RTA cabinets can yield big savings, but assembly can take hours
Ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets, which come to the job site flat-packed in cardboard boxes, can be used for kitchens, baths, and anywhere else built-in storage is required. Using RTA cabinets can save up to 30% compared to assembled cabinets of similar quality. RTA cabinets are available from major manufacturers such as The Home Depot and Ikea as well as from small companies such as TheRTAStore.com and CabParts. Author Anatole Burkin looks at the product offerings from all four of these sources and describes what you get for your money. The article also includes an assessment of joinery, case construction, hardware, and finish.