Nice value and good product, however, it will take you many hours and various tools to put it together. The directions were difficult to decipher. If you have lots of time, the project could be worth it.
I bought this desk with the "Office Star Merlot Finish Office chair" that your website recommended. They match great and are very good quality. I am very happy with my purchase. Both items were easy to assemble.
I was a little afraid to buy this desk in spite of liking it in the picture because of the various mentions of the difficulties to assemble it. The various parts of the desk are heavy, but being alone and impatient to see it, I opened the two packages. Patiently and handling every part slowly, I assembled the entire desk without any issue or problem. All the parts were perfectly matching. I switched one operation though: I put the assembled desk (legs upside) on the top (placed upside down on the floor). After it was all secured, I raised the desk. It's a heavy item, so I added felt the legs in order to push it (in place) on the maple floor without scratching it. It looks really beautiful, it has a large counter-top, and nice drawer space for various items. One of the drawers started not rolling very well (although it worked perfectly until a few days ago); the reason remains a mystery!
I thought about this purchase for some time before deciding to buy it. I was surprised as to the size thinking it had a smaller footprint. But that's o.k., The desk came in a large carton and in what I thought was a thousand pieces. The instructions were basically pictorial with virtually no written instructions or either included tools or a list of tools necessary to do the assembly. I religiously followed the steps outlined in the manual to assemble the desk. Although pretty much straight forward, I had a difficult time keeping the segments together during assembly. The so called locking mechanisms did not in fact lock the pieces together and I found myself constantly tightening them. All the areas requiring assembly screws and the locking mechanisms were pre-drilled. So that part of the assembly was fine. However, after final assembly I noticed that the drawers don't close all the way and they scrape other ones when opening and closing. I see no way to adjust them without drilling new holes which defeats the purpose of the original pre-drilled ones. I was hoping that this would be made of solid wood, but alas not so, the desk is basically particle board with a very thin veneer over the pieces. When I tried to move the desk into its final position I accidentally bent on leg and broke the particle board in the place where the locking mechanism holes were, cracking outwards. I took some of the supplied glue and to the best of my ability attempted to repair the pieces that got pushed out. I used some duct tape to hold the pieces in while the glue dried. When I removed the tape the veneer peeled off a bit. Now there are several places that look like damage. There is no way to repair these. I will try to match up some stain to cover up the areas where the veneer peeled away. I found it difficult to attach the cardboard back plate because I had to constantly adjust the pieces so it would line up.. In the end I was not able to attach the cardboard back plate exactly as pictured but got pretty close to it. They included a lot of really tiny nails to attach it and I found it very difficult to hammer these little guys in as my hands are not built to handle these small nails nor did I have the right sized hammer to do the job. I found that this is really a 2 person job. I did not have anyone to help me and it took me 3 days to assemble the desk as I am disabled and was unable to work on assembly all at once. I'm not sure if I can recommend this desk. The fit and finish looks fine but it will be hard to move around without breaking it. The tiny foot sliders are totally inadequate. They are essentially round pieces of plastic with a nail that gets hammered into the bottom of the desk. I would not recommend that anyone try moving the desk by themselves. I would enlist at least another person or two to move the desk. The instructions do mention somewhere that it's a two person job. However, I had to assemble it myself.
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