We bought this product for our living room to fill a wider space and to get something heavier that our kids wouldn't be able to push around. In terms of those two things, the Lawrence does the job. Let's go over the good: -It's real wood (for the most part--the drawer is MDF). So it's solid and heavy. Caveat here is that the wood is slightly soft--it can be indented with a hard press of your fingernail. I'm worried about what legos being smashed against it is going to do... -It's a great looking piece. Manages to feel slightly MCM but sophisticated/contemporary as well. -Arrived well packaged and with all the pieces. Instructions were actually pretty good in my opinion (although there's a negative here I'll explain below). -For the quality of the piece, I'd say it's well worth the money, as comparable pieces of furniture (say from West Elm or Crate and Barrel) will run you 2-3 times more. Now for the bad: -The color on the website here is very misleading. It's actually much darker than the warm walnut you see. It's very much a dark walnut. Because of this, the piece much less MCM than it appears, and feels much more contemporary. It was very disappointing because we wanted that lighter brown, but it's too much of a hassle to send back so we kept it (and it kind of matches our dining table). -Although the instructions were fine, THEY MISLABELED TWO OF THE PIECES! I was looking at it as I was assembling and noticed something wasn't sitting flush so I pondered for a long time what in the world was wrong. I checked my work multiple times and was following all instructions to a T. What I found out in the end was that they had mislabeled E and F (which are basically identical boards), so that if I assembled it according to the instructions, the back panel wouldn't have sat in the recessed area made for it. This was super frustrating as I had to not only figure out what the hell was wrong, question my sanity and intelligence, but I ended up having to go back and do more work... -Part of that "more work" was replacing BROKEN CAM LOCKS. I don't know who in the world made these parts, but they break so easily. Be VERY careful when turning these to tighten, as off axis cam lock screws and too much tension will snap these apart. They are so cheap. In the end I broke about 6 of them, so I had to drive to my local hardware store to buy replacements. It added time and cost me more money. Maybe I got a bad batch, but these pieces seemed awfully cheap (cheaper than even the Ikea cam locks). -The hole in the back is kind of funky. It's placed low so that you have to run any wires through the hole and UP a half circle cut out of the shelf to connect anything. I don't understand why they didn't just put the whole in the top portion or provide two holes or something. Not ideal. So in conclusion--MY specific experience was very spoiled by the fact that two pieces are mislabled and parts kept breaking, but in the end the product is very sound and looks very nice. I'm probably closer to a 3.75 but we'll just round up to a 4.
I grabbed the weathered oak. Finish is nice and construction is pretty solid. Not very difficult to put together, but be careful getting it mounted on the wall. It will scratch your wall if you aren't careful. Also, there is very little clearance behind the unit. I installed a recessed receptacle directly behind the unit and I barely had clearance for the power cables unless the access hole was directly over the recessed outlet. Other than that, it's a nice unit and I am very happy with the updated look in my living room.
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