Overall, I LOVE this piece. I spent a lot of time researching & shopping for a buffet both in person and online. This piece finally had me hooked when I realized how neatly I would be able to fit electronics into it.
When I first received it, I immediately began assembling. As per other reviews suggestions, I took my time. I never had to drill new holes and when it came to attaching drawer brackets, take your time and use common sense! The brackets are grouped with left sides together and right sides taped together. Took me a few minutes to work it out before I began attaching.
Assembly was fairly easy. I would suggest a power screw driver or ratcheting screw driver. Its doable by hand, but its not all that easy (I'm a 27yo F). I had most of the lower half assembled and I was ready to put the top piece on when I noticed one corner was smashed in. I freaked a little, but the next day I used the chat feature on the overstock site and the report went very smoothly. I was hoping to use this piece by Thanksgiving and they shipped the replacement top ASAP so I had it by the Tuesday before. The final assembly was fairly simple. I did need a second set of hands to set the top in place, but I did the entire rest of it by myself.
A couple of notes that we're important to me: Shelves are 17" wide. I have an old stereo receiver that is also 17" wide-- it fit perfectly! I was able to comfortably fit our xbox on one shelf (I also put our 2-wide power strip on that shelf and fished all the cords into the back so I could push the buffet all the way against the wall). On another shelf I fit the cable box. I put a turn table in one cabinet with the shelf elevated (there are three positions for all shelves). On the other side, I left the shelf out and stood up our record collection. It all fit so neatly and the very top shelf I put a couple coffee table books. Love it all finished!
Lastly- I am more of a traditional style than the more contemporary style of the table. I left the feet off (which also lowered it to a height I prefer) and I left the drawer/cabinet pulls off. I'm looking for more traditional pulls/knobs, but beware-- they supply pulls that require 2 screws, 3/4" apart. That size pretty much doesn't exist out there, so I'm looking to drill a new center hole and buy knobs with backplates. This is all just personal preference, but if you were planning on doing the same thing, use caution.
I love the buffet, it looks great but the drawers slides were hard to put in and the drawers don't slide very easily. The color was a little darker than the picture on the website. Over all I'm happy with my purchase and would buy it again, if I had to do it all over again.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? it was a little darker
Please tell us about the quality of the product. it's beautiful but the drawers don't work right
How accurate was the on site description of the product? good
This piece is a steal. The same quality severs would cost easily twice or three times as much in a local store. The product is made of solid wood. Very heavy and beautiful. The pre-drilled holes are precise. I was able to put it together in 3 hours just by myself. The lifting was an issue because it was too heavy but otherwise the assembly was easy. The instructions were helpful, although it missed a step for putting in 2 screws. It's easily figured out. Also, the back board in the instruction was attached early on, and I find that if you leave it to the last step you will have an easier time because you can access the interior from the back. Overall, highly recommended!
We bought the buffet as an entertainment stand. It works perfectly in a smaller room. Provides a thin profile unit with quite a bit of storage, area above for a large flat screen TV, and open shelves for any additional electronics. Caution here because the open shelves are only 17" across and this is not enough for many traditional electronics (cable boxes, dvd players, amplifiers, etc.).Otherwise, it is a solid, attractive, functional, and somewhat diverse piece. I am very pleased with it. From a cost perspective, well worth the money.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? The color is a natural brown with a few lighter and darker areas for texture. Very similar to the site. It has a nice finish and blends well with other medium and/or dark pieces.The hardware is a bit modern for similar pieces in our home, but can easily be made to blend in.
Please tell us about the quality of the product. The unit is heavy and once assembled, appears to be very sturdy. It did take my experienced husband over 3 hours to put it together. LOTS of small pieces and parts. Thankfully everything fit as advertised. There was one small scratch on one panel that was hidden after assembly.
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Very
I have been looking at this piece for a long time. I kept reading the good reviews and just knew someday I would have one. I looked at pieces locally and couldn't find anything of this size for this price. So I finally clicked the purchase button and couldn't be happier. It did take some time to assemble but everythng went into place and fit nicely. The color is perfect with my honey hardwood floors and oak wood trims in my house. We still did not install the doors. I am thinking of leaving them off but we are going to live with it for a bit and then decide. We are using it as a TV stand for our 55" TV along with a sound bar and cable box and blue ray player. It's a great fit!!
This piece works nicely in our home. It came in several boxes and the top was damaged. We called Overstock and they immediately sent a new top and reimbursed me for the assembly cost I had paid. Very happy with the service, delivery and quality.
Let's start with its good side:
1. it looks beautiful in our dining room and this earns its position in our house;
2. price is much better compared with what we could get from local furniture store;
3. every pieces works.
Now, it's not so good side:
1. assembly instruction has error: it forgets to mention about 2 Cam Bolt on both of partition panels(there are two pieces of partition panels). Some steps' instruction are not clear and it takes extra time and effort to figure it out.
2. There is no pioneer hole in its Bottom Panel for attaching support legs with screws and the hard wood at Bottle Panel makes this step very hard. I ended up with drilling these pioneer holes myself.
