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Custom Cabinets vs. RTA:  Which is the Right Choice for Me?

One of the most appealing aspects of Florida homes is how distinct from one another they are.  Each home’s individuality comes down to even the smallest details, like the cabinets.  If you want to make your home stand out and reflect your individual design style, custom cabinets are a great investment.  Our team of professionals can provide you with high-quality custom cabinets.  Call Installation Services of Brevard today at 321-474-4026 to schedule a consultation!

When deciding on cabinets for your home, custom cabinets are the best option to reflect your individual style and design choices.  If you are unsure of whether custom cabinets or RTA are the best choice for you, we are here to help!

What is the Difference Between Custom and RTA Cabinetry?

RTA cabinets are ready to assemble cabinets.  These cabinets are produced by a mass supplier and come in a predetermined variety of styles, colors, and sizes.  If you walk into any large store and view their cabinet selection, there is a good chance you are looking at RTA cabinets.  RTA cabinets also come in standard sizing, which means they may be impractical for uniquely shaped spaces.

Custom cabinets are cabinets made specifically for your unique design.  Everything about custom cabinets is just that – custom.  When choosing custom cabinets, you are able to dictate the exact measurement of your storage space, as well as the function it provides.  Have you ever wanted a built-in utensil tray to a drawer?  If so, that is a custom cabinet design that can be made possible by Installation Services of Brevard.  Custom cabinets also come in a nearly unlimited array of colors, materials, and designs.  If you can imagine it, we can create it.

Why Choose One Over the Other?

Ready-to-Assemble (RTA) cabinets are pre-packaged cabinets that require a minimal amount of assembly before they can be installed. RTA cabinets do come in a limited variety of styles, but typically lack some of the customization options available with custom cabinets.  Many homeowners choose RTA cabinets because they are lower in cost than customized designs.  RTA cabinets are a great option for someone looking for a basic kitchen design, or for a space that does not have many individualized storage needs or room design aspects.  Installation Services of Brevard does offer an RTA cabinet installation, and are happy to install RTA cabinets in your home.

If a more customized kitchen is more your style, then custom cabinetry is the best choice for you.  Custom cabinets offer homeowners a great deal of design flexibility and customization options. With custom cabinetry, individuals can choose from a variety of styles, colors, finishes, and hardware to create the perfect look for their home. They can also customize the cabinet layout to make optimum use of space and add personalization such as trim work or built-in cabinets. 

RTA cabinets are also made in 3” increments, which means they can range in sizes as small as 3” to as large as up to 42”.  Because all increments of RTA cabinets are 3”, it can be difficult to find a cabinet that fits a space that is not an even 3” increment.  If you choose RTA cabinets that cannot completely fill the space, your cabinet installer will use a filler product to fill in the gap.  For example, if you have a cabinet space of 17”, an RTA cabinet of 15” will be installed, and then an inch of filler on each side will be used to complete the space.  With custom cabinets, Installation Services of Brevard will take exact measurements to ensure you can maximize your storage solution in each room, which actually creates bigger cabinets!

Custom cabinets are also an excellent choice to utilize rooms with a unique shape.  Does your kitchen have a corner with an octagonal shape?  Custom cabinetry is a great option to help you get the most of your space!

Custom cabinetry also provides you with more design options.  If you can think of it, Installation Services of Brevard can create it!  Whether you want a unique color or door design, there is a custom cabinet option to fit your needs.  Custom cabinetry also allows you  to add useful features to your storage spaces, such as pan holders built into your cabinets – a true space saver that will also save you time you would otherwise spend searching through your cabinets.  

Customized cabinets can also add unique design details RTA can not.  From door handles to molding, custom cabinetry can create a look that matches every other room in your home.

Do I Have to Choose?

Luckily, you don’t have to decide between a room that is all RTA cabinets or completely custom, because Installation Services of Brevard can do a hybrid of both!

A great way to get the best of both worlds is to combine RTA cabinets with custom cabinets. This allows you as a homeowner to maintain the pre-made convenience of RTA cabinets while still having some customization options available with your cabinets. For instance, adding crown molding or other decorative elements can give any space a unique look that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.  Customization can also be done on cabinet interiors and doors, allowing you to truly maximize your storage solutions.  

Electing to do a hybrid of both RTA and custom cabinetry allows you to create the room of your dreams while still staying within your budget. 

Contact Installation Services of Brevard for Your Cabinet Installation Needs 

At Installation Services of Brevard, our cabinet installation experts can answer all your questions when it comes to types of cabinets, cabinet installation, and our process! If you are in the Brevard area, you can visit our showroom for cabinet inspiration for your kitchen or bathrooms. If you choose to have your cabinet installation done by us or if you like the DIY life, we can help you select the perfect cabinets from our showroom. If you are looking for a full kitchen remodel, we also provide demolition and installation of cabinets and countertops. Call us today for a free estimate at 321-474-4026.