I watched this desk for over six months - only I was watching the combination cherry/honey oak. When there was a sale, I ordered it in a hurry and did not notice that the color in stock had changed to cherry (without the honey oak). As a result, I returned the desk, never taking it out of the box. However, I will note that I called the day following the purchase. I attempted to cancel the order immediately, but it had processed, Overstock.com customer service picked it back up for me, and provided a full refund. Amazon has the desk I wanted now, the combination cherry/honey oak, however, I do not feel as comfortable ordering from Amazon as I do Overstock. I have always had a good experience with Overstock.com, so really this review is more about them, than the desk. My husband informed me that this desk would be poorly made. He was apparently able to tell that without opening it, which is not fair, but he is usually right when it comes to furniture. I loved the style so much, however, that style was more important to me. It is stained pine wood, and rather light weight. I still think that it would make a great vanity table, and would be fine for someone who was gentle with it.
Was honestly not expecting too much of this desk at its comparatively low price. It was purchased for a room that takes quite a lot of pet abuse, a room that doesn't call for fine furniture. What arrived, however, was a super attractive desk of far better quality than expected. It is solid, easy to put together, nicely finished, and very handsome. My husband glued all the pieces together as he assembled it and says an electric screwdriver was helpful. Otherwise he said all parts fit very nicely, instructions were clear and easy to follow but that following them in sequence is very important. He also added a few layers of matte polyurethane to protect the top because the wood is so pretty I don't want to cover it with the usual glass sheet. It is a sturdy piece that looks straight from Pennsylvania Dutch country. We are simply delighted with it. It was delivered quickly in perfect condition. Functionally, we were also pleasantly surprised. Drawers pull in and out very smoothly. The cabinet front closes firmly. All in all anyone would be hard put to find this quality of construction at this price. We saw plenty of pieces over $**** that were not as well made. This desk is such a happy surprise and should be in use for a very long time.
I enjoy my desk. The color is great and it's durable. The only con is it scratches very easily. So find an appealing desk accent cover and you should be fine. I also found a chair that matched perfectly from Pier One Imports.
Like any flat pack furniture, the price is good because you are doing the 2 hours of labor to assemble it. This desk is much better quality than IKEA. This desk has a number on every piece, so it makes the assembly much easier. Here is an important step that I learned - before putting the top on, double check the alignment of the cylinder locking rings on the desk. You assemble the desk pieces on their side and then the desk on it's back. The last step is put the desk right side up to put the top on. During that process, a few of the locking rings moved out of position and it was very difficult to get the top on. When I lifted the top and rechecked each of the 18 locking rings to point the right way, the top went on just fine. The only reason that I did not give this 5 stars is that one of the pieces arrived damaged and I had to wait 4 days to get a replacement piece. Overstock customer services was excellent in that they confirmed the piece needed and sent it to me right away.
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