Shopping for ready to assemble or RTA cabinets for your kitchen remodeling project makes excellent sense as a reasonable and affordable measure. RTA cabinets look similar to custom cabinetry but at a more affordable price.
However, the thing to note here is that you need to do the legwork with RTA cabinets. For the DIY experts in the house, cabinet installation is exciting. Throughout the installation process, one might encounter some challenges, but the result will surely be satisfying.
RTA cabinets are progressively becoming one of the most well-known and prevalent options among homeowners because of its affordability. If you’ve already bought ready to assemble cabinets for your kitchen upgrade, here’s how you can successfully install them.
1. Prep the Kitchen Space
Before breaking out and assembling your newly bought ready to assemble cabinets, be sure your area is prepared for the work. You must prepare the kitchen area and give yourself ample time for the project to be done.
You will need to get rid of your old kitchen cabinetry or any furnishings in the space except items like the refrigerator and stove. Then, be sure that you have enough time to commit to the project.
Keep in mind that it can be frustrating to get halfway through your plans, only to find out you need to address something else. For that reason, give enough time for each stage of the remodeling project, even if it takes several days to finish the work.
2. Ready the Panels and Fillers
Since ready to assemble cabinets aren’t custom made, the unique measurements of your kitchen area might call for filler space through panels. Be sure that you add this to your kitchen remodeling plans. If you don’t, you can end up with a gap between your stove and your last cabinet. Or you would run out of space for the drawers as soon as you reach the wall. Therefore, before installing the cabinets in your kitchen, be sure to double-check the cabinet measurements and plan accordingly.
3. Gather Tools
For every installation project, you will need the right set of tools. Even though the cabinets arrive ready to assemble, you will need proper tools to mount and secure the cabinets.
You will need tools like a step ladder, drill, sandpaper, screws, hammer, tape measure, and a level. You need some wood carpenter shims as well to level up your cabinets if there are any uneven areas of your ceiling or floor. It will help to guarantee a straight line and balanced look for the base of your cabinets and your countertop.
Lastly, the best advice we can give you when installing your kitchen cabinets is to go slow. Take each step at a time. By doing so, you’ll have plenty of time to examine your measurements as you go.
There are many debates on whether you should do the top row or bottom row first. There are pros and cons to both ways. Something to think about is, If you choose to do the bottom row first, you will have a tablespace and countertop to take advantage of while doing the second row. However, the problem is that you will be leaning and hunching over the counter to reach the wall. The decision is all up to you in the end.
5. Picking the Best RTA Cabinets
Contrary to renowned misconceptions, ready to assemble cabinets are not automatically inferior to cabinets that are pre-assembled. Like pre-assembled cabinetry, ready to assemble cabinets are, for the most part, available in a range of prices or costs, with the quality of construction, varying from lower to higher quality.
You’ll need to know how to identify the premium RTA cabinets from the poorly-made ones. Opt for cabinets that are made of hardwood. Examine the quality of drawers and doors. Ensure that they’re made from solid wood, and make sure cabinets are primed with high-quality finishes.
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