After ordering antique white shaker kitchen cabinets online, there are several things you can do to prepare for their delivery. Taking the time to prep your home for your new cabinets and the installation process now, saves you time later, after they arrive. The first thing you should do is determine where you are going to unload and store the new RTA cabinets. They need to be kept in a controlled environment and not be stored in your garage, unless it is climate controlled. Extreme temperature changes from hot and cold could cause damage to the solid wood boards.

One recommendation is to clear out your dining room and set this up as your storage and staging area. Many people take down their dining room table and move the chairs to their living room or other area of the home. You may want to put down plastic tarps or paint tarps over your flooring and carpeting. You will also want to cover up any furniture left in the room to protect it against sawdust.

The next preparatory step is to get your kitchen ready. You need to empty out all of your current cabinets, and store dishes, canned goods, and other items safely away. Some people use moving boxes and storage totes to temporarily store away anything they do not need. Once all of the upper cabinets have been cleaned out, you can go ahead and remove them from the walls.

You will want to leave the lower cabinets and your countertop installed, unless you do not intend to use the kitchen for an extended period of time, in order to have a functioning kitchen for the time being. If you intend to paint or wallpaper the walls in your kitchen, this mini-project can be completed after removing the upper cabinets. Since the lower cabinets and countertop block most of the lower walls in the kitchen, there is no need to paint or wallpaper the entire wall. Hold off on installing splash boards and wall borders until after the new cabinets are installed.

On delivery day of your new white kitchen cabinets, you are going to need to have someone help you unload them off of the truck. The delivery company is not responsible for unloading the cabinets. If you cannot find anyone to assist you, check with local moving companies, as they are often able to provide the help you need in getting the cabinets unloaded.

Allow the cabinets to sit inside the home for at least 24 hours, to become acclimated to your indoor environment before you start assembling them. During this time, review the assembly instructions to ensure you have all the necessary tools and equipment to properly put them together. In addition, go ahead and remove the countertop and lower cabinets from the kitchen if you don’t need them, and complete any other prep work, like installing new kitchen flooring, before starting the assembly of your new RTA cabinets.

Feel free to contact us at 855-929-8975 if you have any questions or require assistance in ordering new RTA kitchen cabinets for your home.


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Josh COO
Josh Qian, COO and Co-Founder of Bestonlinecabinets, brings over 20 years of experience in the kitchen remodeling and home improvement industry. Under his leadership, Bestonlinecabinets has become a trusted name, offering high-quality, affordable, and customizable cabinetry solutions for homeowners and professionals. Josh, a licensed contractor, ensures top-notch craftsmanship and customer satisfaction.