Assembly Instructions for Inset Cabinets - Directions

Assembly instructions for Inset Cabinets - Directions

Assembling your RTA cabinets is not difficult. A single cabinet can be assembled in 30-60 minutes if experienced up to two hours for a novice. The standard kitchen will take a full 8-12 hours to assemble.

It is best if only one cabinet is assembled at a time. To become familiar with the hardware you can start with a wall cabinet first. The drawer hardware and assembly will take the most time.

The painted finish is of good quality and durable. Steps should be taken to ensure they are not damaged during assembly.

  • Work in enough space that you are not banging into cabinets
  • Have a clean working space. You should have a flat space to work without any screws or items that would scratch the cabinet finish.
  • Keep close tabs on all hardware. Lost screws or other hardware will make it difficult to accomplish the assembly and may cause scratches.
  • Lay a moving blanket or other soft material if placing finish on ground to help prevent scratching.

 Assembly Instructions for Inset Kitchen Cabinets

1) When unboxing take great care not to scratch the finish. Assembly and installation is the most likely time to damage the finish.
2) Set finished (painted) pieces to side in safe spot. Work on one cabinet at a time.

Face Frame and Cabinet Door

3) Identify each item.
Sides are plywood with toe kick cutouts.
Back is an engineered panel.

Back Panel

All grooves cut into plywood panels face the cabinet interior.
Bottom (and top if applicable) of cabinet and toe kick plate (base cabinets).Drawer box, bottom and hardware.

4) Cam locks have two pieces. The screw and cam.

Cam Screw

Cam Lock

Insert all screw pieces into preset bases.
It may be best to install all cam screws before starting any assembly.

5) Put one side and back together. Insert screw into receiver hole, insert cam, turn till hand tight can rotates 180 degrees. Hand tight is a good connection.


6) Put on second side.
7) Insert cabinet bottom. Stand cabinet on its bottom. (Top for upper cabinets)

8) Install Face frame and tighten cam screws, hand tight.
9) Identify drawer parts, sides, glides and boots.
Drawer boots ( go onto back wall of cabinet) can be installed now. Sliding part of plastic boot is bottom side.

Apply glue liberally to dovetails. Tap together to form a u shape (3 sides). Slide drawer bottom into u shape of drawer. Affix fourth side. Clean up any excess glue. Apply catch drawer mechanism to bottom front of drawer box with multiple screws. Make sure to install flat.



10) Installation of drawer glides...
Identify left and right metal drawer glide.
Insert metal glide into boot at back of cabinet at sliding receiver.
Screw front of glide to be flush with middle of face frame. (Face frame is comprised of two pieces of wood.) Glide connects to inner piece of wood.


Drawer height adjusts with Orange turn screws on the underside of each drawer.  Use this wheel to adjust elevation to make gaps equal on completion. Gently lift the drawer and turn the screw to adjust height.

Slide glide out if cabinet. Place drawer onto glide. You will see a receiver hole at back of drawer that hooks into glide. Hold glide on one side and slide drawer towards back of cabinet without glide moving. Drawer catch will click when secure. Repeat glide / catch connection for second side. 

(A few cabinets for not have the soft close glide. Spice rack, trash pull out)


12) For pull out trash can and spice rack it will require using two equal height guudes to install the glides. Use a 2x4 or other thick material to place under the glides. 

Place the the rear "boot" onto the glide. Hold the glide with boot attached on each side of the assembled cabinet. Place the 2x4 (12-20" long) onto the interior bottom. With the boot at the backwall you will attach the boot then the front of the glide to the side of the interior face frame. 

Measure the height of the installed glide from the interior bottom. Subtract 5/8" from this measurement. Measure up on the shelf pullout to find attachment height. Remove part of glide to attach ro side of shelf. 

Install into cabinet. 

It may be necessary to adjust glide height on side to get correct receal around door.


12) Install cabinet toe kick.

13) Install hinges onto door. Single door cabinets can open left or right. Use a piece of cardboard on top and bottom of door to locate the best hinge location. Install screw into the center of the slide slot.



Install door bumpers and shelf pegs/clips.


Bumpers, Pegs and Screws.

15) Install corner brackets to keep cabinet "square".
16) Adjust hinges and drawers for consistent gaps using adjustment screws. It will take several attempts to understand how the adjustment screws move the doors within the inset frame. 

Three adjustment screws enable you to finely tune spacing in 6 directions at each hinge..

Please feel free to call with any questions regarding the cabinet assembly.


Assembly Instructions for Base Cabinet

Assembly Instructions for Pantry Cabinets

Assembly Instructions for Vanity Drawer Cabinet and Kitchen Base Drawer Cabinet

Assembly Instructions for Vanity Desk Drawer

 Assembly Directions for Wall Cabinet