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Five Tips to Make RTA Cabinet Installation Go Smoothly

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!

For a wide selection of quality and stylish RTA cabinets, contact Maplevilles at 310-212-3321.

What is the Maplevilles Difference?

Maplevilles is proud to say that all of its RTA cabinets are made out of plywood. Not MDF, or pseudo-plywood that has an MDF center. They are 100%  hard plywood, making them the highest quality RTA cabinets you can buy.

In addition to the superior product we offer, we also offer more standard features than any other RTA cabinet company. We have soft closing hinges and slides on all of our cabinets and drawers, which other RTA cabinet companies charge extra for.

Not only do we offer more standard features, but we also offer more additional features to perfectly cater to your wants and needs for your kitchen. Make sure you check out the additional features we offer when looking at our cabinets.

In addition to the superior cabinets and features we provide, we are also there to help you choose the exact cabinet that will fit your home.

We offer design services where our team will help create, and suggest designs based on the cabinet styles and colors you are interested in. We use examples of our own kitchens that we have made using our products but also reference other kitchens to help you maximize the design options you can choose from, all of which we can accommodate.

We offer superior products and services, but we also have superior prices. We guarantee that you will not be able to find an RTA cabinet company that offers the same quality cabinets as Maplevilles, as well as the services we provide, for a better price.

If you are not convinced of the Maplevilles difference, see it and feel it in your own home. You are also always welcome to come into our showroom to see our cabinets and kitchen designs. We would be more than happy to help you design a modern kitchen for your home.