This is a beautiful lateral file that comes fully assembled except for putting the little feet on the bottom (I did not use them because my file is on carpet) and taking the drawer handles off the inside of the drawer and screwing them on so that they are on the outside. It comes with a locking mechanism so that only one drawer can open at a time (so it won't tip over). The color is a dark mahogany and fits perfectly with my desk. One warning...it is extremely heavy and you will need someone with some muscles to move it for you.
We're happy with our purchase. It is solid, looks good, and the drawers work smoothly. It holds a lot of files which can be arranged laterally in one row or distally (my word) in two rows. It has the all important anti-tip feature by not allowing a second drawer to open when another is open. Assembly is minor. The solidity does make for a heavy cabinet. We took the drawers out and it was still a two person job to safely carry it down a flight of stairs.
once it was finished it was a solid piece of furniture. getting there was hampered by difficulty telling what screws were which, and instructions that had low resolution drawings.
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