Product arrived in 2 boxes, well packaged and no missing parts. Loved the look and price and knew ahead of time assembly would be a pain based on other reviewers but it fit the budget perfectly and so I went for it. I put this together myself (a 27 year old female) over the course of an entire afternoon and evening .... many hours. My husband did help hold the doors on as I secured them as well as lift the top piece on together. Assembly was horrific and I had to back track a few times as the instructions were unclear pretty much all pictures. Example was step one had multiple steps in it and after placing the 100 or so wooden pegs in the correct places it showed images of different pieces being placed together which i followed only to learn a few steps later I needed to undo my assembly to add another type of screw to each piece. Also some pieces were also not labeled with letters so directions and a couple pieces it took me a little extra time trying to figure out which side the directions were referring to so all together the directions could definitely be better. In addition, I also had difficulty aligning the middle rolling drawer. The screw holes didnot match up and so the drawer sat an inch above where it should have gone. I did temp fix of just unscrewing the front screws so the rolling track is on the complete bottom and fits the drawer in with it closing. Finished product looks really nice but extremely heavy. Will be a pain to move in the future. I bought 2 of the ladder bookshelves from Overstock "Cappuccino 69-inch Ladder Bookcase with Storage Drawers - http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Cappuccino-69-inch-Ladder-Bookcase-with-Storage-Drawers/6811601/product.html " to place on each side of the TV stand which matches perfectly including the color / hardware to complete my entertainment center look for a much cheaper price. Absolutely love the look of my entire entertainment center. Quality is decent. I made sure to not over-tighten the screws too much as for the fear to split the wood. Doors latch closed but easily open. Fine for now but worried in future might need to put a stronger latch on the door. I took some pics of the finished product but I assume overstock doesnot allow customers to post pics which is what I always preferred to look at to compare actual products. Overall, would recommend but be prepared to spend a good several hours 3+ as what other reviewers said for 2 people or in my case ..... about double that for assembly.
I bought this in maple and cream and it is beyond stunning! My wife actually received it while I was away on a business trip, so here are her comments. As far as assembly, yes, it does take awhile but we're not talking some RTA piece of furniture from a big box store. This is a REAL piece of furniture. Here are some things you may want to be aware of before purchasing. The unit is delivered in three boxes, the smaller one (40 pounds) is the glass. The two larger boxes are about 70 pounds, so just know that you'll want to move them to the area you will be assembling the unit. I went through the instructions a couple of times before I started to familiarize myself with what had to be done. DON't start without having your tools assembled. Why make it frustrating, just have screw drivers, hammer, a drill and you're good to go. Take your time. You'll totally love this media unit when it's assembled, so enjoy creating it. If you want something you can throw together in an hour, go back to the box store. As a 60 year old, petite person, I was able to assemble the entire unit without any help. I didn't rush and it took me 6 hours, over two afternoons. We have a 65" TV on it and we will be up-sizing to an 80" as the unit can easily hold it. When the lights are on at the base in the evening, the unit glows. It seriously looks like we spent a couple thousand on this...so very, very happy with it.
It was relatively easy to put together but we did have one of the legs crack really easy when we over tightened it just a tad too tight. BIGGEST ISSUE: it is NOT brown or mocha or whatever it claims. It is BLACK. If you were to line 100 people up and ask them what color it was 99 are going to say "black". I really don't understand why they don't just sell this as a black piece as so many people have also agreed with this issue through reviews.
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