Do you know the details of the ready-to-assemble cabinet?
Available in up and down counter versions, RTA cabinets help save money. You could spend double the amount on custom cabinets. Understand the brands, how they were built, the quality and the finish of the wood, before buying imported products.
Beware of these factors on imported RTA cabinets.
• Aim for nice colors and finishes.
• Finishing by hand lasts longer than spraying.
• It is best to avoid cam locks and slot assembly.
• Component replacement easily done by local manufacturers.
• Check quality and ask questions about breakage.
Some buying tips
Hardware-wise, make sure the sliders are of good quality and close smoothly. Does it have self-closing hinges? Ask about replacements and damage and how long it would take to receive new parts. Cabinets made in America would be better and more convenient. If it is a shelf, it is not necessary to replace the entire cabinet. Finishing material made in America would be better because imported ones have poor coating. Hand cleaned liner is better with a richer depth and more expensive due to labor and materials.
Some imported RTAs offer a true slot mount with fasteners and glues that can be screwed or nailed down. What happens over time is that the expansion and contraction of the wood takes place and also the displacement and peeling begins. Dovetail technology is offered by an American manufacturer, which means that crumbling cannot take place after assembly.
Examine the drawers and doors. Consider your preferences as a full overlay or recessed door. Do you have a particular color in mind? Maybe you can buy an unfinished piece if you want to apply the finish? Chinese imports don’t allow all that flexibility and domestic products may be better.
Would you buy Chinese regional trade agreements?
Why not go for the Chinese with affordable prices and pretty good standards? Buying household products relieves you of some worries, such as obtaining replacement parts. However, many manufacturers in China are doing quite well and their products are definitely worth buying. If you’re a smart shopper, you know the benefits and pitfalls of imported RTAs. Please buy accordingly with understanding. Be prepared for staggeringly low prices, which come straight from the factory.
Chinese cabinets are made of plywood and that is cheap. The design is easy to assemble. Avoid relying only on cam locks and use glue for added strength. The 6-8 door style and various commonly available finishes are inexpensive. It will not be possible to mix and match. There are limited options available when it comes to door styles in terms of colors and glass doors are not to be found. The common wood is Russian birch. Buy with confidence.