Stock cabinets or RTA cabinets are becoming more and more popular among kitchen designer and home owners alike. Almost always cabinets are the costliest items required during remodelling, but these do not have to cost you an arm or a leg. The mantra for a successful remodelling is planning and sticking to a budget.
If you have been planning a lot on paper doing nothing else in reality, now is the time to start, here is what you need to know before you proceed. Before anything else bear in mind that cabinets are mainly of three types:
- Ready-to-assemble (RTA) or Stock Cabinets
- Semi Custom
Lets start with RTA cabinets or stock cabinets as they are also known. We will mention the advantages first. First these are cheaper than custom made ones because of bulk production. Second, you do not have to wait weeks for these to arrive, they are usually stocked by most retailers and cabinet stores, so once you order them, it should take a few days at most to reach you. Third, these are easy to assemble, thus the name ‘Ready-to-assemble’. Manufacturers are aware of the evolving need of customers hence they are producing stock cabinets in varieties. Dove tailed drawers, practical drawer glides and shaker styled doors add to the functionality of the product. We would also like to point out the space issue, previously, you could have lots of space only if you ordered custom made ones, but now stock versions also come with more than enough space to satiate all your storage needs.
You can order these unassembled and nail them up yourself or ask the retailer to assemble it for you, which of course will entail 15% extra charges. A few garage tool and a little of your time will save you the extra money.
Moving on to Custom Cabinets, these are made according to specific orders and hence may take even months to complete and reach you. The long wait and extra money is worth the personalization and style that only custom cabinets can offer, so if you don’t mind spending a little and waiting a few months, this is perfect for you.
Semi-custom cabinets are somewhere between fully customized versions and stock versions. Manufacturers tweak stock cabinets a little to add features or alter the sizes that customers ask for, but mostly these are standard cabinets. Time frame for completion and delivery is usually lesser than custom cabinets but will be longer than buying ready-to-assemble ones.
In a nutshell, if time and money are your prime concerns, stock cabinets should satisfy you like none other. You can always choose to add a few things to give it a more custom look but the overall look will be gorgeous and cheap.