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The assembly time varies depending on the type and size of the individual cabinet you purchased. Typical wall cabinets can be assembled in 7-10 minutes and base cabinets in 10-15 minutes. Assembling larger or more complex kitchen cabinets such as Lazy Susan's, pantries and oven cabinets can take longer than 15 minutes due to additional components and the overall complexity of the cabinet. Assembly times may also vary with your level of experience.
You can assemble and install an RTA cabinet by yourself. The whole process only requires one person. However, additional help can make the overall process much easier to complete in a timely fashion. If you have never assembled or installed an RTA cabinet, an extra helping hand or two will be beneficial. More help is especially important when assembling or installing larger RTA kitchen cabinets.
Help from an expert is not required for assembling or installing RTA cabinets. The assembly and installation process does not require you to possess the knowledge, skill, or experience of a professional contractor. However, you are more than welcome to seek help from an expert. If you are purchasing your RTA cabinets from National Kitchens Direct, we have an extensive dealer network that includes contractors who can assist you with the assembly and installation process. The availability of our contractors and experts depends on your location.
Please call or contact us and we will help connect you with our contractors near you.
When assembling an RTA cabinet, you only need a few everyday tools to get the job done. Here are the tools you will need:
=> Cordless Drill - A drill is necessary for properly fastening cabinet faces, corner braces, assembly clips, and other components using the screws included with your RTA cabinet. We recommend using a cordless drill so you can freely move and drill with greater ease.
=> Wood Glue - When assembling the cabinet faces, you will want to apply all purpose wood glue to the connection groves. This creates a strong hold between the connected cabinet surfaces and ensures a durable construction overall. The experts at National Kitchens Direct Cabinets use Titebond II Premium Wood Glue when assembling RTA cabinets, but any all-purpose wood glue will do. You can get Titebond or other all-purpose wood glues at The Home Depot, Lowe’s, and any local hardware store.
=> Rubber Mallet - When sliding cabinet faces into place, a few light taps with a rubber mallet will help secure them. Our proprietary dovetail joint assembly process will also require a few taps with a rubber mallet to make the joints secure and flush with each other.
=> Rags or Paper Towels - You will want to have an old rag or roll of paper towels on hand during the assembly process to wipe away any excess wood glue.
=> Protective Layer for Workstation - If you are assembling your RTA cabinet inside your home, make sure you cover your workstation with a protective layer like a plastic tarp. This will protect your home from scratches, wood glue, etc.
Many other brands’ RTA cabinets are made from particleboard, cheap fillers, or other inferior imitation wood materials. At National Kitchens Direct, all our RTA cabinets are made from genuine wood. Our cabinet face frames and doors are made from Birch. Drawer and box construction features furniture-grade A plywood. RTA cabinets from National Kitchens Direct are well-made, extremely durable, and capable of achieving an overall level of quality that competes with pee-assembled cabinetry
Absolutely. National Kitchens Direct RTA kitchen cabinets are compatible with a wide range of clever and convenient kitchen storage solutions that can help you save space and stay organized. Popular choices include drawer organizers, pull-out baskets, and cabinet door mount storage. National Kitchens Direct Cabinets offers all these and more. Just make sure to order only storage solutions that are listed as compatible with the specific RTA kitchen cabinets you ordered.
In general, RTA cabinets have shorter shipping lead times because (1) the cabinets are already in stock and (2) they don’t require assembly before shipping. Manufacturers or companies that sell pre- assembled cabinets don’t always keep their products in stock, and they have to assemble the cabinets after your order has been placed.
When you order from National Kitchens Direct, your cabinets will ship within 1-21 business days after your order is placed. It is possible for us to expedite the shipping process, so you receive your order faster than 1-2 weeks. The fastest turnaround time is 7 business days. If you are pressed for time and need your RTA cabinets delivered quickly, call or contact us.
We will do our best to work within your timeline. If you have a question or concern that is not addressed by this guide, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the RTA cabinet experts at National Kitchens Direct.
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We know our entire selection of RTA cabinets inside and out. We pride ourselves on being able to find an RTA cabinet solution that perfectly meets your needs and the unique specifications of your project.