Ready to assemble (RTA) cabinets are a wonderful way to update your kitchen with a new and beautiful style. The perfect option for those looking to “do it yourself”, RTA cabinets are an achievable project, providing some challenge, but producing a very satisfying result. To make sure that this adventure in DIY goes well for you, follow our top 5 tips to make RTA cabinet installation go smoothly:
Prepare the Space and Give Yourself Time
Before you break out your newly purchased RTA cabinets and begin to tinker and put them together, make sure you’re ready to work. You’ll need to remove your old kitchen cabinets or any furniture in the workspace with the exception of items such as the stove or refrigerator. Then, ensure that you have some time staked out so that you can dedicate yourself to the project. Nothing is more frustrating than getting halfway through your plans, and discovering you need to attend to something else. Give yourself time for each step of the work, even if it means dividing it over a few days.
Plan, Measure and Then Measure Again
The best installations are well-planned and measured. Consider drawing on your walls to show yourself exactly where each cabinet will go, what measurements it will have and how the set will appear. Then, assign a number to each cabinet in your plans and also write this on your RTA cabinet packaging. This will make installation as easy as putting together a simple jigsaw puzzle.
Account for Fillers and Panels
Because RTA cabinets are not custom made, your kitchen’s unique measurements may require you to add in some filler space in the form of panels. Make sure you account for this in your plans. Otherwise you’ll wind up with a gap between your last cabinet and your stove, or run out of space for the last set of drawers when you reach the wall. This is why you should check your measurements twice and plan well. It’s much easier to draw up your plans twice than it is to install and then uninstall. Strategically place your fillers and panels to avoid this trouble.
Get Everything Together
You’ll need some basic tools to perform the installation. Although the cabinets come largely ready to go without much fuss, you’ll require a drill in order to hang and secure the cabinets. In addition, you’ll need a level, your tape measure, pencil, screws, a hammer, sandpaper, and a step ladder. You’ll also want some wood carpenter shims to level up your cabinets should there be any uneven portions of your floor or ceiling. This will ensure a uniform look and straight line for your countertop and the base of your hanging cabinets.
Get Started with Patience
Finally, it’s time to get started. Our tip for you here is that you go slow, and take it one step at a time, giving yourself plenty of time to triple check your plans and measurements as you go. Begin by forming the boxes of your cabinets and begin installation on a corner. There are various schools of thought regarding whether you should do the bottom row or top row first. If you perform the bottom cabinets first, you’ll have a countertop and tablespace to use while working on your second row. However, you’ll be hunching and leaning over the counter to get at the back wall. So, it’s up to you.
We hope these tips help the installation of your RTA cabinets run very smoothly and produce stunning results. Tell us what you learned in your RTA cabinet installation in the comments below!
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