Pros and Cons Assembled Cabinets vs RTA Cabinets


The online cabinetry industry is booming and why not? Purchasing cabinets  from the comfort of your own home while not compromising on quality and  customer service has never been easier. If you have joined the long list of  consumers that have switched to online shopping, then the choice is yours to  make between preassembled or RTA (ready-to-assemble) cabinets for your  kitchen or bathroom model. The main difference between assembled and RTA cabinets is that assembled cabinets are wholly constructed and ready for  installation, whereas RTA cabinets require self-assembly. A breakdown of the  pros and cons for each type of cabinet is provided to help you choose the  cabinetry that is the perfect fit for your household’s needs.  


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Assembled Kitchen Cabinet Pros  

Cabinet boxes are constructed using plywood or hardwood and not particle board. 

Fully assembled during the manufacturing process by specialist craftsmen.  Saves you time as you do not have to assemble the cabinets yourself.  Well-made and sturdy due to skillful construction by cabinet makers who  use the correct materials and apparatus.  

Can be built according to custom specifications.  

Permits a greater amount of cabinet additions, such as corner storage  accessories, drawer inserts, and wastebin and recycle centers.  Incorporates professional-grade dovetail drawers that have been fitted  expertly.  

Reassurance of a high-quality product by a KCMA endorsement. 


Assembled Kitchen Cabinet Cons  

Lengthy lead times between the placement and shipment of the order as the  cabinets are made-to-order.  


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RTA Cabinet Pros  

A relatively short lead time due to the mass production of ready-to-ship  inventory.  


RTA Cabinet Cons 

Possible extra costs if a professional cabinet installer is hired to assemble the  product.  

Less durable and sturdy than assembled cabinets as advanced manufacturing  joinery and cabinet markers are generally not used for DIY purposes. There is a high risk of cabinet damage when installation is conducted by an  amateur.  

Shipments are received in multiple flat packs that contain a large number of  small components that are easily lost.  

It is not possible for KCMA to determine the manufacturing standards for  self-assembled products. 

Only sold in limited sizes. 


Most of the previously listed RTA cabinet cons can be overcome by sourcing  your cabinets from a premium distributor such as Nelson Cabinetry. The ease of  installation of Nelson Cabinetry’s white shaker cabinets minimizes the risk of  damage and excess installation costs. In addition, Nelson Cabinetry is BBB  accredited, which makes us a trustworthy RTA cabinet supplier. Get in touch  with Nelson Cabinetry on 832-998-6598 or for a FREE consultation that will be to your every advantage.