I just finished putting these together (I bought two), and they are quite heavy. The piece is solid rubberwood. I made decent time by using a drill rather than just a screwdriver. You have to be careful not to over tighten as this wood can and will split! I got the entire thing together in no time. Finally, the easy part of just inserting the brackets into the desired pre-drilled holes and laying the shelves was here. Except the holes were way too tight and the brackets didn't fit into them at all. Not even close. I was at a dead end at this point, so I built the second unit and had the same problem. So it isn't just a defect in one. The brackets just don't fit. They can't even be forced in with some elbow grease. I eventually went and bought a rubber mallet to jam them into the holes, which was extremely difficult given that the bracket that I needed to hold in place while I swung a mallet at it is smaller than my pinky nail! If I knew the last step (which should have been the easiest) was going to cause me so much time and pain and frustration I never would have bought the damn things. In hindsight, and to future buyers of these, use a rubber mallet to hammer in the brackets before you assemble anything else. At least the board will be flat on the floor and not upright as you try not to smash your fingers!
I'm quite pleased with this media cabinet. It looks gorgeous and appears to be a quality piece of furniture. Yes, you have to assemble it, but the directions are very clear and assembly isn't difficult. Give yourself a couple hours. We had no trouble with the drawer glides, which other people have complained about with other Axium products. I was suspicious of buying furniture online, sight unseen, but this is a nice piece. The rubberwood grain is lovely; it looks like something that should have cost a lot more than it did.
I wanted to order this cabinet for my husband, he looked at it online and said "No, I don't think it's what I'm looking for." We weren't sure what 'rubberwood' was... and whether or not it would be sturdy enough, look good and not be that fake stuff that falls apart within a year. Well, needless to say, I ordered it anyway, he put it together and absolutely loves it!! Our son took a couple of the labels off that tells what part it is so you know where it goes, but my husband was still able to put it together with ease. It looks awesome and it holds all of the electronic equipment perfectly and there are no wires visible!
This is particle board. Don't be fooled by the pictures. The value is good and delivery to your door is good and the style with non-symmetrical shelves is interesting, but this is not a quality piece that is intended to be kept for a long time. The screws and other connectors require a sticker to be placed over the holes in order to appear as a seamless piece of wood. Not true. This isn't wood and the finish isn't finish. The finish appears to be some sort of thin laminate, thinner than wallpaper. I placed some self-stick felt on this in order to slide the shelf on my tile floors and I pulled the felt off to reposition and the laminate covering pulled off also. This covering was reaaaaaaalllly thin. I put this together by myself in a few hours, but I've put together many overstock pieces in the past, including some very heavy rubberwood dressers. This is the first overstock piece I've ever purchased that I was not completely satisfied with. Certainly not the normal quality of products I've purchased from Overstock.
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