I was really excited to get this desk because it had such great reviews and was much less expensive than other similar desks. However, upon starting to assemble the desk, it became clear that you really do get what you pay for.
Several of the screw holes were stripped after a few turns with a screwdriver - they weren't over tightened, and there really wasn't a way to get the screws in tight enough. There are pre=drilled holes for the screws, which helps as long as the pre-drilled holes are straight. If not (as in our case) if you follow the pre-drilled holes, your pieces won't 100% perfectly line up and you'll have gaps in between pieces, or slightly askew pieces.
The hinges that are provided do not appear to be strong enough to hold the doors very well. The doors each started shifting slightly after they were hung, and after trying to tighten the screws on the hinges and doors, we quickly stripped those screw holes as well. The quality of the wood is very poor, so it's very easy to strip the holes. We ended up having to inset those plastic screw hole things into several of the screw holes and our doors still don't hang square, but we're tired of messing with it. We're planning on looking for different hinges and switching them out at some point.
The final appearance should be judged with the 10-foot rule: it looks good from ten feet away, but up close, you can see a lot of flaws and the doors don't work perfectly. The coloring is nice and there are a lot of good features (cord holes, sliding shelves, storage space) that help make up for the not 100% perfect appearance - but, for the price it was, I suppose the sub-standard quality of wood and pre-drilled holes is to be expected. I'd say this is a good deal if you don't need a high quality piece... but if you're getting it for heavy duty use or want something that's actually going to work and look perfect, you better look elsewhere.
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