Is 2022 going to be the year you finally remodel your kitchen? It could be a great idea - and not only for your convenience. A recent report from Nasdaq highlighted a kitchen remodel as one of the top five ways to add value to your home.

But if you're not careful, costs can quickly get out of hand. Working with a carpenter to create beautiful, custom-built cabinets might be the dream. The problem is it can cost you big time. 

Ready to assemble or RTA cabinets are a great alternative. They give you a high-end look at a fraction of the price. But there are a few cons to consider as well. 

Let's take a closer look at the pros and cons of RTA cabinets so you can find the best cabinets for your home.

What Are RTA Cabinets?

RTA cabinets come flat-packed and unassembled. Some manufacturers give you the option of buying assembled cabinets as well. 


Unassembled kitchen cabinets are ready for you to assemble at home using a few simple tools. Work with a kitchen designer to find the ideal layout and then order exactly what you need. They come in a huge range of styles and sizes, so you'll be sure to find the right cabinetry to fit your kitchen.

If you choose assembled kitchen cabinets, the hard work has been done for you. They are transported to your home fully assembled and ready for installation.

Going the RTA route does not mean compromising your interior design. You can find a color or finish (e.g. stone or wood) that will perfectly complement the design esthetic you're trying to achieve.

RTA Cabinet Pros

The major pro of RTA cabinets is the cost savings over custom cabinets.

When you buy RTA cabinets, you only pay for the physical cabinet, not for the labor to assemble it. If you're a handy DIYer, then it only takes a few simple tools and a few hours of your time to assemble them. 

To make the assembly process even easier, there are step-by-step instructional videos provided. 

High Quality, Lower Cost

Buying RTA cabinets does not mean sacrificing quality.

Look for an RTA cabinet manufacturer that uses quality materials when building cabinets. Particleboard components can break down quickly. Hardwood and plywood construction are built to last.

Also, look at drawer box construction. The best drawers use solid wood and dove-tailed construction. Look out also for premium features, like soft-close, self-closing hardware. 

Lower Shipping Costs

It's a lot more cost-effective to ship flat-packed cabinets. There's no need to pay for shipping empty space! 

Typically, the lead time on your order is much shorter. The company does not have to assemble them and then prepare them for shipping. As soon as your order arrives, they can pick the items from their warehouse, and despatch them to you.

This cuts down on one of the major hassles of a kitchen renovation - time waiting for the cabinets to be built. If you're looking for a speedy reno, this could be your best option.

Assembled on Site

One of the benefits of RTA cabinets is that you can assemble them on site. This takes away the possibility of assembled cabinets getting damaged in transit.


Buying RTA does not mean buying a set of kitchen cabinets and then trying to make them fit. You order only what you need for your design. This can include cool features such as wine racks, pull-out spice racks, and crown molding.

RTA Cabinet Cons

RTA cabinets are a great choice, but there are a few cons to bear in mind. Most of them relate to problems you could run into assembling the cabinets yourself.

Time to Assemble

For a seasoned kitchen contractor, putting together an RTA cabinet may only take around 15-30 minutes. But for a DIYer, expect to spend a lot longer than that, especially on the first few cabinets you assemble.

It's worth taking your time to get it right, but that's time you'll have to take from other activities. If you're planning to do it on evenings and weekends, this kitchen reno might run and run...

But there is nothing to stop you from buying RTA cabinets and then hiring a professional contractor to assemble and install the cabinets. You'll still make a cost-saving on the cabinets but have the peace of mind of knowing a professional assembled and installed them.

Easy to Void the Warranty

The best RTA cabinet companies supply a lifetime limited warranty. This provides great protection against defects in materials or workmanship. But it does not protect you if you make a mistake when assembling the cabinets.

If you make a mistake, you'll have to pay for a repair or a replacement.

Not Bespoke

There are many options to choose from when you buy RTA cabinets, but you'll never find the same level of choice as you would from a craftsman. RTA companies are a reliable source of cabinets in tried and tested styles that families love. But if you're looking for something quirky, very modern, or niche, you probably won't find it here.

Installation Errors

Designing and installing a kitchen is more difficult than it looks.

If you decide the handle the entire process, it's easy to make mistakes. Working with a kitchen designer is a great option that will stop you from buying the wrong cabinets. If you do choose the install them yourself, you need to be confident that you're up to the challenge of repairing them if anything goes wrong.

Choose Nuform for Your RTA Cabinets

Whether you choose pre-assembled or RTA cabinets for your home, the potential savings are huge. Yet they still offer a huge range of choice and are a high-quality, durable option. 

At Nuform, we have a staggering amount of choice of both framed and frameless cabinetry. With our wide array of colors and styles, you'll find the look you want at a price you can afford.

Click here to find the perfect RTA cabinets for your kitchen makeover.