It's hard to tell from a website how a piece of furniture will look in person. This one is wood and doesn't look like a laminate or cheap imitation. It was fairly easy to assemble--just a few parts really and the fireplace looks pretty good (of course it won't fool anyone into thinking it's real). We needed something for our basement to add a little heat and to store DVD's. This fit the bill quite well for not a lot of money.
LOVE! LOVE! This unit. Easy to put together. Took about 2 hours. Very sturdy piece of furniture. Very attractive addition to my family room. Wish the fire box was bigger, but the fire is very nice. Will heat a large room to a comfortable temp.
Although this was somewhat difficult to assemble, it is a very well made item and good quality piece of furniture. Every step of the assembly flowed due to the precision of the pieces, and their parts/screws, etc. I am very happy with this purchase.
I was leery about purchasing such a large piece online but I read the reviews carefully. The piece is darker than pictured but based on the reviews I expected this and is exactly what I was expecting. I have put together a similar piece and this piece was just as easy to assemble. My daughter and I put together in under an hour. I did wait to put the back sections on until I had the electronics put in place. My husband grumbled about me purchasing an electric fireplace but I know he would love it once it was in place. The height is perfect for the big screen and we actual have a better picture now because we are looking straight on vs slight down (it sat lower on the other stand we had). He bring the neighbors in to show them the piece and I often come home to find the fireplace lite. The only reason I gave it a 4 star was because when screwing in the the bottom section it was slightly off making the shelves on one side slightly uneven but not enough to return and start again.
alot darker than i thought took about 2 hours to put together, not fun put it together as close to itas spot as you can b/c once its together you cannot move it with out risking cracking it b/c its 3 pieces and quite heavy alot darker than i thought it would be but its a nice looking piece
I have been looking at media centers with fireplace for a long time. I really liked this one and the price was great. My husband bought it for me for Christmas and put it together in about a hour to surprise me when I got home from work. He usually gets frustrated putting things together, but said this was so easy. Everything is labeled and fit together perfectly. I love it so much!