I was tempted to only give this 3 stars, but we are extremely pleased with it despite the one major flaw, so I decided to keep it at 4.
First of all, it was relatively simple to put together. A bit time consuming because I didn't have an electric screwdriver, but the instructions were easy to follow. I'm 35 and have a bad back, but it didn't take me more than a couple of hours (with breaks# to put it together.
Once put together I got to the last step, installing the swinging doors on each end. This is where my biggest complaint comes from. The doors are poorly constructed and by the time I had one of them up, it was already falling apart. It would be relatively simple to reinforce the doors, but since I was going to have electronics on those shelves #blu-ray, wii, surround sound# I figured they would have to be open when the devices were in use which would be a pain anyway, so I decided to leave the shelves open. Our surround sound system was too big to fit with a door closed anyway, so it ended up better all around to just take them off. If you really want doors #like if you're planning on putting breakables or such on the shelves#, know that you will have to reinforce the doors or they will fall apart.
The drawers are sturdy and hold a LOT. We have our remotes, batteries and chargers, wii remotes and much much more just in one of them.
The back piece that you put on with nails is actually really sturdy #compared to most of this type of furniture, which uses flimsy cardboard). You will need a drywall type of saw or a really heavy duty cutter to cut your cord holes into it.
Overall, when compared to the more expensive ones, I think this one is an excellent value. It is very sturdy and looks FANTASTIC! We have had many compliments on it already. And it looks just fine without the doors. There are small holes for the hinges, but they are hardly noticeable.
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