RTA Cabinets seem Expensive

Old 12-09-17, 11:21 AM
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RTA Cabinets seem Expensive

I was looking at the RTA cabinets for my kitchen. I went for the higher end cabinets because when I actually saw them in person the cheaper ones felt really cheap.

Anyway, I pulled up an old quote from HD for cabinets that I had picked out but never bought. The HD were the semi custom and were a mid-range price. When I compared an 18in 3 drawer base cabinet the RTAs was only about 20-50 dollars less (one company was even more expensive by quite a bit.

I thought I would save a good amount of money with RTA but now I'm wondering if that's true. I did pick out the best RTA but I thought it would be much less expensive. Has anyone compared mid-range HD cabinets vs RTA? BTW, the Ikea were much less money but I can't get myself to buy particle board.

Any thoughts? Thanks
Old 12-09-17, 11:55 AM
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Here is a whole page of sites you can look up;
Old 12-09-17, 12:47 PM
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Cabinet prices vary greatly. Some RTA cabinets are expensive because the sides are 3/4", which I think is nice but unnecessary.
1/2" plywood or MDF/Melamine (particle board) is good enough IMO. 1/2" real plywood is definitely good enough. You always want 3/4" shelves.

You also have to consider that some options are expensive. Costly items that most people want are raised panel doors, 3/4" real wood drawer boxes and self closing/full extension slides.
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I just realized the cabinets for RTA were raised panel while the HD cabinets were shaker. I see there's quite a difference in pricing there.

I really like the raised for my particular kitchen so I'll have to do more homework. Thanks for the links on more sites to look through.
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... and don't count out custom built cabinets, they aren't always as expensive as you might think. Wouldn't hurt to have a shop or two price them for you.

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