Why are kitchen cabinets so expensive?
How many times have I heard “I blew my budget on the cabinets”; a very common situation, so here is what you need to know. There are many types of kitchen cabinets from the basic cabinetry made from inexpensive particle board and laminate doors to furniture grade cabinets made from solid woods and hardwood plywood. For the homeowner a little knowledge can save you a great deal of money while still providing a superior look and finish.
RTA Cabinets are the new trend in cabinet design and production, these cabinets are produced in large production quantities and packed in individual boxes and sent to the installer, RTA stands for “ready to assemble”.
When RTA Cabinets were first introduced they were difficult to put together and offered only a few colors and styles, well not any more, technology has greatly improved with the use of cam locks allowing rapid and very sturdy assembly. You will not know the difference between a custom made kitchen and an RTA Kitchen once installed.
There are now many finishes and styles in premium hardwoods like Oak, Maple or Birch, raised panel, shaker style. In addition now available are all the extras you find in a custom kitchen like appliance garage, glass mullion doors, crown moldings, wine racks.
What about price? Typically RTA Cabinets cost about half of the price of comparable solid wood cabinets found at the big box stores, please do not compare to cabinets with particle board sides and floors. To work out a basic price get a piece of graph paper, use four blocks per inch and draw out the basic shape of your kitchen, download a copy of cabinet coding and write down a list of cabinets you need, don’t forget to include items like toe kicks, crown moldings, scribe moldings etc.
Prices have never been better, sit down and put your dreams on paper and contact your local kitchen contractor or check out your options on the internet.
Ken Thompson is the manager of Stone by Nature based in Orlando Florida, providing online sales of granite vanity tops and bathroom cabinets, full service kitchen and bathroom services including cabinets and granite countertops in Central Florida