If you’re cabinets are scratched, too small, or just aren’t cutting it anymore, you should look into doing a kitchen cabinet remodel. Hiring a professional to build and install cabinets for you is a ridiculous and unnecessary expense. Instead, look into getting ready to assemble (RTA) cabinets that you can install on your own.
You might be worried that RTA cabinets won’t be as good of quality as you would get from a cabinet builder. However, that’s only true if you don’t take certain things into consideration. If you carefully consider and plan for the following four things before you order your RTA cabinets, you shouldn’t have any trouble getting great cabinets for your kitchen that will last.
1. Size and Placement
Consider the size of the cabinets you’ll need in your kitchen first. You might want cabinets that will span from floor to ceiling, or you might want mounted cabinets that are half that size. Just make sure you know exactly where you will put your cabinets and that you have enough room for what you want. You’ll also need to make sure you have enough studs in the walls to hold up your mounted cabinets, since simple drywall screws will not cut it.
There are several types of cabinets and accessories. There are cabinets meant to be mounted to the wall above your counter known as wall cabinets, cabinets that are set on the floor or a recessed riser known as base cabinets, long cabinets reaching from floor to ceiling known as tall cabinets, and specialty units with things like rollout trays, lazy susans, hutches, and corner cabinets. Have a pretty good idea of which type of cabinets you’ll need before ordering.
Avoid the cheap kind of cabinets that aren’t likely to get the job done for you. To know that your cabinets are good quality, look for a brand certified by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association. That certification ensures that tests have been run on the cabinets to show that they can withstand certain levels of heat and humidity. Also, make sure they are sturdy by looking for boxes and shelves made with at least half an inch of fine-quality wood.
Consider the look you’re going for in your kitchen remodel. Keep in mind that light colored woods make your kitchen look bigger and brighter and dark colored woods offer a sophisticated, furniture-like effect. A popular type of wood used in RTA cabinets is knotty alder, because of its natural beauty and smooth-grain appearance.
As you consider these many options and seek out the perfect RTA cabinets for your kitchen remodel, feel free to browse our selection of RTA cabinets to help get you started.