only.  Offers RTA and assembled cabinets.  Company notes that shipping is "$175 + 5% of your order."

    • Sample Price.  36" Hampton Base Cabinet = $321.60.
    • Sample Shipping For This Item.  $51.80 (UPS Ground).
    • Can Order Online?  Yes.
    • Ship To Home?  Yes.  UPS Ground or Freight available.
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    Kitchen Pro

    Located in Northridge, CA, Kitchen Pro has a clean, easily navigable site with highly informative "bios" of door styles that tell all. I could not find a free shipping or bulk shipping discount, though I did not request a quote from the staff (just the online quote). However, if you live in the L.A. (San Fernando Valley) area, they have an option for free customer pickup.

    • Sample Price: 36 in. Wide Double Door Base Cabinet with 1 Shelf + 2 Drawers, with Shaker Chestnut doors: $245
    • Sample Shipping For This Item: $258 for freight commercial delivery. No bulk shipping discount appears to be available.
    • Can Order Online? Yes.
    • Ship To Home?Yes.
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    KitchenCabinetDiscounts.com

    This RTA cabinet supplier, despite its antiquated, clunky website, has some of the most honest information about RTA that I've found on the Web. Real gems of information to be found here.  Also they "get" that plywood is superior to particleboard construction. 

    • Sample Price.  36" Base Unit, Double Doors and Double Drawers = $354.
    • Sample Shipping For This Item.  No quote given.
    • Can Order Online?  No.  Must mail or fax in an order form.
    • Ship To Home?  Yes.  
    • Sales Taxes Charged?  No.  Sales taxes covered for you (in PA) or not withheld (all other states).
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    RTA Cabinet Store

    A major RTA cabinet supplier. Excellent interface with big, bold photos of cabinets. Provides an online planner that produces a spec sheet for manual ordering. Downside: spec sheet does not tie into the shopping cart. This means you need to transfer spec sheet items manually to the cart.

    • Sample Price.  36" Brazilian Cherry Shaker Bamboo Double Door Base Cabinet = $384.89.
    • Sample Shipping For This Item.  $191.46
    • Can Order Online?  Yes.
    • Ship To Home?  Yes.
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    RTA Cabinets Unlimited

    RTA Cabinets Unlimited is based in Wisconsin, but cabinets ship from a variety of places (Pennsylvania, Tennessee, California, etc.). So, be sure to check if distance changes your shipping cost. Not much known about cost of shipping, other than indicated below ($250 rebate for $2,999+ orders. Their paper- or PDF-based catalog get high marks; recommend that you check them out.

    • Sample Price: $1,560 for New England Shaker Series (July 2012)
    • Sample Shipping For This Item: Cost of shipping, less $250 rebate ("...if your order is over $2999 - RTA Cabinets Unlimited will cover the freight up to $250.")
    • Can Order Online? Yes.
    • Ship To Home?Yes.
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    RTA Store

    Massive selection of finishes and door styles. Very simple online order system.  If I were looking for RTA cabinets, I would put The RTA Store on the top of my list.

    • Sample Price.  Biscotti Café 36" Base Cabinet = $300.22
    • Sample Shipping For This Item.  $99
    • Can Order Online?  Yes.
    • Ship To Home?  Yes.

    More on shipping costs:  I placed $4,000 of cabinets in a shopping cart to calculate shippng costs and was quoted $400--about 10% of the total cost.

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    Kitchen Cabinet Kings

    Anthony Saladino has already been covered as an example of an Internet entrepreneur made-good.  But what about the actual product?  Oddly enough, I'm finding that part of the "product" for RTA companies is the site itself, since so many of these sites are practically unusable, it's a joy to find one will actually let you look at the product, see prices, and order online.  What a novel concept.  KCK expresses prices both in per-item cost and in the conventional 10'x10' format, which is helpful.

    • Sample Price: Sierra Base Cabinet 24" W x 34 1/2" H x 24" D:  $138.62.
    • Sample Shipping For This Item: $345 for the above item alone.  Orders over $3,000 free shipping if you stay within one door style.
    • Can Order Online? Yes.
    • Ship To Home? Yes.