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  • Great look, difficult to assemble
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    I really like the clean, modern look of this desk. However with the heavy box of drawers way on one side, you need to be careful not to overweight the desk to the right or it might tip over. And the box and drawers don't assemble very well. I don't expect to be focusing on the drawers all that much, so it's probably OK, but the pieces just don't fit right. From the photo, I had assumed that the drawers and the box were steel, but they are black-painted pressed wood. The box is nice and long but the drawers only go a bit past halfway. Behind the drawers, behind a piece of wood, is a large empty space - kind of a secret compartment. But when everything is assembled the secret compartment is completely enclosed and you can't get into it, so it's not really any fun. The first thing I noticed when opening the box was a zillion loose teeny pieces of styrofoam. They stick to my hands and pants and all the desk pieces and everything else and are difficult to get off. However they fall off as I walk around the house. I am going to be picking up these things for months. This is an extremely difficult piece of furniture to put together. I'm no stranger to assembling furniture but this one was really tough. Two main reasons: insufficient instructions and poor manufacturing. I had pictured the drawers as coming in one piece but there are 28 separate pieces that need to be assembled and the hardware bag has 80+ screws and whatnot, the vast majority of which are for the drawers and box. In several places the screw holes don't line up well, and the slots cut for the drawer bottoms don't line up either. The instructions have no text, just diagrams. Expect to use a magnifying glass to try to see the small details. I recommend looking ahead at the other steps so that you can understand where you are going. You really need to be thinking all the time to get this done correctly. The sides of the top and bottom drawers are separately labeled and even though they look the same, they aren't. Be sure to use the labeled pieces they indicate. The difference is the near invisible holes for attaching the rails on the outside of the drawers. You can't tell this from the diagram, but one drawer has the rails towards the top of the side and the other has the rails towards the bottom. Since the drawer sides and bottom fit so poorly together I needed to loosely assemble all the pieces first and then tighten them as far as I could. I tried first putting the sides and back together but I couldn't get the bottom in. I had to loosen everything, slide the bottom in, and then only tighten things so far. Each of the four rails needs to be separated into two parts, with one installed on the drawer and the other on the box. It must have taken me a half hour to figure out how to detach the drawer rail. If you extend the rails (slide them to their full length) and look closely on the inside of the narrowest rail there is a little latch you can push that lets the narrow rail slide out. Be careful to attach the drawer rail the right way around. It's easy to get it backwards. There are these round locks that rotate and grab a post. I'd seen these before so I knew how they worked, but if you haven't then be sure to play with one a bit before installing it so that you understand it. When you push in the round lock, you need to have the small arrow pointed in the direction of the hole the post will be inserted into. They all tighten by rotating clockwise. I needed a large phillips head screwdriver to do this. There was one point putting on the top of the box where you need to tighten four of these locks inside the secret compartment but my large screwdriver wouldn't fit lengthwise to get to two of the locks. Fortunately I had a large philips tip that I could hook to an extender which fit in a hex socket driver that I could use to tighten them. I assume you can buy a large tip phillips screwdriver that's shorter, if necessary. It has to be a large tip. I tried a medium tipped screwdriver and it rotated in the lock and started stripping out bits of metal so I had to stop that right away. At one point the box is pictured rotated 180 degrees and in another it's flipped over bottom up, neither of which are immediately obvious, so look for that. You use the locks mentioned above to secure the top of the box but it's different for the bottom. There are these plastic pieces installed in round holes very similar to the locks but you don't rotate them to secure the bottom. You can't get to them once the bottom is on. Instead they have a screw hole in them and you drive screws through the bottom into these things. You need to make sure that when you assemble the pieces of the box that you have all the sides oriented with the preinstalled plastic pieces towards the bottom. Before putting the bottom on you do need to make sure they are rotated to the correct alignment with the screw hole facing out the hole drilled in the wood. A couple of mine weren't aligned correctly and I had to adjust them. They indicate attaching the box to the legs before attaching the glass desktop to the legs. This seemed like a bad idea to me. I put on the desktop first to add weight so that the drawer box wouldn't overbalance the legs and tip the thing over. I found it completely impossible to install the desktop the way they picture it, putting it on top of the legs. I couldn't get the screws up through the legs. Instead I put the desktop upside down on the floor and the legs upside down on top of it and let gravity help me get the screws in. It still took a fair amount of fiddling but it worked. I put the box on last.

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    carpfinley July 6, 2014
  • BUY this desk!!!
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    This desk far exceeded our expectations for the price [$] total. Since it is glass it seems to float in the room and doesn't take up much visual space. The drawers are just perfect to put a few pens and papers in (this is not your grandfather's desk so do not expect to put binders and large books in the drawers. This is a modern take on storage (minimal paper usage). I will say putting this together is not exactly easy, as there are no words only letters / diagrams to guide you; however, once completed you will be happy.

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    fabiand June 29, 2014
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    Barbara H. June 8, 2017
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