When it comes to office furniture, there are two ways that most will be shipped; ready-to-assemble, also referred to in shorthand as RTA, and fully assembled. Each ships just as the name implies, meaning ready-to-assemble products will require little to extensive customer assembly while fully assembled products will be ready to use right out of the box. When choosing between RTA and fully assembled furniture, it’s important to realize that not every person can accommodate the needs of each type. Take a look at the financial, time and space requirements that typically come with RTA and fully assembled furniture before you make your purchase.

Cost: Budget is always a company concern, so it’s important for you to make a decision on how much you are willing to spend on your new furniture before you begin the shopping process. RTA furniture will always be less expensive than fully assembled furniture because ready-to-assemble items typically ship broken down into a more compact box. Because RTA boxes are smaller and easier to fit into a truck, RTA products will often ship non-truck via UPS, which dramatically lessens the cost since most shippers take the weight of the item into account when determining how much to charge for shipment. If you choose a fully assembled piece of furniture, be prepared to pay more not only for the convenience of not having to assemble the furniture yourself, but also for the high price of shipping a larger item. Fully assembled furniture takes up far more space, typically requiring freight shipping for products as large as a desk. If budget is your number one concern, then RTA is the way to go.


Convenience: If you’re willing to pay a little extra for a fully assembled desk or filing cabinet, then the convenience factor will be well worth it. Depending on the manufacturer, RTA furniture assembly can range in difficulty from simply attaching the legs to a desk’s body all the way up to intricate work that can take multiple people and hours of your time. When you buy a fully assembled chair, bookcase or desk from NBF, you can expect to start using your new furniture right out of the box. Fully assembled furniture is factory assembled and shipped just as it’s pictured on our website. Simply unbox it, place it where you want it in your office and you’re good to go! The extent of your assembly may be inserting shelves into a bookcase. If you’re setting up a new office that needs to be ready to go in a short amount of time or if you simply don’t have the time or manpower to spend a weekend putting desks and filing systems together, then fully assembled furniture is your best option.


Space Constraints: Before you even consider bringing a fully assembled piece of furniture into your office, be sure that you have the space to accommodate it. If you’re ordering a fully assembled chair, then you probably won’t need to be concerned about getting it into your office, but be careful when selecting fully assembled executive desks, conference tables and other large pieces. When ordering larger pieces of furniture, be sure to measure the area where you expect to use the desk or table to ensure that it will fit, be it fully assembled or RTA. While RTA furniture typically ships in compact boxes that are delivered to your door, fully assembled furniture that ships freight will require you to have a loading dock in order to accept the package. If your company building is small or you work from home, be sure to ask one of our friendly sales representatives for more information on inside or white glove delivery options. Not only does your office need to be large enough to accommodate a larger piece of furniture, but your doorways need to be big enough too! Measure doorways and hallways leading into your office to ensure that the furniture will be able to make it inside.


Regardless of whether you select a piece of RTA or fully assembled furniture from, both offer high-quality durable products that can withstand everyday use in an office setting. Once you’ve determined what factors are the most important to you and what factors will cause an issue with your furniture purchase, shop for our wide selection of either RTA or fully assembled products.


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