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February, 2010

  1. Get it RTA: Ready-To-Assemble Vanities

    February 5, 2010 by admin

    If you’re a hands-on kind of person who likes to save a buck wherever possible, you might be interested in investing in a Ready-to-Assemble (RTA) bathroom vanity.  Both the DIY person or experienced remodeler often find the RTA vanities helpful–and stunningly beautiful.  In fact, more and more, the RTA models are beginning to share the same custom look that more expensive brand names boast.  However, they do so while still offering ease in assembly and high durability.

     Some people have the misconception that RTA furniture has a shorter life-span.  Or they say that it warps easily.  There was a time when this was largely true, especially with vanities that were made of particle board.  This tends to all apart over time when exposed to too much water.  But those RTA vanities on the market today are made with solid wood faces and solid plywood backs and sides.  This makes them much stronger than earlier RTA models.

     Most of today’s RTA vanities feature a cam lock assembly.  As a result, they require just a single screwdriver to assemble the entire thing.  In the old days, the assembly kit consisted of  a combination of screws, staples and wood glue.  In fact, some RTA vanities required that you buy each piece, such as hinges doors, drawers, and box) separately.  It was common to have eight or nine boxes for just one vanity!  Today’s RTA models, though, are sold online complete with everything you need in one box.  Not difficult when your only required tool is one screwdriver.

     So where do you get your ready to assemble vanities?  You’ll most likely have to do your shopping online–or at the occasional local dealer that also deals online.  Although the large home  improvement stores will carry a few RTA models at their store, they’ll still need to specially order most of what you need.  Best to start your search online, therefore, with an online dealer that specializes in bath items.  This will ensure that you’re dealing with someone who knows good product from bad.  Also, with such a specialized product, if you deal locally, you’re normally limited to the look or style that the local store decides to carry.  And this is usually not very many.  Shopping online gives you a much larger variety from which to choose.  As a result, even if you go the RTA route, you’ll most likely be able to find something that matches any theme or style you’re trying to create in your bathroom.

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