This is a decent, inexpensive piece of furniture. Having spent last night and this morning assembling it, I am happy with it. I will need to make a few tweaks but I do indeed have a medium-sized hutch in my dining room now. The packaging is okay. There is a lot of styrofoam and fiberglass and I will need to vacuum once I get a chance. There was some damage to a few different pieces but fortunately it is all in places that cannot be seen on the front of the finished product. The instructions are a little daunting, but the pictures are very accurate. There are technically only five steps for the buffet and the hutch each, but there is quick progression from "put these two pieces together" to "okay take these twelve pieces and assemble everything else in one step". You have to decipher the pictures carefully to make sure you don't miss a piece. For example, while assembling the drawers of the buffet, I referred to the picture in the directions for the first two. Feeling confident and tired, I quickly assembled the third drawer from memory, but it did not fit correctly. A quick reference to the picture in the instructions showed exactly what I had done wrong. I bought this specific one because it had a lighter mahogany color in the picture but it truly is a darker cherry-color. I'm not terribly concerned - that's what I get for buying something off the internet - but some may like to know that. I have a few issues with how some pieces match up. I had to jam the wine rack into place and I am not sure if I will easily be able to remove it if we decide we need more storage space. One of the cabinet doors does not stay closed - when mounted on the hinges, the magnets do not align. I think I can fix this easily but it is still a nuisance. The cabinets and drawers don't feel like they align perfectly on the front but I think I will stop noticing this over time. One note, the drawers are VERY small and do not come out all the way. We will need to buy some new drawer organizers that will fit these. The shelf heights are adjustable but the pins barely fit into the notches. I had to hammer a few in. Guess we won't be changing those. Overall, for the $$$I paid for the cabinet, it is worth the money. It is cheaper than any other wooden buffet/hutch that we saw in two weeks of furniture shopping and it does what we need it to do. And yes, it does indeed appear to be of solid wood construction. It's not perfect, but you get what you pay for. I am happy with it.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Actual product is a darker reddish brown
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Overall, it does what we need it to do. There are a few small issues with parts aligning correctly but only things you'll see with a close inspection.
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Aside from the difference in color, very accurate.
This hutch buffet is the perfect addition to our kitchen. It gave us the extra storage we needed and the glass doors in the hutch allow us to display some of our prettier glasses. It arrived in two huge boxes and will take at least a couple hours (it took us around 3 or 4) to put together. Family and friends are always commenting on how much they love it. I would definitely recommend this item!
As others have said in their reviews, this is decent value for the money but not a perfect product. It arrived in 3 packages, and some of the bottom pieces got pretty battered. We considered calling to get replacement pieces but in the end just just covered up the obvious scrapes etc with some wood stain. It is definitely a 2 person, 2-3 hour job to put together and involves LOTS of wood screws, plus the instructions are a bit maddening. Other reviewers commented on the small drawers and this is definitely true, can't fit much more than napkins in there, even a placemat won't fit. However, even with all of the above it is a solid piece, and I have no worries about it holding up over time. There's certainly nothing of similar size/style anywhere near this price point. It has been a much-needed source of storage in our kitchen/dining area, and I'd recommend it if you're willing to put up with the caveats above.