This desk has a simple design with 8 fasteners for the legs that should have taken ten minutes to pit together but took 2 hours instead. Things did not line up easily. The top and drawers come pre-assembled. There was a slight chip on one corner of the top, and one of the very small drawers doesn't close properly. I am going to keep it, but this could have been done better.
Pros: I've wanted the West Elm Parsons desk FOREVER & recently contemplated buying it but the shipping & special handling fee added nearly an extra $100 to the price. I read the reviews on this product & liked the similar/modern yet classic lines of this desk. It's very sturdy & well made. It has a sleek look & goes well with any decor. I'm especially happy with the way it looks with my mid-century/vintage decor in my home office/studio. I'd recommend this to a friend in a heartbeat. Cons: The only negative thing I'll say is that while there is limited stuff to put together (you just need to attach the legs to the top), it's INSANELY difficult, given the positioning of the holes & the fact that you need to use an L-wrench. I have a bit for my electric drill & had no luck using it because of the angle required. I have to say that the quality, great look of the desk & price make it well worth my cramped hands & scraped knuckles! Note: If you have arthritis and/or are elderly, this would probably be very frustrating to assemble.
I really like my new desk. It has a transitional-modern look it it - clean lines, neutral, clean color, with a little gleam. It has a large desk top space, but because of the modern design, the desk does not look like it takes up too much room. I have an old house with small rooms, so that is important to me. Very nice, quality design. Two not so great things: 1) the desk top scratches just by looking at it cross-eyed! It scratches easily and I can't smooth them out either. I took the advice of another reviewer and laid down a rug before I laid the desk pieces down to assemble. I'm glad I did, because, just moving some items on it caused little scratches! 2) The desk was fairly easy to assemble with a little muscle, but for one leg, the screw would not go all the way into its hole. Unfortunately for me, it was the last leg to put on!! So that leg is a little loose now :) Someday I fix that leg . . .
Poor assembly design - if you get this, screw in the sliders for the drawers PRIOR to putting the top instead of trying to squeeze your hand/arm in with a flashlight to line up holes and screws. The top scratches easily. But all in all its beautiful once complete.
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