First off I would like to say I love this piece of furniture. It looks even better in person than in the pictures. It is real, thick dark wood. Almost expresso but if the sun shines on it, it has slight hints of red tones. If you are looking for a dark piece this should fit your décor well.
The only downside is that I ordered this item on 6-2-12 and it was not ready for pick up until 6-22-12, so the shipping took a little longer than I would have liked.
Here are a few suggestions and tips that might help:
-The box is almost 150 lbs, so it is heavy and it is very large – if you ship site to store then you will need a SUV, truck or minivan to pick it up as it will not fit into a regular car trunk or back seat.
-Buy a mallet if you don’t have one
-Have two people put it together
-It does come with BOTH silver and brown knobs
-It comes with a brown touch up marker that matches the wood, which is nice in case you have any blemishes
-The front, back, sides, and middle areas have metal grooves that slide into the adjoining piece so there is no screwing. You will need a mallet to put this together as it slides in almost all of the way except for about an inch that needs to be pushed down. A tip for putting the front and middle pieces in – lay the furniture on its back. I’ve seen a lot of comments that some of the wood is wrapped, and mine was too slightly, so trying to slide pieces into one another was difficult since the wood was a little bowed. To correct this, all you have to do is lay the item on its back and then have one person slide the piece while the other person is pushing down on the opposite piece, which puts them closer together so the metal pieces will touch and slide into each other. The furniture comes with a wood block that allows you to put it on the wood and then you hit the wood block with the mallet so you don’t hit the furniture directly and damage it. You can also use a hammer as per the directions, but I found a mallet was much easier for this. Once it was put together, it does NOT look wrapped or bowed.
-The drawers are tongue and groove with nails, which were easy to put together as well. You can push the nails almost all of the way in with your finger and then hammer the rest by putting the corner of the wood block on the nail head and then hitting the wood block with the hammer for parts that the hammer will not reach.
-Be sure to put items that are labeled with the letters facing outward or downward, for example, the bottom part of the drawer does have a better side that should face upward.
-Someone may need to push on the top while another person pushes in the pins underneath and then mallet the pieces in all the way
-Since the drawer area can either have shelves or drawers, there is a piece that just lays in each groove and the part that faces upwards depends on if you want to use the drawers or shelves. The directions aren’t 100% clear but the very bottom drawer area has a different piece than the other two, so make sure you pay attention, otherwise if you use that bottom piece for another area then the drawers will not slide in all of the way or the flat piece will not sit flush with the rest of the wood.
I would have to say this was easy to put together and took about an hour. I think if you follow the directions you should be fine.
I hope this information is helpful!
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