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Shopping For Kitchen Cabinets- Making the Buying Process Easier

Jun 5, 2008
Buying kitchen cabinets has become easier then ever. You can now go online, pick your cabinet style, pick your color, and see what you're getting. The better kitchen cabinet sites will even offer to send you samples. There are always pitfalls to buying online, but this article will guide you through that and make your online experience memorable and money saving at the same time.

When shopping online you are really going to find four different styles of cabinets- made to order, semi-custom cabinets, stock cabinets, and RTA Cabinets. What I would like to focus on are the RTA Cabinets, which is where you are going to save the most money and still get a higher quality product. What does RTA mean and why is it so important? RTA kitchen cabinet or RTA bathroom vanity should be a phrase to get familiar with and at the same time, be comfortable saying. Ready to assemble is the words behind these three letters. The reason it is so important is because you can buy RTA kitchen cabinets or bathroom vanities and save 30% to 40% from buying retail. Yes, that is a fact. Buying cabinets and assembling them yourself will save you a good amount of money. Don't worry the cabinet are easy to assemble. Well, I should say some styles of RTA are easy to assemble, but I will get to this later, just remember that if you get the correct RTA kitchen cabinets, you will have very little trouble with putting them together.

Buying online can be confusing, since there are hundreds of sites selling the same style of cabinets at a wide range of prices. Go to a few RTA sites and make sure you have compared prices. The good RTA sites will not offer gimmicks like free shipping. There is no such thing; these sites will make up for it with higher pricing. Also look for the straight forward, no frills sites. These sites usually offer the best pricing, and should be warehousing the cabinets, not using a 3rd party to ship their product. In the event there is a problem with the cabinets, it will be that much more difficult to resolve the problems if there is a 3rd party involved.

If you go to a retail store, like IKEA or home depot, you will see their version of RTA cabinets. Unfortunately these stores carry an inferior product, but lead you to believe that they are giving you quality at a good price. When actually it is less of a product and more expensive, its strange but they are giving you less and charging you more.

As I prompted before, I promised to explain why some RTA kitchen cabinets are better than others. When shopping around, make sure the RTA bathroom vanity or RTA kitchen cabinets is made of solid wood faces and paneled wood sides, buying particleboard is simply not a good idea.

So in the end, shop around at a few different websites, make sure that you are comparing apples to apples. Make sure you are buying a cabinet that is solid wood and has paneled wood sides. Nothing else is good enough for your kitchen. Finally make sure the site is a reliable site, call them or look through the site. Look for testimonials or other proof of reliability. By keeping these things in check and making sure the web site follows through with samples or answers to your questions, will not only make your experience easier, but it will also make it worthwhile. Good luck and start shopping for your new RTA kitchen.
About the Author
I have been remodeling houses and rental properties for over 15 years. I have discovered the secret to saving thousands on kitchen cabinets. Find out my secret to buying kitchen cabinets at 30-40% below retail.
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