First the good --- the value is here! When compared to equivalent items, its a quarter of the costs. Now the interesting part --- the assembly. It arrived in a relatively flat box --- when opened, there were about 20 boards of different sizes, and a package of hardware. The instructions start with DO NOT PANIC Youll need patience, a few tools, a nicely sized work area, and a 4-6 hours spread between two days (to let the glue dry). I would recommend buying carpenters glue, rather than using the inexpensive/weak white Elmers glue provided. Id also recommend having a screw driver with a large flat blade at a 90 degree angle (since you have to secure devices that are easier to tighten with large movements of your arm, rather than a normal screwdriver that just uses your wrist). Id advise making one change in the instructions ..put the back on (nails/glue) prior to adjusting the doors on the front. By putting the back on first, you have a stable cabinet to work with, rather than one that wobbles. Take your time, plan ahead, and youll end up with a nice cabinet.
This is a flat pack, build it yourself item. It arrived very well packaged in a box about five feet long, weighing 49kg. It took my husband and I about 2 hours, start to finish, to put this together. All of the panels are numbered and those numbers correspond to the directions, which are presented as pictures. It is built upside down. The one thing in the building sequence that I would change is that I would put the doors on last, not the back panels. That way the unit could be laid on its front and nailing the back panels on would be much easier. Additionally, I would glue the back panels on and then use a few nails as "insurance". If the nails are not set in perfectly straight you risk running them through the finished side of the panel pieces. Pre marking the nailing line would be a good idea, too. The unit we built was the cappuccino and white unit. It looks exactly like the photo on Overstock.com. The white is a bright white...whiter than the white on the *** *** units that we have on the opposite wall. Nonetheless, they are far enough apart that this is not an issue for us. The piece is a perfectly contemporary partner to the Besta units that we have. If you are familiar with hollow core door construction, or with the way *** "LACK" tables are made, that is how the bottom, middle and top surfaces of this unit are made. The doors, shelves and side panels are solid particle board. This unit is in a vacation home and will be lightly used. I would not recommend it if you have young children who will be using it or if you need it for daily use. We plan on putting a glass top on it to protect the surface from scratching.
this item is terrible, I opened the box only to find the pressed wood and laminate are of low quality. It would have taken hours to put it together and no telling how long it would have lasted given the quality of the hinges and screws.
I ordered the espresso and white version. As soon as I opened the package, I knew it had to go back. The panels are either floppy plastic-looking or particleboard with really bad wood veneer. The white panels look like those cheap self-assembly shoe cubbies. No thank you! I had hoped that this would have a retro feel, but it really looks like it's lower quality than ****. I still think it's a great value for the price, but at this stage in my life, I'm trying to collect only quality-looking pieces. Overstock was fantastic about accepting my return for store credit :-) They sent UPS to come pick it up from my house. At an extremely unwieldy 80 pounds, I was happy with this resolution.
It's perfect for our new kitchen! Love the style, love the look. Our box came safe & sound. We actually were missing the nails, and had double set of hinges. Overstock customer service stepped up right away & got the missing items. Thank you!