Central to any kitchen remodel plan are the kitchen cabinets. Cabinets form the shape, the look, and the function of the kitchen. But For many homeowners, kitchen cabinets are prohibitively expensive. With costs that can run into five figures, the expense of kitchen cabinets can bar many homeowners from tackling this important project. But RTA cabinets (the acronym for ready to assemble) provide a way to save a significant amount of money for DIY homeowners up to the easy task of assembling cabinets from a kit and hanging them on the wall.
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
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. 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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Glenn Rogers, Cabinet Broker
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 different from 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. 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 10 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
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. Orders ship directly to the home.
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).
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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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Kitchen Cabinet Kings
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.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Located in Kennesaw, GA, Prime Cabinetry offers an impressive number of cabinets and kitchen accessory pieces that can be created and shipped to you within a three to five-week lead time. The company specializes in offering free design advice with the aim of providing the entire kitchen cabinet/countertop array. A typical 10 x 10-foot kitchen can be outfitted for $3,000 to $5,000—a considerable savings cover custom cabinet installations. For East Coast buyers, Prime Cabinetry is able to offer semi-custom cabinets tailored to precise kitchen dimensions. Other buyers must depend on a very extensive range of stock sizes.
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RTA Wood Cabinets
RTA Wood Cabinets offers several basic cabinetry lines in various colors. They are known for using quality plywood in cabinet carcass construction, rather than MDF or particleboard.
RTA Wood Cabinets is known for an exceptionally fast turn around. You can generally expect delivery within two weeks of ordering. You can order 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Like most retailers, RTA Wood Cabinets offers assembly service for an extra fee—in this case, 20 percent above the unassembled price.