...took a long time to get here, built with glue.
I'm experienced in building assemble-it-yourself furniture; I've built at least 10 things from Sauder, IKEA, Scandinavian Designs, etc. I understand the whys and wherefores of the parts, the order in which things are done and why, and basically how to build a nice piece of furniture.
Which is a good thing, since there were no written instructions. (Note to manufacturer: "Exploding parts diagrams" are not "Instructions".)
There's not enough time to list the multitude of things wrong with this unit, but just to give you an idea, the cam locks had to be _taped_ into pieces that were sitting vertically until I could get the other piece lined up to them because the inserts for them were too shallow and unevenly bored out to hold them in, even for a second. They kept falling out before I could get to them.
Taping them on temporarily sounds easy but it's not. The tape has to come off, & you have to hold the cam lock in while holding the unit together, then twist lock. No matter, when that was finally done, the small screw cams didn't work _at all_ one one side, and the unit started deteriorating into a a mess of particle board chips so I gave up & Gorilla Glued it together.
That was the best thing that could have happened to this unit.
But then there's the functionality. You have to use 2 arms to turn it. Looking at it online, I thought it would be a lot smoother. You don't even really turn it, you hug it, then -move- it. However, I anticipated this when putting the turn plates together and noticed now stiff they were so I lubed them up, hoping the weight of the unit would help. No luck. Once the unit was assembled, without the sticky foam between the unit and the floor (-that- looks nice), it's no different than if it didn't have the turning feature at all. The turning plates are so tight that the whole unit turns. Even a rubber backed rug wouldn't hold the base in place. Still, I loved this design so much that none of this bothered me too much, until a few people came over.
As a guest, looking at it, you don't think you're going to have to put your purse down, put your arms around it and turn it. But, you do. That it doesn't work as the eye expects it to turned out to be kind of odd. I go over & turn it for them. I don't mind doing it, but it's kind of like, "Oh, excuse me (move out the way), let me grab & turn this thing around, so you can put your shoes away". I have to explain...the whole thing is just awkward.
But I'm seriously disappointed because it's really an innovative, useful idea for furniture. And, it looks nice: the wood moldings on the top and bottom really add to the look of it. It doesn't look like *yet another* IKEA piece. And, it came packaged well. Everything arrived in perfect shape, all the parts were there, it just came kind of "factory" damaged with holes that crumbled upon screw insertion.
I didn't send it back because it does work, kind of. I use it every day. I expect it will last a few months before a problem with the base arises (I'm not confident that the hollow base can actually support the rest of the unit for too long) or the "hug & turn" method of getting it to work stops working.
If I could start over, and knew how to change the turning plates out with something with ball bearings, I'd buy another one, throw most of the parts out, grab the glue & go to work, because it really has potential. It just doesn't function as expected. :(
No need for a photo, it looks good, just like in the ad.