3. The holes on side panels and partitions for Selving Support are a little bit small for the Selving Support hardware. There is no way I could insert these supports with figure -- I used a harmer to knock them in, which is fine for me. But this makes adjusting the height of shelf in the future very difficult and in fact, "almost impossible" is a more accurate way to describe this.
4. Every single piece of the drawer sides cracks when attaching Runner with screw. Its material could not stand the screw. This leave potential weak point in all of its four drawers and I won't put anything heavy inside it.
Overall, this is a piece of beautiful furniture with reasonable price. Its manufacture definitely need to improve their work(the error in assembly instruction is not acceptable at all). Before that happened, we will not recommend it.
I really dislike the legs of this (such a weird angle) but I've heard they are an easy thing to switch out... does anyone know how the legs attach? Assuming they are the blocks with the screw built in that you just twist on- the replacement ones you can buy say that the screw is a "5/16-18 Hanger bolt" - does anyone know if that will fit as an easy replacement?zannierob on Nov 25, 2014Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello zannierob, the legs are twist on. However, modification of this item will void any warranties this item has. I hope this info helps. Thanks for shopping with us!overstockcustomercare1 on Nov 26, 2014
Is the entire piece one color? It looks as it the top may be a darker black?Bernadette on Nov 19, 2014Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello Bernadette, I hope your day is going well. The top is the same color as the rest of the piece. Thank you for shopping with us and have a great day.overstockcustomercare1 on Nov 20, 2014
Can this item be used as an island? As in, the back is exposed as well?mdm84 on Aug 31, 2014Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello mdm84, yes, this Island Buffet can be used as an island. Thank you for shopping with us! overstockcustomercare1 on Sep 4, 2014
No one has answered the question of how tall are the legs? I want to use this in a bathroom as a vanity, but the 35" height is more than most.georgiafromgeorgia on Apr 24, 2014Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Thank you for shopping with us georgiafromgeorgia. The legs are 3 inches tall. Have a great day.overstockcustomercare1 on Apr 29, 2014
Thelegs are 3 inches, but you do not have to put on, if you don't want.kristengr1 on Jul 2, 2014
How tall are the legs, meaning, how high off the ground is the island?
Also, is it pretty from the back as well? If the back faced another open room, would it look nice?cchaves57 on Aug 16, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Back is ugly and thin wood.alexach17 on Aug 20, 2013
I want to use this as an entertainment center, are there any holes in the back to thread electrical wires through? If not what is the back made of and could you drill a hole through it?sandyrumble on Jan 19, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
There would not be holes in the back of the buffet. It is made from rubber wood and could be drilled through.overstockcustomercare1 on Jan 23, 2013
there are no holes but you can drill holes thruslgardner on Mar 21, 2013
No holes, but back is light plywood and would be easy to drill holes in.skeptikal on Apr 12, 2013
What does it mean that it is an "island"? Can you put it against a wall?tdest on Oct 14, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
This item is meant to be in the center of the room, but can be placed against a wall. overstockcustomercare1 on Oct 17, 2012
yes I have mine against the wallslgardner on Mar 21, 2013
Can you give all the interior dimensions?
I see that the upper, middle interior dimensions are 9.5"H x 17"W x 17.8"D and that the lower, middle interior dimensions are 17.2"H x 17"W x 17.8"D. But what the interior dimensions of the drawers and the two side compartments with the doors? Thanks.mhs7 on Jun 21, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
The drawer''s interior dimensions measure 15 inches wide x 15.2 inches deep x 2.8 inches high while the side compartments measure 18 inches wide x 17 inches deep x 17.2 inches high internally without the presence of the shelf.overstockcustomercare1 on Jun 25, 2012
The drawer interior measures 15 inches wide by 15.2 inches deep by 2.8 inches high. The left and right door interior measures 18 inches wide by 17 inches deep by 17.2 inches high.overstockcustomercare1 on Jun 26, 2012
What is "natural finish"mean? Is the color of this item as shown in the picture (a darker wood color)? on May 27, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
The color is dark, like expresso, or dark coffee. It does not have a shiny varnished finish, more a matt surface. So far I have used paste wax on mine, but might decide to use a wipe on polyurethane or varnish on the top at some future date.rnrgroup on Dec 7, 2012
I don't see an answer to the question of 4/24 on what kind of wood this is. Can you answer this question?9536765 on May 23, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
The is made from rubberwood and veneersharrynana on May 25, 2012
The open compartment measures 9.5 inches height x 17 inches wide x 17.8 inches deepharrynana on May 25, 2012
Can you tell me the inside dimensions of the open compartments in the middle. Both the top opening and the lower shelf openings9536765 on May 23, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Inside dimension of the top opening compartment measures 9.5 inches height x 17 inches wide x 17.8 inches deep
Lower opening compartment measures 17.2 inches height x 17 inches wide x 17.8 inches deep without shelvesharrynana on May 25, 2012
Exactly what kind of wood is this made of? on Apr 24, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
The is made from rubberwood and veneersharrynana on May 25, 2012
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