Central to any kitchen remodel plan are kitchen cabinets. Cabinets form the shape, the look, and the function of the kitchen.
For many homeowners, kitchen cabinets are prohibitively expensive—literally so. With costs in the four to five figures, the price of kitchen cabinets can bar many homeowners from tackling this important project. But RTA cabinets—as in ready to assemble—provide a way to save a significant amount of money and to take control of the process.
While contractors and designers play a valuable role, there are times when a DIY homeowner feels confident enough to plan and install cabinets. In this case, why jump through many hoops when you can go directly to the source?
RTA is a highly competitive business, yet these eight online retailers have managed not just to survive but to thrive.
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All Wood Cabinets (AWC) is based in New Jersey, but it ships its RTA cabinets throughout the U.S. Their cabinets are made from 1/2-inch-thick Grade A furniture-quality plywood with veneers.
Sample price: A 36-inch Shaker white base cabinet with double doors and a single drawer is $337.
If you order $3,000 or more of the product, AWC will credit you $299 toward shipping.
All products can be shipped directly to your home.
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Over the years, the decidedly basic, no-nonsense website for this online retailer of RTA cabinets hasn't changed one bit. That's because San Francisco Bay-based Glenn Rogers is focused more on the business of selling inexpensive cabinets than on designing fancy websites.
If you've been through your share of RTA cabinet sites, Glenn Rogers may stand out for you as having some unique offerings that aren't like all the others. Glenn Rogers will ship cabinets nationwide.
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Modern style slab cabinets are the forte of this online store based in Las Vegas. 27estore began business quietly a few years ago but has gradually turned itself into a major online RTA retailer.
Rather than offering cabinets in distinct styles, customers hand-select various surface finishes and door/drawer styles. Customers enjoy a considerable amount of flexibility in determining features, but as a result, these are more expensive cabinets than many other RTA retailers.
For a 36-inch base cabinet with one drawer and two doors in a white laminated finish, expect to pay $473.32, with shipping ranging up to $142. Products ship directly to the home. Free shipping is offered on all orders over $3,500.
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Stylish and modern, IKEA's kitchen cabinets come flat-packed and are cheaper than most other cabinets.
But the best about this brick-and-mortar RTA dealer is that you don't have to pay delivery costs if you live close to an IKEA store. You can pick up an entire kitchen's worth of cabinets with your own truck, SUV, or rented or borrowed vehicle.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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This RTA cabinet supplier also sells cabinets in kits and offers highly competitive pricing. Hinges and other hardware pieces are pre-mounted to cabinet doors to simplify assembly.
Prices are competitive, with a 10-foot by 10-foot kitchen of natural-wood Shaker doors costing around $1,825.
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RTA Cabinet Store is a major player in the RTA industry, so it's always worth a look. The site has an excellent interface with big, bold photos of cabinets. There is also an online planner that produces a spec sheet for manual ordering. Shipping is a flat fee for large orders.
If the prospect of assembling your own cabinets is daunting, you can select the option of having RTA Cabinet Store pre-assemble the cabinets for you (for a fee).
Orders ship directly to the home.
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The RTA store offers a massive selection of finishes and door styles, as well as one of the easiest ordering systems available. This is perhaps the very best online retailer for RTA cabinets. Convenient menus allow you to easily narrow searches to the finishes, styles, and cabinet sizes you want, and shipping estimates are easy to obtain.
The RTA Store has expanded its business to include countertops, flooring, closets, and sinks. So, you'll be able to furnish much of your home with this one online retailer.
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Anthony Saladino of Kitchen Cabinet Kings came late to the RTA game, but as an upstart he has managed to gain footing and turn his company into a major player, alongside RTA Store and RTA Cabinet Store.
Kitchen Cabinet Kings is an easy-to-shop online retailer and provides one of the best shopping experiences. You can readily shop as a visitor without creating an account and providing detailed information, and shipping costs can be easily estimated before you order.
For most product lines, the cabinet carcasses are solid 1/2-inch plywood and the door face frames are solid hardwood.
Free shipping is offered on orders over $3,000. Orders ship directly to the home.