Need help with RTA kitchen cabinets

dsi69January 5, 2011


I am looking into the RTA cabinets for our kitchen project.

Did research on the forum and found a lot of good info.

My question is:

Did anyone purchase any cabinets from Domain Cabinets Direct, Inc. They look like made in China, but good quality to me. I am looking for the American Cherry Chocolate Shaker collection. Here is a link to the site:

Please let me know if you have any experience with this company.


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Read what Rick had to say here. The cabinets he sells are probably more expensive than what you are looking at, but I think they might be able to withstand a bombing run.

Here is a link that might be useful: RTA interview with Rick Haylon

    Bookmark   January 5, 2011 at 9:18AM
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The only advice I can give for RTA is be very careful, and be prepared for more work and frustration than the savings are worth.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2011 at 10:58AM
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My friend used Chilnese RTA cabinets in their shore house kitchen and were very pleased. Not sure where you are, but they used Closeout Cabinets, who have warehouses in PA and NJ. They paid the extra money (10% I think) for them to be assembled and installed by Closeout Cabs. A good sized kitchen was about $8k, I think. It looks great. Was only a year ago so I don't know about durable. The website is, but i know I've seen the same cabs on a lot of different sites.

We opted to spend more on custom since this is our forver home, but my friend's kitchen looks great!

    Bookmark   January 5, 2011 at 11:06AM
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I used the Conestoga mentioned above but bought mine from We love them! I wouldn't say they are the cheapest out there but they are very nice quality. In our kitchen we had to customize all three corner cabinets plus I wanted certain doors that are not available with other lines in my price point. Conestoga's door and finish options are endless. They are not hard to put together but the drawer fronts are a bit of a pain until you get the hang of it.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2011 at 11:38AM
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I used Rick/Conestoga as well and am very happy. Plan to order more from him for built-ins, etc.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2011 at 2:30PM
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I am another fan of Rick and conestoga. Rick works for a different co. now; was formerly with Niel Ratner/ Cabinetmaker's Choice.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2011 at 2:44PM
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Thanks to all sugestions. Unfortunately Conestoga does not have the style we are looking for. We would like to go with more modern, clean look. The cabinets we like so far from Domain Cabinets Direct are made of 3/4" plywood sides(NO particle-board) with a solid wood doors made from certified (do not know what they meen with this) cherry wood, matching inside finish, and slow close hardware. I do not have experiance with kitchen cabinets but I can do some carpentry, have tools and I am not worry about assembling all the parts. Assembly is by using long screws, but I am planning on adding nails also since it is 3/4" plywood sides. Back is 1/4" plywood - standart in all other brands. There is installation video also. If anyone has more experience could you please check the link and let me know what do you think.
It is again :

    Bookmark   January 5, 2011 at 10:04PM
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You check out Scherrs.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2011 at 11:25PM
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Yes we did check Scherrs but did not like anything there.
We are looking for modern (not traditional) look with finish close to VENGE. Our second choise will be Ikea but we are still on the begining of our planning.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2011 at 12:01AM
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Misty Creek kitchen and bath in Alexandria Va has a website that is the only one out there that gives the names of all the cabinet companies they work with that are RTA and other similar priced products. It gives the links to the all the websites of the companies they sell so you are more informed then the typical company selling things like what you might be looking for. They ship any where in the country.

Here is a link that might be useful: website of misty creek

    Bookmark   January 7, 2011 at 11:54AM
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daveinorlando, thanks for the great link. We are still exploring all the brands listed there and we have added the bamboo kitchen from Adornus to our list so far. I am sure we will find more that we like in this site.
I have read most of your posts in this forum regarding RTA.
It looks like you have very good knowledge. Could you please take a look on the site I have posted in my original post and give us your expert opinion on the American Cherry Chocolate Shaker collection. Because it looks good in the gallery and they have the kabinet sizes we need, we are trying to compare it with the new ones in our list. Are they even comparable? Please give us your opinion.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2011 at 10:23AM
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Based on the pictures I do not see a pattern of cabinets from the companies I am familar with. Some of the RTA companies use the ball bearing full extension slides that are side mounted. The pictures show the cabinet you are looking at as being made that way. Some side mounted rails have soft close. I put together 1 kitchen in the past that was made that way. More often the rails are not soft close auto closing and instead just fully extend. I did not see where the written description was to tell me how they are made. It is not a good or a bad thing in and of itself.

I personally like soft close full extension drawers. J&K Grand has several cabinets that are made with those drawers. Their cabinets look nice when assembled. They are by far the hardest to assemble properly where things are not pre marked and drilled to line up drawer glides and drawer boxes. I am not convinced they are selling J&K Grand as the prictures do not match up to me. I do not care for V groves in the a shaker door style either. Again a personal preference not a quality issue. The doors of the shaker cabinets have a grove cut in the wood where the vertical and horizontal parts of the doors meet. I like that part of the door to be smooth on a shaker door. Most people are like me as they either love it or do not care for it.

If you order cabinets from a company and you have no previous expierence with the product and company selling or making them you are wise to spend a little more money and order one that you need and assemble it to make sure you are going to be satisfied. I have assembled 1,000 plus cabinets myself over the last few years from 15 different companies some are very easy and some are very frustrating. I will not sell the frustrating cabinets online or in my store because it is too hard to get the quality of assembly consistent.

They look very nice. It is also nice that the interior is stained to match. Not all imports offer that.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2011 at 4:50PM
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daveinorlando, thank you very much for the replay. I greatly appreciate that you took the time to check their site and share your opinion. I do like the grove on the doors and the matching interior color. I am still looking into other options but may order a door from this company to check the color and quality. If I like it, I will go ahead and order a cabinet to check the assembly.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2011 at 9:59PM
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Hello. Did you end up getting the cabinets from Domain Cabinets Direct? I also liked what I saw on their website but wondering about quality and ease of assembly. Thanks

    Bookmark   February 24, 2012 at 11:26PM
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I went to Domain in Temecula CA yesterday to look at their bamboo products. The wood looked high quality and nicely finished. The contractor there showed me how to assemble drawer boxes and spent lots of time going over details. The self-close full-extension drawer slides were from a Chinese company (of course) called DTC. Everything was pre-drilled, and shelf undersides were even routed to hold the metal pins precisely. Hinges were soft-close six-way adjustable and looked great. Shelves were beautifully constructed with a bamboo veneer over birch ply core. The edge treatments looked perfect (no obvious edge tape lines.) There is a one-year warranty but could not find separate drawer slides on the web that matched for a possible upgrade. I do not know how long it would take to get their own spare parts if needed, but they have a large modern warehouse with the full kits stocked. The dovetailing on the drawers looked very precise and fit together easily by hand with a snug fit. The main assembly is simple, but more time would obviously be needed to make small adjustments and installing molding to fit uneven walls, etc. The finish carpentry will determine how good it looks in the end I believe. My main concern remains longevity of the drawer slides as other mfrs do not use the same drilling pattern if an upgrade were needed.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 2:57AM
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