Ready-to-Assemble Kitchen Cabinets

Learn about the different options for ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets and see how they can help you design a budget friendly dream kitchen.

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Lisa F. Young

Lisa F. Young

By: Amy McEvoy

Whether you're installing a brand new kitchen or updating an existing one, ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets can be a great way to incorporate new style in a budget-friendly way.

Kitchen Cabinet Inspirations

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Contemporary Kitchen with Glass Backsplash

Yellow Kitchen Cabinets and Stainless Steel

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John Colaneri

Green Transitional Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen

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Debe Robinson

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White Traditional Kitchen

Tuscan Style Kitchen

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Contemporary Kitchen with Green Granite

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White Country Kitchen

White Transitional Kitchen

Cream Color Country Style Kitchen

Kitchen with Gray Cabinetry

Modern Stainless Steel Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Subway Tile Backsplash

Kitchen with Pendant Lighting

Kitchen with Island and White Cabinets

Red Kitchen Cabinets

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Kim Alexandriuk

Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo Edward Addeo View original photo.

White Cabinet Kitchen with Stainless Steel Backsplash

Contemporary style kitchen

Stove Top and Backsplash with Blue Gray Cabinets

Black and White Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen Design

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Retro Yellow and Green Kitchen with White and Brown Cabinets

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Modern Kitchen with Red Pendants

White Contemporary Style Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen with Antiqued Cabinets

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Large Kitchen with Island

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Denver Parade of Homes Courtesy of Denver Parade of Homes; Photo by Jeffrey Aron Photography View original photo.

Kitchen with Island Seating

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Brown Contemporary Kitchen

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Nomita Joshi Gupta

Rustic Kitchen Island

White Traditional Kitchen Cabinets

White transitional kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen

White Kitchen with Round Island

Island Seatinv in Blue Gray Kitchen

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Kitchen Island Seating

Blue Kitchen

Green traditional kitchen

Urban Oasis Kitchen

Kitchen with Ladder

Neutral Kitchen

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Mary Broerman

White Kitchen

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Creamy Kitchen Cabinets

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Ben Herzog

White Kitchen with Dining Table

White Kitchen with Wood Island

White Cottage Kitchen

White Cottage Kitchen Cabinetry

White Kitchen with Chandeliers

White traditional Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Red Hood

Kitchen with Blue Backsplash

Cottage Kitchen with Black Cabinets

White Glass Front cabinets

Blue Kitchen Cabinets

Blue Kitchen with Glass Countertops

Stainless kitchen with white cabinets

Black Cabinetry

Blue Kitchen Cabinets

Contemproary Kitchen with Large Table

Transitional Kitchen with Blue Cabinets

Pale Kitchen cabinets

Black Kitchen Cabinets

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John Colaneri

Large Kitchen with Island

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Cheri Wentworth

Orange Kitchen Cabinets

Pink Modern Kitchen

Kitchen with Stove and cabinets

Contemporary Kitchen

White Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Elaborate Display Cabinetry

Black Cabinets in Galley Kitchen

White Cabinets

As you start your kitchen remodel, you'll begin to immediately see that cabinets take up the majority of both the design space and the budget. Ready-to-assemble cabinets are a basic form of cabinet that can be picked up or delivered from a local neighborhood retailer. They typically come boxed and broken down into multiple parts along with instructions and hardware. They are meant to be put together by a DIY homeowner or hired help. They generally feature a low degree of difficulty when it comes to assembly, and they may save on labor costs as well.

The major advantage of ready-to-assemble cabinets is that they are inexpensive and convenient. Unlike custom cabinetry that is sold anywhere between $50-$500 per linear foot plus labor costs, ready-to-assemble cabinets are sold by the cabinet and usually range from $1500-$4500 unassembled for an entire 10x10 kitchen full of cabinets. They can be bought at local retailers without need for a pre-order and brought home immediately or delivered to your home conveniently.

One of the major disadvantages of ready-to-assemble cabinets is that there are a limited number of styles, materials and colors you can purchase. While these pre-made cabinets have come a long way in available colors, there are still only certain styles and materials available. Thermofoil is still a readily available and inexpensive material used in ready-to-assemble cabinets, although wood veneers and even real wood are newer options for homeowners wishing for a higher-quality cabinet.

While ready-to-assemble cabinets also can cut down on the labor costs that custom or even semi-custom cabinetry require, it is important that homeowners have some basic DIY skills in order to install their cabinets. Ready-to-assemble cabinets have to be put together and then hung, which requires some skill to ensure that they are safely assembled and installed. So if you are a hammer-savvy homeowner looking to renovate on a budget, check out ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets to see if they can get you closer to a new and improved kitchen design.

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