The Advantage of RTA Cabinets

The Advantage of RTA Cabinets

When you are buying new kitchen cabinets you have to decide if you want custom/semi-custom cabinets, RTA cabinets, or pre-assembled cabinets from a big box store. There are reasons to go with any of these three options but RTA cabinets are the best choice. Custom and semi-custom cabinets are thought of as the high end cabinets. They tend to offer quality products with a lot of variety for a premium price. On the other end of the spectrum, the stock cabinets that you would buy from a big box store cost less to make each cabinet because they are pre-assembled in bulk; usually with lower quality materials. These savings are reflected in their prices so you have to decide if the compromise of the lesser product and lack of options is worth the benefit of the lower price.

The best solution to this problem is a third option. Ready-To-Assemble, or RTA, cabinets are the happy balance between the other two options. RTA cabinets are created in bulk and stored in warehouses. This means that, like stock cabinets, the RTA cabinet prices are far lower than custom cabinets and you can pick them up the day you pay for them. However, unlike stock cabinets, RTA cabinets offer a wide variety of options that allow you to customize many aspects of your kitchen.

For many decades now the RTA side of the cabinet industry has been seen as the cheap option. Chinese imported cabinets were known as the low-cost-low-quality choice. This stemmed from the plethora of cabinet companies that made cheaper products that didn’t last long. However, this last decade has seen a magnificent rise in the quality of RTA cabinets offered by some companies. There are still imported RTA cabinets that fall pretty low on the quality spectrum but now there are also some RTA cabinets that rival the semi-custom or even custom made cabinet crowd in quality.

Here at Cabinet City, we offer the highest quality in RTA cabinets. We have plenty of cabinet options for you to choose from. You will be able to find a look and style that will work for a kitchen that you will love. We encourage you to compare the quality of our cabinets to other RTA, or even custom cabinet providers.


What we have to offer:

  • Soft close hinges and soft close drawers
  • Dovetailed drawers
  • 3/4” shelves
  • Our traditional style doors and frames are made entirely of hardwood (no MDF)
  • Cabinet bodies are constructed with 5/8” and ¾” plywood, providing a stronger cabinet than the standard ½” plywood that most use.
  • Full 5/8” plywood backs so you can hang your cabinets with confidence.
  • You will be able to see the quality and craftsmanship in our full overlay doors.
  • Doors on our painted options, like White Shaker, are made from one piece of solid wood.
  • Many of our traditional style doors and frames are made from hard ecofriendly rubber tree wood.
  • When we say “full overlay” we mean FULL overlay. The quality of our cabinet’s construction leaves mere millimeters of visible frame around the doors.

The quality of our cabinets are better than any RTA company and as good if not better than most custom made cabinets. We may not have the same extent of choices when it comes to varieties of cabinets but we have plenty of options. For all the quality that you will get from Cabinet City, you will pay a fraction of the price that custom cabinets would cost you. Our cabinets are often priced better than many of our RTA competitors who produce products that are clearly inferior to our own. On top of all that quality, our cabinets are stored right here in our warehouse so there is no need for any 6 to 12 week waiting period for your cabinets.

It is said that in The Production Triangle, also known as Project Management triangle, you can only pick two qualities and that having all three is impossible. But not at Cabinet City!

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